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thought you guys might like to see the Schmidt synth from NAMM..

Postby Chris_Allen » Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:22 am

I've not seen any mention of it elsewhere on SoS, so I thought I'd post my snapshot of it:

http://i.imgur.com/C0DXO.jpg

its an 8 voice digitally-controlled analog polysynth - with 8 individual outputs...and a sound like nothing else.

I thought it was wonderful to see that there are people out there crazy enough to still build instruments like this. Price tag is $30,000.

more info & a video of it in action can be found here on Synthtopia:

http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2012/01/22/schmidt-analog-synthesizer-namm/
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Re: thought you guys might like to see the Schmidt synth from NAMM..

Postby Dave B » Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:38 am

30 grand????

Do me a lemon!
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Postby Chevytraveller » Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:44 am

You Just know Zimmer will buy 6, simply because he can...

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Re: thought you guys might like to see the Schmidt synth from NAMM..

Postby Steve A » Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:48 pm

I just watched the video and to be fair, the $30K price was clearly a pithy response purely in relation to the prototype to a journalist who kept pressing for a price after he said it's not been decided yet. I think it's a shame he fell into that trap, because the headline is now going to become 'Monster Synth Will Cost $30K' and I suspect that's not what he intended to say nor bears any relation to what he would like to be able to sell it for!
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Re: thought you guys might like to see the Schmidt synth from NAMM..

Postby Dave B » Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:03 pm

So let's say it's half that. How many people would pay 15k for a boutique synth? That equates to about 10k gbp and you could build one helluva modular for 10 grand.

I'm sure it's lovely. But then, I hear the Bugatti Veyron is awesome to drive...
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Re: thought you guys might like to see the Schmidt synth from NAMM..

Postby Wimek » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:06 am

The 30K is clearly not realistic and I would have said the same. The guy worked for many years on a very complex machine and came up with a great analog synth that seams to be without major compromises. And then somebody asks "What would you charge for this (prototype) if I want to have it now?"... Taking into account the working hours alone, 30K is not much money!

It all becomes different when you are going to mass produce a synth like that. Then you do marketing research and determine a the number of synths you think you can sell at different prices for different consumer groups. lets say €15000 for a small elite group, €7500 for a bigger professional group or maybe €5500 for even more professional musicians. An other option is to create a cheaper version: cut a few corners like a simple housing that's easy to mass produce and combining controls or working with a touch screen to replace half of the controls. Then it could even end up in the category of Dave Smith's Poly Evolver and Prophet08...

Let's see what happens, although I think the last option is most likely to succeed!

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Re: thought you guys might like to see the Schmidt synth from NAMM..

Postby feline1 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:13 am

I think the main important thing is that,
when the guy in the video was showing off the sounds,
he DIDN'T play some gawdawfully cheesy american jazz wank loungue blues crap,
but instead just made a load of mental tangy noises

(Does my HEAD in the way all the synth demos you see usually do gawdawfully cheesy american jazz wank loungue blues crap, y'know?)
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Re: thought you guys might like to see the Schmidt synth from NAMM..

Postby Chevytraveller » Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:12 am

They're certainly taking their sweet tim about marketing this machine.. they unveiled it at Frankfurt last year in April.. I can understand they want American reaction to it, but they were quoting €10,000-20,000 last year.

It is rather lovely though with fantastic build quality and attention to detail.
The sound is out of this world an will certainly be bought in small numbers by celebrities with megasynth money in the same way the Waldorf Wave sold for £10,000 twenty years ago.



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Re: thought you guys might like to see the Schmidt synth from NAMM..

Postby Dave B » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:28 am

Cue Zukan to rant about the way that the Wave was "sold" ...
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Postby DJW » Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:04 am

Looks very much like the Waldorf Wave, was it designed by the same team?
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Re: thought you guys might like to see the Schmidt synth from NAMM..

Postby narcoman » Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:10 am

.... and seems to have a lot in common with the PolyEvolver?


Looks good though.
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Re: thought you guys might like to see the Schmidt synth from NAMM..

Postby MarkOne » Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:51 am

Dave B wrote:So let's say it's half that. How many people would pay 15k for a boutique synth? That equates to about 10k gbp and you could build one helluva modular for 10 grand.

I'm sure it's lovely. But then, I hear the Bugatti Veyron is awesome to drive...

You can have one of these for $15K

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Now that is a synth.
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Re: thought you guys might like to see the Schmidt synth from NAMM..

Postby Chevytraveller » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:22 am

MarkOne wrote:
Dave B wrote:So let's say it's half that. How many people would pay 15k for a boutique synth? That equates to about 10k gbp and you could build one helluva modular for 10 grand.

I'm sure it's lovely. But then, I hear the Bugatti Veyron is awesome to drive...

You can have one of these for MarkOne5K

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Looks like only 6 voice though


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Re: thought you guys might like to see the Schmidt synth from NAMM..

Postby Dave B » Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:17 pm

Please don't post pictures like that in the daytime. It gets embarrassing when I'm found blank eyed, slack jawed and drooling over my keyboard.....

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