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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby slewin49 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:24 am

BigRedX wrote:
slewin49 wrote:Which reminds me, I do own one Moog...but it's a Theremini !
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I missed my Etherwave Theremin off my list (and it's Moog-branded gig bag). I still own it, but at present it's a bit poorly. It hasn't been quite right since a large Psychobilly fell on it at a Terrortones gig in Newcastle.
I like theremins, I built several with varying degrees of success before eventually buying a "proper" one, I think of it as being the nearest I'm going to get to being an orchestral conductor...I just wave my hands about and music (o.k. sound) happens.

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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby blinddrew » Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:25 am

SecretSam wrote:All of which makes me realise that if I spent more time practicing and less time shopping, I would sound a lot better and be a lot richer.
Shhh! You'll crash the economy!
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby baward » Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:13 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:My motley keyboard history comprises:


I really like the story behind each of your pieces of gear :clap:
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Dave B » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:00 pm

Jumpeyspyder wrote:Roland DS-5 - still love LA sounds

Think you mean : Roland D-5 .. no? The 'baby' of the 'D' series :)

I still remember getting my Prophet 2002. It was in a (quite) local store s/h and would only play voices seemingly at random. After a short while, I worked out that the 'balance' control had been mis-calibrated and so 'centre' was more like 2 o'clock. Once it was in the zone, all voices were perfect. So I re-set it to 12 o'clock and my mate (who had the gift of the gab) convinced the shop assistant that it was duff and we'd be taking a chance buying it to repair it. So I got a still-current 12 bit sampler for 250quid. As we walked out with it, we heard the howl from the one staff member who had twigged what was wrong (presumably he was hoping to pull the same scan for himself) as he came tearing through the shop to try and stop us. Too late sucker!

We were young ... ;)
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Ben Asaro » Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:22 pm

My interest in synthesis is a recent thing, so my list is short:

Digital:
Casio CZ-101
Kurzweil K1000
Roland GR-30
Roland JV-880
Roland JV-1080
- Orchestral I and II expansion cards for the JV-1080
E-Mu Proteus/1
E-Mu Classic Keys

Analogue:
Dave Smith MOPHO
Arturia MiniBrute
Moog Mother-32/Boomstar Oscillator (Eurorack)
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Wonks » Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:32 pm

Dave B wrote:
Jumpeyspyder wrote:Roland DS-5 - still love LA sounds

Think you mean : Roland D-5 .. no? The 'baby' of the 'D' series :)

Or possibly the Citroën DS 5, with the garlic, Gitanes and accordion patches - 'La soniques'.
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Escapegoat » Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:55 pm

I'll try to remember:

Casio CZ-101
Roland MT-32
Korg DW-8000
Roland MKS-70
Yamaha CS1x
Waldorf Pulse
Waldorf Q
Access Virus Kb
Roland XP30
Roland Gaia
Korg Kronos
Korg Triton Pro
Korg Triton Rack
Waldorf MicroQ
Korg M1
Yamaha CS-15
Korg Karma
Roland JD-Xi
Yamaha Tenori-On
Waldorf Q+
EMU Orbit 3
Roland MV-8800
Oberheim TVS Pro
Moog Model D reissue
EMU Virtuoso
Korg Volca Sample
Roland JV-2080
Roland Fantom G
Futuresonus Parva
EMU Vintage Pro
Roland Integra 7
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Dave B » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:06 am

Ooh - you've just reminded me :

* Virus KC (sold - it's a bit of a 'marmite' sound I've found)
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Jumpeyspyder » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:19 am

Dave B wrote:
Jumpeyspyder wrote:Roland DS-5 - still love LA sounds
Think you mean : Roland D-5 .. no? The 'baby' of the 'D' series :)

Wonks wrote:
Dave B wrote:
Jumpeyspyder wrote:Roland DS-5 - still love LA sounds
Think you mean : Roland D-5 .. no? The 'baby' of the 'D' series :)

Or possibly the Citroën DS 5, with the garlic, Gitanes and accordion patches - 'La soniques'.

OOoopps

Yes D-5

Also have another Keyboard its a 'QWERTY' - I can't play that well either ;) :bouncy:
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby nathanscribe » Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:03 pm

Not posting mine, as the spreadsheet (yeah I keep one) has about 250 items on it (including pedals and processing etc)...

What is interesting though is the ones posted so far seem dominated by Roland. Out of my current list of 8 polysynths, 5 are Roland (all made between 1975 and about 1989).

The only things I've ever re-bought are the Boss CE-3 (and sold quickly again when I realised my error) and BF-2. I've had a few simultaneous duplicates, but tend to sell one on when I've got one good one out of the pair. Except the Digitech RDS-1900 delays units, they're great. Cranky, a bit rubbish, and non-CPU 8-bit delays using logic ICs. Win!
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Dave B » Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:04 pm

Roland are a funny one. I've had my share of their kit over the years, but it does seem that they are very specific as to what they build - they design something to do one thing and hang anything else it seems. So my D70 was a great synth and master keyboard, but the subsequent JD800 - whilst being one of my all time faves - had a midi implementation that meant it was useless at driving anything else unless you wanted simple layering. The A90 was wonderful (as was the A70) but short lived - and, in the case of the A70, rare as the proverbial.

By contrast, Korg have basically been a 'build on success' kind of company. Their Combi mode really matured in the O1/W (largely lifted from the Wavestation and give a good UI polish) and has been pretty much the gold standard ever since. (This coming from a hardened Kurzweil man)

Recently, they've been a bit myopic in their views. The Fantom range had USB, but wasn't class compliant and so needed a specific driver. As did their original A49 controller keyboard. Very strange as others had class compliance at the time. All a bit frustrating really...

oh ... +1 for Roland D70 - just remembered that I did actually buy another one a while back and that's buried somewhere...
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby BigRedX » Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:38 pm

Roland do well because they are good at producing affordable synthesisers. They may not have all the features you would want, but what they do have is well implemented and the units on the whole are very reliable. Out of all the Roland synths I have owned only the Jupiter 6 (one of my all-time favourite synths) and the MC202 (which didn't at the time have any real competition) were bought deliberately. Everything else was an affordable alternative to something more fully-featured that I really wanted.
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Dan LB » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:43 pm

Just added:

Yamaha TX81Z
Audiothingies Micromonsta


I think the GAS is winning. I might need help in the future :?
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Gaxxard » Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:08 pm

This is a list of regret - mainly - *retained #badly missed ✔️Great

3x Korg MS20 #✔️
Korg MS10✔️
Korg Wavestation A/D✔️
Korg Wavestation SR
Korg Kaossilator Pro
Korg Symphony
Korg DDD1
Korg Volca Bass
*Korg Volca Sample✔️
*Korg Volca FM✔️
*Korg Monologue ✔️


Roland Jupiter 6 #✔️
Roland System 100 #✔️
Roland Super JX ✔️
Roland JX8P PG800✔️
Roland MKS80
Roland MKS70
Roland MKS20 #✔️
Roland MKS10
Roland MKS7✔️
Roland TR909 ✔️
Roland TR626
Roland TR707
Roland aJuno 1
Roland CR8000✔️
Roland SH101✔️
Roland 202
*Roland Jupiter 4✔️
*Roland TR77✔️

Boss DR110✔️
Boss DR55

Yamaha CS60✔️
6xYamaha TX7✔️
Yamaha DX7
Yamaha DX100
Yamaha RX5
Yamaha RX7✔️
Yamaha RX15
*Yamaha CS01 many mods✔️
*Yamaha PS30 (my Mum’s really)✔️

Oberheim Matrix 6r
Oberheim Matrix 1000

Alesis Quadrasynth
Alesis HR16
Alesis HR16B

Ensoniq SQ2
Ensoniq EPS

Akia S900✔️
Akia MPC2000#✔️
*Akia S950✔️

Sherman Filterbank2


*Eurorack 80 Modules✔️
*Studio Electronics SE1✔️
*Moog Werkstatt x2 many mods✔️
*Rhodes Stage73✔️
*Waldorf Blofeld✔️
*Waldorf Rocket✔️
*Waldorf 2 Pole✔️
*Meeblip Triode✔️
*Teenage PO12, PO14,PO33✔️
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Dave B » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:13 am

Hi Gax and welcome to the forum!

Some lovely kit in there. I’m surprised that you don’t rate Oberheim but each to their own. I see you have a soft spot for the old MKS20 ;) that was a great bit of kit for it’s time but was rapidly superceded and left behind. But it has some sounds work brilliantly in a mix. And the RD1000 was the best keyboard I’ve ever played - totally unmatched since!
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Gaxxard » Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:43 am

Slotted between the MKS80 and Wavestation I guess I never paid enough attention to the Matrix.
Like the Rhodes and bizarrely, the Yamaha PS30, the MKS20 piano seems to pop up regularly in my compositions. I’m also a complete sucker for the vibes.
I’ve thought of several other obscure bits of kit I left off my list and that’s probably the essence of this thread:

Jen SX1000
Several Boss Dr Pads and Clappers
*JMT Synth RVO3✔️✔️
U76 drone
MFOS Drone
Casio SK1 bent
Casio SK8
Speak and Spell bent

And how could I forget my .....
4 Pad Simmons SDS5 and Roland Octopads
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby nathanscribe » Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:30 am

The 6r is a good synth behind a terrible interface. Had one, realised I couldn't be bothered, sold it. This has been the way of many an otherwise decent instrument over the years, so these days I pay close attention to my immediate feel about the interface and what it doesn't obviously do and how it doesn't obviously do it. Luckily we're mostly past the "painting your house through the letterbox" methods :headbang: .
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby FrankF » Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:57 pm

And the Lord said unto Moses: "Thou shalt not diss the DJX".

Anyone lucky enough to own both a Yamaha DJX and some John Foxx & Louis Gordon albums, (and that includes moi-même), will quickly realise that the DJX was put to superb use on some of JF &LG's best output.
They shamelessly lifted rhythm tracks and synth presets without so much as a "by-your-leave"... I'm so glad they did. :)
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby The Elf » Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:56 pm

FrankF wrote:And the Lord said unto Moses: "Thou shalt not diss the DJX".
+1!

I still have a DJX that's my 'under the arm' keyboard for mucking around. It really is one of those' why haven't I heard of this? keyboards - and goes for rock bottom prices.
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby blinddrew » Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:03 pm

Are we talking about one of these?
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