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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby FrankF » Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:08 pm

In the words of Hannah Reid, " we ar-are, we ar-are".
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby blinddrew » Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:28 pm

I really need to get around to fishing that out of the garage and reading the manual. I keep talking about it...
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby BillB » Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:25 am

OK, in roughly chronological order, as best my memory is able...
* = still owned

Korg MS10 - borrowed for about a year in 1980. I really hoped the owner had forgotten about it... unfortunately not. Fond memories of exploring sound.
*Casio VL-tone - it’s a synth!
Casiotone 401 (or similar) - appalling, the best I can say about it is that it was polyphonic.
E&MM Spectrum + Roland MC202 - these were meant to be my sequencing dream team, but never got on with the MC’s sequencer and I thought both sounded thin! In retrospect, probably just lacking the right programming and FX. Sold both for silly money before I noticed the analogue revival had arrived!
Korg Poly800 - a real synth, but as my only real ‘poly’, the single filter made it feel very limited. Actually, it had a special sound.
Yamaha CS01 - thought it sounded thin!
Casio CZ-101 - versatile, not thin at all, although the 4-note poly for dual voices was limiting.
*Ensoniq SQ80 - a proper synth, still love it.
Yamaha AN1X - also a proper synth, gorgeous sound, infuriating 8-knob interface.
*Yamaha MU10 - the little-known DB50XG in a box, so essentially a 4-tone XG module with the sound capability of a QS300.
*Yamaha SW1000XG - lovely, but went the way of al swonkies, now sitting in a box in my garage loft.
Novation Nova desktop - liked the basic sound but couldn’t get on with it for programming.
Korg MS2000R - gorgeous sound, still regret selling this. 4-note Poly, though!
Akai Miniak - the poor man’s Alesis Ion? Nice (3-octave) keys, difficult interface and it always sounded like a recording of a synth, not a synth...
Roland XV-2020 - sounded great but was like a tiny portal to a massive dimension - with no way to squeeze through.
Yamaha AN-200 - surely the knobby interface that the AN1X was missing? Yes, but it didn’t go deep enough into the synthesis, and the groovebox character was just too imposing.
M-Audio Prokeys Sonos 61 - Master Keys with nice feel and passable piano/organ sounds.
*Cheetah MS6 - great sound but flaky manufacturing - currently poorly...

*Casio PX310 - if I have a piano, I’ll finally learn to play, won’t I? Errr, no.

The analogue revival belatedly makes it to East Yorkshire:
Novation BassStation Rack (subsequently failed and replaced with *BS2)
*MFB NanoZwerg - nice
*Arturia Microbrute - nice
*Korg Volca Keys - nice
*Moog SubPhatty - a real Moog!
*Korg EX-800 - decided I wanted that sound again.
*Korg EMX1 - not real analogue, I know, but it pretends well. Getting to know it is a long-term project.
*DSI Prophet 08 module - designed to cure my lust for analogue polysynths of old, once and for all. Hmmm.....

The S+S revival finally makes it.... etc
*Akai SG01V Vintage module - gorgeous - thank you, HollowSun.
*Roland JD-800 - fabulous, after the statutory keyboard repair. Sooo many sliders.
*Roland JV-2080 - fully loaded, yummy.

The Virtual Analogue revival? Is that a thing?
*Waldorf Blofeld - a real synth!
*KingKorg - swapped my AN1X for this - still very happy with the deal, this is one of the most under-rated synths ever.
*Nord rack 3 - the best synth interface ever. Sold the Nova and MS2000 to pay for it.
*Novation KS-Rack - got this fairly cheap and it has some special capabilities around arps, synced FX etc.
*Roland SH-201 - nasty aliasing in the high registers, but generally an awesome sounding (in the Roland tradition) Poly.

Three decades late, the original FM revolution makes it to my house - yay!
*Yamaha SY77 - statutory new disk drive and LED display - really looking forward to getting to know this one. A very deep synth.
*Yamaha PSS-780 - a very shallow synth, a very tiny price, also looking forward to getting to know it.

And finally, because I, too, read the SOS review back in 1998, and have always wondered...
*Yamaha DJX - couldn’t resist it at £40.

So, after all this time, it’s embarrassing to admit that I can’t play anything like well enough to justify my lovely collection. What can I say? I love synths! But I may have come to the realisation that the next upgrade I really need, to really improve my sound, is to learn to play.

Now, just off to check Gumtree.... :headbang:
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby The Elf » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:58 am

That's the one.

The later 'reversed keys' version is not as good - especially since the controls don't transmit MIDI.
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby blinddrew » Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:28 pm

BillB wrote:But I may have come to the realisation that the next upgrade I really need, to really improve my sound, is to learn to play.
I think most of us can relate to this... ;)
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby DGL. » Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:30 pm

Started off with one of those kids chord organs, this then got replaced by a s/h Sashio keyboard of some description, probably square wave analogue with rhythms and a demo song!
This got later replaces by a YAMAHA PSR6 which my gran was given.
Then the new(er) stuff got acquired. This started with a Farfisa TK84 arranger, similar to the lower/mid end Portatones', primarily went for it as it had a FDD which you could use to back-up setting or load GM files, got a dodgy key within 6 months and got a brand new one as a replacement.

Next to come my way was a YAMAHA PSR-E403, and a couple or realtime knobs that could be used for a few different function including the filter which is why I purchased it.

Now onto the more recent list (in a rough chronological order),
M-Audio Keystation 49 (sold)
Roland U-110
Roland SH-201
Behringer UMA-25S (broken/binned)
Roland S-330 (needs new floppy cable, and for me to get the tools to desolder the old one)
YAMAHA DX9
Roland RS-5 (broken/binned)
KORG 05R/W
AKAI MINIAK
Roland SP-404EX
AKAI S6000
YAMAHA HS8 organ (some PSU/reboot issues, has aftertouch even on the pedals)
Alesis VORTEX
YAMAHA PSS780
GEM S2 (1st one, never worked properly, scrapped)
CME UF70 CLASSIC V2
GEM S2 (2nd one) (it works! the FDD is a bit iffy though)
SAMSON GRAPHITE M25 (urgh minikeys but ohh so portable)
YAMAHA MOTIF XS7
BOOG
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:01 pm

I seem to have had surprisingly few synths/instruments over the years, although I do regret selling some of them at ridiculously low prices :(

Vox Jaguar - bought for £50 from a 2nd hand shop in Lincoln about 1972.
Hohner Pianet N - £75 2nd hand.
GEM Instapiano - £150 new IIRC.
Crumar Stringman - bought from a friend who wanted to buy it back several years later :roll:
Fender Rhodes Stage 73 - bought new.
Roland SH3A - bought for £380 new and heavily modded. I sold this for £50 in the 80's. Oh woe is me! :thumbdown:
Yamaha CP30 - this replaced the Rhodes (which I now regret selling), but I heavily modded it with a professionally milled & anodised aluminium front panel with 7-segment preset readout.
Korg M1 - my first dream synth, which I still own (and I paid the full retail price of £1500 for it using a bank loan)
Roland TR-606 Drumatix - bought from a friend, but never really got into it so sold it on.
Roland CM32-L - cheap and cheerful, for PC game soundtrack commissions.
Akai S2800i - started out buying samples on floppy disks, but then got a Syquest 270MB hard drive for it.
Korg Wavestation SR - gorgeous evolving sounds, but sold it once I'd got the virtual equivalent running in my PC.
Roland JV-1080 - was impressed by the sounds on Paul White's, didn't end up using it very much, but still have it as they have pitiful 2nd hand value (if anyone wants to buy mine, let me know, and I might then be able to fit a small Eurorack into my rack ;) )
Kenton Plugstation containing PLG150-AN (AN1x), PLG150-DX (DX7), PLG150-VL (VL-70m) & PLG150-PF- I'd still have this if someone hadn't contacted me and asked if I were willing to sell it ;)
CME UF8 - reviewed it for SOS, and it's still going strong many years later.
Mutable Instruments Shruthi SMR4-mkII - heavily modded in steampunk fashion for some unique sounds.
Korg MS-20 Mini - once again heavily modded (noticing a trend here yet?)
DSI Prophet 12 - another dream synth. Wasn't that impressed with the factory sounds, but love the ones I've created myself since buying it.

I've probably forgotten some along the way :shh:


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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Wonks » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:42 pm

No Hammond organ?
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby BillB » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:10 pm

DGL, the GEM S2 caught my attention. I have always thought it seemed to be an interesting synth (apparently with links to the Elka Synthex) but it’s lack of MIDI Sysex and heavy reliance on an (unreliable with time) floppy disk seemed like quite a limitation - until now. Have you come across this?
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-Floppy-e ... SwdIBa3P3N

I have purchased USB FDD emulators for my SY77 and SQ80 from this guy (Chris Poacher of
cpmagneticmedia on eBay) and they have both worked out well. I’m guessing that such a device would make a big difference to an S2, as S2’s can boot from a floppy. Plus you deal with the reliability issue once and for all....
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby desmond » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:30 pm

BillB wrote:DGL, the GEM S2 caught my attention. I have always thought it seemed to be an interesting synth (apparently with links to the Elka Synthex)

In a rather strange quirk of timing coincidence, I read and put up an S2 review today...
http://www.muzines.co.uk/articles/gem-s2/1172

And I remember thinking, hmm, another one with polyphonic aftertouch...

There's one on ebay now with a large sample library...
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Dave B » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:46 am

I keep thinking about getting one just for the poly aftertouch ... ;)
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Zukan » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:04 am

My synth list would be a tad long. Suffice to say the only synth that i hankered after but never owned was the Waldorf Wave. Additionally, I nearly swapped my entire Dataton rig for an EMS Polysynth once but James Walker, an old amigo of mine, talked me out of it.
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby DGL. » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:41 pm

BillB wrote:DGL, the GEM S2 caught my attention. I have always thought it seemed to be an interesting synth (apparently with links to the Elka Synthex) but it’s lack of MIDI Sysex and heavy reliance on an (unreliable with time) floppy disk seemed like quite a limitation - until now. Have you come across this?
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-Floppy-e ... SwdIBa3P3N

I have purchased USB FDD emulators for my SY77 and SQ80 from this guy (Chris Poacher of
cpmagneticmedia on eBay) and they have both worked out well. I’m guessing that such a device would make a big difference to an S2, as S2’s can boot from a floppy. Plus you deal with the reliability issue once and for all....

Not tried a floppy emulator yet. My main issue with the floppy drive is that I have a disk created with either the previous S2 or from a disk image (well it has the sample translator software on it) that works fine for saving/loading BUT I cannot format any other disks.

And as for the poly aftertouch, very good/responsive plus up to 16 splits/layers, plenty of midi/internal sounds routing options and 2 full sets of midi I/o so perfect as a midi controller.
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby adamburgess » Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:35 pm

Yamaha 32 key something around 1985
Yamaha PSR-12
Some kind of upright... it was black
Chappell upright
Roland E15
Roland E36
Roland U20
Fatar Studio900
Roland XP50
Moog Multimoog
Korg Triton 61
Roland Juno60 - wish I’d kept this!
Roland XV5050 - worst MIDI timing in a module I’ve ever heard
Korg Triton Extreme 61 - only just sent it for recycling
Yamaha P120
Yamaha P120 again as the first one was played to death
Yamaha CP33 - played to death
Nord Stage 2 - sold it and bought the same one back twice
Korg Kronos 61
Roland AX-Synth
Yamaha SY-77 - forgot how heavy these things were! Was very cheap.
Korg Kronos 2 73
Numa Stage 88 - what a god awful thing, but felt obliged to buy it after a long term loan
Behringer Motor61 - was free

Current stuff...

Numa Organ 2
Korg Kronos 2 73 again
Behringer DeepMind12
Korg Minilogue
Roland Integra-7

That was a tricky thing to remember! Good memories though.
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Martin Walker » Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:35 pm

Hi adamburgess, and welcome to the SOS Forums! 8-)

If you don't me asking, why did you let the Multimoog go?


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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby adamburgess » Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:54 pm

Martin Walker wrote:Hi adamburgess, and welcome to the SOS Forums! 8-)

If you don't me asking, why did you let the Multimoog go?


Martin

Thanks Martin. Long time reader of the magazine!

The Multimoog thing... Relocated away from the UK to the Middle East around 8 yrs ago and couldn’t justify bringing it with me for the cover band stuff I was to be doing. Left it in my mother’s place and as far as I can gather she gave it away :headbang: I spent a bit of time cleaning it up just before leaving, too...

Ah, well!
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Chevytraveller » Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:26 pm

Zukan wrote:My synth list would be a tad long. Suffice to say the only synth that i hankered after but never owned was the Waldorf Wave. Additionally, I nearly swapped my entire Dataton rig for an EMS Polysynth once but James Walker, an old amigo of mine, talked me out of it.


If that was the Polysynthi, then he did you a favour.. :headbang:


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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Chevytraveller » Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:57 pm

I have been watching this thread with interest and debating wether to write a list.. needless to say, over the past 32 years or so of obsessively reading about, buying and selling synths, a great many have passed through my hands.. I have probably forgotten many but here are some of the highlights my decaying brain can recall..

Analogue Solutions Leipzig-S (rack&K)
Analogue Solutions Telemark (rack&K)
Analogue Solutions Vostok
Analogue Solutions Nyborg 24
Analogue Solutions Polymath
Access Virus Indigo
Akai X7000
Akai S1000
Akai S32000
Akai MPC1000
Akai MPC2500
Akai MPC2000xl
Akai MPC3000
Akai MPC Live
ARP 2500 Wing cabinet (ex jimmy Paige)
Casio VL-1 (1st synth)
Casio SK5 (1st Sampler)
Casio FZ1
Cheetah MS6
Chroma Polaris
DSI Mono Evolver Keys
Elektron Monomachine Keys
Elektron Octatrack
Elektron Machinedrum
E-Mu Emulator I
E-Mu Emulator II
E-Mu Emulator II+HD
E-Mu Emulator IV
E-Mu Emulator IV-K
E-Mu Emulator E-synth
Emax I (x3)
Emax II (x6)
Gem S2
JWM Thunderchild
Kawai K3
Kawai K4r
Kawai K5r
Korg MS10
Korg MS20
Korg MS50
Korg Polysix
Korg 700s
Korg DS8
Korg Wavestation
Kurzweil K2000r
Oberheim TVS-1
Oberheim FVS
Oberheim OBsX
Oberheim OB8
Oberheim SEM Cabinet (custom)
Roland SH101 (x5)
Roland TB303
Roland Jupiter 6
Roland Promars
Roland Alpha Juno 2
Roland System 1m
Sequential Prophet V (Rev2)
Waldorf Microwave I (x2)
Waldorf Microwave II
Waldorf Q
Waldorf Micro-Q
Waldorf Waveslave
Waldorf KB37 (Full of AJH Minimods)
Yamaha CS5
Yamaha CS60
Yamaha SY1
Yamaha TG33


Or something like that.. Me?.. have a problem?.. of course not :headbang:
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby Chevytraveller » Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:52 pm

... and nope, never owned a Moog
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Re: Can you remember it all??

Postby The Elf » Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:36 pm

Chevytraveller wrote:... and nope, never owned a Moog
Or a Kawai K1.

Tch, beginner... :roll: :lol:
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