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The secret Yamaha synth room

Postby Eddy Deegan » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:10 pm

Well.. not really that secret, but there's some pretty tasty venerable gear in here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmY4Ayffpsk

Well worth a look, even if only for the amazing Shakuhachi sound from the VL-1 (3m 30s in, for the impatient). Adjacent to the SY85 I noticed too.
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Re: The secret Yamaha synth room

Postby desmond » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:21 pm

DX5 for the win! Still sexy...

DX7II Centennial too, which gets the awards for the cheesiest colour buttons ever...

I sometimes wonder why the Yamaha experts don't know this stuff when the gear is there in front of them, but nerds like me can produce all the facts straight away..! :headbang:
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Re: The secret Yamaha synth room

Postby Dave B » Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:05 pm

Hey they have the coolest TX81Z in the world. Theirs is 16voice 6op FM. All the others were 8 voice 4op ...

Hang on .... :roll:

So we have a Yamaha expert who doesn't know about Yamaha synths. Great! :headbang:
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Re: The secret Yamaha synth room

Postby desmond » Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:09 pm

Nice that most of the gear was in pretty mint condition though, and working. Didn't spot a KX5 though, although there was a DX100 and CS01...

I would love a trip to the Roland synth museum, but I think that stuff is in strictly don't touch territory, rather than "bring the employees round for a jam" territory...
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Re: The secret Yamaha synth room

Postby Nathan-VST-Plugins » Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:39 am

Awesome! All in pretty good condition sounding an sighting, if I was them would have a real problem letting people touching them, the hardware I mean. :lol:
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Re: The secret Yamaha synth room

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:48 pm

Nice gear, but the wobbly-vision makes it impossible for me to watch :(
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Re: The secret Yamaha synth room

Postby Martin Walker » Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:50 pm

Eddy Deegan wrote:Well worth a look, even if only for the amazing Shakuhachi sound from the VL-1 (3m 30s in, for the impatient)

Ooh, I totally agree Eddy - that was a stunning demo (especially for 1993)! 8-)


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Re: The secret Yamaha synth room

Postby desmond » Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:56 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:Nice gear, but the wobbly-vision makes it impossible for me to watch :(

Yer. :(

It's really not too much to ask to spend another 5-10 minutes shooting a few cutaways of the instruments they mention, and to insert edit them in.

I know in this day and age it's cool to shoot, never edit, and get it up and "liked" by the world ASAP but some of us still see some value in the editing process... :headbang:
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Re: The secret Yamaha synth room

Postby Eddy Deegan » Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:00 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:Nice gear, but the wobbly-vision makes it impossible for me to watch :(

I didn't even notice the first time around... but now you mention it, it is rather wobbly isn't it. That's a shame. Wobbly doesn't bother me that much (though I prefer them not to be) but I can't bear to watch videos with the wrong aspect ratio for some reason.
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Re: The secret Yamaha synth room

Postby Rich Hanson » Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:06 pm

I was too busy salivating to notice the wobbliness :D
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Re: The secret Yamaha synth room

Postby Sam Spoons » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:00 pm

Far too much wobbliness in the world, when I were a lad.........

And why oh why do the BBC think it's remotely acceptable to post video news footage taken in portrait mode on FB and elsewhere :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang:
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Re: The secret Yamaha synth room

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:11 am

Rich Hanson wrote:I was too busy salivating to notice the wobbliness :D

I suspect this will become the quote of the month.

Bravo Rich! :clap:


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Re: The secret Yamaha synth room

Postby Folderol » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:01 am

Rich Hanson wrote:I was too busy salivating to notice the wobbliness :D
Me too :bouncy:
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Re: The secret Yamaha synth room

Postby MarkOne » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:42 am

Pah! No GX1.
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Re: The secret Yamaha synth room

Postby DGL. » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:01 pm

desmond wrote: Didn't spot a KX5 though.

Blame Howard Jones, I believe he got all he could get his hands on (as he liked the smaller keys and with the rigours of touring they slowly failed one by one.

As for a GX1, Benny still has his and if they need a DX1 a certain other MI manufacturer has one :D
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Re: The secret Yamaha synth room

Postby BigRedX » Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:21 am

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desmond wrote: Didn't spot a KX5 though.
Blame Howard Jones, I believe he got all he could get his hands on (as he liked the smaller keys and with the rigours of touring they slowly failed one by one.

Mine was still working when I sold it to someone in The Netherlands (so probably not Howard Jones) a couple of years ago. It had gone through a lot of mechanical repairs for broken keys and numerous ribbon controllers (until I discovered that recovering the controller with a strip of waterproof plaster worked just as well as replacing the whole unit, and was longer lasting than the original material.

I doubt it had to stand up to the same touring stresses that Howard Jones subjected his to, but apart from having to replace the MIDI DIN socket with a locking XLR I never had any electrical problems with mine.
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Re: The secret Yamaha synth room

Postby Dave B » Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:46 pm

I still have mine and last time I checked it worked. I keep meaning to clean it up and do a bit of posing. I just need to lose a bit of weight first. Ok ... a lot of weight .. ;)

There's another forumee who also has one. We're both old prog heads, so maybe it's a prog thing. Or maybe we just have no shame!
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Re: The secret Yamaha synth room

Postby desmond » Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:49 pm

Dave B wrote:I still have mine and last time I checked it worked.

Silver, or black?

https://youtu.be/Kr8tUOKXvBE?t=130
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Re: The secret Yamaha synth room

Postby BigRedX » Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:26 pm

desmond wrote:
Dave B wrote:I still have mine and last time I checked it worked.

Silver, or black?

https://youtu.be/Kr8tUOKXvBE?t=130

I always thought it was strange that Yamaha created this "instrument" that allowed me to get out from behind my keyboards and "throw some shapes" on stage and then made them such boring colours.

Mine started out life as a standard black KX5:

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After that it was sprayed a variety of different colours ending up gold. I also replaced all the pastel coloured buttons with black and red ones.

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The other synth player in this band had his painted red and black tiger stripes ( to match his spandex trousers). And no we weren't a prog-rock band!
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Re: The secret Yamaha synth room

Postby desmond » Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:42 pm

:thumbup: :clap:

Of all the keytar's (I hate that term!) made, the KX5 still for me hits the right form factor sweet spot.

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Although I did think the Korg RK100 looked pretty good back in the day, and Korg are reissuing them apparently...

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https://www.korg.com/uk/products/synthesizers/rk_100s/
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