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Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

Postby BJG145 » Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:44 am

Vox Gnus wrote:As for unique synths, put me down for a Yamaha VP1

...so, a polyphonic VL1, with a different kind of engine that was supposed to model a different range of acoustic instruments, but got dropped because despite some wild sounds it wasn't as realistic. Two known, possibly another couple "in hiding". That's a fascinating thing...never heard of that one.

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Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

Postby Dave B » Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:59 pm

I want one! That looks amazing (both in terms of abilities and aesthetics)
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Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

Postby BJG145 » Sun Aug 09, 2020 2:28 pm

Well, you might get lucky. Yamaha have got a couple. Composer Reinhold Heil has serial #5, and fellow owner Kurt Ader thinks nine were made, but no-one knows where the others are. Try your attic again.
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Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

Postby Eddy Deegan » Mon Aug 10, 2020 2:38 am

Arpangel wrote:The only other synth that had such an impact on me was the DX7.

Mine's the Yamaha SY85. I know I've belted on about it at length over the years but to me it's a unique synth insofar as nothing else sounds like it even though it is, on paper, a 90s rompler.

There is something about it that is huge, epic, lo-fi and glorious. The (digital) filters in it are amazing.

When it comes to enormous, overwhelming walls of sound (which are a penchant of mine) it easily matches any other synth I own, including the Kronos, Summit, Hydrasynth, MatrixBrute, OB-6, Prophet-6 and three generations of the Motif series.

It's also a major challenge to include in a mix, but I'll totally forgive it that. There is a patch on it which is based on a sample of a Prophet 5 that out-analogues the Prophet 6, even with filter sweeps, and makes the house shake.

When I used it live it turned heads on occasion. Several times punters thought I was using something from the '70s or '80s and were quite disappointed to hear that it was a rompler.

I own three of them, but only because I've not found a convenient 4th to pick up locally :D
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Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

Postby Arpangel » Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:32 am

Eddy Deegan wrote:Mine's the Yamaha SY85.

:D

Maybe we should have a "most underrated synth" thread.
Mind you, that could be a waste of time, as anything can be brilliant if you want it to be, especially if you’ve got no money.

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Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

Postby Zukan » Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:38 am

This is another mad synth:
The Aries 300

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qde_6eEA2KE
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