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by AdamAnt316
Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: most flexible Realistic® drum machine
Replies: 12
Views: 3423

Re: most flexible Realistic® drum machine

It's a fun toy, but it really doesn't compare to a more serious machine. The number of rhythms is limited and completely un-customizable. No swing, no fills, no individual outs or volume sliders. When I'm back home I should be able to record some sounds. It should be a short demo - there's not much...
by AdamAnt316
Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: most flexible Realistic® drum machine
Replies: 12
Views: 3423

Re: most flexible Realistic® drum machine

I'm the proud owner of one of these :) The photo here is really deceptive. It's a lot fatter and chunkier tthan that photo suggests. Think monophonic boombox, rather than answering machine. Off the top of my head (away from home right now), I think it only has four sounds - bass, snare, woodblock, ...
by AdamAnt316
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Casio FZ-1 Crackly Sound
Replies: 20
Views: 11982

Re: Casio FZ-1 Crackly Sound

I believe that failing electrolytic capacitors can cause crackling. They generally have a lifespan of 20 or so years (less if affected by the capacitor plague , though that isn't relevant here), and as the FZ-1 is several years older than that, it's possible that the capacitors are on their way out....
by AdamAnt316
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: most flexible Realistic® drum machine
Replies: 12
Views: 3423

Re: most flexible Realistic® drum machine

Or a Weatheradio. ;) Much of the stuff RS offered back in the day had an, errm, 'utilitarian' appearance. I have no idea why they had a drum machine built in a case like that. Probably contributed to low sales, as did the relatively high price tag.......... :roll: Getting back on-topic, if we includ...
by AdamAnt316
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: most flexible Realistic® drum machine
Replies: 12
Views: 3423

Re: most flexible Realistic® drum machine

This is the only one I'm aware of: http://i63.tinypic.com/rk0jk6.jpg (click here for the catalog page it came from) This may be the first product offered under the Concertmate name. It only appeared in the 1981 and 1982 catalogs, best I can tell, disappearing when they started offering the Concertma...
by AdamAnt316
Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Your latest musical purchase
Replies: 135
Views: 117715

Re: Your latest musical purchase

Wow! that really does look like it's in excellent condition. It was, but is been sold on. Apparently they don't save the sounds you program in if you switch the power off... That doesn't sound right. I know the later Casio SK-series samplers kept their samples in memory as long as the unit had good...
by AdamAnt316
Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: 50's vaccum tube synth/organ mods/circuit bending?
Replies: 4
Views: 723

Re: 50's vaccum tube synth/organ mods/circuit bending?

You've picked a very dangerous bit of kit to be circuit bending there. The DC high tension voltage on the valve/tube heaters is the last thing you want to tangle with. Oh no I'm not touching these tube circuits. This was way before UL standards were on everything, definitely not on this organ at le...
by AdamAnt316
Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Your latest musical purchase
Replies: 135
Views: 117715

Re: Your latest musical purchase

Picked up one of these yesterday: http://www.electronixandmore.com/adam/temp/yamahacp10.jpg Not really a synth, but might sound good fed through effects. http://www.electronixandmore.com/adam/temp/yamahacp10_left.jpg The controls. Faux woodgrain's seen better days, but not too bad overall. http://ww...
by AdamAnt316
Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: I have a soft spot for...
Replies: 33
Views: 6669

Re: I have a soft spot for...

The VSS is great it has a sample line in on the back so you don't just have to rely on the built in mic not sure if the Casio's have this. The pss 470 was considerably more grimy when I bought it spent a couple of hours cleaning it up... my HT-700 will be going to the cleaners on my day off tomorro...
by AdamAnt316
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: I have a soft spot for...
Replies: 33
Views: 6669

Re: I have a soft spot for...

First Post, thought it'd be better to resurrect a thread than start a new one: I'm primarily a guitarist but haven't been in the market for any new guitars lately as I sold a load off last year and paired down to 4 electrics that cover all my needs, however... To fill the buying void I seem to have...
by AdamAnt316
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Your latest musical purchase
Replies: 135
Views: 117715

Re: Your latest musical purchase

I recently picked up a nice Technics SX-K700 keyboard at a flea market. At first glance, it seemed like a glorified Casiotone, but it offers quite a bit more, and is far more well-built than their consumer models. I have yet to fully plumb its depths, but it seems to have loads of potential (well, a...
by AdamAnt316
Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)
Replies: 71
Views: 37848

Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

Not entirely sure how to answer some of these, since a fair number of my keyboards aren't really synths in the strictest sense, but here goes... 1) The synth that made you want to play music: Probably something by Moog. 2) Your first synth: Casio PT-12. Got it as a kid, was not too happy with its la...
by AdamAnt316
Thu May 25, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: I have a soft spot for...
Replies: 33
Views: 6669

Re: I have a soft spot for...

http://glacieracademy.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/yamaha-pss-480 / I wrote an article about the PSS-480 and that line of keyboards which I submitted to VSE, but I don't think they're updating the review section anymore. So, I just posted it on my blog. Interesting article! Keyboards like that usually ...
by AdamAnt316
Mon May 22, 2017 1:42 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: I have a soft spot for...
Replies: 33
Views: 6669

Re: I have a soft spot for...

I was playing with my PSS-470 last night, and was getting all sorts of weird 'swishy' effects when I applied the 'Digital Synthesizer' section to certain presets. Sounds cool, that's the magic of the old fm synth. Some people are experiencing more voodoo with the infamous battery draining effect. L...
by AdamAnt316
Sat May 20, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: I have a soft spot for...
Replies: 33
Views: 6669

Re: I have a soft spot for...

Rather interesting video. Makes me want to start collecting these keyboards. They may not be pro-level, but they sure look fun to play around with, especially when running them through various effects, stompboxes, etc. They do pretty well on their own. I was playing with my PSS-470 last night, and ...