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by V301H
Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:52 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: what would be a nice organ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1298

The Casio WK series has some slightly editable tonewheel organ drawbar settings if you are looking for something modern and inexpensive. The WK's also have a lot of other worthwhile sounds that are less editable.
by V301H
Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:11 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Jupiter6 vs jx-3p`?
Replies: 12
Views: 1511

One thing the JX-3P has over the JP6 is that it will respond to velocity over MIDI. I was in a band for several years with a second keyboardist who used a 3P (I played a JP6). I didn't like it and I don't think he did either, but he couldn't afford anything better at the time. If you like the DCO so...
by V301H
Fri Nov 16, 2007 7:05 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Please help - Jupiter 4 or Jupiter 6?
Replies: 17
Views: 1512

You can't go wrong with a Jupiter 6 with or without the Europa upgrade. You already have an Oberheim so this will give you much additional range. I used a Jupiter 6 and an OB8 in my 80's stage setup so I got to hear them side by side for years. The Oberheim was great for those fat, dark, low-end sou...
by V301H
Tue Nov 13, 2007 5:58 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Vintage Mono's with memory/patch storage
Replies: 32
Views: 2386

I built a Gnome too. I couldn't afford the Proteus I at the time. I figured I would start out with the Gnome just to test my soldering skills and maybe get the Proteus later on. The Gnome was kind of cheaply made, but actually worked pretty well. No keyboard (although I think it could be interfaced ...
by V301H
Tue Nov 13, 2007 5:51 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Arp Omni 2
Replies: 8
Views: 869

I had an Omni 2 which I really liked at the time (early 80's). The String sounds were good, but I used the Synth section more. It wasn't good for lead work since it wasn't fat sounding, no pitch-bend/portamento and it was multiple trigger. The multiple triggering was good for doing background sequen...
by V301H
Tue Nov 13, 2007 5:24 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Vintage Mono's with memory/patch storage
Replies: 32
Views: 2386

Around 1978-79 there was the dual oscillator PAIA Proteus I which came in kit or assembled form for around $500-600. It had 16 memory locations and used Curtis chips. The Proteus I was available up until about 1983.
by V301H
Sat Nov 10, 2007 9:57 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: FAVORITE WAVEFORM POLL
Replies: 43
Views: 3358

The Square Wave with Variable Pulse Width has the most versatility of any single Wave. It can go from a nice fat woody tone or thinned to where it practically disappears. When the Pulse Width is Modulated it can produce a nice Vibrato or Phasing effect without Modulating Pitch.
by V301H
Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:36 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Yamaha CS70M
Replies: 23
Views: 3287

Thanks to everyone who weighed in on this topic. Thanks Micke for the Moraz photos. One of my favorite players. I saw him twice with the Moody Blues and he was using many of the keyboards pictured. I also saw him demonstrating for Kurzweil at the NAMM show in the early 80's. His pre-Yes band Refugee...
by V301H
Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:01 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Yamaha CS70M
Replies: 23
Views: 3287

Yamaha CS70M

This week I'm going to check out a CS70M for sale. There doesn't seem to be a lot of info on-line about these and I've seen some conflicting opinions about their desirability and value. If anybody here has any comments on whether or not this would be a worthwhile purchase I'd appreciate some input. ...
by V301H
Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:53 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: pick 5 of the very best.
Replies: 82
Views: 8495

1. Roland Jupiter 6
2. ARP Odyssey (white face)
3. Yamaha RX5
4. C-Lab Creator
5. Oberheim Matrix 12
by V301H
Fri Oct 26, 2007 5:17 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: J6 vs. P'08 vs ??? - help me pick an analog poly!
Replies: 70
Views: 5836

I bought a JP6 when they first came out in 1983. Not comparing it to any modern units it remains my all-time favorite vintage poly-synth. If you are looking for fat sounds this isn't what you want. If you want a versatile analog synth that is capable of an incredibly wide range of sounds then this i...
by V301H
Tue Oct 23, 2007 7:20 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: MS-20 vs. CS-30 - Opinions?
Replies: 30
Views: 2382

The MS20 has some major shortcomings - especially considering the prices they have been going for lately. There is no Pulse-width Modulation or Oscillator Sync, basic functions found on nearly every full-featured analog synth. A lot of people make a big deal about the patch panel, but many of the fu...