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by CZ Rider
Sun Feb 03, 2008 6:05 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: best looking keyboards
Replies: 137
Views: 11192

+1 for the Synclavier II. Something about the red mahogany and the over $20,000 price tag in 1982. Or it might be the shiny red candy like buttons! http://mysite.verizon.net/vze6s1hi/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/syncIIb.jpg Ever notice you never see a pic of the ugly blue box the CPU is in...
by CZ Rider
Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:15 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: what the h**l made arp synths so distinct?
Replies: 94
Views: 6955

In a word "Everything", makes a synthesizer sound unique. While the filters may be the dominant sound shaping component, every little bit influences the way it will sound, and also how it is played. The oscillators wave shapes, the mixer overdrive, envelopes speed, the type of glide, and also the ke...
by CZ Rider
Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:21 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synthesizers that have a 'Moog-like' sound
Replies: 70
Views: 10832

I have quite a few non-Moog analog mono synths including an Arp Odyssey with the 4035 (Moog lawsuit) ladder. The closest I have would be a Roland System 100M. It has those fast envelopes, and a pretty good 24db/oct low pass filter. Of course the Mini or a Voyager is a good low buck way to get that M...
by CZ Rider
Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:03 am
Forum: The Listening Lounge
Topic: Synclavier II sound clip
Replies: 24
Views: 5905

Synclavier II sound clip

Here is a clip from my 1982 Synclavier II, for anyone wondering what a Sync II sounds like. A really strange sounding synth. The oscillators seem to whine at the low notes, kind of like a jet turbine engine sound. This one is a has 16 FM/additive oscillators, running release I/R. No sampling option ...
by CZ Rider
Thu Dec 27, 2007 12:36 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: MicroKorg w/ keys removed
Replies: 33
Views: 7097

I really like the Casio CZ-230S very much, and wonder if it will be possible to make the same changes, but I doubt it... I don't think you could make it any smaller by removing the keys. The main circuit board is as tall as the outer case. This is '80 technology, not as small as todays electronics....
by CZ Rider
Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:09 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: '69 Moog Modular --Not dead yet!
Replies: 52
Views: 6560

so whats the reverb on the lead, it sound very nice, ambient in a kinda retro 70s way.. ?? The lead sound is actually two lines played at the same time. I'm playing the Sync II with my left hand. An authenic voilin sound with a fast attack. The Sync II runs through a dedicated Zoom 9050 with a touc...
by CZ Rider
Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:32 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Strange controller
Replies: 11
Views: 867

Here are a few close up pics of the controls. On the sicle shaped panel there is controls for filter cut off, decay amount, modulation and volume. The filter and volume are just variable CV outputs and could be routed to any CV device. The decay and modulation were specificly designed to interface w...
by CZ Rider
Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:09 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Strange controller
Replies: 11
Views: 867

That's my custom Moog 1150 controller. Purchased the 1150 back in 1979, when you could just walk into a music store and order one. Got that one from Benny Cintioli's in Philly, used for $140.00. I started building the body earlier out of red mahogany and the 1150 fit perfectly. Playing it just the o...
by CZ Rider
Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:44 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: I just got my CZ-101
Replies: 19
Views: 1740

Re: I just got my CZ-101

Anyone else here like these things. Still my favorite synth. I was once asked if I could only have one synth, what would it be? I answered my CZ-101. For me, it has that lead sound I have been searching my whole life for. Something about the way the waveshaper morphs from a complex waveform to a si...
by CZ Rider
Thu Dec 13, 2007 6:24 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: '69 Moog Modular --Not dead yet!
Replies: 52
Views: 6560

First, thanks to everyone for the kind words. It is nice to know there is a place to chat with others with the same appreciation for these old monsters of yesteryear. Can't help but think about what was happening back in August 11, 1969, the date on the 910 power supply. Two weeks earlier, man had w...
by CZ Rider
Wed Dec 12, 2007 12:50 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: '69 Moog Modular --Not dead yet!
Replies: 52
Views: 6560

'69 Moog Modular --Not dead yet!

Just resurected an old Moog Modular System 1P, built in August 1969. I aquired this Moog last month from a person that stored it in his attic for the past 17 years. After ordering the parts I needed to first rescue the 38 year old power supply, the final part arrived this past Tuesday. So I wasted n...
by CZ Rider
Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:50 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Keytars: Why the insane prices?
Replies: 79
Views: 7927

interested in selling any of those any time soon CZ Rider? :wink: Actually, with the crazy prices on Ebay, I was thinking of letting the Roland AX-1 go. Never really liked that one. I have a nice "Le Key" made by Lag Industries, serial #004. Finished like a Fender with a maple neck and sunburst fin...
by CZ Rider
Tue Nov 27, 2007 3:15 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Keytars: Why the insane prices?
Replies: 79
Views: 7927

Not sure why these are going for such high prices? I guess because there is a limited supply and high demand. I remember seeing the SHS-10 going for higher than normal prices a few years back, and later found out this was due to high demand from circuit benders. Being small, battery powered, built i...
by CZ Rider
Sat Nov 24, 2007 5:21 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Good Presets?
Replies: 51
Views: 6072

A great preset I have played is number 73 on the Casio CZ-230S, called "Feedback". No velocity, no mod wheel, only the pitch bender,but still one of my favorite CZ patches. It actually screams and howls! Here is a small example with two tracks with that same preset. First track a simple rythm, and t...
by CZ Rider
Tue Nov 13, 2007 4:54 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Vintage Mono's with memory/patch storage
Replies: 32
Views: 2383

Probably the first available patch storage for mono synths was the Sequential Circuits model 700 programer. Marketed as an add on to your Minimoog, 2600, or modular. The 700 would add programabliity to your existing synth for quick patch changes during live performances. Both Sequential Circuits and...