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Any idea what those synths are?

Postby gcoudert » Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:43 pm

Any idea what the top synths are in the two rigs below? I can see the PPG Wave 2, what I think is a BBC computer and probably a Prophet 5 but I am intrigued by the other two. The photos are enlarged close-up shots from the inner sleeves of the late French artist Daniel Balavoine's "Balavoine au Palais des Sports" double live album from 1984. The keyboard players are Hervé Limeretz and Sylvain Pauchard but I can't find any info about their gear. Thanks.

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Re: Any idea what those synths are?

Postby Bitexion » Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:03 pm

Could you find any worse pictures, please?
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Re: Any idea what those synths are?

Postby madtheory » Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:23 pm

Top one is a Korg Poly Ensemble. Below looks vaguely like Jupiter 8. In second pic above PPG it looks more like an OB8 or Xa than a P5. No idea what's below the PPG.
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Re: Any idea what those synths are?

Postby gcoudert » Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:36 pm

Bitexion wrote:Could you find any worse pictures, please?


Must be your eyesight. They look fine to me! :lol:
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Re: Any idea what those synths are?

Postby gcoudert » Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:42 pm

madtheory wrote:No idea what's below the PPG.


I reckon it might be a BBC microcomputer running some sort of sequencing software. Didn't Queen use one at some point with the UMI 2B sequencer?

So the top keyboard's a Korg Poly Ensemble then. Thanks for that!
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Re: Any idea what those synths are?

Postby Micke » Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:25 pm

Korg PE-2000 & Oberheim OB-Xa

Top one in the 2nd shot appears to be an OB-8.
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Re: Any idea what those synths are?

Postby madtheory » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:03 pm

Here's a BBC Micro from the back, looks about right.
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Micke wrote:Korg PE-2000

a.k.a. Polyphonic Ensemble S
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Re: Any idea what those synths are?

Postby elsongs » Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:15 pm

Gearspotting can be like forensic science.
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Re: Any idea what those synths are?

Postby ppg_wavecomputer » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:13 am

elsongs wrote:Gearspotting can be like forensic science.


Or like a day out at a mental asylum.

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Re: Any idea what those synths are?

Postby Weirdofromouterspace » Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:24 pm

madtheory wrote:Here's a BBC Micro from the back, looks about right.
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Since when do electric typewriters have MIDI jacks :shock: ;) :mrgreen: ?

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Re: Any idea what those synths are?

Postby gcoudert » Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:57 pm

Weirdofromouterspace wrote:
madtheory wrote:Since when do electric typewriters have MIDI jacks :shock: ;) :mrgreen: ?


You know, for a fraction of a second, that was my reaction too! :oops: Until I remembered it was pre-dated MIDI and the Atari 1040ST. The three ports on the rear of the BBC micro are labelled RGB, RS-423 and Cassette. On second thought, I'm not sure that's a BBC Micro in the photo.
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Re: Any idea what those synths are?

Postby Bitexion » Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:29 pm

BBC Micro is an 8-bit computer, I doubt musicians used those for tracking music. You had to program the music in assembly code, if able at all.
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Re: Any idea what those synths are?

Postby gcoudert » Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:26 pm

Bitexion wrote:BBC Micro is an 8-bit computer, I doubt musicians used those for tracking music. You had to program the music in assembly code, if able at all.


Surprising but true:
http://www.muzines.co.uk/articles/umi-2b/1197

The UMI 2B sequencer for the BBC Micro also credited on Queen's "A Kind Of Magic" album, even though they also had a a Fairlight!

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Re: Any idea what those synths are?

Postby madtheory » Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:46 pm

Depeche Mode used it in preference to the Synclavier, and Vince Clarke was using the UMI well past its sell by date, with Erasure.

Being 8 bit doesn't limit the machine for sequencing at all.
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Re: Any idea what those synths are?

Postby desmond » Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:02 pm

Bitexion wrote:BBC Micro is an 8-bit computer, I doubt musicians used those for tracking music. You had to program the music in assembly code, if able at all.


Vince Clarke *loved* the UMI sequencers running on the BBC B for years (as stated above, well past it's sell by date!)

Anyone remember his bit on Rockschool II..?

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