Most overpriced synths of all-time?

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Post by 23 » Sun Jul 22, 2007 7:23 am

Another vote for the Fairlite

Korg Oasys I'd put at an EXTREMELY distant 2nd.

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Post by differentbydesign » Tue Jul 31, 2007 4:01 pm

burns46824 wrote:
That titties line is pretty funny...but honestly, give me one good example of how someone effectively used a Fairlight.
Kate Bush Hounds of Love
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Post by differentbydesign » Tue Jul 31, 2007 4:03 pm

ApolloBoy wrote:
burns46824 wrote:...but honestly, give me one good example of how someone effectively used a Fairlight.
Listen to any The Art Of Noise song made from around 1983 to 1986. I swear, they were practically masters of the Fairlight...
Moments In Love I believe was the song you are talking about. I still love it !!

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Post by drawtippy » Tue Jul 31, 2007 8:21 pm

What? No Voyager bashing?

I read the whole thread and didn't see any of the usual "What's so great about MOOG?" comments. Shame on you guys!

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Post by WhinyLittleRunt » Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:07 pm

drawtippy wrote:What? No Voyager bashing?

I read the whole thread and didn't see any of the usual "What's so great about MOOG?" comments. Shame on you guys!

/Voyager owner :twisted:
Funny people would even bash Moog as a company, because they're one of the only ones left in the business that actually puts any care into what they're building. Why do you think they have such a good rep, even if Bob is gone? :roll:
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Post by felis » Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:18 pm

Looks like those Synclavier figures have been updated:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synclavier

$200,000 to $300,000 for the basic system, and the most expensive fully decked out system went for $500,000.

Fairlights were a good deal compared to those. :lol:




Currently, most synths are too expensive for my liking, but there's still a few deals on new units to be found.

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Post by bgi » Wed Aug 01, 2007 12:15 am

supermel74 wrote:
Sealed wrote:I tend to feel softsynths a little bit expensive for what they are.
I agree 100%. No soft synth is worth more than $50. I don't care how you use it or how it sounds, it's still just a f**k cd.
Obviously written by someone who knows nothing about software development.
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Post by felis » Wed Aug 01, 2007 3:45 am

ooooh - lookee what I just found.

http://www.synclavier.com/SynclavierX.html


I thought I'd see if they were still around and it looks like they made the synclavier a softsynth.

Too bad it's mac only. :(




edit: oops - I guess it's not a softsynth:

"SynclavierX is not necessarily useful without a PCI-1 hardware interface card and the necessary Synclavier® voice cards and optional SMPTE timecode reader".

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Post by MrFrodo » Wed Aug 01, 2007 5:53 am

Possibly the ARP Avatar. I seem to recall reading that it cost more than $4,000 bucks for one back in 1978. Considering that it was better embraced as an Odyssey without a keyboard, and supposedly stank with ineptitude as a guitar synthesizer, that thing should've been cheaper, even when it was new.

It's been publicized that the Avater single-handedly finished ARP. This isn't really so, but it did look like placing a lot of eggs in one basket.
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Post by freqwaves » Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:10 pm

burns46824 wrote:Yeah, they really were. I don't understand why EVERYONE used a Fairlight. Makes absolutely no sense to me. It's not like people were using them for additive synthesis.

It's funny, when Duran Duran was on tour in '84, Nick tried to show off the additive synthesis capabilities of his fairlight (via that little computer screen it came along with)...but in truth we all know that he was just trying to look cool.

That titties line is pretty funny...but honestly, give me one good example of how someone effectively used a Fairlight.
Laurie Anderson. h**l, a lot of 80's music was Fairlight. Damn thing was fun and damn speedy to work with. The fairlight was the first sampler I used, and I still remember it fondly. It ruled until the EII then EIII came out.
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Post by MrFrodo » Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:46 pm

burns46824 wrote: That titties line is pretty funny...but honestly, give me one good example of how someone effectively used a Fairlight.
"Let's Stay Together" and "1984" by Tina Turner and British Electronic Foundation. The Fairlight was used for most of the drumming and plenty of the synth strings and bass sounds. (The drums at the end were divided between the Fairlight and a Linn.)

And, you can't say what you hear on the Yes song, "Owner of a Lonely Heart" isn't effective. Those drum fills at the beginning and before the guitar solo were sampled by that machine and recorded into the main board. Not to mention all those orchestra hits and synth bass.

All that stuff we take for granted todayin the world of synths and sequencing was pioneered in the Fairlight.
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Post by MrFrodo » Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:06 pm

And, if you need more proff that the CMI can be used effectively, take a(nother) look at this:



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Post by Analogue Crazy » Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:29 pm

Yamaha CS-40M - 1980 Price: £1600 - That was a lot of money for a duophonic synth. It was more expensive than the CS-50.
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Post by Micke » Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:30 pm

The Rhodes Chroma is the synth that really shines in this video though.
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Post by oceanbourne » Thu Aug 02, 2007 11:39 pm

Laurie Anderson. h**l, a lot of 80's music was Fairlight. Damn thing was fun and damn speedy to work with. The fairlight was the first sampler I used, and I still remember it fondly. It ruled until the EII then EIII came out.

I thought Laurie used the Synclavier more? I've seen photos of her circa 1989 with one on stage . . . she used the Fairlight for earlier work I take it?
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