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Can't recognize this synth/keyboard, with a ball controller

Post by Thefumigator » Wed Mar 05, 2008 5:48 am

Pics of this synth/keyboard, maybe you can help me recognize it, any small info about it is welcomed. It looks cheap, low end. Sorry for the bad quality pics:

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I remember seeing the logo somewhere, but can't remember the manufacturer. I browsed each and every one on the VSE site but none has this one.

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The keyboard features a ball as controller to shape something, as you can see in the picture. It has floppy drive not seen in the pics.
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Post by Analog Freak » Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:19 am

I could be wrong, but I think you're looking at something made by General Music. I really don't know enough about their products to be sure, but it strikes me as being similar to many of their older designs. If that isn't it I haven't a clue. Whatever it is, I've never seen one before.
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Post by adamstan » Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:39 am

It's one of GEM home keyboards from mid '90s. ( I saw it in the store around 1996, but ended buying Yamaha PSR-520 )
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Post by Bitexion » Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:10 pm

That "ball controller" might just be a D-beam. They tend to stick out a bit on the front. And this was probably an early one too so it wasn't so tiny as they are now.

D-beam is like an invisible beam you can put your hand inside and it because a modulator for whatever. Like filter cutoff or oscillator pitch.

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Post by Yoozer » Wed Mar 05, 2008 7:23 pm

The ball controller is an ordinary pitch bend/modwheel combo. It wasn't such a great idea - can't grip it, and one finger was usually not enough. GEM would be my guess too - they've put that thing on all their keyboards from the 90's.
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Post by Bitexion » Wed Mar 05, 2008 7:30 pm

Ah...Korg did that right with the Triton pitchbend. It's almost like a X-Y controller.

GEM doesn't mean "shitty" though. The GEM Promega 3 is rated as one of the best electric pianos ever. It also has a kickass church organ sample.

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Post by mirt » Thu Mar 06, 2008 9:01 pm

it is GENERAL MUSIC CD1

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Post by WDW » Thu Mar 06, 2008 11:05 pm

Actually, I believe it's a CD20. Take a look at the number below the trackball. That's a "2."


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Post by insky » Sun Mar 09, 2008 3:06 am

I'm guessing they thought playing keyboards didn't shout "I'm gay" enough so they decided to omit the standard mod wheel so you could be groping balls the whole time.
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Post by killedaway » Sun Mar 09, 2008 4:54 am

insky wrote:I'm guessing they thought playing keyboards didn't shout "I'm gay" enough...
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Post by Bitexion » Sun Mar 09, 2008 5:30 am

Well, it has a style called FUNK so it must be funky at least.
And funk ain't gay, is it?

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Post by Thefumigator » Sun Mar 09, 2008 2:46 pm

Don't really know if its gay or not, I just think its plain cheap... but hey, how does the thing sounds is what I'm asking myself...
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Post by insky » Sun Mar 09, 2008 11:13 pm

killedaway wrote:
insky wrote:I'm guessing they thought playing keyboards didn't shout "I'm gay" enough...
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you'd better be going somewhere with this, counselor...
Ask a guitarist.
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Post by grondo2001 » Mon Mar 10, 2008 12:49 am

I was working in a music shop back in this model's heyday. It was buggy as h**l and sounded extremely plasticky.
Good points? it had nice rhythm styles and at the time it was the cheapest home keyboard with touch sensitivity and MIDI. Still, we preferred selling PSR220... :D

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Post by killedaway » Mon Mar 10, 2008 12:56 am

insky wrote:Ask a guitarist.
*shudder*... and risk getting "lame" on myself? not on your life!

that's like asking a skateboarder why they think rollerblading is gay: at the end of the day, they're all wanking around on tiny wheels.

and for the record, i play guitar, and i skateboard and rollerblade (or at least, i put in 10 years on the last two). i'm so conflicted!

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