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Post by Mr. Black » Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:17 pm

!975- Polymoog.... what else?

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Post by OriginalJambo » Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:18 pm

Tchammosaur wrote:yep. and very proud owner of an ESQ-1 as well.
Damn right! :lol:

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Post by TrondC » Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:31 am

yey, I got the 909, Juno 106, Matrix 12 and the Expander :)
1984 rawks

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Post by felini » Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:36 pm

I was born in 1982, the same year as my Fiat Europa 128 CL, my favorite piece of analog vintage gear :)

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Post by Micke » Fri Apr 25, 2008 4:31 pm

Mr. Black wrote:!975- Polymoog.... what else?
Remember though that the PM wasn't publically released until the end of 1976 (around the same time as the ARP Omni). Only a few prototypes existed by late '75, one of which was used by Patrick Moraz on his solo albim "The Story Of I" (recorded in the autumn of '75!).

Anyways, 1975 was a very productive year as far as newly-introduced synthesizers were concerned: Yamaha GX-1 & SY-2, Oberheim 2 & 4 voice, Steiner-Parker Synthacon & Synthasystem modular, ARP Axxe & Little brother, Roland SH-5 & RS-101, Korg 800DV, 900PS & Synthe-bass SB-100, Moog Minitmoog, Solina string synthesizer etc.
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Post by immigrantboy » Fri Apr 25, 2008 4:37 pm

'86. Some of the Casio CZ synths, Akai Ax-60, Kawai K3, and the Roland Alpha Junos. None of which I have, but wow, alot of hybrids came out around that time!
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Post by stillearning » Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:20 pm

The B-3.
As always, kindly allow for the possibility I have no idea what I'm talking about.

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Post by V301H » Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:33 pm

TrondC wrote:Matrix 12 and the Expander :)
1984 rawks
The Xpander was out in '84, but I first saw the Matrix 12 at Winter Namm in '85. I ordered mine in December '85 and it took weeks to get it because of production problems so I didn't actually get it until '86. Some stores had floor models in '85, but I wonder if any were actually delivered to customers in '85.
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Post by sonny1 » Sat May 17, 2008 7:04 am

iProg wrote:
OMNI26 wrote:
sonny1 wrote: Yup, I agree. I think the worst years for synths started in 88, and went until about 1994 that's when the collective industry started to pull they heads out they asses.
Funny thing.....music in general (at least the stuff I liked) started to get worse around '88 (actually, more like '85 or so). I feel fortunate to have fallen in love with synths during the "pre-MIDI" days (very late 1970's - very early 1980's). It was a great time then hearing sounds that were so new and fresh. Then came the day when I saw the brand new Korg Poly-61 in the music store.....no sliders, only a couple of knobs, and this strange "menu" for changing parameters. I knew immediately that something was wrong, and dark days were ahead for synths. I was right....but obviously, years later, the industry eventually recognized the error of its ways!
Man, that is so true!

That's why I buy vintage gear in 2008! Music industry right now is c**p, although there will always be a strong quality music underground movement and a few buzzers and great independent labels.
But the big bands, filling arenas and selling 5xplatinum are long gone. Except for the oldies still out there.
Yeah, I know what you mean. But I think what we're talking about is the little companies like DSI, Nord and Waldorph that finally brought back the true analogs...as new, and not some pawn shop dust model. As well as more real time sliders and adjustment knobs were brought back like on the Alesis and Korgs....I think the industry just corrected an oversight. The synths sounded good, they more powerful than ever, and you could edit the parameters, it was just a real b***h looking at a 2"x1" read out that had abbriviations of one or two letters, instead of having a knob or a slider that instantly told you where the parameter was. For that matter a decent size LED. I don't think it was the quality of the instruments, I think it was the design more than anything.

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