Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:17 pm
!975- Polymoog.... what else?
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Damn right!Tchammosaur wrote:yep. and very proud owner of an ESQ-1 as well.
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!).Mr. Black wrote:!975- Polymoog.... what else?
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.TrondC wrote:Matrix 12 and the Expander
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.iProg wrote:Man, that is so true!OMNI26 wrote: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!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.
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.