DK SYNERGY?

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Post by MarsHottentot » Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:11 am

I've been on an archaic digital sampler / synth kick lately, especially if they have a computer interface (In the Synergy's case, a Kaypro II 'portable' computer). I had never even heard of the DK Synergy until yesterday, and it sounds very... eccentric. Anybody have or have used one of these? Any samples you wanna share?
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Post by MrFrodo » Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:45 pm

The Synergy. The instrument that (along with the Crumar GDS) directly preceeded (and practically set the mold for) the Yamaha GS1 and . . . DX7.
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Post by MarsHottentot » Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:39 pm

Thanks guys!
The Ga Tech page has a 'how to' mp3 made from a cassette - if only the guy would shut up!

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Post by tim gueguen » Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:51 pm

There was one sitting in a local music store for a while in the late '80s or early '90s, presumably used, that I would love to know how it got there. It wasn't exactly the kind of thing the typical pop or rock band keyboardist working the local circuit would have really wanted or could have afforded.
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Post by MrFrodo » Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:00 pm

The funny thing about the articles I've read is that the Synergy's front panel controllers are (sort of) described as "sound creators," as opposed to "realtime editors."
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Post by MarsHottentot » Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:34 pm

I can picture the guy writing the manual and wracking his brain now:

"Honey! What are those things called that change the sound on the uh.. thing there? The Synergy."

"Am I supposed to know this?"

"I was talking to you about it last night. You know, those things you press and alters the sound - aaaaah, why am I drawing a blank on this?"

"Sound changers?"

"mmm No."

"Sound switchers? Real-time editors."

"What? That's way too convoluted. OH! You know what it was - sound CREATORS."
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Post by gcoudert » Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:48 pm

MrFrodo wrote:The funny thing about the articles I've read is that the Synergy's front panel controllers are (sort of) described as "sound creators," as opposed to "realtime editors."
Just like my E-mu E4K is labelled "Sampling Synthesis Controller". What's wrong with "sampler"?!!! Reminds me of that old Jasper Carrott sketch in which he describes tree surgeons as "bloody gardeners" and reckons that the way things are going, plumbers will soon be known as "U-bend gynaecologists".
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Post by soundsubs » Tue Jul 01, 2008 9:02 pm

that Synergy II+ was mine.
It actually had MIDI and worked fairly well, it just wasnt for me. The sound is very FM and digital, although i was amazed at the level of expressiveness achieved with just velocity. Some of the electric piano sounds and strings were really really alive, moreso than ive ever heard on any DX.
one of the problems with it is that you cannot program it from the panel. you MUST have a Kaypro computer to edit the sounds at all.
the keyboard feels great--- it feels like a real electric piano or piano and the overall build quality is extremely high.

although in my research i found a page for someone who had duplicated the synergy on a chip (actually used the copied code) and got a rack mount version made with it. i emailed him but never heard back.

hope this helps. (dont obsess about it too much)

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Post by calyx93 » Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:12 pm

Go here and scroll down to "Essential Listening" where you'll find the audio manual (utilizing the instrument itself) - it'll give you a good overall taste of the types of sounds it makes.

http://users.ece.gatech.edu/~lanterma/synergy/
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Post by MarsHottentot » Wed Jul 02, 2008 5:17 am

Cal, found that, thanks! (love your avatar BTW)

Shane, thanks for your insight - I'll try not to lose my mind like I do about Synclavier's and Fairlight's - those get me into a fightin' mood!

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Post by calyx93 » Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:59 am

No prob - I had a recent fascination with them myself a few months ago. I actually had the chance to try one, with the Kaypro, for a while several years back when I was buying an Emulator II+HD. The Synergy sounded nice, but like soundsubs stated, it was too close to my DX7 to warrant much more interest from me - plus the Emulator sounded so much more realistic at the time, there really was no contest.

It's also really big - like the Kurzweil K250 and Midiboard or the NED Synclavier VPK. It made the rather bulky EII seems small :)
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Post by minime123 » Sun Jul 06, 2008 5:23 am

after we sell this next one we probably wont be taking any more of them in. theyre interesting and sound nice but are definitely slow sellers.
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Re: DK SYNERGY?

Post by MarsHottentot » Sat Oct 16, 2010 5:25 am

Okay, so in the two years since I posted this, I was able to get a fairly beat up, but serviceable, Synergy 1 for 300 dollars on Craigslist that, even though it doesn't have the rs242 port or board to connect to it, came with a working Kaypro II and 6 cartridges. Without the computer software your editing capabilities are limited and finding the upgrade is next to impossible. One actually appeared on ebay in September when I was cash strapped and went for more than what I paid for the Synergy itself! The SYNCHS software has returned to ebay, but not exactly cheap. There was no way I could do it. But then 'xenmaster0' got a hold of me and claimed he could modify a cart to accept eproms of all 21 carts available allowing any Synergy to access all 504 timbres. It sounded too good to be true, so I asked him to make a video. He did. I'm stoked.

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Re: DK SYNERGY?

Post by SynthFred » Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:07 pm

Synergy users groups on Yahoo Groups and Facebook:

http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/synergy-synth/info

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=gro ... 9532401406

I have several albums of pure Synergy music here:

http://www.fredbecker.bandcamp.com/

There are very few working synths left and the users groups are about keeping them going and upgrading them.

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Over 20 Synergy synthesizer albums here: http://www.fredbecker.bandcamp.com

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