John Bowen Solaris Synthesizer, heard of it?

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John Bowen Solaris Synthesizer, heard of it?

Post by synthmax » Fri Dec 19, 2008 7:18 pm

Have you heard/seen John Bowen Solaris synth? Is it any good?

http://www.johnbowen.com/solaris.html

I listened to all the samples, and that sound is great!

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Re: John Bowen Solaris Synthesizer, heard of it?

Post by carbon111 » Fri Dec 19, 2008 7:27 pm

Heard it?
I worked the John Bowen booth at NAMM last January and demoed it for people. :D

They're in production finally. People who pre-ordered should be getting them probably the first part of the year...

I've put down some impressions here:
http://synthwire.blogspot.com/2008/07/w ... sitor.html
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Re: John Bowen Solaris Synthesizer, heard of it?

Post by cornutt » Fri Dec 19, 2008 7:32 pm

I pre-ordered, and I think mine's going to shipped in February, if I interpreted John's last message about it correctly.
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Re: John Bowen Solaris Synthesizer, heard of it?

Post by sensorium » Fri Dec 19, 2008 7:47 pm

I haven't hear anything come out of this yet that you couldn't do on a MUCH less expensive Waldorf Blofeld......but I'm anxious for someone to prove me wrng :wink:

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Re: John Bowen Solaris Synthesizer, heard of it?

Post by carbon111 » Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:03 pm

Wait 'till you hear the SSM filter emulation paired with the CEM oscillators. :shock:

Once people have these in their hands and start making music people will freak...the quality of sound and timbral variety is nothing short of amazing.
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Re: John Bowen Solaris Synthesizer, heard of it?

Post by synthmax » Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:11 pm

Is this badboy all digital or are there analog components in there as well?

... and Blofeld, that sound is just downright kinky! Ok, now let me just meet the product manager who came up with the name Blofed. Heh.

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Re: John Bowen Solaris Synthesizer, heard of it?

Post by carbon111 » Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:42 pm

synthmax wrote:Is this badboy all digital or are there analog components in there as well?
All digital. Sounds fantastic though. That's always been John's bottom line: the sound.
Yes, the User Interface rocks, but without great sound there's no point.

FWIW, the Solaris dosen't sound "glassy" or "brittle" like most digital synths do to my ears...
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Re: John Bowen Solaris Synthesizer, heard of it?

Post by Syn303 » Sat Dec 20, 2008 12:50 pm

Isn't the Solaris just a repackaged Oberheim Matrix 12. However sounds kinda PPG'ish to me!
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Re: John Bowen Solaris Synthesizer, heard of it?

Post by shaft9000 » Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:49 pm

Syn303 wrote:Isn't the Solaris just a repackaged Oberheim Matrix 12. However sounds kinda PPG'ish to me!
:tard:
wha?
as far as i know the Solaris is related to the Creamware family of add-on card DSP synths/processors. IIRC Bowen developed the SCOPE system and perhaps more.
I have no idea if Bowen was ever affiliated w/ Oberheim.
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Re: John Bowen Solaris Synthesizer, heard of it?

Post by urgetoplay » Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:54 pm

Nothing to do with the Matrix 12. Extremely high quality digital synth.
Check out Carbon's link for more information. I've been onboard for a while,
I'm excited that it'll be in myhands soon.
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Re: John Bowen Solaris Synthesizer, heard of it?

Post by carbon111 » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:35 pm

Hang tight, John is working like an absolute dog to get this out ASAP.

Everything is on track but, having played the proto quite a bit, I'm still ripping my hair out with the excitement of expectation! :shock:
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Re: John Bowen Solaris Synthesizer, heard of it?

Post by Joey » Sat Dec 20, 2008 11:07 pm

Looks like it will be the ultimate digital synth

I have no use for it in my setup... I've got all its bases covered... but it is definitely something awesome
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Re: John Bowen Solaris Synthesizer, heard of it?

Post by gd » Sat Dec 20, 2008 11:46 pm

I feel for John on this one as it will likely be a very tough sell given the economic circumstances.
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Re: John Bowen Solaris Synthesizer, heard of it?

Post by Max Websta » Sun Dec 21, 2008 3:58 am

Paid for mine a year ago. I got the light gray color with white lit up wheels. It will be worth every second of waiting and it will be a classic upon it's release!

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Re: John Bowen Solaris Synthesizer, heard of it?

Post by urgetoplay » Sun Dec 21, 2008 6:54 am

Same here; although I've chosen the darker color scheme.
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