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cs80 pheremones

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:06 pm
by rjd2
this synth is a trip. since it likes to warm up for 15-20 min, i turn it on and let it sit before playing. the funny thing is, it creates an ambience in the room when its on, because there is a VERY distinct smell that comes from the circuits. ive never smelled anything like it; its a tiny bit sweet, with a hint of cigarette smoke, wood, and plastic maybe.

and it permeates the room, in a good way, every time its on. so wierd. it just adds to the whole experience.

i am now sure that japanese factories in the 70's were chock full of heavy smokers, as i have smelled it on various roland/yamaha gear when desoldering parts.

Re: cs80 pheremones

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:15 pm
by Syn303
A lot of analogue gear seems to have a distinctive smell after it's been on for a while. Maybe someone should bottle that smell and sell it. Ah i can see it now "eau de analog" for men. :lol:

Re: cs80 pheremones

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 3:56 pm
by Logan 5
Syn303 wrote:Ah i can see it now "eau de analog" for men. :lol:
That would go on like a dream,once you have freshened up after a hot soak,courtesy of Aphex Twin's "Analogue Bubblebath"! :D

Re: cs80 pheremones

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:07 pm
by Esus
My Moog modular has a definite aroma, even when off. I brought it into my garage, took the backs off the cabinets, and ran a box fan for about two days. It cleared up a lot, but you can still smell it, even outside the studio. Years of living in control rooms, I guess. :D

This raises another question: anyone here who has a Minimoog that was built in the Moog "rendering" plant? I've heard stories that the stench there (Williamsburg?) was almost overpowering.

Re: cs80 pheremones

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:50 pm
by Christopher Winkels
My only "scented" synth is a Yamaha CS-15. It has a very definite funk about it that, while not unappealing, nevertheless came as a bit of a surprise when I first opened the box. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised given that it's at least 30 years old, but there was literally nothing inside the machine that could be described as an obvious odour source. I suppose it's just age and accumulated dust/grit/grime/smoke and wear from previous owners that causes that kind of smell.

Weird though that after six months it hasn't seen fit to air itself out yet.

Re: cs80 pheremones

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 5:47 pm
by pflosi
my acetone gt 7 doesnt smell very nice at all, but i guess that's because the previous owner had it standing unused in the cellar for bout 20 years... guess that's also why it sounds rather dirty

Re: cs80 pheremones

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 6:21 pm
by nvbrkr
My SK-20 has a smell too. It seems to be rather widely noted on this board that at least the later CS-m and SK -series definitely have a smell to them when they are turnt on, so I wouldn't be surprised if the eariler Yamaha's smelt something like that too (haven't had one... well I sort of "had in my hands" the CS80 as a teenager, but that's another story).

It's not that different from the smell of Dynachord tape delay, but there's hardly anything better than the smell of tape delay, a nice warmed-up analog synth and coffee on the sunday morning.

Re: cs80 pheremones

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:01 pm
by Tallman
LOL.. AWESOME thread.

Re: cs80 pheremones

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:06 pm
by CS_TBL
Hey, I never really disliked the smell of a copying machine! I also like paper with ink on it..

And as for synths: softwaresynths smell better :lol:

Re: cs80 pheremones

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:43 am
by Alex E
My CS1x kind of smells like the backseat of an old car, does that count?

Re: cs80 pheremones

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 2:31 am
by Clavier
My 54 Hammond emits a fantastic smell, especially when it's on. It makes the whole room smell like a machine shop (one of my favorite smells).

Re: cs80 pheremones

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 3:51 am
by Virgule
:)

Re: cs80 pheremones

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:26 am
by Murderhausen
I used to play with very old slot cars as a child. Sometimes the smell of my older gear reminds me their scent. My guess is that the scent comes from the conductive alloys in the circuits being heated. I'm no chemist, but would speculate that differences in smells come from the differences of the parts used in each machine or brand/production era of machine, furthering that impurities such as lead could be cited as cause for a particular 'vintage' aroma seeing that known hazardous materials are now more closely regulated.

Re: cs80 pheremones

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:52 am
by iProg
Syn303 wrote:A lot of analogue gear seems to have a distinctive smell after it's been on for a while. Maybe someone should bottle that smell and sell it. Ah i can see it now "eau de analog" for men. :lol:
Eau De Analog :lol: :lol: :lol:

My Korg Polysix smells like a 70's living room..

Re: cs80 pheremones

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:49 pm
by pflosi
i gotta stop smoking in my room to better smell my synths :)