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Which year had the most synths/samplers produced?

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:36 am
by astroidmist
I was looking at the synth timeline and i'm wonderning which year or cluster of years had the most synths and samplers produced?

Re: Which year had the most synths/samplers produced?

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:09 am
by Ashe37
Synths? probably '85 or '86. Samplers? somewhere in the early 90s... I'd say '92 or '93.

Re: Which year had the most synths/samplers produced?

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 4:29 pm
by shaft9000
this year probably
eurorack is exploding

Re: Which year had the most synths/samplers produced?

Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 4:04 am
by cornutt
shaft9000 wrote:this year probably
eurorack is exploding
I'm not sure that counts, although this year or last year may well be a record for most modules ever sold for modular synths. As far as the original question, I'd go with sometime in the mid-'80s when Yamaha was cranking out DX7s by the tens of thousands per year.

Re: Which year had the most synths/samplers produced?

Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:20 am
by GuyaGuy
Judging by how many Microkorgs I see on CL, this year might just be right.

Re: Which year had the most synths/samplers produced?

Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:27 am
by Alex E
I think synth production did hit a peak in the mid 80's, mainly with DCO or wave-based synthesizers without lots of knobs.

However, if you jump ahead to like eh... 1989-1991, there were quite a handful of generally unexciting matte-black digital things made for budding home studio musicians that couldn't afford super expensive gear.

Re: Which year had the most synths/samplers produced?

Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 1:31 pm
by StepLogik
Alex E wrote: However, if you jump ahead to like eh... 1989-1991, there were quite a handful of generally unexciting matte-black digital things made for budding home studio musicians that couldn't afford super expensive gear.
I agree. Seems like there was a period around that time, and maybe even into the mid 90's, where there were just tons and tons of modules and ROMplers hitting the market. Roland was cranking out JV stuff by the truckload. Korg was selling the successors to the M1 in massive numbers with a new model every week it seemed. There were modules and drum machines piled high in every guitar center.

Re: Which year had the most synths/samplers produced?

Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:02 pm
by Stab Frenzy
What are the three biggest selling synths ever? It used to be the DX7, M1 and D-50. Don't know how the uK has changed that, but it's been produced for 10 years so might be more of a slow burner than a big spike in sales in one year. So anyway, I'd be guessing 88/89 when D-50/M1 came out.

All you're gonna get in this thread is guesses, at least people should be showing the logic behind them.

Re: Which year had the most synths/samplers produced?

Posted: Sun May 01, 2011 9:22 am
by astroidmist
Stab Frenzy wrote:What are the three biggest selling synths ever? It used to be the DX7, M1 and D-50. Don't know how the uK has changed that, but it's been produced for 10 years so might be more of a slow burner than a big spike in sales in one year. So anyway, I'd be guessing 88/89 when D-50/M1 came out.

All you're gonna get in this thread is guesses, at least people should be showing the logic behind them.
Good call.

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Re: Which year had the most synths/samplers produced?

Posted: Sun May 01, 2011 10:05 am
by Ashe37
astroidmist wrote:
Stab Frenzy wrote:What are the three biggest selling synths ever? It used to be the DX7, M1 and D-50. Don't know how the uK has changed that, but it's been produced for 10 years so might be more of a slow burner than a big spike in sales in one year. So anyway, I'd be guessing 88/89 when D-50/M1 came out.

All you're gonna get in this thread is guesses, at least people should be showing the logic behind them.
Good call.

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My reasoning for '85-'86 was the juno 106 (supposedly one of Roland's top sellers of all time), combined with the propensity of other synth models available during that time including alot of budget models.

Re: Which year had the most synths/samplers produced?

Posted: Sun May 01, 2011 11:23 am
by Stab Frenzy
The D-50 was Roland's biggest seller of all time.

Re: Which year had the most synths/samplers produced?

Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 3:41 pm
by meatballfulton
I'd go with Stab's guess...turn of the decade from 80s to 90s with the DX7, M1 and D50 and low-cost samplers (compared to E-Mu, Fairlight, etc.) from Ensoniq and Akai.

Re: Which year had the most synths/samplers produced?

Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 4:41 pm
by gordonmerrick
According to Paul Thebérge's research (a great book, really), the opening up of the bottom of the synth/sampler 'price pyramid' is dramatic in the 80s--"for the entire decade of the 70s, the Minimoog sold about 12,000 units, whereas … the DX7 sold 200K in just over three years… Casio's successes were even more spectacular… [after launching a music instruments division in '78], by the end of the decade [1980s] Casio had sold some 15 million instruments" (73-4).

Not quite the answer to your question, but some numbers and a place to keep looking.

Re: Which year had the most synths/samplers produced?

Posted: Mon May 09, 2011 7:02 am
by Nannerfan
hmmm.. I thought the OP meant different models made .. not sales.

It's got to be 1986.
Interesting thread.,.. would like to know the answer.

Re: Which year had the most synths/samplers produced?

Posted: Mon May 09, 2011 8:21 am
by astroidmist
Hmmm...

Both questions are worthy. :)