Your Rig---but 20 Years Ago

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Re: Your Rig---but 20 Years Ago

Post by themilford » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:26 pm

Let's say 18 years... when it got good:

Lefty Rickenbacker 4003 (lefty), Still have it.
Ampeg B-15s, Just sold it last week.
Marshall DriveMaster, my buddy still has this one which survived a basement flood years ago.
Digitech Echo Plus, Still have it in a box somewhere.
Contra bass bow

just prior to this setup I tinkered with the Crumar Trilogy in my band...had a few songs with it but never made it onto any recordings. Had a demo with some Poly 61 on a song. after that it was just me and my rick and a whole lotta screaming.

Oh, angst, how I miss thee.

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Re: Your Rig---but 20 Years Ago

Post by meatballfulton » Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:25 am

Automatic Gainsay wrote:But I agree. Synths became organs in the 80s.
I know what you mean but for me that was a wonderful thing.

I could buy one synth (the SQ-80) that did the work of multiple instruments (both in the multitimbral sense and the emulative sense) and sequenced entire songs with onboard FSK sync for my 4-track. The multi-purpose nature made it a better investment for my needs.

And it sure was a step up from using my mom's Lowrey organ with a fuzz-wah pedal :keys1:
I listened to Hatfield and the North at Rainbow. They were very wonderful and they made my heart a prisoner.

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Re: Your Rig---but 20 Years Ago

Post by theotherleadingbrand » Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:33 am

20 years ago I started out with an SG copy which I strung lefty. I then found a Gibson RD standard bass, and ended up trading my lefty strat to a buddy for his Thunderbird. It has been my favourite instrument to this day. I didn't end up getting into synths until 1996 when I bought a Mini-D 'cause I thought it was cool even though I had no clue how it worked. I was right, it was f**k cool... until I sold it; not cool.
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Re: Your Rig---but 20 Years Ago

Post by Nannerfan » Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:12 am

I didn't have a setup 20 years ago.

but here's a pic of me from that time .. at my cousins studio.

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Re: Your Rig---but 20 Years Ago

Post by sequentialsoftshock » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:14 am

masstronaut wrote:Have to say I'm mighty impressed with b3groover's dad running twin G5 towers in 1982. 8-)

:lol:
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Re: Your Rig---but 20 Years Ago

Post by garranimal » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:25 am

In 1992 I learned synth programming on my buddy's E-mu Proteus I. Then my first studio setup had:
- Alpha Juno-1. My first analog synth.
- Korg 03R/w rack synth.
- Sequencing on PC with MusicPrinter Plus notation software.
- Mixed on an el cheapo Realistic mixer.
- Recorded on a Sony dual cassette.

soon after in 93 I got a Quadrasynth, and an AX-60. Didn't get my ESI-32 sampler until '95 I believe. By then I had moved to:
- Sequencing in Voyetra Gold
- Mixed on a DOD 12-Channel mixer.
- Recorded to a Panasonic DAT recorder. Man that thing had beautiful AD/DA converters.

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Re: Your Rig---but 20 Years Ago

Post by walkathon » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:28 am

Automatic Gainsay wrote:Ha ha ha, lameeee. In 1992, we would have just totally laughed at you.
Hmmm, maybe closer to '88? ;) I specifically remember being backstage '92 w/ the other band on the bill, both their keyboardist and I gushing about old keys the entire time. That said, my live rig at the time was based around an M1, Juno-106 and an FZ-1 :roll: God forbid there be a decent, affordable piano sample based whatever back then. :evil:

Truly different times ... great thread, btw.

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Re: Your Rig---but 20 Years Ago

Post by EmptySet » Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:06 am

I used a Yamaha V-50 and an EPS16+ rackmount sampler. We thought we could do anything with just that. :)

It's pretty interesting to see how things have progressed. But for my buck, the absolute best thing about the future is that multi track recording is so accessible and so damn good sounding… yet inexpensive. To think that I ever recorded eight tracks onto a cassette is laughable.

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Re: Your Rig---but 20 Years Ago

Post by gcoudert » Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:19 pm

This is me circa June 1989, aged 22, performing a reunion charity concert with two other members of our then-dissolved band at the school we had once attended. The upright piano was going to be used but it went out of tune as we pushed it up the street from the main entrance to the school hall! How stupid was that?!

1. Roland TR505 drum machine (controlled by the computer)
2. Roland JX8P w/ PG800 programmer (not used) - for lead sounds
3. borrowed Roland D20 (for one song that had been programmed on it)
4. Roland Juno 60 (mainly for pads)
5. Korg DW8000 (for electric pianos and a few other sounds)
6. borrowed Roland D110 (for all bass sounds)
7. Amiga 500 running Dr. T's MRS 8-track sequencer (all basses and drums were sequenced)
I also had a Roland JX3P that stayed at home that day. My Boss half-rack delay/sampler box can be seen sitting on the DW8000.

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My gear now (no sound):

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Re: Your Rig---but 20 Years Ago

Post by gcoudert » Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:32 pm

sequentialsoftshock wrote:
masstronaut wrote:Have to say I'm mighty impressed with b3groover's dad running twin G5 towers in 1982. 8-)

:lol:
I'm laughing so much I can feel tears running down my legs! :lol:
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Re: Your Rig---but 20 Years Ago

Post by Phollop Willing PA » Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:39 pm

How about 30 years ago, October 9th 1982.

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Re: Your Rig---but 20 Years Ago

Post by StepLogik » Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:13 pm

gcoudert wrote:
sequentialsoftshock wrote:
masstronaut wrote:Have to say I'm mighty impressed with b3groover's dad running twin G5 towers in 1982. 8-)

:lol:
I'm laughing so much I can feel tears running down my legs! :lol:
Yup, that completely cracked me up! :D

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Re: Your Rig---but 20 Years Ago

Post by Shreddie » Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:55 pm

mharris80 wrote:The only thing I had 20 years ago was my SK-5, which I'm happy to say I still own. Unfortunately, I was also a dumbass 11 year old kid who thought Nintendo was way cooler than making music.
You're a similar age to me (I was 13 20 years back) but I thought doing music was cooler than just about anything else so I saved all the money I had to buy stuff.

So, age 13 I had a Yamaha PSS-480 and DD-11 MIDI'd up to an Atari ST running Midistudio and Steinberg pro 24. Also on the Atari was Mastersound II sampling software. Field recordings were done with a large portable cassette deck and stuff was all tracked to a massive all valve Sony 2-track reel to reel that has been in the family for years.

I still use the PSS and still have the reel to reel but that needs a repair.

At school though we had an Atari, Roland D-50 and cassette 4 track... I used to spend most of my lunchtimes in that room.

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Re: Your Rig---but 20 Years Ago

Post by synthRodriguez » Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:19 pm

More like 30 years ago, rocking the house with a CS-40M on top of a B3, with a CP-30 and Crumar Performer in the background.

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Re: Your Rig---but 20 Years Ago

Post by calyx93 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:32 pm

E-mu Emulator II+HD
Ensoniq Mirage DSK (x2)
Roland S-10
Yamaha VSS-30
Roland Juno-6 (my very first synth bought when new!)
Roland SH-101
Yamaha TG-33
Yamaha TX81z
Roland TR-505
Roland TR-909
Boss DR-660
Yamaha FX-500 (x2)
Yamaha SPX-90 (x2)
Apple Mac LCII w/Opcode Vision for sequencing and DigiDesign Sound Designer for sample editing/dumping/swapping.

Most of the nice bits I was able to afford due to insurance money coming to me from an apartment break-in & theft that left me without much of anything. All in all, a good setup for techno/rave tracks in the early 90's - did some of my best work during that period. Damn - I got SO good at creating breakbeats only to have hardcore techno die a few years later :)
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