New Schmidt Analog Synthesizer

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New Schmidt Analog Synthesizer

Post by AnalogKid » Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:30 pm

This new synth just screams expensive:


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Re: New Schmidt Analog Synthesizer

Post by Z » Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:37 pm

$30K

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Re: New Schmidt Analog Synthesizer

Post by tim gueguen » Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:23 pm

Wasn't that thing at the last NAMM show?
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Re: New Schmidt Analog Synthesizer

Post by phesago » Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:57 pm

30k!?!?!?!

wow, is that a joke? I dont want to sound like the guy who is complaining, but geez that is some price tag.

On the brighter side, the thing looks amazing. The thing doesnt look like it would be very easy to lug aorund though. However, people have transported cs80's to shows before, so I guess its not that big of a hang up.

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Re: New Schmidt Analog Synthesizer

Post by Z » Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:17 pm

At least the CS-80 has built-in rolling casters.

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Re: New Schmidt Analog Synthesizer

Post by Cumulus » Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:02 pm

phesago wrote:30k!?!?!?!

wow, is that a joke? I dont want to sound like the guy who is complaining, but geez that is some price tag.

On the brighter side, the thing looks amazing. The thing doesnt look like it would be very easy to lug aorund though. However, people have transported cs80's to shows before, so I guess its not that big of a hang up.


For $25-30k it should transport me to shows.

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Re: New Schmidt Analog Synthesizer

Post by CS_TBL » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:30 pm

For that amount of cash (and perhaps he was just joking, it may have been an emotionally 'priceless' prototype he was carrying around), I see this future:
- A handful o' rich synth geeks will buy one, the Hans Zimmers of this planet so to say..
- The mass market continues using what they already have (hw/sw).
- Company goes tits up after a few years.

Marketing means more than just making a physical product, it's also about pricing and market needs. If you create a product which is
  1. Expensive with a major capital E
  2. not really filling up a market gap (and with today's production tools I wonder whether there are any gaps left anyway, other than those which are to be solved with bigger memory, bigger hard disks and faster processors)
.. then I greatly doubt its future. The Neuron, while at least that synth introduced something unique, didn't really fill up a market gap either. It could have, if it would made more than just metallic noise - is there still no one who could create a demo which sounds musically useful and truly unique? And so, Hartmann went black too.

I wonder whether companies like these are fully made out of musicians, or whether there's actually a marketeer on the payroll too.

Naturally, all this is speculation. No one knows the real price and I don't know whether there actually is a market gap this one fills up. It surely has all the good looks and probably sounds good as well. I guess technically, this machine is everything a true analogue synth geek wants.

The Rolands, Yamahas and Korgs of this planet may be less adventurous than this Schmidt or the Neuron. But, no matter what, they're still around. Heck, even Casio with all their Toys R Us c**p is still around.
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Re: New Schmidt Analog Synthesizer

Post by masstronaut » Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:51 pm

That's all beside the point, of course it's a niche thing. I think designing and building something like this is a personal mission. He'll sell a few to cover some costs and you know, why not? But I get the impression it's really for the sake of building exactly what he wanted with no compromises. It's great that people can do stuff like that away from commercial concerns, and screw marketing departments. ;)

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Re: New Schmidt Analog Synthesizer

Post by Alex E » Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:54 pm

Kinda wish it had been released to compete with the PEK, Andy and Voyager. It could have been built differently and more cheaply I think, whilst retaining that interface and architecture.

And with an interface like that, a VA would have been wonderful as well.
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Re: New Schmidt Analog Synthesizer

Post by masstronaut » Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:33 pm

If we're wishing let's have it compete with the Monotron.

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Re: New Schmidt Analog Synthesizer

Post by bad andy » Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:33 pm

The knobs are pure solid 24k gold. The silk-screening is powdered unicorn horns. The casing is adamantium, and the wood ends are from the Joshua tree.

Best of all though, in the back is an access door where the power supply doubles as a toaster oven for making tuna melts.

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Re: New Schmidt Analog Synthesizer

Post by masstronaut » Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:48 pm

Exactly. When will the big manufacturers (I'm looking at you, Roland, Yamaha, Casio, Fisher Price) start listening to their market and build new synths with toaster slots and holes for sucking the skin off sausages.

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Re: New Schmidt Analog Synthesizer

Post by Nightdare » Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:02 am

$30K

SO, with a bit of luck, I could have a Jup 8, Synthex, P5, Wave 2.3, A6, Minimoog and Linndrum for that money

...but instead buy that?


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Re: New Schmidt Analog Synthesizer

Post by Stab Frenzy » Wed Feb 29, 2012 4:06 am

This synth is obviously not for you, not for any of you. It's not for me either, but I'm not complaining.

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Re: New Schmidt Analog Synthesizer

Post by Efrem » Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:29 am

sorry but I did not understand .. For 30K you mean 30'000,00 ?

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