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Synthi Info and Tips

Post by Ned Bouhalassa » Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:58 pm

Hey gang,

I'm tickled to say that there's now a borrowed Synthi AKS in my world for an extended stay. :P Unfortunately, the ring mod seems busted, but other than that, it's in superb shape (pics will follow).

I'm on the hunt for any info and tips.

Thanks in advance.

PS: :D :mrgreen: :shock: :twisted:
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Re: Synthi Info and Tips

Post by OntarioHydro » Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:01 pm

step 1 take some good acid

step 2 patch joystick to everything at the same time

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Re: Synthi Info and Tips

Post by Ned Bouhalassa » Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:07 pm

Post of the YEAR!!

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Re: Synthi Info and Tips

Post by analoglsd » Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:36 am

Lucky man! About 4 months ago, I picked up a Synthi A that wasn't working, and it's been with a repair guy the whole time since. He got it to power up, and I've fiddled with it for about 15 minutes total, to set-up patches and help him test it. He called today and said it might be ready this weekend. I'm chomping at the bit.

Good luck in your sonic adventures, maybe I'll be hitting you up for some tips in the next week.

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Re: Synthi Info and Tips

Post by Bitexion » Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:12 am

Find the original Synthi manual online, it'll teach you loads about the grid patching system and how to make great sounds. I used it to learn a software version a while ago.

http://www.thesynthi.de/index.php?/cate ... 20-Manuals

VCS3 and Synthi manuals should be the ones you need. Btw, you can't make those famous Jarre SFX sounds without using a delay unit aswell. One of his fave ways to use it was to insert new pins to alter the sounds totally while it was droning along on its own. He also uses the joystick heavily for LFO speed or several parameters at once to completely f**k up the sound and go back to center again.

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Re: Synthi Info and Tips

Post by Ned Bouhalassa » Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:22 pm

I can see that I will want to explore using gate/cv with this baby. Are there any cheaper alternatives to the gorgeous stuff by Digitana?

PS: the AKS built-in keyboard/sequencer is not working properly.
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Re: Synthi Info and Tips

Post by OntarioHydro » Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:03 pm



This fellow is in Toronto and would probably make you one. I can't see it costing very much. You could also make your own.

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Re: Synthi Info and Tips

Post by Ned Bouhalassa » Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:18 pm

My regular tech just told me he can do what I need. He's got +25 yrs experience, and has fixed some Synthis in the past. Happy, happy!
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Re: Synthi Info and Tips

Post by plikestechno » Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:08 pm

Get that keyboard and sequencer fixed too. Lucky you. Enjoy. Is it something you would pay 10-12k for yourself?
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Re: Synthi Info and Tips

Post by Ned Bouhalassa » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:15 pm

Absolutely not. For that money, I'd get an Xpander, a Jupiter 4, and an EML 100 or Andromeda (not that I have the dough, mind you :lol: ). It's an incredible instrument, though - maybe I'll order a new one for Christmas, so I can play with it... in 2019. :shock: :)
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Re: Synthi Info and Tips

Post by Ned Bouhalassa » Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:54 pm

So, I finally finished a piece with the lovely British import! Such a delicious, gnarly beast!


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Re: Synthi Info and Tips

Post by atkbg » Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:20 pm

Hey! That does a really convincing piano sound! ;-)

Really nice piece!

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Re: Synthi Info and Tips

Post by Hybrid88 » Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:28 pm

Yeah very nice job man, almost sounds like a nuclear reactor too! :)

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Re: Synthi Info and Tips

Post by Infinity Curve » Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:35 pm

atkbg wrote:Hey! That does a really convincing piano sound! ;-)

Really nice piece!
blurb on the soundcloud link wrote:All the sounds, with the exception of the piano, are from a mid-70s AKS Synthi
Amazing as always Ned. I always find your pieces so emotive. Very nicely done!

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Re: Synthi Info and Tips

Post by Ned Bouhalassa » Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:26 pm

Thank you very much for the compliments, friends! Maybe I'll write a Fukushima jig when the whole thing is fixed... In 2053.
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