Are there any "extinct" synthesizers?

Discussions about anything analog, digital, MIDI, synth technology, techniques, theories and more.
User avatar
walkathon
Active Member
Active Member
Posts: 489
Joined: Mon Jun 11, 2007 4:57 am
Gear: LionTamer 3.1

Re: Are there any "extinct" synthesizers?

Post by walkathon » Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:48 am

_seph wrote:well, there is Con Brio... which might as well be extinct. Only two ADS200 and one ADS200R are known to exist and I believe they are all now owned by the same person and who knows if they still work.
2007 vid, Kehew owns it these days, right? ... I'll be truly gobsmacked if Coupland's baby is still running in 20 yrs time.


User avatar
Xces
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 37
Joined: Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:20 am
Band: Solo works: Xces

Re: Are there any "extinct" synthesizers?

Post by Xces » Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:10 am

I'd be surprised if there are any Buchla 500 Systems still remaining as well as any 400s, I know there are some Buchla 700s remaining since there is a demo of one that some guy posted onto myspace of him playing with one, and Ive been told that here was one auctioned off at ebay years ago.
Maybe the Buchla Touche is extinct.
The Audity could also be one that's gone completely
The Teleharmonium is definitely extinct, and that's all that I can say.

schmidtc
Active Member
Active Member
Posts: 591
Joined: Sun Dec 03, 2006 8:27 pm
Location: Virginia / Paris

Re: Are there any "extinct" synthesizers?

Post by schmidtc » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:30 am

I think there was 2 ARP Centaur VI built. It would have cost about $20K had it hit the markets, but it was hopelessly unreliable. This is the only photo I know of: a former employee of there custom engineering dept. Has anyone seen a better picture?

Image

User avatar
Phollop Willing PA
Senior Member
Senior Member
Posts: 840
Joined: Sun May 04, 2008 3:47 pm
Gear: Korg, Moog, Roland, Alesis, ARP, Yamaha, Future Retro
Location: Nova Scotia

Re: Are there any "extinct" synthesizers?

Post by Phollop Willing PA » Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:55 pm

I haven't seen many of these around altough to be fair, it's probably a shell for an ARP 2500.

Image
MOOGSig: Voyager/Theremin, ROLAND: JP8000/MC505/MC50/SH1000/Octapad1/RE 20, CASIO VLtone, KORG: Prophecy/MS2000R/Kaos Pad2/D3200/D888/SDD4000/M3, BOSS SP202/DR110, YAMAHA:CS40M/QX7/WX7/QY10/Reface DX, ARP Exp, MACBETH M5, FR ORB, SONNET, ALESIS SR18

White
Active Member
Active Member
Posts: 367
Joined: Thu Jan 06, 2005 5:22 pm
Gear: Quite a few synths
Location: Birmingham, UK

Re: Are there any "extinct" synthesizers?

Post by White » Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:23 pm

Get hold of these books - "Vintage Synthesizers" by Mail Vail, and "The A to Z of Analog Synthesizers" by Peter Forrest. The latter is in two parts.
Duncan J. White + quite a few synths
http://www.myspace.com/stickman76590059

User avatar
Phollop Willing PA
Senior Member
Senior Member
Posts: 840
Joined: Sun May 04, 2008 3:47 pm
Gear: Korg, Moog, Roland, Alesis, ARP, Yamaha, Future Retro
Location: Nova Scotia

Re: Are there any "extinct" synthesizers?

Post by Phollop Willing PA » Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:30 pm

White wrote:Get hold of these books - "Vintage Synthesizers" by Mail Vail, and "The A to Z of Analog Synthesizers" by Peter Forrest. The latter is in two parts.
I have that. It's a great read.
MOOGSig: Voyager/Theremin, ROLAND: JP8000/MC505/MC50/SH1000/Octapad1/RE 20, CASIO VLtone, KORG: Prophecy/MS2000R/Kaos Pad2/D3200/D888/SDD4000/M3, BOSS SP202/DR110, YAMAHA:CS40M/QX7/WX7/QY10/Reface DX, ARP Exp, MACBETH M5, FR ORB, SONNET, ALESIS SR18

User avatar
cornutt
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 2117
Joined: Sun Dec 02, 2007 6:03 am
Gear: 6th
Location: Rocket City USA
Contact:

Re: Are there any "extinct" synthesizers?

Post by cornutt » Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:06 pm

Phollop Willing PA wrote:I haven't seen many of these around altough to be fair, it's probably a shell for an ARP 2500.
As I understand the Centuar, it was sort of a cross between a polyphonic 2600 and an Avatar. I believe the guitar interface was going to be sold as an accessory, and that it would use a proprietary interface to the synth proper. Al Pearlman had done a calculation where he plugged in all of the MBTF numbers for all of the circuitry used in the Centuar, and figured out that the synth's overall MBTF was going to be on the order of a few hours.

And calling the Audity "extinct" is a bit of a stretch because, in order for something to be extinct, it has to have existed first. My understanding is that some of the boards that were supposed to go into the Audity were never actually built.
Switches, knobs, buttons, LEDs, LCD screens, monitors, keys, mice, jacks, sockets. Now two joysticks!

User avatar
RawBC
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 43
Joined: Fri Jan 12, 2007 1:24 am

Re: Are there any "extinct" synthesizers?

Post by RawBC » Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:29 pm

schmidtc, i believe that the picture of that arp technician is john, and he used to have a repair shop in kenmore square in boston. he used to have that exact (actually maybe the original, even;) picture near his bench behind the counter there. i guess he live out in central or western mass somewhere. he's a really interesting guy to talk to and a great technician.
"I don't beat box, I have machines that do that..."

User avatar
balma
Synth Explorer
Synth Explorer
Posts: 2847
Joined: Mon Oct 27, 2008 3:52 pm
Real name: Mauricio
Gear: DSI Tempest/Prophet 08/Roland V-Synth/Ensoniq Fizmo/E-mu MP7-XL7/Electribe ESX1/Radias/Waldorf MicroQ
Location: Costa Rica

Re: Are there any "extinct" synthesizers?

Post by balma » Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:53 pm

http://www.vintagesynth.com/misc/edp_wasp.php

WASP synths.... I wonder if there are a fully functional WASP nowadays.
His sex dungeons are rumored to hold hundreds of people in secret locations around the world.
https://soundcloud.com/balma

User avatar
tim gueguen
Senior Member
Senior Member
Posts: 796
Joined: Thu Jun 08, 2006 2:31 am
Location: the Canadian Prairies
Contact:

Re: Are there any "extinct" synthesizers?

Post by tim gueguen » Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:22 pm

Seem t be more than a few vids on Youtube featuring the Wasp.
Keys: Realistic Concertmate 500, Korg K25, Korg Micro X

Guits: '86 Fender Japan '50s Reissue Strat, '80 Aria Pro II TS-300 Thor Sound

Tiger Jackson
Supporting Member!
Supporting Member!
Posts: 167
Joined: Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:14 pm
Gear: Ensoniq ESQ-1, Microkorg, Yamaha DX100, Fizmo

Re: Are there any "extinct" synthesizers?

Post by Tiger Jackson » Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:07 am

Do they still make modular synths these days? Where you connect all the stuff together with wires over the interface.. is there anything in particular special about em?

User avatar
tim gueguen
Senior Member
Senior Member
Posts: 796
Joined: Thu Jun 08, 2006 2:31 am
Location: the Canadian Prairies
Contact:

Re: Are there any "extinct" synthesizers?

Post by tim gueguen » Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:43 am

There are lots of modular synth makers these days. There may be more now than there were when ARP and Moog were still making modulars. http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/
Keys: Realistic Concertmate 500, Korg K25, Korg Micro X

Guits: '86 Fender Japan '50s Reissue Strat, '80 Aria Pro II TS-300 Thor Sound

schmidtc
Active Member
Active Member
Posts: 591
Joined: Sun Dec 03, 2006 8:27 pm
Location: Virginia / Paris

Re: Are there any "extinct" synthesizers?

Post by schmidtc » Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:59 pm

RawBC wrote:schmidtc, i believe that the picture of that arp technician is john, and he used to have a repair shop in kenmore square in boston. he used to have that exact (actually maybe the original, even;) picture near his bench behind the counter there. i guess he live out in central or western mass somewhere. he's a really interesting guy to talk to and a great technician.
Yep! I started working in kenmore sq after his shop closed, but I wish he was still in the business, and people with his level of electronic insight are hard to find. he's been selling off some really hard to find synth parts over the past few years on ebay.

question is. . . where is that Centaur VI now and why hasn't it surfaced?

User avatar
splitpoint
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 63
Joined: Sat Sep 09, 2006 4:24 pm
Location: Pennsylvania
Contact:

Re: Are there any "extinct" synthesizers?

Post by splitpoint » Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:57 am

So who has a working Passport Sound Chaser? There can't be many of those left.
Waveframe 1000, Wavestation, OBMX, EIII, Red Square, esq1, and others...

User avatar
rhino
Supporting Member!
Supporting Member!
Posts: 2607
Joined: Sat Aug 02, 2008 5:00 pm
Real name: bill
Gear: keepers:
Kurzweil K2500x
Ensoniq TS-12
Yamaha SY-99
Alesis QS-8
Roland JD-800
Roland JX-10
Akai AX-80
Ensoniq SQ-80
Korg DSS-1
Moog Mini
Fizmo
Location: kentucky hills

Re: Are there any "extinct" synthesizers?

Post by rhino » Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:01 am

The Synergy Support page states that there may be only 100 functional units left. Synergy II+ would only account for a fraction of those.
And by the way: How many intact Arp Avatars are around?
When the wise man points to the stars, the fool looks at the finger.
- Confucius

Post Reply