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Help identifying synth rack late 80´s early 90´s

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:38 pm
by nengstro
Dont know if this is the right Place... but

I am desperate to find a rack synth i used in the late 80´s early 90´s.

It was 1U high and had basically no buttons nor window at the front, and came with an editor for Atari ST.

Think the name was short, an abbrevation of some kind.

Does it ring any bells anyone?

Re: Help identifying synth rack late 80´s early 90´s

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:59 pm
by desmond
What sounds did it make? Analog? Digital? Rompler? FM?

It was a 1u rack, but had *no* buttons or display? No buttons at all?
Color? Stereo, mono? Polyphonic? Monophonic? What else do you remember about it?

The only synth modules I can immediately think of that had no controls are the Roland boxes - not rackmount, cream, and they were basically an D110, U110, and both in cream boxes (CM64 was the biggest of the lot.)

Otherwise, there are plenty of synths with limited controls and displays, and no onboard editing, like the Oberheim Matrix-1000, Cheetah MS-6 and so on...

Re: Help identifying synth rack late 80´s early 90´s

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:52 pm
by max badwan
Evolution EVS-1?

Re: Help identifying synth rack late 80´s early 90´s

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 1:08 am
by meatballfulton
From SoundOnSound
• EVOLUTION SYNTHESIS EVS1
A strange instrument, this -- a British-designed synth module that attempted to offer stabs at several different synthesis systems, in a low-priced package -- £299 on its release in 1990. One of the forward-looking features of the EVS1 was the inclusion of free Atari ST editing software -- and you needed it, too, since one of the backward-looking features was the provision for only 20 user-programmable sounds. Make sure this software is included in the package if you purchase an EVS1, since editing is not merely inconvenient, but simply not possible without it.
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Re: Help identifying synth rack late 80´s early 90´s

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:53 am
by mmp
ADAP1 sample player?

Re: Help identifying synth rack late 80´s early 90´s

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:15 am
by madtheory

Re: Help identifying synth rack late 80´s early 90´s

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 12:04 pm
by zoomtheline
cheetah?

Re: Help identifying synth rack late 80´s early 90´s

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:12 pm
by gcoudert
Siel Expander?

Re: Help identifying synth rack late 80´s early 90´s

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:27 pm
by ppg_wavecomputer
gcoudert wrote:Siel Expander?
Not 19", no 1U or whatever U.

U-220?

Stephen

Re: Help identifying synth rack late 80´s early 90´s

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:16 pm
by madtheory
Those all have buttons and a display. The ADAP1 is the only thing, so far, that meets the criteria.

Re: Help identifying synth rack late 80´s early 90´s

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:03 pm
by micahjonhughes
What about something from the Peavey Sepectrum line? Those were one unit racks with just a few knobs and no screen.

Re: Help identifying synth rack late 80´s early 90´s

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:08 pm
by meatballfulton
And maybe the OP will come back someday and tell us if it was any of the above 8-)

Re: Help identifying synth rack late 80´s early 90´s

Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 1:47 am
by Virgule
The Victor NS-T9 Organ Expander (made by JVC in 1989) has to be the most sparse module I've seen...but it's bigger than the 1U rack the OP remembers. It's a somewhat limited 2 DCO synth.


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Re: Help identifying synth rack late 80´s early 90´s

Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 11:53 pm
by tim gueguen
Love the MIDI channel selector dials. Better hope you don't need to adjust them often.

Re: Help identifying synth rack late 80´s early 90´s

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:16 am
by gcoudert
ppg_wavecomputer wrote:
gcoudert wrote:Siel Expander?
Not 19", no 1U or whatever U.
Oh yes, true.