What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a synth?

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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by desmond » Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:24 pm

When I was a kid and was learning music, I wrote the names of the notes onto each key.

Turns out it was a permanent marker.

I had to scratch the ink off each key with a sharp knife...

Poor old Moog Prodigy... ( ! )

(Still, the keyboard looked like it had been played *a lot*!)

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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by zmd » Thu Feb 25, 2016 12:29 am

This. I forgot the lurics to a new song, and I needed something to hold them on the board...guy in the front handed me this!
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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by gcoudert » Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:00 pm

I did something really bad to my Juno 60 back in 1990. I sold it and have yet to forgive myself.
I also insulted my JX-8P, PG800, DW8000 and hard cases by swapping them for a broken M1.
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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by desmond » Thu Feb 25, 2016 4:27 pm

gcoudert wrote:I also insulted my JX-8P, PG800, DW8000 and hard cases by swapping them for a broken M1.
:lol:

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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by Yekuku » Thu Feb 25, 2016 6:09 pm

Speaking of M1, you should never use isopropyl alcohol in order to clean it.
Unfortunately, I learned this the hard way...
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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by Mooger5 » Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:39 pm

Broke the Juno voice board in half.
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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by jabs » Sat Feb 27, 2016 4:42 pm

Yekuku wrote:I dipped the Juno 60 white button caps into acetone for a few seconds hoping that it will take the yellowish off but instead they started to wrinkle... it took 2 days of sanding to get them back in operational condition.
Ooh ouch, probably the worst thing to try (universal solvent) on plastic.

Those might be candidates for retrobrite (percarbonate/hydrogen peroxide) treatment.

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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by zukskywalker » Sat Feb 27, 2016 7:57 pm

Bought an E! card out of an old beat up DX7II at a pawn shop.
Gutted the synth right there on the pawn shop floor. Customers walked around me in horror.
Reloaded the "stock" synth with "new" patches and all was good.
Walked away, card in hand.
(Good thing synths don't bleed.)
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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by Infrasound » Sun Feb 28, 2016 5:09 am

desmond wrote:When I was a kid and was learning music, I wrote the names of the notes onto each key.

Turns out it was a permanent marker.

I had to scratch the ink off each key with a sharp knife...

Poor old Moog Prodigy... ( ! )

(Still, the keyboard looked like it had been played *a lot*!)
A little tip from a teacher who has more than once used a permanent marker on a whiteboard. Get a marker designed for whiteboard use, and write over the top of the permanent marker. You will then be able to remove the markings from the permanent marker.

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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by desmond » Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:01 pm

Infrasound wrote:Get a marker designed for whiteboard use, and write over the top of the permanent marker.
Sure, I know this now. But 25+ years ago I was a fifteen your old kid and we didn't have the internets for handy tips... :oops: :lol:

I'm not even sure they *had* whiteboards then... :mrgreen:

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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by skylark » Thu Mar 03, 2016 5:04 am

I passed on buying a Minimoog for $75 because one of the oscillators wasn't working. :shock: I offered $50 and when the seller stayed firm at $75 I walked away. (Believe it or not, though, there was a time in the mid-80s when analog synths were going like that.)

That's the worst thing I ever did to a synth.

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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by Broadwave » Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:04 am

1990 - I stupidly exchanged my ARP2600 for an Atari 1040STE. I didn't mind at the time as It got me into MIDI recording with Steinberg Pro 24, DX27, Matrix 1000 and an Alesis HR16... not a bad set-up for the time.

But it took me another 25 years to replace the 2600.

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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by mpa1104 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:11 pm

Worst thing I've done to a synth? Left it alone for too long.
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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by Simonfromsidney » Thu Mar 03, 2016 3:18 pm

Plugged a Korg KR55 110V Into 230V by mistake, Blue smoke came out of every little hole.
I got it back to work after some intense repair work. :-)
Really funny, after a while.

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Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Post by UpTop » Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:59 am

Ha! My very first post and this is the one I choose. Anyway, I was trying to fix a ground noise problem when getting ready to record. I had a JP-8000 running through a Kaoss Pad and discovered the ground noise could be reduced if I used the ground dongle on the back of the KP. In a rush, I found a length of speaker cable and wound it around the ground dongle. The other end? Why it would go perfectly into the ground hole at the wall outlet-especially with the plug jamming it into the hole. In my defense, it worked to get rid of the ground noise (completely, I might ad). I just didn't anticipate a strand of wire coming loose and springing up to the hot side of the outlet. The Kaoss Pad ended up being fine after that, but when a flame shoots out of the wall socket your JP-8000 is plugged into, it means no more RAM and no more D/A converter for your JP. It did make some pretty cool sounds until I got it fixed-and some awful ones too.
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