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Random Synth Manual Humor

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:25 pm
by briandc
Synth manuals sometimes come with a light sense of humor and colorful language. Here are a few quips I've found browsing synth manuals:

"You will need a strong stand to support both the MATRIX-12 and any additional punishment that you dish out." -Oberheim Matrix-12

"..Modern microprocessor technology takes the heartbreak out of finding a path through the electronic jungle!" -Crumar Bit 99

"We advise you to return the switch to the "ON" position (memory protected) immediately after storing new data, to prevent accidents and subsequent nasty surprises!" -Crumar Bit 99

"If you change your mind, and decide not to store the sound permanently, you can abort the storage process by pressing the "COMPARE" button. Cute, huh?!" -Crumar Bit 99

"Pedestrians--and anyone else who likes their hands free--will find a socket marked "PROGRAM ADVANCE" on the rear panel.." -Crumar Bit 99

"By now your curiosity is probably beginning to exert itself, and you may wish to start playing immediately." -Arp Axxe

"Be advised that in the excitement of creation patches tend to escape if not documented." -SC Prophet V



Re: Random Synth Manual Humor

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 1:19 pm
by Weirdofromouterspace
Have a look at my sig ;).

Don't forget to TURN ON THE SYNTHESIZER. Often this is the reason why you get no sound out of it. - ARP 2600

Re: Random Synth Manual Humor

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 1:44 pm
by pflosi
Not sure whether random Metasonix manual name calling is fair game here? :D

Not a synth, but still...
Metasonix G1000 manual wrote:It's a guitar amp, pussyboy. But it's unlike any guitar amp you've ever seen.

Because lots of guitar wankers want GAIN, we gave them TOO MUCH GAIN in the G-1000. I've personally seen idiots drive the input of a guitar amp with the SPEAKER OUTPUT of ANOTHER guitar amp. So, instead of pretending there is no guitarist fucknuttery in this happy world, we decided to offer an amp that's SELF-ABUSING. The G-1000 is not stable in all regimes, and it oscillates and motorboats in a variety of ways, depending on the control settings. Just like cascaded amps.

If you want to sound like an old Deep Purple album, you came to the wrong place, shitbrain.
Yes, the swearword filter is easy to fool :thumbright:

Re: Random Synth Manual Humor

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:02 pm
by Uncle Screwtape
Some may not be meant to be amusing, or knee-slappers, but I got a chuckle that somebody felt they needed inclusion.

Vermona DRM1 MkIII:

"This product was introduced many years ago but the DRM1 is still being produced. Why? There are still musicians that do not own this product."

"To completely disconnect this apparatus from the AC mains, disconnect the power supply cord plug from the AC receptacle."

Dave Smith Manuals Regarding how a synth works:

"Fortunately, these days it is quite easy to find such resources on the Internet. If you want to learn the lingo and the basics, just try a search in Google (or the search engine of your choice), something like “analog synthesizer tutorial”. You’ll find plenty of good reading material."

Arturia Manuals:

"But that’s enough talk — plug in your new analog friend, and start vibrating the walls..."

"If you encounter any hearing loss or ringing in the ears, consult an audiologist immediately. It is also a good idea to have you ears and hearing checked annually."

"The manufacturer’s warranty does not cover service charges incurred due to a lack of knowledge relating to how a function or feature works (when the unit is operating as designed); reading the manual is the owner's responsibility."

"Do not use the instrument when there is a gas leak nearby."

Re: Random Synth Manual Humor

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 5:14 pm
by garranimal
From the Blofeld manual, "Don't be surprised if you can't hear any difference when using Brilliance. Ask infants, dogs or bats to help you adjusting the oscillator brilliance."

The Drumulator manual opens up with, "You can use this manual to line bird cages, as kindling for starting a fire in the fireplace, as raw material for creating paper gliders, or most importantly, as a guide to help you get the most out of the Drumulator."

Re: Random Synth Manual Humor

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 5:14 pm
by Walter Ego
The Ensoniq's ESQ-1 manual being pretty good-naturedly funny.

For example, re: the sequencer:

"...each time you record over any part of a Track, the ESQ-1 gives you the chance to listen to the new Track, and the original, before you decide which one to keep. Try that on a tape deck."

Also prophetic:

"One day you will switch the Power On, and instead of its usual wake-up message, the Display will read:

On "Bailing Out" of a program patch:

"You will lose the one you were working on before."

Examples of digitally recorded waveforms:

"Or to use another example -- take a recording of a human voice and play it back twice as fast. Does it sound like a human voice? No. What does it sound like? Chipmunks."

Then, in the same section, a comment about the names of waveforms:

"In the case of Sampled Waveforms especially, you should neither take them too literally, nor let yourself be limited by those Names...for example, if you find that with a certain Program the BASS waveform sounds like a harpsichord, or a kazoo, or whatever, go with it. Your ears are the only valid judge of what works."

There are probably more fun comments buried in the manual.

I guess what I like about it is that it's conversational and personal, rather than highly technical and inaccessible. It feels like there's actually another real person on the other end.

Re: Random Synth Manual Humor

Posted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:42 am
by boreg
Blofeld manual:
After you have bought your 128th Blofeld, please contact Waldorf Music. You will receive a personal device number that authorizes you to have dinner with our Managing Director. Be sure we invite you for some french fries at our favorite burger company.

Re: Random Synth Manual Humor

Posted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:17 pm
by ItsMeOnly
from Akai S1000 manual
Remember Murphy's Law: "Anything that can go wrong, will". (The Law of Murphy the
Elder states: "Things that cannot go wrong, will".) Once you've made that perfect take,
there will be a power cut, someone will trip over a cable, or you'll press the wrong button
(we all do at one time or another - no-one's perfect). Seriously, though, saving raw
samples to disk as soon as you've made them is good standard operating procedure - you
lose less sleep that way. Also, if you make a mistake in the editing process, you can go
back to where you started from.

Re: Random Synth Manual Humor

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:47 am
by briandc
Nice posts everyone! :thumbsup:


Re: Random Synth Manual Humor

Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:04 am
by fh991586
Mackie mixers (CR1604 type & LM3204) have nice manuals too. With pictures of their workers!

Re: Random Synth Manual Humor

Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:33 pm
by super_doraemon
A gem from the Octatrack manual

Re: Random Synth Manual Humor

Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:46 pm
by rhino
Casio VZ-10m rack with AC power cord -

"Caution! Do not attempt to use this equipment under water."

Re: Random Synth Manual Humor

Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:04 pm
by garranimal
fh991586 wrote:Mackie mixers (CR1604 type & LM3204) have nice manuals too. With pictures of their workers!
I especially enjoyed reading about the VLZ faders getting dirty, described something to the effect as a "wiper that stumbles across crud."

Re: Random Synth Manual Humor

Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:11 am
by Zamise

User Manual Humour

Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 4:05 pm
by sandwich
This made me chuckle in the E-mu ESI 4000 user manual:
We suggest you practice cut, copy, and paste techniques on a spoken phrase. Samples of political speeches can be particularly amusing when subjected to cut and paste operations.
:D :D :D