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Obscure vintage Sony synth - info wanted

Post by Nils » Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:40 pm

Anyone know anything about this synth?

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Re: Obscure vintage Sony synth - info wanted

Post by sneakthief » Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:35 pm

Sony DMS-320?

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Re: Obscure vintage Sony synth - info wanted

Post by Nils » Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:52 am

That's the one. But apart from that image on tumblr/instagram I could not find a single bit on info on google.

Looks like an early digital monster in the vein of Con Brio / Copeland / Levyier..

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Re: Obscure vintage Sony synth - info wanted

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:54 am

Your image link doesn't work.

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Re: Obscure vintage Sony synth - info wanted

Post by Weirdofromouterspace » Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:07 am

It does if you copy it into your browser address bar ;).

It is the same pic as the one linked by sneakthief, however.
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Re: Obscure vintage Sony synth - info wanted

Post by madtheory » Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:58 am

Now that's obscure. Prototype?

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Post by max badwan » Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:32 pm

digital was cool, then.

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Post by nvining » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:48 pm

Ten bucks says HideawayStudio restores it next month.
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Re: Obscure vintage Sony synth - info wanted

Post by RetroSynthAds » Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:04 am

Here's an image of the full photo. DSM stands for Digital Musical Synthesizer.

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The photo comes from an October 1981 article in the SMPTE Journal by Toshi Doi and Heitaro Nakajima titled "Digital Audio Formats for Recording and Digital Communication".

Unfortunately, the article doesn't go into any detail on the DSM-320 - but it does say its "already developed" - so it may have been a prototype, but it seems to have been actively used in the lab by 1981. Other than that, it just uses the keyboard as an example of a digital synthesizer at the beginning of the digital audio recording chain.

According to Wikipedia, both authors look to have been highly involved in the development of digital audio and the compact disc. Toshi Doi was also apparently responsible for Aibo. Kinda nifty.

Will keep doing research.
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Re: Obscure vintage Sony synth - info wanted

Post by Nils » Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:23 am

Awesome, thanks.

Big fan of your blog btw!

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Re: Obscure vintage Sony synth - info wanted

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:37 pm

RetroSynthAds wrote:Here's an image of the full photo. DSM stands for Digital Musical Synthesizer.

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The photo comes from an October 1981 article in the SMPTE Journal by Toshi Doi and Heitaro Nakajima titled "Digital Audio Formats for Recording and Digital Communication".

Unfortunately, the article doesn't go into any detail on the DSM-320 - but it does say its "already developed" - so it may have been a prototype, but it seems to have been actively used in the lab by 1981. Other than that, it just uses the keyboard as an example of a digital synthesizer at the beginning of the digital audio recording chain.

According to Wikipedia, both authors look to have been highly involved in the development of digital audio and the compact disc. Toshi Doi was also apparently responsible for Aibo. Kinda nifty.

Will keep doing research.
Looks a bit like the design Sony later used for their digital multitrack recorders (PCM3348 in DASH Format) and peripherals.

I'd be surprised if this project has ever come to fruition.

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Re: Obscure vintage Sony synth - info wanted

Post by tim gueguen » Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:25 pm

Perhaps the DX7 killed it. I can imagine Sony developing the machine, coming up with a rather high price tag, then seeing that the DX7 was priced at a fraction of what they could sell it for.
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Re: Obscure vintage Sony synth - info wanted

Post by philip » Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:12 am

Almost sure there was nothing inside. Seems it was just a fake for that digital chain presentation.

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Post by ItsMeOnly » Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:18 am

philip wrote:Almost sure there was nothing inside. Seems it was just a fake for that digital chain presentation.
I'd say Sony wanted to take a market cake of Fairlight and Synclavier, so it might be an early 16-bit PCM sampling synth/integrated workstation. Judging by the timeframe, it was rather killed by EMU and Akai than the DX.

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Re: Obscure vintage Sony synth - info wanted

Post by Automatic Gainsay » Sat Mar 14, 2015 1:42 am

nvining wrote:Ten bucks says HideawayStudio restores it next month.
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