We’d call this “Autumn Cleaning”. For sale are some very remarkable instruments, many of them rarities and collector’s items. Like the ultra-rare, hand-made PPG Kompaktsynthesizer, of which only 10 units have been made. We promise that some of the images will make your fingertips tingle.
The JH-3200 PolyKorg Clone was made by Juergen Haible, the ingenious analog synth guru, who sadly passed away in 2011. Haibles designs and ideas are still alive, though – see http://jhaible.com for some details.
Haible created the JH-3200 in 2002 and 2003. Inspired by Korg’s massive polyphonic synthesizers, he designed a unique instrument that features the best out of PS-3100 and PS-3200: 2 VCOs per voice, triple resonators, programmability (64 memories), full polyphony and MIDI are just a few of the wonderful JH-3200 features.
How nice would it have been IF … Well, IF in 1980 Sequential Circuits would have continued license fee payments for the Prophet-5 (E-MU patents on keyboard scanning, SSM circuits) and thus wouldn’t have stopped the wonderful E-MU AUDITY project.
That 16-voice E-MU synthesizer would have become the most powerful polyphonic synthesizer of all time. At an astronomical price, of course: the AUDITY should have cost approx. 60,000 USD (or more). A sum that only few musicians worldwide would have been able to afford.
FUSEBOX is a compact true analog mono synth in a neat, smart, small package. We call it “little brother” of the POLYMATH. Aside from the MIDI chip (which has to be digital), everything else is totally analog using real transistors and op-amps. The synth has been designed by Tom Carpenter, CEO of Analogue Solutions, a musician and a big fan of electronic music. He knows how to program a synth and what should be expected.
FUSEBOX was not designed by an engineer or steered by committee or men in suits. This is a musician’s instrument …
… offering synthesizers in WHITE seems to be en vogue. A white surface, in fact, is very practical: it makes dust (almost) invisible. That’s a good point. And a white surface with black knobs looks fantastic. Hypersynth now offers the Xenophone in two editions: Black and White. Very noble …
Well, that sounds exciting. No talk of “oscillators here” and “filter there”, no: this is a GRANULAR synthesizer, the Tasty Chips Electronics GR-1. A hardware musical instrument, offering hands-on controls to create characteristic textures and pads.
A sample and a few knob tweaks is enough to make something beautiful …
Axel Fischer of Schmidt Synthesizers has informed us that a 3rd series of 25 units is being planned.
„Last year, we assumed that the 2nd Schmidt series would also be the last one. The electroncis behind Schmidt Synthesizers is very elaborate and the prices for the components have been going up steadily for years. But since the 2nd series of 25 units (to bexact: 27 – we did order some extra components) was sold out within 14 months, those component prices are still acceptable.
First, the very good news: The GRP A2 Synthesizer is available since mid-August 2017. First units have already been shipped to customers (and selected music stores). Now the even better news: That A2 looks fantastic in combination with the R24 sequencer. Nothing unexpected, of course, but in real life it’s a tasteful eye-catcher. Noble analog performance (with MIDI and USB) in classic rack format.
Good Vibrations: A History of Electronic Musical Instruments
This bilingual book presents a selection of the hardly ascertainable variety of electronic musical instruments in large-format illustrations to convey an insight into the most significant stations of the development of electronic instruments. Essays from the current state of academic research illuminate the evolution and reception history of this young group.
Arturia MatrixBrute – a fabulous instrument. This synthesizer, available since the beginning of 2017, will some day count among one of the REALLY BIG instruments of the decade. A TOP synth. Assuming, of course, that „Made in China“ is no big obstacle.
At the moment, we find no such detriments to its quality. In fact: After presentation of the prototype in 2016, Arturia even did a little additional pepping up … now the synth has gorgeous aluminium wheels instead of those original plastic wheels. And since its recent software update (mid 2017) – others are certain to follow – the MatrixBrute is about as perfect as you could even wish.