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Pioneer/DSI AS-1 Synthesizer: Comparable with …

… a Sequential Pro-One? You might come to this conclusion when listening to the attached video. (Possibly) surprising result: There is very little between the two instruments.

However, it is important to notice that the sounds in the video are (more or less) basic analog sounds. Basses, filter sweeps, leads – that’s it. And that’s why the Pro-One <> AS-1 comparison falls a little short. No weird FX-noises, no elaborate modulation-sounds, yet rather plain bread- and butter-sounds. Sounds that can be produced rapidly and compared easily.

 

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Baloran THE RIVER – the new mega-synthesizer?

Ok, ok … mega-synthesizer may sound a bit (too) visionary. Let’s call THE RIVER the new luxury analog poly-synthesizer from France. It is certainly not a Schmidt, but a charming Frenchman with stunning sounds and a (definitely!) very interesting concept. THE RIVER offers 8 voices, multi-timbrality, comprehensive layer-options, an arpeggiator, a (simple) sequencer, MIDI, USB and a vast array of CV/Gate-outputs. Its built-in keyboard is a Fatar TP/8S, one of the best available.

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Roland D-05 – Walkthrough with Legowelt

Legowelt (Danny Wolfers) introduces the boutique synthesizer Roland D-05, a reincarnation of the classic D-50. That revolutionary instrument helped define the sound of the late ‘80s with its instantly recognizable mix of sampled attacks and synthesized sustaining waveforms, plus built-in chorus, reverb, and EQ. The new D-05 impresses with its minimal size, authentic sound and joystick controller. In addition, there’s a 64-step polyphonic onboard sequencer, and an arpeggiator.

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Book Recommendation:
PUSH TURN MOVE (by Kim Bjørn)

PUSH TURN MOVE – one of the best and most comprehensive synthesizer books ever. And one of the most unusual ones. Strictly speaking, PUSH TURN MOVE is not just about synthesizers, but about all kinds of sound machines and controllers for electronic music. And strictly speaking, it is not so much about the musical strengths of the instruments, but about their FUNCTIONALITY and DESIGN.

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Juergen Haible JH-3200 PolyKorg Clone

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.

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E-MU AUDITY – the ultimate analog synthesizer prototype

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.

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FUSEBOX – a 3-VCO-Synth by Analogue Solutions

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 …

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GRANULAR Synthesizer Tasty Chips GR-1

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 …

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