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BBC Report – As Britain Went Synth Pop

„Welcome to a time where there were no guitars and no drums. Just synthesizers.”

This documentary follows a generation of post-punk musicians who took the synthesizer from the experimental fringes to the centre of the pop stage. “As Britain went Synth Pop” … excellent!

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Roland SH-32 – Video by Ares Kalogeropoulos

The Roland SH-32 uses a Wave Acceleration Synthesis to deliver up to 32 voices of synth waves and new waveforms. There’s also a fair complement of knobs and sliders, plus analog-style drums, DSP effects and a killer arpeggiator. A very compact machine, occassionally discussed as little brother of the brilliant JP-8000.

Video and music (it’s all the SH-32) by Ares Kalogeropoulos.

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The Korg Mono/Poly – Video by RetroSound

As usual, what you hear is a multitrack recording. Korg’s Mono/Poly offers excellent and fat Bass sounds. By using Crossmodulation and Oscillator Sync you can get interesting EFX sounds. The Mono/Poly can be challenging and is a programmer’s instrument. Without tweaking it is very likely that you end up with a flute ;D. What I want to say by that is, that it can sound quite boring as well.

YouTube channel: RetroSound © Marko Ettlich

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Roland SH-1000 – Video by Ares Kalogeropoulos

The Roland SH-1000 – the first compact synth produced by Roland back in 1973.

An absolutely simple and great sounding synth that gives you smooth basses and edgy leads. In combination with a external stereo delay and reverb it can be a source of inspired music that harks back to the early days of electronica. Even more, actually. Unorthodox use of this synth – letting little accidents happen – will produce screamy resonant leads and buzzy basses with hi speed LFO effects!

Here is a demo I made with the sole use of the SH-1000, with a soft delay and reverb giving it additional atmosphere. A beautifully ugly machine …!