We met Dave Smith. The famous synth pioneer is very agile and inventive, and he doesn’t seem to become older! He proudly presented the Prophet-6, OB-6 and Pro-2 – the current first class instruments of DSI. I had some questions regarding the family’s prehistoric ancestor Prophet-5, but Dave was not very much interested, which is, admittedly, quite understandable. True pioneers don’t live in the past. They look ahead!
Picking up where we left off with the “Buchla” theme (Report Part 1), lets stay in the good old USA and dedicate a few moments to MOOG. The booth of the German distributor EMC is like a beehive and especially the new SUB 37 attracts people like magic. But all the other Phattys are there, too, and the Voyager and – you guessed it – the powerful Voyager XL.
The Dominion 1: announced last year (behind closed doors), now presented at the Frankfurt Musikmesse. There are many beautiful analog (mono)synthesizers out there. But this one is a cracker. Its little brother – the Dominion X – is superb (… read the Dominion X review and – more important – listen to its soundfiles). The keyboard version is even better …!
DOMINION 1 is the next generation of the Dominion series. Like the Dominion X, it combines the advantages of analog synthesis, modular patching and programmability. While the desktop version (Dominion X) provides an impressive array of 6 filter types (analog and discrete, of course), the Dominion 1 is now whopping 12 (!) filter modes.