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Korg PS-3100: The Emperor’s New Clothes

First, the title is not quite correct. The Emperor in H. C. Andersen’s famous tale is … well, naked. Anyway, “new clothes” is what our story is about. Second, this is a very personal project that will be completed in summer 2018. A project including two Korg PS-3100 and the recently introduced JH-3200, as well as other instruments.

Replacing the original PS-3100 fake-wood cabinet is only one of the many steps in this project. The new cabinet is made of beech, and it’s slightly larger than the original.

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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: Soundwise, there is very little difference 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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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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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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SE-02 Boutique: Roland goes Studio Electronics!

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Cute Minimoog (rack) with step-sequencer?

A collaborative effort from Roland and Studio Electronics, the SE-02 is the debut product of the new Roland Boutique Designer Series. The SE-02 uses authentic discrete analog circuitry to create a synthesizer with a distinctly vintage sound and vast programming options. With an array of high-quality knobs and switches and a uniquely creative onboard sequencer, the SE-02 delivers massive tone and texture with expressive hands-on control.
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In memoriam of Ikutaro Kakehashi (1930-2017)

Notice of death of one the most impressive personalities in synthesizer history. Ikutaro Kakehashi, who died on the 1st of April 2017 at the age of 87, had an amazing life.

After completing an apprenticeship as a watch-maker, Ikutaro, who was fascinated by the American sound of the 50s, started to build home organs. Following his first company Ace Electronic, he founded ROLAND in 1972. That’s THE Roland – one of the most famous synthesizer names today.

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