RIP SynthAxe

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  1. Carl_Tone

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    Another pricey item....obsolete:huh



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    I remember Gary Moore playing one for Out in the Fields.
     
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    Considering that very few people have heard of them - and even fewer owned one - I'd say it hasn't exactly impacted the average musician. Still a very cool Darth Vader-ish piece of kit.
     
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    They're very cool, but I've never actually seen one.
     
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    The best player to ever pick one up is Allan Holdsworth, imo.

    Here he is playing the crap out of one (pick up at 1:24 where he begins soloing)...




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    Oh no! Whatever will he do now?
     
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    There was a guy selling one here on TGP like 6 months ago.
     
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    Thank God that died! lol
     
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    I thought they had become essential unrepairable over 20 years ago...
     
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    Thanks for posting the link of Futureman. I swore I was hearing a real kit when seeing the Flecktones playing as an ensemble.
     
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    That's a great skill...just not my cup o tea.

    I truly do admire synth drumming skills though....

    Looks like the host site swapped the pic of Holdsworth / synthaxe so I plugged in a new pic on the op.
     
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    ^ Likewise. Futureman is absolutely amazing. One of the very best live performers I've ever seen.


    Also, there's a whole disc of Holdsworth Synthaxe stuff on his best-of, and it is pretty good, all right
     
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    Saw that guy playing with Victor Wooten in a video a while back, I was always wondering what the heck that thing was.
     
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    God, I remember those when they were new. :rolleyes: To this day, I've yet to meet anyone who actually had a genuine interest in trying one.
     
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    The synthaxe was groundbreaking technology. Time has revealed that it was a solution in search of a problem. The existence of it is an expression of the assumption that many guitarists want to fully merge the guitar with synthesizers.

    Guitarist don't. Most don't, anyway.
     
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    I have a Guitar Player magazine that was devoted solely to guitar synths. Remember when they were going to be the big thing? Oh yeah, and America is going metric...

    PJ
     
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    Metric is better, that thing is just horrid.

    You'd think they'd make sure it actually sounded good, seems like a pretty important detail to get right.
     
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    It doesn't make any sound on its own, it is just a MIDI controller. The
    sounds are from the external synth unit, and any can be used. That was
    the 80's and there were a lot of cheezy synth sounds then. This was
    a very state of the art unit back when it was made. They did a lot
    to keep the latency normally associated with guitar synths down, and
    because it's a dedicated controller, it wasn't subject to the octave
    jumps, etc., that you get out of pitch-tracking a real instrument. They
    also used Hall-effect sensors to read how hard you were striking the
    strings and the bend so they could send this MIDI info to the synth
    unit, which allowed one to have more control over the sounds. But it
    was an expensive piece of hardware to up-keep.

    Futureman (who is also a Wooten, he's Victor's bro) triggers sampled
    drums with his, which is why they sound real... 'cause they are. The
    trick with sampled drums is to also be able to get the human nuances
    into how you play them, and Futureman does a great job of this. I've
    seen him with Bela Fleck a number of times and he's great every time
    (of course, the whole band is great....).

    --Tom
     
  20. Random

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    Ok, so no one ever did anything good with one?
    I mean musically, not just skillfully.
     

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