Vintage Digital Synths?

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  1. songtalk

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    I MUST have the D-05.

    Such lust I have for it.
     
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  2. Gurn

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    I'm in for a D05. And I will use the K1 as long as my fingers move.
     
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  3. GovernorSilver

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    I don't think you can mount the D-05 or any other unit from the Boutique series into a 19" rack or something like that - not out of the box anyway.
     
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  5. GovernorSilver

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    I can vouch for KVGear's service. Bought my Korg-compatible power supply and daisy-chain cable (for powering up to 5 Volcas or Monologues) from that store.

    I bet he can make rack ears or something for a Boutique owner who has a pressing need to screw it into a 19" rack
     
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    Another happy customer of KVGear. I ordered some stuff directly from him, and he's a super nice guy making some very useful stands.
     
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    I own a Roland JP-8080. Pretty good unit IMO. I've only used it at home. All the knobs do something, but I really don't know what some of them do.
     
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    Casio CZ-101; Alesis QS7
     
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    Some great vindig (a contraction a friend of mine coined to describe vintage digital) synths. I have a Yamaha DX7IIFD and a Roland JV1050. Though right now the keyboard that gets the most play is my Roland Juno DS88.
     
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  10. rsm

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    The whole Roland DCB (Digital Circuit Behavior) used (first?) on the D-05 is very interesting IMO:

    Digital modeling of digital circuits! :)

    I think this opens up some interesting possibilities; ideally, my System-1 and System-8 can be upgraded to support DCB (they are both currently ACB based).

    I'm sure the SH-101 AIRA plug-out is very similar (identical?) to the software in the SH-01A...which is what's keeping me from pre-ordering the SH-01A...I can get the SH-101 plug-out for my System-1.
     
  11. Theroyalconsort

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    Well I have
    a Yamaha AN1X
    and a DX7.

    both cool... But kinda limited

    But do what they do well....
     
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  12. Black Coffee

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    I wanted a Roland XP-30 when they came out. Still on the lookout for a mint one...
     
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    DX7 gen 1. There's something raw about it that just punches through. I'm no virtuoso and I run it through effects, but it's a difficult, impressive beast.

    I found a DX7II not long ago with the Grey Matter board. Very cool to hear them side by side.
     
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  14. GravityJim

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    My last hardware synth is a Roland JV-1080 with four expansion cards. It was the only box among my collection (Kurzweil, Korg, Novation) that still sounded... dare I say... “relevant?”

    No, let’s go with “fresh.”
     
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    I hated hated hated my old DX7 but the guy who used it in a band we played in absolutely loved it. I remember him being so excited when I showed him I had one Which made me totally perplexed! Still looking back on the old four track demos we did I’ll admit he got some great stuff out of it. When we went to a “proper” studio the producer decided that the DX7 was too noisy and unrecordable so we ended up using some of his synth which really didn’t sound the same.
     
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    I am using a Korg EX T3. 16 bit AI synth. I actually bought one brand new at Chuck Levins in DC back in 89 or 90. Got this one off Craigs List for a song(lol). Still works at this point. Been looking for a W01/FD. No joy yet, may have to settle for a Triton or a MOTIF...
     
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    the Kawai K5000S was an AMAZING synth - they were like $2000, and then Sam Ash blew them out for $500, so I bought one. That synth is ALL OVER my first two ambient records, Stargarden "Ambient Excursions" and "The Art of Analog Diversion" - listen to any track off those two albums and you will hear some K5000S for sure.....

    magnatune.com/artists/stargarden
     
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    that is a really nice virtual analog machine - and the best way to learn about what those knobs DO is to TURN THEM. tweak on, my brother....
     
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    Ensoniq: SQ80, EPS, ASR-X
    Roland: JX3P, JV1010,
    Korg: DW6000, Poly800
    Yamaha: PSS480
    Casio: HT3000

    I love the vintage digital stuff. I have zero interest in using a computer when it comes to music. I don't care if it is easier, sounds better, etc.
     
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    .I had a Kurzweil K-250, which was a beast, and still have a Kurzweil K2500R. But my favorite is my Yamaha DX-5.
     
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