Vintage Synth Explorer
November 25, 2002 12:52 AM   Subscribe

Vintage Synth Explorer - I'm an unquestionable electronic music freak, and this site makes me drool every time I read it. You can find everything from the Roland holy trinity - the 303, 808 and 909 to the most obscure little Korg Mini Pops 35. This site is just totally sweet. Yum
posted by ookamaka (21 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
great link! I plan to spread this one around -- and spend quite a bit of time here. thanks
posted by condour75 at 1:13 AM on November 25, 2002

great link... probably not the kind that's going to draw a lot of conversation...

posted by cadastral at 4:19 AM on November 25, 2002

I still have an old Roland in the basement...and it still kind of works...I'll have to dig it up and find out what model it is. I loved being able to adjust everything with sliders. It was very hands-on.

I haven't bought a synthesizer in the last twenty years, though. To call me behind the times would be an understatement. I play only piano, now. I have an electric piano for gigs without an acoustic.

Catch me at Denver International Airport, 2-6 PM on Wednesday. It's a funny job...DIA opts out of ASCAP fees, so we have to make up new melodies for classic jazz tunes.
posted by kozad at 5:27 AM on November 25, 2002

My favourite T.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 5:31 AM on November 25, 2002

Neat. Although I've never had the opportunity to use the old stuff, emulated synths such as Reason or Rebirth have made me drool over one day owning the hardware.
posted by samsara at 6:01 AM on November 25, 2002

Cool site, but I've always been more of a Hammond B-3 man, myself. Do You Know What I Mean? Heheheh.
posted by jonmc at 6:02 AM on November 25, 2002

Forgot: is also way cool. You can often find me there, drooling over pieces of art like this one.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 6:11 AM on November 25, 2002

All hail the ARP. I could play with a 2500/2600 for hours...
posted by Fabulon7 at 6:13 AM on November 25, 2002

Very Cool. I have a Fender/Rhodes Chroma Polaris which I enjoyed very much. An analog synth with Midi built in 1984. I think my favorite that I ever played was a modular Moog while I was in Electronic Music courses at UC Davis. I loved those patch cords, and the total freedom of experimentation they provided. There was a Synclavier in the studio, and while I was there they had this electronic music software which ran on an early Sun system (new at the time). There weren't even D to A converters readily available back then, so they had one designed and built by the engineering department. A trip down memory lane for sure.
posted by Eekacat at 6:14 AM on November 25, 2002

I've been meaning to get to the new england synth museum for a while now.
There is no charge for admission and you can bring your camera, camcorder, even your DAT recorder cool
posted by soplerfo at 7:04 AM on November 25, 2002

Neat link! It doesn't have my little Rheem, though.
posted by transient at 8:16 AM on November 25, 2002

Thanks for the great link, I love those classics synths, and even the new retro ones too.

A personal favorite of mine, the yamaha cs80, was used alot on Peter Gabriel's SO, and U.K's self titled album and has a sound to die for.

Now if I could only find the money to buy one, or strength to lift it!!
posted by fatbaq at 8:22 AM on November 25, 2002

Wow! They even have my much maligned CZ1. Every time I tell someone I have a casio synth, they think I've got one of those crummy consumer one-touch chord and "rhumba". Nope. Just a digitally controlled analog synth with some nice fat sounds. I used to know all the parameters very well when I was an obsessed teenager (with only a CZ101). Now I barely remember how to use the amplitude envelopes...
posted by namespan at 8:51 AM on November 25, 2002

they think I've got one of those crummy consumer one-touch chord and "rhumba"

I am totally in love with my little Casio SK-1. Despite what Vintage Synth may think.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 9:16 AM on November 25, 2002

If you're interested in the history of analog synths, you'll probably be interested in the book I'm in the midst of reading, Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer.
posted by andrewraff at 9:36 AM on November 25, 2002

Neat link! It doesn't have my little Rheem, though.

The Rheem Kee Bass is my most cherished keyboard!

Have you seen the "virtual" Rheem Kee Bass?
posted by mildred-pitt at 10:42 AM on November 25, 2002

I like the virtual Kee Bass, however you can't quite match the soothingly flatulent power of the real thing...
posted by transient at 11:59 AM on November 25, 2002

Ah, I used to have a TB-303.. *sniffle*


the devilfish mod was pretty neat-o too.
posted by shadow45 at 10:31 PM on November 25, 2002

This may be slightly off-topic, but any tips would be appreciated: is anyone here aware of any descent online guides to creating electronic music?

This stuff seems interesting, but I don’t know where to start from. What’s needed? Just a synth* and a PC? Do I also need a program like Cubase? Can the synth work as a stand-alone device as well (=away from the computer)? So many questions.

(* that Roland Juno 106 looks fine, especially since William Orbit’s using it...)
posted by kchristidis at 7:49 AM on November 26, 2002

that all depends on what kind of music you're looking to make Kchristidis -

For starters i'd definitely recommend heading over to the propellerheads website and checking out reason
i believe they have a demo you can download - that'll get you started.
bottom line - there's no "right" way to make electronic music - there's tons of software out there that all pretty much does the same thing in different ways. find the software you like and use that. you can do almost anything in cubase, logic and cakewalk. if you find that Reason isn't robust enough for you - or you want to work with live instruments and/or midi, i'd recommend checking one of those out. hope that helps.
posted by soplerfo at 11:28 AM on November 27, 2002

I'll have a look at Reason - never hear about if before, but it looks good. Let's hope that the demo version is of some use. Thanks for the tip!
posted by kchristidis at 1:47 PM on November 27, 2002

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