Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday!!! (Special Roland Edition)
Since there are a lot of industry people that read this blog (although, god only knows why, when it's so likely I'm gonna talk shit about them) I thought I'd have an HCGPF Special Roland Edition, in case anyone from Roland is a devotee. This one is really only for the extra-super-duper HCGPF junkie, so if you're, you know, someone with a life or something, you might want to come back next week.
Anywho, the goal today is to (a) remind the R&D folks at Roland that they work for a company that used to be cool and that's really too bad, and (b) remind the rest of us about what Roland shit that is cool is like. (Along with some other fine kit.)
There's this site that belongs to Ishibashi Co., which is what I assume is a Japanese analog to something like Musician's Friend or ZZounds or their ilk. Ishabashi has an internet learning thingy, which I was able to parse out mainly via context, as I (like 99.999% of Americans) can't read a lick of Japanese. Part of that learning thingy is a page devoted to vintage Japanese synths. (Yeah, now we're getting somewhere.) I believe that they sell videos specifically about Yamaha, Korg, and yes, Roland analogs. If you click on the individual manufacturer's links, you'll be taken to what is obviously Mecca. There are excerpts from the videos that feature the entire sections for specific instruments. In the Yamaha section, you can learn all about the CS80 and CS15. In the Korg section, you get treated to the 800, 700, and of course the MS-20. In the Roland section, you learn that just because a synth has an "SH" in its title doesn't make it fly, as the well-spoken and articulate dude takes you through the SH-1000, SH-3A, and SH-7.
I should mention before you download these monster WMV files that they're in Japanese, so your comprehension may be limited to "oooh, pretty!" But that said, they're kind of nifty, and you get to hear what each synth can do.