February 24, 2006

Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday!!!

by Chris Randall
 



If you were ever curious as to the studio that lives in my head, when I think about what my studio should be, instead of what it is, above is a picture of it. Of course, it doesn't have Michael Hoenig in it, hardly ever. And I imagine I could probably come up with a better storage medium than the mass quantity of 5.25" floppies he has. And I almost certainly wouldn't have a DX7 in it. But otherwise, yup, that's it pretty much exactly.


For the full-size, click here. This is taken from the Santuarios site, which consists, by and large, exclusively of scans of semi-famous synth players sitting in front of their rigs from 80s-era Keyboard magazines. The early 80s were kind to neither fashion nor hairstyles, but there's some pretty fly-ass synths to be had. All the usual suspects are well-represented, and you can easily spend an hour getting your monitor all sticky-like going through the photos. The rest of the site is in some language that isn't English, and is thus completely oblique to an American such as myself.

 
 
 

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Feb.24.2006 @ 4:09 AM
t
So what you're looking for is a maxed out studio of the pre DAW era- not a comp to be seen in any significant role, which is entertainingly ironic considering the business you're in...
though i think i feel you on that -.. to be honest
 
 

 
Feb.24.2006 @ 7:38 AM
Solipsist Nation
No DX7? But but but it's a CLASSIC!

Anyway, you'll need something to balance out all that analog fatness...

 
 

 
Feb.24.2006 @ 8:49 AM
frugalpole
dude, i'm pretty sure they are speaking mexican on that site. :o)
 
 

 
Feb.24.2006 @ 10:21 AM
cacealian
Wait, is that a D50 top of the rack on the left? I'd take a DX7 before a D50 - the Wham! of keyboards - any day.
 
 

 
Feb.24.2006 @ 10:49 AM
Chris Randall
I think the D50 is trumped by the Synclavier it is above. Besides, it makes a fine controller. As for the DX7, sorry, but it sounds like shit, weighs a fucking tonne, and has the World's Worst MIDI Implementation. I think people talk themselves in to liking it simply because there are so many.

-CR

 
 

 
Feb.24.2006 @ 12:08 PM
PBXorcist
The DX7 is capabile of some really amazing sounds if you spend the time to learn/program FM synthesis. Besides, there is something to be said for the sonic tension created between a nice warm fuzzy analog sound counter balanced by a nice crisp cold digital one.

-PBX

 
 

 
Feb.24.2006 @ 12:48 PM
Chris Randall
Yeah, sure. Except every sound it can make has been used to death.

Aside from that, that honkin' big Synclavier kind of obviates any other FM synths that might be lying about.

-CR

 
 

 
Feb.24.2006 @ 1:04 PM
cacealian
What's that between the minimoog and the four-voice? Is it a pro-soloist?
 
 

 
Feb.24.2006 @ 1:43 PM
RexRhino
The DX7 is an amazing synth. The sounds you can get from it are totally unique. It has a far greater range of sounds than most analog / subtractive synthesis machines.

The trouble is, that it is so hard to program, that most people only used the presets (the old uban legend is that 99% of the DX7s that come in for repair only have the preset sounds in them). That is why people think "all the sounds have been used to death".

Nowadays, there are people using the DX7 that are creating some sounds you swear comes from some abuse of a modular synth, or some new wierd botique audio plugin.

If anything, I think the whole "analog" subtractive synthesis "square-wave with a filter sweep" sound is much more cliche than any FM sound. At some point "analog" synths (I use quotes, because so many people use virtual analog synths or plugins nowadays), became "cool" and mainstream, and everyone thinks analog (or facsimile) is the turkey bone nowadays.

The really cool cutting edge sounds I hear nowadays are coming from digital (FM synthesis, Phase Modulation, Additive Synthesis, or combinations of those) in those more glitchy experimental styles... my only fear is that eventually it will catch on in the main stream, and in 3 or 4 years the DX7 will be the overused "retro" technology that the 303 became back in '99. (and yeah, I didn't mind the 303 abuse back in '89 listening to Acid House or Detroit Techno... but by '99 it was all fatboy-slimified garbage... anyone who uses a 303 today, other than to play old-school funk guitar like the 303 was designed to do because that would be fresh, should be shot!)

Fortunatly, since the DX7 is completly digital, I don't need to own one. I can emulate one in CSound without any issues, and without spending any money.

 
 

 
Feb.24.2006 @ 1:59 PM
Suit & Tie Guy
"anyone who uses a 303 today ... should be shot!"

what a load of shit.

the differenced between the DX7 and the 303 is that the 303 is classic sound, and the DX7 is a dated sound.

the 303, the 909, and the Minimoog are in the _handful_ of vintage synths that have taken their rightful place alongside the Hammond organ, the harpsichord, the Rhodes, the Wurlitzer Electronic Piano, the clavinet, and the grand piano as classic instruments.

the DX7 will _never_ be in that lineup. ever.

btw, i'd rather hear my friend Distortech throw down old-school acid house live PA with his x0x boxes than most new music i've heard come out of these shambles of an electronic "scene" since 2000 or so.

 
 

 
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