March 28, 2006

The Long Strange Trip Of A VCS3...

by Chris Randall
 



Huh. The Putney that was the subject of many AHNW pictures this weekend (including my post of a couple days ago) is up on the 'bay. Quite frankly, I can't think of a 3-OSC mono that I'd pay $3150 for, but to each his own. It is, after all, the rare tobacco-burst finish. Thanks to DM for the link.
 
 
 

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Mar.28.2006 @ 11:14 AM
jackal
What a 3 osc mono synth it is though, don't even bother plugging in the keyboard, and a land of freaky chaos awaits! Plus, you can play battleships if you're lucky enough to have two of the buggers!
 
 

 
Mar.28.2006 @ 11:40 AM
Suit & Tie Guy
i'm in love with it.


i will own one.

 
 

 
Mar.28.2006 @ 11:41 AM
d wagenbach
that's about what my partner and I sold ours for in late 2000.
 
 

 
Mar.28.2006 @ 11:48 AM
Chris Randall
"What a 3 osc mono synth it is though, don't even bother plugging in the keyboard, and a land of freaky chaos awaits!"

I'll tell you what, though. I have about the same amount of money invested in my modular, and it is a far more capable system. Freaky chaos? Please.

I just think the cachet outweighs the actual usefulness of the unit. Quite frankly, I could find much better ways to spend the money.

-CR

 
 

 
Mar.28.2006 @ 11:52 AM
dm
For you crazy fuckers.... the ginormous Synthi 100 that is rumored floating around upsate NY is STILL on ebay.

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If memory serves me right this one has gone from an initial 300 grand to a bargain basement 60k.

 
 

 
Mar.28.2006 @ 1:25 PM
the harvestman
I played with the thing at AHMW... matrix patching is much, much more immediate than I would have ever expected. I enjoyed it a lot, probably the most of the stodgy, straightforward style of patchable synthesizers characteristic of the British and East Coast US schools of design (though the ARP 2600 is up there as well.) Thy physical construction seems to be bulletproof - laboratory-grade controls, a sturdy joystick, and awesome vernier dials on the oscillators. "Monophony" and oscillator count really isn't a proper way to evaluate this kind of instrument (unless you're the type of person who jacks off to pictures of keith emerson), but the price does seem to be aimed at collectors more than composers.
 
 

 
Mar.28.2006 @ 1:34 PM
ortho
i only jerk off to pictures of Emerson's modular, not the man himself or his skills. What's wrong with that?
 
 

 
Mar.28.2006 @ 1:37 PM
dm
Insert "Love Beach" joke here
 
 

 
Mar.28.2006 @ 2:00 PM
Chris Randall
"Insert "Love Beach" joke here"

You could theoretically do that for pretty much any ELP song. Do you, for instance, remember Father Christmas?

-CR

 
 

 
Mar.28.2006 @ 4:03 PM
Suit & Tie Guy
meatlog said:

> "Monophony" and oscillator count really isn't a proper way to evaluate this kind of instrument (unless you're the type of person who jacks off to pictures of keith emerson)


uh that made no sense. didn't keith emerson become famous playing a 3 oscillator modular monosynth?


btw, some people worship keith emerson but still want to fuck the shit out of a putney and make sea devil and timewind noises with it until their fingers bleed. two members of the Suit & Tie Guy Band are currently trying to figure out how they can buy themselves VCS3s. furthermore, there were two other people at the meeting who are _really_ into KE who recognise the power of the VCS3.

it's kind of an unfair assumption that people who are really into ELP don't understand concepts such as "soul" or "mojo".

 
 

 
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