Vintage Synth Posters ‘A Lovely Gift For The Synthesizer Fetishist’

Reader Eric Carl let us know about a couple of cool vintage synth prints that he’s designed, for the ARP 2600 and EMS Synthi AKS.

Here are the details:

  • 18″ x 24″
  • Digital giclée print from Epson 7880
  • Archival Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink
  • Epson Enhanced Matte Paper
  • Limited editions of 100
  • Signed and numbered
  • $40 + shipping

He describes them as “A lovely gift for the synthesizer fetishist in all of us.”

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The Korg Polysix Synthesizer

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Synthesist Marko Ettlich takes a synth voyage, with a vintage Korg Polysix (1981).

The Polysix was among the first polyphonic synths that were relatively affordable. Though it is a one oscillator design, built-in effects can give it a massive sound, as demonstrated above.

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Arturia Spark Vintage Drum Machines Recreates 30 Classic Beat Boxes

Arturia has introduced a software-only version of its Spark drum machine, Spark Vintage Drum Machines. 

Spark Vintage Drum Machines combines samples and virtual analog synthesis to ‘capture the unique soul of these instruments.’


  • 30 legendary drum machines including: Roland TR-808, TR-707, TR-909, CR-78, Korg KPR-77, Mini Pops 7, LinnDrum, Yamaha RX5, Maestro Rhythm King MKII, Simmons SDS V,…
  • Easy workflow: one interface to learn, thirty drum machines to play
  • Made for live performance: XY Pad, Beat Looper, Slicer, Real-time automation on all parameters
  • 14 high quality effects : Multiband Compressor, Reverb, Bit crusher, Multiband EQ, Chorus, Delay, Distortion, Phaser, Plate reverb, Destroyer, Flanger, Space pan, Limiter, Sub generator
  • Spark’s Step Sequencer makes track creation a breeze
  • Perfect integration: 16 independant audio outputs, midi I/O
  • Unparalleled sound quality based on virtual analog synthesis (TAE®) and high resolution sampling
  • 64 patterns pre-programmed for each drum machine

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Electronic Music Works Patch Generators For Vintage Synths

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This is a demo of the Electronic Music Works Patch Synthesizer JX-810P, a patch generator for the the Roland JX-8P and MKS-70.

Here’s what EMW has to say about the Patch Synthesizer:

Our Patch Synthesizer is not just a patch randomizer, it uses an intelligent algorithm to create very usable sounds and has adjustable parameters to allow you to control the type of patch that will be created. Rediscover your synth with the EMW Patch Synthesizer series.

Electronic Music Works offers a variety of Patch Synthesizers, including ones for the Roland Alpha Junos and the Yamaha TX81Z / DX11. See the company site for details.

New 2011 Optigan Disc, Vibrascape

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Here’s what they have to say about Vibrascape:

Vibrascape presents the sound of the vibraphone in a uniquely Optigan fashion. The keyboard tones are arranged as a series of rhythmic patterns that create hypnotic, pulsating soundscapes when chords are played. (This disc is not particularly suited to melodic playing).

The chord buttons feature sustained bowed vibraphone chords. The special effects switches help keep the groove going with a selection of rhythms from the Maestro Rhythm King MRK-2, an old-school beatbox and technological contemporary of the Optigan. Optigans equipped with a spring reverb will provide the most haunting sound, which is further enhanced by inserting the disc upside-down for backwards play.

LEFT HAND: Bowed Vibraphone.
RIGHT HAND: Vibraphone Rhythms.
SPECIAL EFFECTS SWITCHES: 1. Samba, 2. Rhumba, 3. Bossa Nova, 4. Bolero, 5. Go-Go.

The Optigan Vibrascape Disc is available for pre-order for $99.99 at the site.

The Dewanatron Novitiate

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Marc Doty explains the origin and capabilities of the Dewanatron Novitiate, a one-of-a-kind educational instrument designed by Dewanatron for the Bob Moog Foundation.

The music you’ll hear in the video was created entirely with the Novitiate (except drums).

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Can Any Synth Made In The Last 30 Years Beat The Sound Of The Yamaha CS-80?

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Gavin Curtis is in the middle of a Yamaha CS-80 synth restoration project and took time out to record this demo of the monster synth:

My CS-80 restoration project about 1/3 completed and the instrument’s health bar is finally in the green. Most of the systems are working. Enough to present to you what a properly functioning CS-80 should sound like.

Definitely resides in the category “most complex production electronic musical instrument”. Over 200 lbs of printed circuit board and wiring. Less than 800 CS-80s were made due to high cost and complexity. Serial numbers started at 1000 and ended before 1800. My CS-80 is serial number 1306, the 306th unit off the assembly line.

Signal path is the CS-80 —- Lexicon 224XL digital reverberator —- direct line audio feed into Sony HDR-XR520V HD camera.

Sounds huge, doesn’t it?

What do you think? Can any synth made in the last 30 years beat the sound of the Yamaha CS 80?

via gavincurtis