In the latest episode of his Studio Time series, composer Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL), demonstrates a few of the more unique synths in his studio.
There are a few misstatements in the video, so if you catch one, feel free to correct the record in the comments. But the meat and potatoes of the video – close to 40 minutes of hands-on action with some very rare synths – is far beyond awesome.
Holkenborg’s studio includes a Synergy, PPG Wave, Yamaha EX5, Teisco SX-240, Yamaha VL-1 and more. These unique synths have a lot of quirks – dependencies on obsolete computers, 8″ floppies for storage, obscure approaches to synthesis and convoluted user interfaces. But, as Holkenborg demonstrates, they are also still powerful tools for synthesists.
Check it out and let us know what you think about these unique synthesizers. And, if you’ve used any of them, share your thoughts on them in the comments!