Synthesist & developer Dan Goldstein shared this short example of a rare vintage Aries modular synthesizer in action.
Aries made a line of module designs available, both pre-built and DIY, in the 70’s and early 80’s. There’s a ‘lost’ website devoted to Aries systems available via the Wayback Machine, and modularsynthesis.com has shared a copy (pdf) of the Aries 300 System manual.
Here’s what Goldstein has to say about the rare modular synth:
This is the first demo of my Aries Modular system.
This large modular synthesizer was factory-built in 1981, and consists of a 5-octave keyboard, a 14-module cabinet, and an 11-module cabinet (with 10 modules installed), for a total of 24 modules. In total there are 6 oscillators + 2 LFOs, 3 filters, 4 envelope generators, 4 VCAs, a dual 8-step sequencer, ring modulator, phaser/chorus, spring reverb, and a host of other utility modules, including a pitch follower and an envelope follower.
Cosmetically it’s in incredible condition, has tons of original patch cables, and even includes the original shipping crates. There are plenty of dirty jacks and the keyboard is going to require a complete overhaul, but the system is about 80% functional at this time, and I’ll do my best to restore it to as-new condition.
It’s a very rare synthesizer, and I’m proud to own it!
If you’ve used a Aries system, share your thought on it in the comments!