Category Synthesizer Modules

E-mu Orbit 9090

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Red Sound Darkstar Synthesizer Module

darkstar

A gritty little synth. I guess there is a vocorder add on for this (which I don’t have, but want). This doesn’t get much use at the moment because I don’t have space in the studio for desktop synths.

This synth gets bonus points for not only sounding cool, but LOOKING cool. Not nearly enough blinky lights though.

Tech Notes:
RE-LOAD ALL 64 FACTORY PRESETS: Ensure power is switched OFF. Press and hold down the [PROGRAM] button and then turn power on. The main display will show ‘SURE’ to prompt confirmation of the load. Press the MENU [EDIT] button marked ‘VALUE +’’ to confirm the operation (‘LOAD’ appears briefly in display).


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Polyphony: 8 Voices

Multitibral: 5 Parts

Each part features: Level, Transpose and Note range setting...

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Roland U-110 Sample-playback Module

u110 If you ever feel the need to use samples from the Roland S-series samplers, the U-110 is a better replacement.Read More

Roland S-330 Sampler

s330
This synth was used on the song The Best Is Yet To Come (Voice choir sound)

I wanted the S-50 when they first came out. The monitor, tablet and mouse features were the bees knees at the time. I ended up getting the S-330 first, then this S-550, and then even later I stumbled on a S-50. By the time I bought the S-50, it was sort of old hat. I think I got it for the sake of finally owning one. I rarely use the S-550 or S-330 anymore.

All three units share the same 12-bit samples.

The monitor output is a damn cool feature and I wish other keyboards included this for editing.


Specs? We don’t need no stinking Specs….
Polyphony – 16 voices
Sampler – 12-bit, 30kHz, variable
Multitimbral – 4-parts, 4 outputs
Memory – 1500kb, 46 seconds total sample time
Filter – Hi-pass, Low-pass digital fi...Read More

Roland S-550 Sampler

s550

I wanted the S-50 when they first came out. The monitor, tablet and mouse features were the bees knees at the time. I ended up getting the S-330 first, then this S-550, and then even later I stumbled on a S-50. By the time I bought the S-50, it was sort of old hat. I think I got it for the sake of finally owning one. I rarely use the S-550 or S-330 anymore.

All three units share the same 12-bit samples.

The monitor output is a damn cool feature and I wish other keyboards included this for editing.


Specs? We don’t need no stinking Specs….
Polyphony – 16 voices
Sampler – 12-bit, 30kHz, variable
Multitimbral – 4-parts, 4 outputs
Memory – 1500kb, 46 seconds total sample time
Filter – Hi-pass, Low-pass digital filters


Acquired: 1998

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Roland M-OC1 Orchestral Module

moc1
This synth was used on the song Arabia (Horn section)

The M-OC1 Orchestra module contains patches and waveforms from the SR-JV80-02 Orchestral Expansion Board. It is a nice, general orchestral sound bank unit with usable effects. Nice strings and horns. 4 outputs!

Tech Notes: To reload factory default settings, hold the F3 and power on.

Roland-MOC1-Patch List (PDF 16k)


General Specs..
28-voice polyphony; eight-part multitimbral capabilities
8 Mbyte wave memory: 226 patches
Two complete rhythm kits
11 onboard digital effects: eight reverb, three chorus
Stereo audio inputs to eliminate the necessity of external mixers


Acquired: 1999

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Oberheim Matrix 6R Synthesizer Module

oberheim-matrix6r

The juicy sounds of an Oberheim in a funny, awkward to program rack unit. You gotta love it!


Insert juicy specs below…
Produced in 1985
Synthesis Type – Analog subtractive
Polyphony – 6 Voices
Oscillators – 12 DCO’s / 2 per voice
LFO – 3 (one used for vabrato)
VCA – 2 VCA and 3 multimode envelopes


Acquired: 2008

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Novation A-Station Synthesizer Module

a-station

I wasn’t looking for a new synth when I found/bought this one. It showed up at a fair price and, well, I nabbed it. What can I say? I’m weak. I have a problem. I might even need some form of intervention.

After a couple minutes on this machine I think it will rise on my list of devices that will get a lot of use. The fellow I bought it from said it’s been a staple in his rig for a few years. I can understand why. It’s easy to program, sounds good, and has a great personality.


Jelly filled specy goodness..

  • Eight-note polyphony.
  • Three oscillators featuring variable pulse, sawtooth, sine and triangle waveforms.
  • Oscillator FM and sync plus a ring modulator and noise generator.
  • Low-pass filter, switchable into 12 or 24dB-per-octave operation.
  • Two LFOs with four waveforms and delay.
  • Two main...
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Kurzweil Micro Piano Module

micropiano
This synth was used on the song Closure (Piano sound)

This was a great little piano module when it came out. The strings are limited but actually pretty good.

The Kurzweil Micro Piano was the piano in What’s That You Said?

The DEMO Sequence: To hear some of the capabilities of the Micro Piano, try listening to the DEMO sequence. This can be done by selecting CHANNEL mode and turning the Data knob past 16. The display will look like this “dEn” and the DEMO will play. Fun times.


Spec-o-rama…
32 Presets provide full keyboard programs and various combinations of sampled sounds:
-7 (grand) pianos
-10 electric pianos
-5 organs
-6 strings
-4 combinations

Sixteen different combinations of Reverb & Chorus
Linkable to another Micro Piano for full 64-note polyphony
Half rack
MIDI In/Thru.
Ster...

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Korg MS2000r Synthesizer

ms2000r
This synth was used on the song Apart (The saw bass sound)

What is not to love about a synth module with a row of 16 traveling, red, blinky lights running along the bottom of it?


Insert a bunch of spec info here…
Sound Generation Method: Analog Modeling Synthesis System

  • Programs: 128 programs
  • Effects: Modulation effects (3 types), Delay (3 types), Equalize
  • Arpeggiator: 6 types
  • Inputs: AUDIO IN 1, 2, Level switch LINE/MIC, [AUDIO IN 1, 2(LINE)]Input impedance = 39 k-ohms, Maximum output level = -3.5 dBu (Audio In knob maximum), [AUDIO IN 2(MIC)] Input impedance = 22 k-ohms, Maximum output level = -33 dBu (Audio In knob maximum), Input source impedance = 600 ohms
  • Outputs: L/MONO, R, Output impedance = 1.1k-ohms (MONO = 550 ohms), Maximum output level = +6...
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