Category Synthesizers

Roland M-OC1 Orchestral Module

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

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

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

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.

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.

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Korg MS2000r Synthesizer

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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Korg M1R-EX Synthesizer

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Korg EX8000 Synthesizer Module

This synth was used on the song New Gods, New Ideas (The synth in the intro)

This is the rackmount version of the DW-8000, a hybrid digital/analog poly synth (except the EX-8000 does not have the arpeggiator). This is quickly becoming one of my favourite synths at the moment.

The machine was a bit dirty when I bought it. I cracked it open and gave it a cleaning.

The Korg EX-8000 guts

Acquired: 2008

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Korg EX800 Synthesizer Module

This is the rackmount/desktop version of the Poly-800. I like this little machine but don’t use it very often as I have no good place for a desktop synth in the studio. I have to get this bugger racked somehow.

Acquired: 2008

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Yamaha DX7 mkI FM Synthesizer

A classic. This is the first version of the DX-7. I bought this in 2007 from a fellow who bought it new back in the day. He took fantastic care of it. When I bought it he still had the original box, manuals, and other stuff. This synth is museum quality.

Of course, no matter how pretty and clean, it still sounds like a DX-7.

This is where the specs live…
Polyphony – 16 Voices
Oscillators – 16 bit Digital 6 operator FM.
#Instruments – (1) Monotimbral
LFO – Sine/Square/Tri/SAW up/SAW Down/Random
VCA – 6 Envelope generators 8 parameters each
Keyboard – 61 keys (w/ velocity and aftertouch)
Memory – 32 Patches

Acquired: 2007

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Technics AX7 Synthesizer

This is a wacky synth. I haven’t decided if I love it or hate it. Powered up it is covered in lights.. so it has that going for it.

Specs! Specs! Get yer specs here….

  • 8-polyphonic, 4-part multitimbral PCM synthesizer workstation with a PCM drum machine.
  • 3 OSC architecture without a filter. A sound is made of Attack Source (1 OSC) and Body Source (2 OSC).
  • The Attack Source is basically a short transient sample like Roland D-50 / D-110 .
  • The Body Source is a combination of 2 samples called Basic and Harmonics. They seem to be basically single-cycle waveforms, and some Harmonics waveforms includes ‘Spectrum’ type longer loops.
  • The Basic sets the overall character of the Body Source, and the Harmonics determines the second waveform added to it...
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