I have a mystery that needs solving. There are 2 solutions. I was a big deadhead in my highschool years and love the sound that Brent Mydland used to get when he played with the Grateful dead in the early to mid 80s. It\'s an electric piano sound with a certain digital zing to it. Here\'s an mp3 example:
solution #1: the exact keyboard/samples/program he used
solution #2: someone recreates this sound somehow.
I am willing to pay well for this. I have asked everyone I know that was close to the band, but nobody knows. Brent is dead and I don\'t know the rest of the remaining members personally, so I\'m stuck. Anyone have any ideas?
They have the Chroma and Chroma Polaris there as well.
But that digital ring leads me to believe that it is, in fact, a DW6000 or 8000 as the Chroma is an analog synth whereas the Korg DW\'s were analog/digital hybrids. It could also be a Yamaha DX-7. I hope not, I know he used one at one point (around 1983 on). Ick
I cant tell when those photos were taken, but he was only keyboard player from around the time you mention right? So, those very well could be the boards he used to produce those sounds, but I also can\'t tell what those boards are, or the little boxes on top of the keys.
Hmmm, it might not be the Chroma after all. The first Chroma (see picture above)which ARP build in 1981 never went into production. I thought, since I once heard the Chroma doing digital sounding things too, that it stood a good chance of being the mysterious synth. Another company, who bought the \'Rhodes\' rights, took over the Chroma concept and brought it to market in 1982.
This is really getting stranger by the minute. What synth produced FM pianos two years before the DX-7 came out?