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    Exclamation OT: Nostalgia Time>Your First MIDI Rig?

    All this talk of the Juno 106 over on one of the Group Buy threads made me a little nostalgic for the old days.

    Let's see...I don't remember exactly...in late 1983, I had considered the Roland Bassline (TB-303?) and Drumatix (?) CV-controlled combo, the Ensoniq Mirage (which had just come out), and MAYBE the DX-7...I ended up buying none of these and wasted my money on something SO STUPID I'm embarassed to be any more specific

    In early 1985 I finally bought a Casio CZ-5000 (like 8 CZ-101s w/full size keys and an 8-track sequencer) and a Sequential Circuits TOM Drum Machine. They served me well until 1989 when I bought an M1---which is still with me to this day!

    Anyone else up for a stroll down memory lane?

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    My first encounter with PC and synth is in 1989, Roland CM-64. I was 8 and FD was still 5 inch.

    I remembered that I couldn't understand any English words in the seq. But I liked the preset sound named "Strings 2", though I didn't know what "Strings" was.
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    Re: OT: Nostalgia Time>Your First MIDI Rig?

    1985: Yamaha DX-7, RX-15, and QX-21 sequencer. Ironing board for stand.

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    Re: OT: Nostalgia Time>Your First MIDI Rig?

    hmm. my first exposure to computer music was either the mac or atari in the ucsc electronic music studio-c1985. the software was awfully clumsy in those days and i remember thinking, "who the heck wants to use a computer to make music?" i can't remember if it had any midi connections or not.

    my first rig tho was a LCII running Vision with a proteus mps in 1992. mix them midi tracks to cassette baby!

    i did own (and still do) a Korg poly61 that was their last synth w/o midi. missed the boat on that one!

    oh yeah.

    /j

    edit: wait- i'm not really that old. i can't be. first midi rig? there was a time before midi?!?!?
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    Re: OT: Nostalgia Time>Your First MIDI Rig?

    Pre-MIDI, a bunch of hacked together Buchla parts, a couple of Micro-Moogs, a Mini Moog, a Rhodes, and a Clavinet.

    First "real" MIDI rig...

    Juno-106
    Prophet V
    Casio CZ-101
    360-Systems MIDI Bass
    Kawai K-1
    Kurzweil Horn Expander
    Yamaha TX-81, DX-7, DX-21, RX-11
    Some AKAI analog keyboard I can't remember for the life of me--sounded like ~~~~~
    Tascam 38
    Apple IIe running Texture

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    Re: OT: Nostalgia Time>Your First MIDI Rig?

    First MIDI set was:

    Juno 106
    Yamaha RX10 Drum Machine (I think that was the name)
    Fostex x-15 multitrack

    First computer set-up

    Atari 520ST w. Steinberg 12
    Roland U-20 ( a board I used until 1999)

    First PC set-up

    Compaq Presario 486DX2 w. Passport Mastertracks Pro/Encore
    Roland U-20
    SC-55
    Proteus 2


    Probably more info than anyone really needs but what the heck..

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    Re: OT: Nostalgia Time>Your First MIDI Rig?

    Ensoniq ESQ-1
    Roland JX-8P
    Oberheim DX drume machine (couldn't afford the Stretch add on which made it MIDI)

    Also, over the years I had:

    Crumar Performer
    Roland TR-808
    Sequentila Circuits Tom (no ride cymbal, with stock sounds!)
    Roland S-10
    Roland MT-32
    Roland D-550
    Roland D-50
    Roland R-5
    Roland Juno 106
    Roland HR-60
    Emu Emax
    Onberheim Matrix 6
    (2) Yamaha TX-7's
    Yamaha R-5 Drum Machine
    Korg M-1
    Korg NS5R
    Emsoniq Mirage ($4000 canadian bucks! only128k of ram!)
    Ensoniq SQ-80
    Korg Poly 6
    Korg Poly 61
    Korg DDD-5

    Beat this:

    I bought an "official" blank (no sounds, pre-formated) Ensoniq Mirage 3.5" floppy disk at Long and McQuade in Vancouver Canada for $75.00. Yup, 75 bucks for a blank 3.5" floppy disk!!!! MAn did I feel used when i found out you could use 3rd party disks! (10 for $80.00)

    I'm feeling old!

    Darren

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    Re: OT: Nostalgia Time>Your First MIDI Rig?

    Im not sure if I can even remember the first but some of the earliest setups I had were;


    Yamaha QX1
    Roland D50
    Juno
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    Atari STE (with 1mb memory upgrade!!)
    Tascam 688 multi track
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    Re: OT: Nostalgia Time>Your First MIDI Rig?

    A couple of S950s my Uni dept sold to me after updating their gear and my long faithful SY99 keyboard which I gigged to death (May 1999 - R.I.P my old friend). I'm too young to remember pre-midi times but I had a Fostex B16 and a swanky gold plated splicing block for a few years - do I qualify as an oldie?!.

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    Re: OT: Nostalgia Time>Your First MIDI Rig?

    Quote Originally Posted by dpasdernick
    Ensoniq ESQ-1
    Roland JX-8P
    Oberheim DX drume machine (couldn't afford the Stretch add on which made it MIDI)

    Also, over the years I had:

    Crumar Performer
    Roland TR-808
    Sequentila Circuits Tom (no ride cymbal, with stock sounds!)
    Roland S-10
    Roland MT-32
    Roland D-550
    Roland D-50
    Roland R-5
    Roland Juno 106
    Roland HR-60
    Emu Emax
    Onberheim Matrix 6
    (2) Yamaha TX-7's
    Yamaha R-5 Drum Machine
    Korg M-1
    Korg NS5R
    Emsoniq Mirage ($4000 canadian bucks! only128k of ram!)
    Ensoniq SQ-80
    Korg Poly 6
    Korg Poly 61
    Korg DDD-5

    Beat this:
    Wow - that's quite a list. The HR-60 - wasn't that a 106 with wooden panelling and speakers?. My great uncle bought one because he thought it would replace his Bontempi junkpile. He had no idea what it was and couldn't fathom where to get pedals for it!.

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