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    What was your First Synth? (HW or SW)

    Mine was from Southwest Technical Products Corporation. It was basic, it was a kit, but it WAS a synth. Keith W.

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    Here's mine, from 1978:



    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Here was mine, a PAIA unit circa 1973. I learned a great deal about synthesis from that little beauty!!

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    OK this wasn't mine, but it kind of was. School bought it when I was in 8th grade, and I was the only person who ever used it. I used to be on it every break and lunchtime, I used to get to take it home (along with our FOstex 4-track), I used to get asked to play it in concerts - basically it was like having my own synth.

    Then I went away and did the whole university thing, went on a mission, and came back to the same school as a teacher. The synth is still there, and still almost nobody else has ever used it. It's like seeing an old friend again.

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    I built my own from articles in electronic magazines starting in about 1970. In all I built three different synths. In order to save money I designed my own envelope shaper, it turned a square wave into a lovely violin sound, but heres the rub, when I tried to build a second circuit to do the same thing for a friend it sounded awful. By pure luck and from the wide tolerances in the transistors (no chips then) I got it right but couldn't duplicate it.
    I had to bin the lot when we moved here, only regret it a little, I ended with a son instead.
    I found all the mag articles with schematics (for synhts not sons)in a bag in the loft last year and keep them all for posterity

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    Re: What was your First Synth? (HW or SW)

    My first Synthesizer was a Mini Moog which I purchased in 1971.

    It would never stay in key and would float all over the place.

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    My first synth was a Roland Juno 6



    Still have an old Sequential Prophet 2000 sampler in the studio.

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    Re: What was your First Synth? (HW or SW)

    My first synth was the Oberheim system... A couple of months after that, the DX7... The DX7 then became my main axe... Many hours programming operators and algorithms... Ah, the halcyon days of yesteryear... :P And now, I have better resources than ever coming out of one box on the floor... I wouldn't trade it for anything from the past...

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    Re: What was your First Synth? (HW or SW)

    Quote Originally Posted by jjloving View Post


    God, I'm young...

    jon
    That might be true, but I'm OLD.
    Keith

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulR View Post
    My first Synthesizer was a Mini Moog which I purchased in 1971. It would never stay in key and would float all over the place.
    That was common for the Mini Moog, I'm afraid. However, the Arturia one is rock steady.

    http://www.arturia.com/evolution/en/...ogv/intro.html
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