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  1. Jon Johnson

    Farfisa Syntorchestra

    The Farfisa Syntorchestra is a combination of two preset synthesizers in one. A polyphonic section and a monophonic section. Both sections have presets that can be edited in real time but there are no user memories. The Syntorchestra produces unique sounds unlike most synths. Its been compared to the ARP Pro Soloist and the Moog Satellite in sound. Sounds are selected with selector tabs underneath the keyboard section. There is a limited amount of control for both synthesizers with sliders and buttons to the left of the keyboard section. There is an envelope with attack and decay, along with filter controls using the "Brilliance' sliders. There is also a Vibrato effect with a delay button which can delay the effect of the Vibrato as the sound develops. The middle section under the keyboard has a unique Portamento control that could be constant or temporary by way of pushing a lever. The far left of the keyboard there are selector tabs labelled "Cancel" for muting the Vibrato effect. There is filter control by turning on the tab labelled "Wha-Wha" and using a combination of the attack slider, decay switch, and decay slider it creates the familiar analog synth filter effect. The Syntorchestra offers two audio outputs that can be run in stereo or mono. Although the instrument did not output a true stereo signal the user could run separate outputs of each synth section to different amplifiers or channels.The instrument also included a volume pedal using its built in DIN socket. the Syntorchestra was offered in all metal or faux wood enclosures.
  2. The Farfisa Syntorchestra is a combination of two preset synthesizers in one. A polyphonic section and a monophonic section. Both sections have presets that can be edited in real time but there are no user memories. The Syntorchestra produces unique sounds unlike most synths. Its been compared to the ARP Pro Soloist and the Moog Satellite in sound. View full synthesizer
  3. The Coron DS-8 drum & percussion synthe is from the 1980's and was a portable drum synthesizer unit to be attached to a drum kit's snare drum to enhance the player's kit with modern sounds of it's time. The unit contains one VCO and a noise generator that generates white or pink noise and mixed with the balance control giving the instrument. The oscillator features a sweepable range with a dedicated knob. There is an envelope that offers decay only and an LFO with Rate intensity. The unit is triggering by snare hits but could also be triggered from other vibrations or from a foot switch or audio source, Some of the units are labelled as "Drum & Percussion Synthe" not "Synth" Knob function description Volume controls the output volume Sensitivity controls the sensitivity of the module (the threshold at which it is triggered) Rate controls the speed/rate of the LFO wave that controls the pitch Decay controls the length of the sound Mode controls the depth of the LFO wave that controls the pitch VCO controls the pitch of the Oscillator Sweep controls the range in which the oscillator sweeps Noise adds pink or white noise Intensity LFO rate intensity Balance controls the mix between the noise and the oscillator
  4. The Coron DS-8 drum & percussion synthe is from the 1980's and was a portable drum synthesizer unit to be attached to a drum kit's snare drum to enhance the player's kit with modern sounds of it's time. The unit contains one VCO and a noise generator that generates white or pink noise and mixed with the balance control giving the instrument. View full drum machine
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    Farfisa Soundmaker

    The Farfisa Soundmaker is a late 1970's model ensemble type synthesizer released in 1979. Its more advanced than previous models of it's kind in that it also includes a monophonic analog synthesizer section. Additionally it has a string section and a polyphonic section offering presets of ensemble and string sounds. The polyphonic preset synth section is limited in editing but it can be processed through the monophonic analog synthesizer's filter and can be switched to monophonic mode at the same time as using the analog synth should the player want to thicken up the sound. In addition to this feature there is monophonic aftertouch available at a fixed rate. The Soundmaker also has an envelope for the filter and amplifier sections and one LFO called "Osc" on the front panel. All together the Soundmaker has 18 presets divided between sections. 13 for the mono synth, 4 for the polyphonic, and one for the string section. The monophonic section offers a "free" preset where the user can set the controls in any setting giving you a "user" preset of sorts. Presets are selected using LED buttons atop the keyboard. Splits can be made however only at a fixed point at middle F. The Strings and poly sections are played at the lower end and the mono synth at the upper end.
  6. The Farfisa Soundmaker is a late 1970's model ensemble type synthesizer released in 1979. Its more advanced than previous models of it's kind in that it also includes a monophonic analog synthesizer section. Additionally it has a string section and a polyphonic section offering presets of ensemble and string sounds.front panel. View full synthesizer
  7. The ZW Bassmachine is a monophonic bass synthesizer made by ZW Electronics. It has a 2 octave keyboard in a wood cabinet. It features two analog oscillators with 10 preset sounds and a Moog Ladder filter. There are knobs for volume, envelope, sustain, detune and tune. There two switches. One for turning off oscillator 2 and one for octave range. The ZW Bassmachine is similar to the Moog Rogue, EDM Wasp, and Roland bass synths.
  8. The ZW Bassmachine is a monophonic bass synthesizer made by ZW Electronics. It has a 2 octave keyboard in a wood cabinet. It features two analog oscillators with 10 preset sounds and a Moog Ladder filter. There are knobs for volume, envelope, sustain, detune and tune. There two switches. One for turning off oscillator 2 and one for octave range. The ZW Bassmachine is similar to the Moog Rogue, EDM Wasp, and Roland bass synths. View full synthesizer
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    Farfisa Polychrome

    The Farfisa Polychrome is a polyphonic ensemble/string combo type of synthesizer. It features 61 keys with velocity sensitivity. It has 4 sections of strings, organ, vocal and percussive instruments. It is polyphonic by way of Divide-Down synthesis technology and a white noise circuit. the player can create different sounds by removing or adding different layers. Splits are possible using two sounds. The string section offers a 2 stage envelope and single filter control for brightness ie. brilliance.The chorus vocal section has 3 presets and one custom mode and double button for a heavier chorus vocal effect. The Percussive section offers 6 preset sounds with piano, harpsichord, honkytonk, clavichord, electric guitar and classic guitar. the ensemble section has 3 presets with brass, reed and accordion witbh an A/S envelope and brilliance for filter control The instrument has a built in phase shifter effect that can be used on all the sections except the chorus section..However the chorus section has a dedicated optional audio output for routing to an effect or processor along with the main audio output. There is also an audio input with with a gain knob for external gear to process through the Polychrome. Additionally there is a 5 pin DIN input for a olume swell pedal and headphone jack. Farfisa also offered an optional stand and music stand for the Polychrome.
  10. The Farfisa Polychrome is a polyphonic ensemble/string combo type of synthesizer. It features 61 keys with velocity sensitivity. It has 4 sections of strings, organ vocal and percussive instruments. It is polyphonic by way of Divide-Down synthesis technology and a white noise circuit. the player can create different sounds by removing or adding different layers. Splits are possible using two sounds. View full synthesizer
  11. The ExaGone XM64 Polyless is a monophonic preset only synthesizer manufactured in France by Cavagnolo in 1982. Originally released in two versions. One with a 44 keyboard and the Polyless version with an accordion style keyboard with 64 accodion key buttons. This version features 2 VCO Oscillators, 2 envelopes, 2 LFO's, 64 patch memories, an assortment of knob controls and a joystick controller. Although its called a preset synthesizer, there are 64 memories locations for user created programs. The unit's oscillators have 4 waveforms and also features a 24 db low pass filter with resonance. The synthesizer is built into a heavy duty travel case with lid and a built in speaker.
  12. The ExaGone XM64 is a monophonic preset only synthesizer manufactured in France by Cavagnolo in 1982. The 44 keyboard version features 2 VCO Oscillators, 2 envelopes, 2 LFO's, 64 patch memories, an assortment of knob controls and a joystick controller. Although its called a preset synthesizer, there are 64 memories locations for user created programs. The unit's oscillators have 4 waveforms and also features a 24 db low pass filter with resonance. The synthesizer is built into a heavy duty case. View full synthesizer
  13. The ExaGone XM64 is a monophonic preset only synthesizer manufactured in France by Cavagnolo in 1982. The 44 keyboard version features 2 VCO Oscillators, 2 envelopes, 2 LFO's, 64 patch memories, an assortment of knob controls and a joystick controller. Although its called a preset synthesizer, there are 64 memories locations for user created programs. The unit's oscillators have 4 waveforms and also features a 24 db low pass filter with resonance. The synthesizer is built into a heavy duty case.
  14. The ExaGone XM64 is a monophonic preset only synthesizer manufactured in France by Cavagnolo in 1982. The 44 keyboard version features 2 VCO Oscillators, 2 envelopes, 2 LFO's, 64 patch memories, an assortment of knob controls and a joystick controller. Although its called a preset synthesizer, there are 64 memories locations for user created programs. The unit's oscillators have 4 waveforms and also features a 24 db low pass filter with resonance. The synthesizer is built into a heavy duty case. View full synthesizer
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    Hohner Bass 3

    Continuing the demand and expansion of their dedicated Bass instrument Hohner released the Bass 3 keyboard synthesizer in 1975. The improvements were made to the casing now in a built in tolex covered enclosure with snap off lid making the Bass 3 gig ready. Additionally the audio output section has been boosted.The controls are still 3 selector buttons and two knobs and remain at the top panel and offer the same tones Gitarre, String, and Tuba and the unit still offers the microphone stand adapter for mounting to a standard mic stand.
  16. Continuing the demand and expansion of their dedicated Bass instrument Hohner released the Bass 3 keyboard synthesizer in 1975. The improvements were made to the casing now in a built in tolex covered enclosure with snap off lid making the Bass 3 gig ready. Additionally the audio output section has been boosted.The controls are still 3 selector buttons and two knobs and remain at the top panel and offer the same tones Gitarre, String, and Tuba and the unit still offers the microphone stand adapter for mounting to a standard mic stand. View full synthesizer
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    Hohner Bass 2

    The Hohner Bass 2 features the same 3 tones found on the original Basset model. The controls were moved to the top section of the front panel with 3 selector switches for the tones Gitarre, String, and Tuba. The two knobs bookend the selector switches with the volume on the left and the envelope attack on the right. There is now a 1/4" audio output jack on the rear and like it's previous version can be mounted on a standard microphone stand.
  18. The Hohner Bass 2 features the same 3 tones found on the original Basset model. The controls were moved to the top section of the front panel with 3 selector switches for the tones Gitarre, String, and Tuba. The two knobs bookend the slector switches with the volume on the left and the envelope attack on the right. There is now a 1/4" audio output jack on the rear and like it's previous version can be mounted on a standard microphone stand. View full synthesizer
  19. Rare collection of pieces inspired by the paintings of Salvador Dali. Unique tracks from Michael Stearns, Michel Huygen, Walter Holland, Djam Karet, Loren Nerell, Klaus Schulze, Bo Tomlyn, one Steve Roach solo track, and two Steve Roach / Robert Rich collaborations.
  20. Jon Johnson

    Hohner Basset

    The Basset is a simple bass synthesizer released by Hohner in 1963. It is a simple instrument that carries a solid low end sound and is highly regraded to this day. It is the first all solid state bass synthesizer. The instrument features 3 settings: Gitarre, String, and Tuba. It has two knobs. One for volume and the other is labeled Perc which acts as an attack envelope only. The unit also features a convenient microphone stand attachment for mounting to mic stand.
  21. The Basset is a simple bass synthesizer released by Hohner in 1963. It is a simple instrument that carries a solid low end sound and is highly regraded to this day. It is the first all solid state bass synthesizer. The instrument features 3 settings: Gitarre, String, and Tuba. It has two knobs. One for volume and the other is labeled Perc which acts as an envelope attack only. Never the less the solid sine wave bass that this instrument creates has sent collectors looking. View full synthesizer
  22. Jon Johnson

    Vilnius-3

    Vilnius - 3 is a polyphonic electric musical instrument manufactured during the Soviet era. It has a 5 octave (2 octaves are for the accompanying part). The oscillators are: organ and percussion with attack's duration control. Number of registers with continuous control: for melodious part is 6 and the accompanying parts are 4. There are 3 registers with fixed organ sounds and percussion. It has an envelope VCA and a frequency timbre device. Vibrato is controlled on the 3 higher octaves.
  23. Vilnius - 3 is a polyphonic electric musical instrument from 1977 Soviet era. It has a 5 octave (2 octaves are for the accompaning part). The oscilators are: organ and percussion with attack's duration control. Number of registers with continuous control: for melodious part is 6 and the accompanying parts are 3. There are 3 registers with fixed organ sounds and percussion. It has an envelope VCA and a frequency timbre device. Vibrato is controlled on the 3 higher octaves. View full synthesizer
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    Bias BS-1

    The Bias BS-1 analog percussion synthesizer can be attached to the side of a snare drum, Tom Tom or any other drum or percussive surface. It has a single VCO with a sweep range knob and an LFO.It has a built in sensor that picks up the vibration of the acoustic drum. It can enhance an acoustic drum set with analog synthesis. In addition to it's built in sensor the BS-1 can be triggered from a foot switch or an external source. It is a fully analog drum synthesizer with just a 9 volt battery. Control Panel Layout:: Volume controls the output volume Sensitivity controls the sensitivity of the module (the threshold at which it is triggered) Rate controls the speed/rate of the LFO wave that controls the pitch Decay controls the length of the sound Mode controls the depth of the LFO wave that controls the pitch VCO controls the pitch of the Oscillator Sweep controls the range in which the oscillator sweeps 2 x Foot switch/trigger inputs Audio out
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