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  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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.

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  10. 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.

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  11. In the history of guitar modeling, no manufacturer has devoted more time, resources and passion into this market segment than Roland — from the world’s first guitar modeling processor, the legendary VG-8, to its popular V-Guitar predecessors. Today, Roland proudly announces another milestone in guitar modeling and performance technology: the VG-99. With three powerful new processors at its core, plus expressive performance controls such as Ribbon Controller and D BEAM, this remarkable instrument raises the bar in guitar modeling and performance technology.

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  12. SDRUM is the world’s first intelligent drum machine for guitarists and bassists. By simply scratching across your guitar strings, you teach the SDRUM a kick and snare pattern that forms the foundation of the beat you want to hear. Based on this pattern, the SDRUM supplies a professional sounding drum beat with different embellishments and variations to perfectly complement your beat. Gone are the days of having your creative flow disrupted by searching through lists in a frustrating attempt to find the beat you want.

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  13. Speak & Spell is the debut studio album by the English electronic band Depeche Mode, released on 5 October 1981 by Mute Records. The album peaked at number 10 in the UK Albums Chart. This is the band's only album with Vince Clarke and as a result, was much lighter in tone than future Depeche Mode albums.

    This was the only Depeche Mode album with Vince Clarke as a member of the band. Clarke wrote most of the songs for the band, before departing to form Yazoo and later Erasure.

    The album is significantly lighter in tone and melody than their later work, a direction which can largely be attributed to Clarke's writing. After he left, Martin Gore took over songwriting duties, writing almost all of the band's material. Later albums written by him would explore darker subjects and melodies.

    The album title alludes to the then-popular "Speak & Spell" electronic toy.



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  14. In 1989 Korg relased the Z3 Guitar Synthesizer. It consisted of a 19 inch 1U rack coupled with their 24 pin Z3D guitar synthesizer driver for connecting to a guitar of the player's choosing. The synthesizer can also be used as a standalone multitimbral synthesizer. Its synth engine is an FM based unit that is also on the Korg's DS8 and 707 synthesizers as well as the Yamaha DX11 and TX81Z synthesizers.

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  15. The RSF Expander II rack mount modular synth was manufactured as a companion option module for the Kobol Expander I synthesizer. The 19" 3 U space unit features a Ring Modulator, Envelope, a VCA, an LFO, Mixer with 3 inputs and 1 output. Additionally it has a Sample & Hold module with internal or external clock, a Noise Generator, Voltage processor that is delectable Linear or Logarithmic, Voltage Inverter, Gate Delay, an Envelope Follower, Lag Generator, and finally 2 multiples.

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  16. Some called it the French answer to the MiniMoog, however the RSf Expander I is an incredibly pure and powerful sounding synthesizer, due in part to its high quality components and analog morphing waveforms. It is a rack version of the Kobol keyboard synthesizer. It features 2 VCOs with sweepable, waveforms, 2 ADS envelopes, an LFO, a VCF,Noise Generator, reversible voltage processoer, decay on/off, a self-oscillating 24db low pass filter, and 1 volt Ocatve CV/Gate inputs.

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  17. The RSF Kobol Modular11 was manufactured from 1976 to 1978. It is a monophonic modular synthesizer that is very similar to the ARP 2600. Its standard model has 3 oscillators, an LFO, 1 filter, 1 VCA, and a 61 key keyboard controller. It can be fully expanded to accommodate other modules the user may choose to install. Other options include Noise/S&H, 1 Lag Processor, RingMod, Phaser, Envelope Follower/Interface, Mixer, Power module The Kobol modules are fitted on high quality professional travel cases.The voltage is 220 /240 volts. RSF stands for the names of brothers Ruben & Serge Fernandez who founded RSF in France..

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  18. RSF was a French synthesizer company in the latter part of the 1970's that was founded by Ruben and Serge Fernandez. In 1978 they released the Kobol keyboard synthesizer. It offers 44 keys, a 16 step sequencer, and 16 memory locations for user sounds. Its a 2 VCO instrument with a 24db voltage controlled filter and a single LFO with triangle and square waves. It offers generous assortment of knobs for editing or tweaking the sound. At the time it may have been considered an alternative to the Minimoog or addition to a keyboard rig. The Kobol is a very versatile instrument. Offering many sought after features of other analog synthesizers of it's time. less than 200 of the Kobol were made and it remained in the synth market from 1978-1979. Its closest relative may likely be the Crumar Spirit.

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  19. The VG-88 uses advanced COSM technology to "model" the most popular guitars and amplifiers in history, as well as produce some very unique "guitar-meets-synth" sounds of its own. New sounds and features include more natural tube and overdriven amp sounds, new polyphonic and guitar-oriented effects, an onboard expression pedal, 1/4-inch direct guitar input and more.

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  20. The Roland VG-8 is a breakthrough guitar processor that uses advanced modeling technology to emulate the most popular guitars and amplifiers in music history. Using Roland’s Composite Object Sound Modeling (COSM) technology, the VG-8 combines multiple "sound objects"—like double-cutaway guitar bodies, vintage tweed amplifiers, and humbucking pickups—to create a perfect reproduction of these components that can be played from any steel-stringed guitar with a Roland GK-2A pickup. The VG-8 also has a built-in polyphonic pitch shifter for creating 12-string guitars and open tunings as well as a complete digital effects processor and parametric EQ.

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