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Thought I'd come here to brag about my material possessions.

Here is my list of gear:

Minilogue xd (I recommend it a lot!! I made this track using only the minilogue xd, even the drums! (used audacity for mixing))
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Behringer Neutron / fun, specially with some reverb!!
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Behringer Model D
Volca FM
Volca Sample
BASTL KASTLE
Yamaha Reface CS


Misc (Video synthesis gear):

3TrinsRGB+1C Video Synthesiser / You can see it in action here (Funnily enough this was a month before societas X tapes and I used ILLUSION as my second track in the video :P ):
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Wj-AV5 Video Mixer / It does this if you plug it into itself! :
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Video Title Maker 2000 / Makes title over analog video, but I've had trouble making it work with video colorwise, it's got a hard time syncing with the video and the colors go wonky on the text.

Sony Handycam CCD-TR23 / I like the way analog video looks, so I had to buy it when I saw it
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JVC Gx-S700 Tube Camera from the 80's / I bought this one on ebay for 50$ with a whole pack of small lenses and tapes with tape cleaner, the guy bought it off in an auction, the girl who was selling it said it was owned by her grandfather who was a cameraman for a news station in Cheyenne in the 80's.
It looks really nice and weird when you boot it up!!
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mechanismj wrote:Nice to see you are still around, Harpoon!


Thanks heh yes, I'm still here.. just a ghost on the sidelines most of the time..so busy these days.

TheStatPow, the video synth stuff is super cool! And yay for the Neutron and Minilogue XD, have tried them both and they're a ton of fun--great sounds :mrgreen:
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I think it's great if you can do restoration work yourself. I've got a Juno 60 and SH101 that could use some love. I want to get the Juno 60 into a worthy wood chassis. The particle board is garbage. Mine also needs some slider work, some of the buttons are sticky and some of the notes double trigger. The sh101 is fine for the most part but the last key doesn't work and the power supply is going a bit wonky so its tuning is off sometimes. I sold off a few of the other old analogs I had because I either didn't totally click with them or their basic underlying tone wasn't for me (CS10). I have a few older digital synths as well. Those generally have held up better imo and none of mine have any problems.

I moved to being almost totally hardware based about 8 - 10 years ago. Some of it was preference and some of it was because I was finally able to do that. I just became less and less interested in software as time went on though initially I was almost all software. I'm about 50/50 digital vs analog and poly vs mono though I have more analog monos than digital monos which makes sense and more digital polys than analog polys. Also quite a few reissues and clones and plan on adding more. As time has gone on I've found myself preferring analog monos and digital polys anyway.

I live in a pretty remote area for most of this last decade and it can be hard to try things out as there are no synths within 300 miles of me. I'm actually going to Superbooth in Berlin this year and really looking forward to trying all the things.

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Can't say I collect any retro synths (sadly), although I was lucky enough to find a poly-800 collecting dust in my teacher's classroom and took it off his hands for 75$ :). Cool find, although the severe lack of nobs makes programming a chore.

Otherwise, the only other analog (mostly) synth I own is the minilouge xd, I can't reccomend it enough! I've had a total blast working on it.


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machinea wrote:I think it's great if you can do restoration work yourself. I've got a Juno 60 and SH101 that could use some love. I want to get the Juno 60 into a worthy wood chassis. The particle board is garbage. Mine also needs some slider work, some of the buttons are sticky and some of the notes double trigger. The sh101 is fine for the most part but the last key doesn't work and the power supply is going a bit wonky so its tuning is off sometimes. I sold off a few of the other old analogs I had because I either didn't totally click with them or their basic underlying tone wasn't for me (CS10). I have a few older digital synths as well. Those generally have held up better imo and none of mine have any problems.

I moved to being almost totally hardware based about 8 - 10 years ago. Some of it was preference and some of it was because I was finally able to do that. I just became less and less interested in software as time went on though initially I was almost all software. I'm about 50/50 digital vs analog and poly vs mono though I have more analog monos than digital monos which makes sense and more digital polys than analog polys. Also quite a few reissues and clones and plan on adding more. As time has gone on I've found myself preferring analog monos and digital polys anyway.

I live in a pretty remote area for most of this last decade and it can be hard to try things out as there are no synths within 300 miles of me. I'm actually going to Superbooth in Berlin this year and really looking forward to trying all the things.


Your Juno-60 sounds exactly like mine. I also have a dead battery that needs replacing. I am hoping I can learn how to do most of these repairs myself.

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I think I’m going to buy a cherry wood chassis for my Juno 60 and send it off to be overhauled. It deserves all the love. I think the SH101 is more of a fix it myself task.


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Lately I bought an TD-3 (303 clone ), MS-1 (Sh-101 clone) and an MFB-301 Pro (Small analog drum machine)

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How is that MFB? I’ve been curious about it.

I had the MS1 and it’s the obit synth I ever sent back though I thought it was well built - it just didn’t sound like my 101 in the higher registers and the noise and resonance were completely off. I think the pro one and boog are actually closer.


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machinea wrote:How is that MFB? I’ve been curious about it.

I had the MS1 and it’s the obit synth I ever sent back though I thought it was well built - it just didn’t sound like my 101 in the higher registers and the noise and resonance were completely off. I think the pro one and boog are actually closer.


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MFB-301 is worth all its money!! 150$ for an analog Drum machine is a no brainer. and already it paid for itself to me!
(Only slight issue is the noise that the usb connection gives as you can hear on the audio. but using the right usb to wall adapter will take care of that.)

I'm enjoying the ms-1 very much as its own thing. didn't get it because it was a clone though, I do dislike the sequencer though.

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Don’t get me wrong I think the MS1 sounds good it just wasn’t what I was wanting for a replacement for my SH101 which is having some issues. I dislike the boutique format but I’ll likely end up with the SH01a.


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Still gonna buy behringer. I want cheap synth clones :oops:

Korg's nice too for affordable synths but I have them already :mrgreen:


Before y'all jump on the antisemite bandwagon just google Peter kirn and look how he looks like ...

You have to smell whine before tasting it, and the french person with a big nose smelling whine is also a stereotype. not only jews are stereotyped as having big noses.

Still very childish for a company yeah, but it ain't as bad as anyone is making it out to be.

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