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Sequential Circuits Pro-One

The SCI Pro One is an analog monophonic synth, similar in what a monophonic Prophet 5 would be. With 2 VCO (with layerable Saw/Square and Saw/Square/Tri waveforms) and a noise generator, 1 LFO (Tri/Saw/Square), 2 ADSR envelopes (routing to VCA and VCF), a mini-sequencer (2×40 notes), an arpeggiator (up or up/down), CV/Gate input and output, VCF and audio inputs, the most interesting thing is the modulation routing possibilities such linear FM, filter audio modulation, ring-mod like FXs, VCO sync… A must have monosynth in all synth’s lover setup!

 

Sequential Circuits Pro One

 

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Seiko DS-202 / DS-310 / DS-320 Vintage Synthesizer and Sequencer

Not an analog beauty here but an obscure vintage keyboards series made by Seiko in 80’s. The Seiko DS-202 keyboard is a simple home arranger (tones + rhythm + bass chord system) with a great analog chorus but an interesting thing here is that sounds generated are not made from subtractive, FM or PCM synthesis but from additive synthesis. And the Seiko DS-310 synthesizer module offers the possibility to fully edit it!

To finish, the Seiko DS-320 module is a sequencer, since the DS202 doesn’t have MIDI ports (you will have to get the Seiko DS-250 for MIDI capabilities, and to oscillator layers instead of one but no more rhythms or bass chords).

Anyway, since hardware additive synthesizers are rare and expensive (RMI Harmonic Synthesizer, Digital Keyboards Synergy, Fairlight CMI, Synclavier, Kurzweil K150, Kawai K5x-serie), it may be worth trying this great vintage and cheap synth for unique pads, atmos, choirs and strange FX…

 

Seiko DS-202 DS-310 DS-320

 

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Roland SH-2 Vintage Analog Synthesizer

While the Roland SH-09, complement of the RS-09 Organ/String Machine, only have one VCO + sub oscillator, the Roland SH-2 is the same thing with one more VCO (and a sine wave added). With the external input going thru the great filter of this pretty nice vintage analog monosynth, you can have some good time filtering on!

 

Roland SH-2 SH2

 

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Roland TR-606 Vintage Analog Drum Machine

As a part of the cool analog tandem TB-303 / TR-606, this Roland TR-606 (aka “Drumatix”) is à 32 patterns / 8 songs vintage drumboxe with 7 fully analog drum sounds. The pattern can be edited wile running and the box got DIN in/out for sync. And it can runs on 1.5V battery if you want to create some good house loops lying on the beach…

 

Roland TR-606 TR606

 

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Roland VP-330 Analog String Machine/Vocoder Synthesizer

Splendidly used by Vangelis in the early years for its pure analog filtered choir and its superbs strings sounds, the Roland VP-330 is also a famous creamy 10 bands Vocoder in a beatyfull wood case. The rackmount version is the Roland SVC-350.

Roland VP-330

 

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Roland MKS-80 “Super Jupiter” Analogue Synthesizer with MPG-80 Programmer

Not really a Roland Jupiter 8 in a box, since there’s two rev. (4 & 5) with different filters (IR3109 / IR3R05) and no arpeggiator. But the MKS-80 is a great little analog 8 voices polyphonic machine with 2 VCOs per voice, memories, LP/HP filters with modulation. And the MPG-80 programmer makes it a serious realtime intuitive machine.

Roland MKS-80

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Oberheim OB8 Analog Synthesizer

The 8 voices polyphonic monster by Oberheim. The OB-8 have 2 vco per voice with saw, pulse, triangle, the famous switchable 2 pole or 4 pole classic Oberheim VCF with ADSR, LFOs, arpeggiator/sequencer, 120 patch programs memory, split/double programs, and this one is retrofitted with MIDI. Produced between 1983 and 1985.

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Oberheim OB8 Analog Synthesizer

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