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The Synclavier is turning 30
Posted by: Seacrest
Date: February 06, 2006 01:38PM
Re: The Synclavier is turning 30
Posted by: Guitarman
Date: February 06, 2006 02:02PM
They used to cost $250k - $500k. Now you have a hard time giving them away.



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Re: The Synclavier is turning 30
Posted by: JoeM
Date: February 06, 2006 02:06PM
I remember guys who mortgaged their kid to buy one getting sick to their stomachs when Emulators first came out.

These were so much cooler, IMHO:


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Re: The Synclavier is turning 30
Posted by: $tevie
Date: February 06, 2006 02:08PM
That's like stat cameras, in the graphic arts.
[en.wikipedia.org]
I've turned down two offers of a free stat camera myself.
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Re: The Synclavier is turning 30
Posted by: Guitarman
Date: February 06, 2006 02:24PM
I used to be able to really rock one of these.




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Re: The Synclavier is turning 30
Posted by: prof
Date: February 06, 2006 02:26PM
And I remember guys who had sunk over $10 K into an Emulator
getting ill when the Emulator II was released. lol

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Re: The Synclavier is turning 30
Posted by: Guitarman
Date: February 06, 2006 02:28PM
this is the thing that started the beatbox. It was the beginning of the end for session drummers.



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Re: The Synclavier is turning 30
Posted by: Guitarman
Date: February 06, 2006 02:33PM
and of course this is the thing that made it possible for every kid with green hair to become a star jingle writer.




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Re: The Synclavier is turning 30
Posted by: incognegro
Date: February 06, 2006 02:55PM
Re: The Synclavier is turning 30
Posted by: JoeM
Date: February 06, 2006 03:00PM
But how cool were these bad boys in The Fix/Thomas Dolby/Flock of Wave-Hair head days?


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Re: The Synclavier is turning 30
Posted by: JoeM
Date: February 06, 2006 03:12PM
Guitarman Wrote:
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> I used to be able to really rock one of these.

I'm sitting here laughing thinking of all the Fairlight sessions I worked on that ground to a halt because these things always seemed to cr*p out.

The clock would be running in our $tudio while we sat around waiting and waiting for their techs to show up and repair them.

They were really cool when they worked, though...








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Re: The Synclavier is turning 30
Posted by: Guitarman
Date: February 06, 2006 03:17PM
I knew it was over for the Synclavier when I was doing a session over at National Video (now GONE) and they had a huge synclavier / post pro rig and yet they were using an Alesis SR-16 for drums.



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Re: The Synclavier is turning 30
Posted by: reezekeys
Date: February 06, 2006 04:00PM
I remember lusting after the Emulator II but I settled for an Ensoniq Mirage, ca. 1985. It's been in storage many years.
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Re: The Synclavier is turning 30
Posted by: Mac-A-Matic
Date: February 06, 2006 05:42PM
Ooooh, the Fairlight CMI...

I so wanted one of those!

I had to make do with my Roland JX-3P, Ensoniq Mirage and Sequential Circuits Six Trak. But God did I think I was rockin' it like Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran.

Here's a comparison of my gear to Nicks':

Mas-A-Matic Nick Rhodes
Roland JX-3P Roland Jupiter 8
Six Trak Prophet 8
Ensoniq Mirage Fairlight CMI

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Re: The Synclavier is turning 30
Posted by: Silencio
Date: February 06, 2006 06:29PM
The Fairlight CMIs were all over so many big 80s records. I remember they got hit the hardest by advances on the lower-end by E-mu and folks like that and they went out of business fairly quickly.
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Re: The Synclavier is turning 30
Posted by: reezekeys
Date: February 06, 2006 06:47PM
Fairlight: I think the only time I ever saw an 8" floppy disk.
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Re: The Synclavier is turning 30
Posted by: sam ward
Date: February 06, 2006 07:33PM
Still have two D50's -- and they are <i>punchy</i> where full orchestra instrumentation (i.e., Garritan) sometimes needs a little OOM-pah.
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