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    Being slightly more of an 80's nut, this shot of Vangelis's studio circa Direct makes my pants feel a bit funny:

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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    KS apparently preferred to sit on the floor. I look at those shots and my knees and ankles start aching at the very thought of it
    Mine as well. I used to know a guy, who recorded some albums with Pythagoras (he was the keyboardplayer), who didn't sit on the floor, but on a very low bench.

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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Being slightly more of an 80's nut, this shot of Vangelis's studio circa Direct makes my pants feel a bit funny:

    Combine both, and I'm feeling very hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Being slightly more of an 80's nut, this shot of Vangelis's studio circa Direct makes my pants feel a bit funny:
    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    Combine both, and I'm feeling very hot.
    Cold showers for everybody!

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    NOTHING BUT PURE WIN HERE

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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Being slightly more of an 80's nut, this shot of Vangelis's studio circa Direct makes my pants feel a bit funny:

    Come on, there's no way he needed that many actual keyboards! I want to hear a track where he used all 13 (that's how many I count).
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    "Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart...not smart, but genius....and a very stable genius at that!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    Come on, there's no way he needed that many actual keyboards! I want to hear a track where he used all 13 (that's how many I count).
    That's all fine and dandy, but I want to see the video where it's playing the one on the right that's essentially on the floor
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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    That's all fine and dandy, but I want to see the video where it's playing the one on the right that's essentially on the floor
    He plays that one with his toes.

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    I always knew Vangelis was a true talent, Rene

    All jesting aside...this was to my knowledge his composing rig, not necessarily his live one. For example, the Emu Emulator II (the slightly funky looking one in the upper left corner with a 5 1/4" disk drive sticking out of the top) had some very interesting/specific sounds but also took a LONG time to load up from disks (I know because we had one in the music lab in college). It wasn't something I'd want to use onstage.

    Bonus...even in 1986 I can see the CS-80 lurking in the midst of the rig. You can just see the big table supporting it's 220+ lbs of weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Being slightly more of an 80's nut, this shot of Vangelis's studio circa Direct makes my pants feel a bit funny:
    Regarding 80s synths, this Finnish guy is worth mentioning.... More Jarre inspiration than Vangelis though.



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    I actually do have the Kebu album at home. It's nice but yeah, definitely more Jarre than Vangelis to my ears. His rig is certainly purty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hFx View Post
    Regarding 80s synths, this Finnish guy is worth mentioning.... More Jarre inspiration than Vangelis though.



    The Casio and the DW-6000 (8000?) could be from my studio.

    You 80's fans would like my collection.

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    Would we? Well then: PICS
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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Would we? Well then: PICS
    It would look like a wreck if I took photos now because I have been working on resetting the Studio (for way too long). Because I am fortunate enough to have lots of gear, it has been a challenge to fit everything in there (along with the Peart-sized drum kit and the Falls Creek orchestral bells). The process has been akin to the room "breathing." You know, lots of stuff gets dragged out into the hallway so I can re-set and re-wire stuff, and then my wife tells me someone is coming over to visit so all of the stuff gets shoved back into the room in piles (stacked in the small area where I will eventually sit). Repeat as needed over the months. Breathe in; breathe out.
    But I have some older pics. Let's see if i can figure out how to include them:

    gear1.jpggear2.jpggear3.jpggear4.jpg
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    Oh yeah, I see some serious pretties in there! I love the PG programmer in particular I actually have a Karma as well, but it's currently not in use...

    Heck, it looks so awesome I won't even subtract points for the Big Generator CD in the one shot

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Oh yeah, I see some serious pretties in there! I love the PG programmer in particular I actually have a Karma as well, but it's currently not in use...

    Heck, it looks so awesome I won't even subtract points for the Big Generator CD in the one shot

    Thanks for sharing!
    Battema, I like you.

    The PG 800 is for the JX-10 of course. You can't see the PG 1000 though which is for the D-550 (which lives in the rack...I'll have to eventually post some pics of that and the other stuff). I love being able to grab a hold of sliders (because the first synth I encountered was my roommate's ARP 2600).

    The reason for the upheaval is because I am trying to stuff everything I have in the room. But it is hard to juggle it all. But some stuff like my Casio is in the garage still. And the DW 6000 I mentioned was given to a chef friend of mine about 10 years ago along with some other stuff. I gave away my old Roland HD recorder too...gotta keep the good karma flowing.

    Speaking of which, I really like the Karma's self-generating abilities. The only thing better is the enhanced version of it on the Kronos.

    And I do occasionally sell some stuff too. Next up is my Roland 707 drum machine.

    I've been accumulating keyboard stuff since 1981 or so. But it was a slow process of scrimping and saving...and getting gear. I didn't even own a car until I was 29...all my ducats went into sound (and my bicycles).

    Love the comment about Big Generator. It has good memories of afternoon bicycle rides when it first came out. We'd get ready to roll as BG boomed on the Bozaks.

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    Hey...I've got my copy of BG at home too

    I bought a Roland MKS-50 back in college off my professor, but didn't think to also buy his PG-300 at the same time. Always kicked myself for that one. This past year I finally discovered the DG-300 and bought one, although to date I've not been able to make it work with the MKS. It does make for a pretty sweet general-purpose MIDI controller though.

    I got the Karma from (our guitarist) Brian many years ago, and used it often. In particular, and to your point I did a very fun show with some cool Berlin-style sequencer action being driven by the Karma in concert. As I started diving further into some older analog/modular stuff, I set it aside. But it's still here in the house, so I'll likely bring it back into action somewhere along the way.

    My current "challenge" is this damned Alesis Andromeda. The potential of this thing is staggering, but the user interface is damned strange to me. The knobs are also way, way sensitive so the screen keeps jumping around as I'm trying to fine tune things (it was apparently enough of an issue that Alesis built directly into the interface a means to "lock" the screen while editing). But once it starts behaving, the sound is quite lovely.

    Oh, the D-550! You know, I never had anything from the D-series (although the U-20 shared some of the same sounds). I'm mildly curious about their new D-05 boutique for that reason. But yeah...I'd want a boutique programmer to go with it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmotron View Post
    It would look like a wreck if I took photos now because I have been working on resetting the Studio (for way too long). Because I am fortunate enough to have lots of gear, it has been a challenge to fit everything in there (along with the Peart-sized drum kit and the Falls Creek orchestral bells). The process has been akin to the room "breathing." You know, lots of stuff gets dragged out into the hallway so I can re-set and re-wire stuff, and then my wife tells me someone is coming over to visit so all of the stuff gets shoved back into the room in piles (stacked in the small area where I will eventually sit). Repeat as needed over the months. Breathe in; breathe out.
    But I have some older pics. Let's see if i can figure out how to include them:

    gear1.jpggear2.jpggear3.jpggear4.jpg
    Nice stuff. I see you have the same master-keyboard I have on the second picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    Nice stuff. I see you have the same master-keyboard I have on the second picture.
    Cool!
    The Kurzweil 2500XS is the lower board in the second pic. The keyboard I tend to use for my master is the Yamaha KX-88 is the controller (in the first pic).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmotron View Post
    Cool!
    The Kurzweil 2500XS is the lower board in the second pic. The keyboard I tend to use for my master is the Yamaha KX-88 is the controller (in the first pic).
    I have the middle board on the second picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    I have the middle board on the second picture.
    Oh, I gotcha now...the M-Audio. It is a decent controller and was a great deal.
    My KX-88 controller was $1400 back in the day and the M-Audio was what, $300 or $400?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmotron View Post
    Oh, I gotcha now...the M-Audio. It is a decent controller and was a great deal.
    My KX-88 controller was $1400 back in the day and the M-Audio was what, $300 or $400?
    Possible.

    I tried to upload a picture of my gear, but it doesn't work.

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    KX88 still holds as one of he best piano-like controllers...
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    Quote Originally Posted by hFx View Post
    KX88 still holds as one of he best piano-like controllers...
    Absolutely. Such a great feel. And built like a tank.
    There was one on offer on my local Craigslist about 6 months ago but he had no takers even at a ridiculously low price.

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