"Zawinul did not stop at the Wurlitzer and Fender Rhodes electric pianos he used in the 1960s. By the late 1960s he was extending his sonic palette with effects like phase shifters, Echoplexes, wah-wahs and ring modulators, and when synthesizers came on the market he was among the first to buy one (the EMS Putney). The list of synthesizers he has used since then — among them the ARP 2600, Rhodes Chroma, Oberheim Four-voice and Eight-voice, ARP Quadra, Sequential Prophet 5 and Prophet T8, Korg Trident, Oberheim Xpander, Korg VC10 vocoder, Emu Emulator, Casio CZ101, Korg DW8000, DSS1, DSM1 and M1 — reads like a synth museum's treasure list."more
Another big ole synth with some great character. This was my first proper (mostly) analog synthesizer, and I've still got it.
Though outdated in terms of sampling capabilities, the DSS-1 still holds a special spot in my heart for its filters and huge sonic possibilities. With the dual digital echo, the wonderful keyboard, the 2 sample "oscillators" per voice, the smooth filter, everything fits together to bring you a great synth. I used this on god knows how many Blade Runner intro covers when I still only had a little noise maker synth, the DSS-1 and a tape 4-track.
Be warned, the floppy disk systems are prone to failure, and only take single density flippy floppies, not the standard 1.44mb HD ones. You'll need a SD 720kb burner for this thing.
That being said, there's a huge repository of disk images and knowledge online. Also, you can transfer samples and patch info over MIDI via sysex, fyi.