"That Korg Lambda, which is a beautiful and underrated synthesizer, made in 1980. We used it a ton. It's the first sound you hear on the record and it's hidden all over the place. I'm not quite sure what they were thinking when they made this keyboard. It's very unassuming, it looks like a little electronic organ. It has a big wooden surface so that you can put something else on top of it. They must have been trying to make a synthesizer that didn't look intimidating. It has all of these organ switches on it that say "brass," "voice," "organ" and things like that. It's a beautiful synth that makes really musical sounds. I loved it."more
These days Ocasek busies himself while at home with a TEAC 88 8-track tape machine connected to a Sound Workshop 1280 B board in turn hooked up with two Orban 622B equalizers (the board is also equipped with its own parametric equalizers. For keyboards he swears by his Prophets and Roland Jupiter 8. using a Korg Lambda for orchestral coloring and often calling in an assortment of little Casiotones for reinforcement. He probably has more drum machines than anything else-both the old Linn LM-1 Drum Computer and the new LinnDrum. a Korg KR 55, five Roland units (including a TR808. CR8000 and a Dr. Rhythm), some old Univox rhythm gizmos and a drum machine yanked out of a Hammond organ "that has the Liverpool beat." the kind of insect clicking you hear in organ shops in suburban shopping malls.more
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