Another item that is hinted to be used by Richard David James himself is the Roland MKS-50. On a reply that he left about micro/MIDI tuning methods, he mentions: "yeah also with that hpi box you can tune things like mks50 i recently discovered as its got midi mode 4, which was meant for use with guitar players but it enables me to retune it, works a treat!"more
For Very they used: Korg M1Rs Akai S1000s Akai S3000s Roland S770 E-mu Systems Proteuses Oberheim Matrix 1000 Roland MKS80s Roland MKS50s PPG Waveterm Roland JD800 Roland Juno 106 Sequential Circuits Prophet V Roland R70 Fairlight CMI Macintosh running Notator Logic Dynaudio monitors This is according to Music Technology magazine (Dec 1993)more
These little 1RU beasties are a total PITA to program but are capable of generating some cool 80s analog sounds like the Juno series. Not great for acid-house tweakin', but nice for when you want to get all Depeche Mode and throw down some thick subtractive leads but only have a DX7 and a midi controller. I've never had any reliability issues with this synthesizer and its been dropped a few times. If you can score one for under $200 its a great investment to integrate a little real analog into a software based turnkey setup like Fruity Loops...
The rackmount MKS-50, along with it's Alpha Juno keyboard equivalents, was one of Roland's last analog synths. It's famous for creating the hoover/"mentasm" sound that's been used in electronic music since the early 90s. I also have the separate PG-300 controller, which adds lots of lovely sliders to the experience. Purchased from a Richmond, Virginia pawn shop in 1994.