Asked about what sound source is used with the talkbox, P-Thugg says, "An old Yamaha DX100, which is what Roger from Zapp used. I became friends with one of the guys from his band, and he sent me the patches by email as MIDI Sys Ex files. I just dumped ’em in, and there were all his sounds. I couldn’t believe it. The whole first row of buttons is one sound that’s transposed - since he had to concentrate on singing with the talkbox, he played in a comfortable key and selected the different patches for the different songs." via [Guitar Center Interview](http://gc.guitarcenter.com/interview/chromeo/)more
Everyone thought the [Yamaha] DX100 was amazing to do bass lines, but we didn't do that for ages. It seemed like there was so much more to them to explore, like they're good for brassy, reedy sounds. You could be working for five years with a crappy drum machine and delay unit and still find new things in there.more
In the interview they ask "What specifically are your favorite pieces of gear? What can''t you live without in the studio?" To which Mark responds "Moog Minimoog, Yamaha DX-100, a spring reverb, Echoplex Tape Echo, EMS Synthi A, Universal Audio Precision Maximizer, ARP Odyssey and a Waterphone. I probably have used the Minimoog on more tracks that any other synth that I own."more
Another little classic machine. If I remember correctly, it was much used together with the Casio CZ 101 by various artists from the past. Easier to edit than the DX 7 and it does sound slightly different, a bit more metallic. A great synth to have around. It was the first synthesizer I ever bought.more
It is one thing to know what FM synthesis is about, to know ratios and values of operators, but it is another to actually connect it to the music - that is what this synth has done for me. It has showed me how vast the world of FM synthesis is, even in the limited format this synth offers. I never feel creatively limited however, even with just 4 operators and simple amplitude modulation this synth's palette is far more complex than anything a subtractive synth could offer, besides, its limitations are what keep me interested in the process. There really is a whole universe of bells, mallets, organs, voices, reeds and textures in here that are very usable, and this machine that I have randomly stumbled upon is now one of my favorites for sitting and exploring.