William Orbit (about the gear he used for the recording session of Madonna's Ray of Light album) : “How did I know you would ask me that? Oh, it’s all in a pile there if you wanna look at it . It’s not a ton of gear. Most of it is pretty retro; a Korg MS-20, a [Roland] Juno-106, a [Roland] JD-800. Much of the album was done on a Juno-106. You can get so much out of that synth. Also a significant amount of it was done on the MS-20 – the more spiky sounds. A few things that people think are guitar are actually the MS-20. And then there were a few more bits and pieces: a few modules, a Yamaha DX7, a Novation Bass Statlon, a [Roland] JP-8000, a lot of Roland stuff. I’ve always liked Roland stuff. ”more
Keyboards and synthesizers feature in Morcheeba's studio, and the collection includes a Roland Super Jupiter MKS80, a Novation BassStation, a Hammond organ and a Wurlitzer electric piano. But first prize for pure weirdness goes to the EMS Synthi A -- a 1970s beast in a box that was originally designed as a teaching tool and a portable version of the desktop VCS3 which features so heavily on Dark Side Of The Moon.more
I absolutely adore the sound of this small, almost toy-like keyboard. It can do most anything you could want from deep rattling bass to high pitched squeaky lead, with the exception of pads of course. The 2nd osc can be detuned and you can modulate both oscillators independently for even fatter sounds. The LFO and envelope are pretty basic, but they do what they should. The best part might just be the filter - it sounds very similar to the one in EDP Wasp. Crank that resonance all the way up and you'll be greeted by some of the nastiest acid squelches you can imagine. Programming is very easy, everything is laid out in a straight row, so you rarely have to actually look for something. The keyboard feels great, although the velocity sensitivity seems a bit off on the one I got. I like my keyboards small, so the two octave length doesn't bother me at all. Patch memory is on the short side of things, with only 7 spaces to store your sounds. The knobs are a little wobbly and feel very cheap, but it's serviceable. Besides that I can't think of any downsides with this. Now if only I could find a cheap BS II in decent shape...