"As for hardware synths, Rjd2’s Clavia Nord Lead Electro, Korg Polysix, Yamaha CS-80 and SY-2, ARP Pro Soloist, and Moog Minimoog provide color to his beat-pulsing tunes. The “synth room” holds an ARP 2600, Moog Polymoog, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 and Prophet T8, Rhodes Chroma, Oberheim Matrix 12 and Oberheim OB-Xa, Roland Juno-60, Elka Rhapsody 490 String Machine, and Elka Synthex."more
"One of the greatest synthesizers ever built. Purists complain about things like the internal control signal sampling rate, and it's true, the design has its flaws. But for pads, etc, the M12 has a warm, rich sound that is not possible to duplicate using anything else. Alas, this machine is fairly sensitive to abuse. I've had better luck with the M6/M1000's, which has a very similar but simplified design and architechture — DCO's instead of VCO's, less modulation routings, and much less advanced filters."more
To complement his sample library, Blank has also built up a sizeable collection of synths over the years, including not only classic analogue synths such as the Oberheim Matrix 12, Sequential Circuits Pro One and ARP Odyssey but also more recent digital offerings like the Roland D50, Yamaha SY77 and Korg Wavestation.more
In the interview "Watermark recording process". The Music Magazine (Australia) July/August 1989 THE SET UP: They use a variety of keyboards but the mainstays are a Yamaha KX88master Yamaha DX7 Emulator 111 Oberheim Matrix synths and Akai S900 but particularly Roland's D50 and Juno 60. Enya: "The Juno is one of our favorites. We had intended to replace its parts with better sounds but we couldn't find better substitutes so we left them in. It's not always possible to have all the sounds I want for a song at the time of composing .I'd usually start with the D50. But most often, sounds suggest parts and the ones I use then are usually used on the final recording. Like on Storms in Africa... that arpeggiated line on the Juno 60 was the basis of the piece."more
Ive only used this beast as a plugin but would love to own a original it sounds oustanding and can create a wealth of warm analog pads, leads and sub frequency basses an textures etc . The arturia plugin off this synth sounded great except it consumed a hell of a lot of cpu juice which is a shame I hope arturia iron this problem out on their virtual synth emulations software as this will definately go down as a must have classics so many tasty patchs can be created on this animal outstanding piece of kit.