"Load out in Santa Ana. Thanks everyone for last night, so fun." The Sequential Circuits Six-Trak is a 49 key, 6 voice multitimbral (via sequencer) analog synthesizer, featuring a programmable oscillator, resonant low pass filter (24dB CEM), 3 envelopes, and LFO, along with 100 program memories, arpeggiator, 6 track (800 note) sequencer, and MIDI.more
"One of my first synths, the Six-Trak, which we still use very heavily. The sequential Six-Trak is the baby brother of the Prophet 5 and the baby brother of the T-8." "This was used on the pad on 'Needy Girl,' 'Night by Night,' and 'You're So Gangsta.' So this made its way up to the new album. We still use it."more
"This is the Six Trak from the inventors of MIDI, Sequential Circuits. It’s a very cheap but still nice little synth. I’ve made some nice sounds with it. The main ‘Azzurra synth lines were made by this baby. I’ve even used it for some drum bleeps. It reminds me of some of Kraftwerk’s sounds.," says Gui Boratto, in [this article](http://www.attackmagazine.com/features/my-studio/gui-boratto/).more
"It's great for basslines, using the Stack mode to get lots of different elements and then combining them to make one big sound. I know on its own each voice sounds a bit thin, but you can't argue with six oscillators all going at once. It's actually better for bass sounds than the Prophet 5, because Stack mode gives you different sounds combined together, whereas Unison mode - which is what the Prophet had - only gives you five identical voices on top of each other."more
"Here is my main studio setup these days: Macintosh computer, Otari 8-track and Soundcraft mixer, Yamaha DX7II and TX81Z, Ensoniq EPS16+, Korg Wavestation, Sequential Prophet 5 and SixTrack, Casio CZ101, Lexicon reverbs, Eventide H3000, delays and other procesors, steel guitar, bamboo and clay flutes, percussion, etc. etc."more
This synth would be far more popular if it didn't have only one knob for modulation. The resolution isn't outstanding either however it is capable of some unique tricks. Namely the Six-Trak is a six-voice multi-timbral synth with a maximum of six sounds at a time. Using the six different sounds simultaneously limits one to having it only be monophonic. It has an arpeggiator as well. Third, there are tons of performance tools, such as glide, polyphonic portamento, voice assign mode, unison mode, and the great stack mode which allows for stacking up to six sounds and firing them up by hitting one key. I recently purchased the Stereooping Six-Tweak which I highly recommend to get more control available at one time. This synth while limited (never stopped a good sounding synth before) is capable of excellent funk bass and leads.
A lot of people say this synth is underwhelming and that it's biggest limitations were: shortest attack too slow for really percussive sounds, the sensitive vco frequency adjustment, and lack of chorus to thicken the chords. But I disagree with a lot of those, minus the chorus. I think it's one of those synths that just requires a lot of time and patience put into it to know how to get the sounds you want out of it. There's so many amazing sounds I've made with it that are truly insane and I suggest anyone with effects pedals get this synth, because it is a trip.
One of the earliest polyphonic synthesizers. I love mine. Simple, yet inefficient controls, but that is to be expected from the time. Great size and great intro to creating your own sounds.