I love the Proteus 2000, I just wish I had more time to master the finer points of its controls. I bought the rack mounted version of this rather old beast, but mine has been fully refurbished and had a couple of expansion modules added in and works perfectly. The unit is very easy to get up and running and has an insane number of preset sounds which can be easily customised. This is generally my first choice when I need a sound that can't be provided by my trusty old Korg.
The Yamaha P50-M is a dedicated Piano/Keyboard module that contains 28 sampled voices of acoustic and vintage key sounds. It is a simple unit which is easy to use, although there are no physical dials for all the controls some of which can only be accessed via midi command. Given that the module is circa 1996 it contains a number of useful features, particularly the adjustable touch response for keys.
SPECIFICATIONS• Tone Generation: AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory 2)
• Polyphony: 32-note (16 for layered voices)
• Presets: 28
• Effects: Reverb, Chorus, 3-band Graphic
• Touch Sensitivity Curves: 8 Types
• Display: 3 x 8-segment LEDs
• Ports: MIDI In/Out; DC In; Outputs R, L/Mono jacks
• Power supply: PA3B AC adaptor
• Dimensions: 220 x 210 x44 mm
• Weight: 1.2kg
I absolutely love the Korg SV-1 it is simply one of the best keyboards ever, with classic styling, great action and a fantastic rang of key sounds without any of the unneeded junk that clogs many machines. It is also incredibly simple to use with a vintage feel minus the clunky action. If I had to buy a replacement I would buy one of these without hesitation.
In addition to the many glamorous items within a studio there are many thousands of dollars worth of mundane items without which a studio cannot function. These were collected from garage sales, the side of the road, op shops, ebay and occasionally at retail stores. Additionally, many items were repaired to keep costs as low as possible. Such items were:
The list of these items goes on and on and it never seems to matter how many cables you buy you always end up having to purchase more.
The Casio CSM-1 is a veritable fondue of 80's cheese. Working fine it has a great range of sounds as well as a variety of ancient drum beat patterns, the like of which would make Chet Faker proud. Not used often but could be just the thing for that vintage timbre.
This vintage harmonium is in the long slow process of being repaired but it still works and I have found it great for sampling and then playing the sounds using a midi keyboard through Ableton. These have an interesting sound with the pulsing of the air making quite a unique tone which can be quite atmospheric.
I bought this piano in 1993 and it has never let me down, with a lovely action and tone. In order to ready her for studio work and recording I have been having it regularly serviced, some strings replaced and ensuring it is tuned to concert pitch to avoid any tuning issues with other instruments.
I bought this Yamaha DX100 at a garage sale for $1, plugged it in and it did not work. Surprised I was not, but as I was pulling it apart to look for the problem I discovered that one corner of the circuit board when wiggled enabled the power to flash on and off. I set about resoldering all the joints in this area and when finished the beastie worked. All in all one dollar well spent I believe. The DX100 is a smaller more portable derivative of the famous dx7 and while it has an inherent 80's cheeziness about some of the sounds sometimes nothing else can capture that sort of vibe.
Years of production: 1985-86
Spec: 8-voice digital polysynth
Key features: 4-operator FM synthesis; Detroit techno classic
Current second-hand price: £75-150
I purchased this beastie for 40 dollars but ended up paying half that when the USB connection didn't work. Not that I mind, I don't trust USB connections that much and Midi cables work perfectly in my experience. The controller is basic but works fine and opens up thousands of sound possibilities with digital modules and free vsts particularly if tracking in Ableton.
The wah wah peddle is ingenious and simple press the peddle and a flap of wood covers some sound holes and muffles the sound.
I have installed a couple of piezo pickups so that the awesome sound can be made even louder and when played through a reverb unit it sounds like nothing on earth.
To top it all off it has a shelf underneath for your pencil case. What more could you want?
I am a final year student of the RMIT Bachelor of Music Industry Course. As part of my major project I have created a home studio with which to record my own music. This website chronicles the process that was followed and the items used within the studio.