From 1999-2009 I played with dozens of synthesizers, tabletop grooveboxes, vintage analog synths, FX pedals, Max MSP patches, and DAWs. Countless hours were spent on eBay and Craigslist tracking down equipment, and once acquired sometimes I would only keep the new gear around for a month before reselling it. Below is a selection of my most used gear over the years and some raw sound samples when possible.
Bedroom Studio Circa 2006
After playing a handful of the SH line, such as the classic SH-101 and simpler SH-9, the SH-2 stayed with me the longest. It came out in 1978-79 and I scored one in mint condition from Japan with original case. Ran it through various guitar pedals such as a Boss Digital Delay and Mu-Tron Phasor II.
Throughout the years I was curious about various types of synthesis (although let’s be honest…distracted by shiny things) and wanted to check out Ensoniq’s newest 1998 release. It’s basically wavetables with layered variations in harmonic structures that can be modulated over time by a variety of options. Organic sounds, right? More sounds flowed over midnight sessions than were actually recorded with this thing.