Polyphonic Synthesizer:

Kawai SX-210
Modulus 002
Waldorf Blofeld
Waldorf rackAttack
Waldorf Wave
Waldorf XTk30
Wersi Stage Performer

Monophonic Synthesizer:

Casio VL-1 Tone
Dübreq Stylophone
Korg M500 MicroPreset
Modulus monoWave
Moog miniMoog
Moog Minitaur
Moog Prodigy
Moog Sub Phatty
Moog Taurus III
Moog Voyager
Synthesizers.com Modular
VacoLoco Zira
Waldorf Pulse
Waldorf Pulse 2

String Machines:

Crumar Performer
ELKA Rhapsody 610
Eminent 310 theatre
Hohner String Performer
Hohner String Vox
Logan String Melody
Waldorf Streichfett

Other Keyboards:

Manikin Memotron


Behringer Mixer MX2642A
Behringer Mixer MX8000
Behringer Rack Mixer RX1602
Boss DR-220E
Digital Raagini
EEH DS 500
Electro-Harmonix Small Stone
Georg Mahr Midi-Ratsche
Ibanez Digital Delay DM1000
Lexicon Model 200 reverb
Mode Machines Krautrock Phaser
Moogerfooger Ring Modulator 102
Moogerfooger 12-Stage Phaser 103
Moogerfooger Analog Delay 104Z
Moog MP201
Schrittmacher's Inside
Schulte Compact Phaser
Simmons SDS-V (w/o drum pads)
Synthoma Élkorus
VacoLoco Tron
Waldorf 4Pole
Waldorf EQ27
Wersi Voice (BBD FX)
Waldorf midiBay
Waldorf Becher/Mugs


Access MicroWave controller
Alesis Andromeda A6
ARP Quartet
EES Midi CV7
Crumar Multiman S
ELKA Solist 505
ELKA x705
Emu Emax II
Farfisa Soundmaker
Farfisa Syntorchestra
Hohner ADAM
Jen SX1000
Keio Mini Pops 3
Korg PE1000 (Poly Ensemble)
Korg PE2000 (Poly Ensemble S)
Moog Satellite
Oberheim Matrix 6
PPG waves
PPG wave 2.3 (V8.3)
Rhythm Ace 2l
Roland TR 606
Roland M-VS1
SCI model 700
Seiko DS 202+310
Sound-Art Chameleon
Technosaurus Cyclodon
Vermona Piano-Strings
Waldorf microQ keyboard
Waldorf Q
Waldorf XT30
Waldorf Gekko Chords
Waldorf Gekko Arp
Waldorf microWave
Waldorf waveSlave
Wersi Baß Synth
Wersi String Orchestra


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K. Schulze's "Sense"


© Till Kopper

Farfisa Soundmaker this is ex-gear / sold

Farfisa Soundmaker overview

This 1979 to 1981 built bulky keyboard got three main sound units inside:
  • Monophonic Synth
    with presets and controlls to edit the sound or to make new ones from scratch. Available preset sounds are:
    • Tuba
    • Trombone
    • Trumpet
    • Sax
    • Clarinet
    • Oboe
    • Flute
    • Picolo
    • Violin
    • Accordion
    • El Bass
    • El Guitar
    • Free (sets the controlls for the heart of the sound design)
    The sound are typical for preset synth then. But better or worse then Roland's, Yamaha's or a Moog Satellite.
    The Tuba is beefy sounding. And the "free" mode with the available parameters let you use the main character of the selectedt preset wave shape and work with the nice filter, the one ADSR for the filter and/or the VCA, the LFO (here named "Osc"!) with envelope depending amount set via a mode rotary switch.
  • Polyphonic Preset Synth
    • Volume
    • Brightness
    Available preset sounds are:
    • Piano
    • Electric Piano
    • Honkey Tonk
    • Brass
    One may activate a preset Brass vibrato here too.
  • String Section
    • 8" footage
    • 4" footage
    • Volume
    • Brightness
    • Sustain (actually release)
    • Attack (with a not well chosen parameter scalling. 10% is way to long.
      And 100% is even longer as needed in all music styles
      (except ambience tracks)
    Sounding like so many others of that time.
    But not as classic as an Solina
The buttons on the preset and mode section just above the keys are electronic touch buttons with LEDs.
The Keyboard may be split at a fixed point at the middle F. The Strings and the poli synth then play at the lower end, the mono synth at the upper half of the keys.
The String and poli synth section may be switched to monophonic at the same time.
The keyboard got a monophonic aftertouch that can be routed to all possible combinations of these destinations:
  • Mono Synth brilliance
  • Mono Synth OSC (vibrato)
  • Mono Synth Glide (actually it is aftertouch pitchbend upwards)
  • Brass Brilliance
The max amount of the aftertouch modulation is fixed. And it is a bit much to my taste. The aftertouch is working nice. But there is a little lag processor in the circuit. So releasing the aftertouch will not stop the sound's modulation right then, but fade it out within half a sec or so.

One can tune the poli synth's pitch and the mono synth's pitch seperatly to the fixed string's pitch.

Inside there is a top oscillator (SN 74221 Texas Instruments) with a top octave divider chip AY-1-0212 by G.I.E.
Another SN 74221 supplies a M110 mono synth oscillator chip by S.G.S to do the mono synth oscillator. And also taking care of assigning the highest pressed key to the mono synth. And it is able to give a portamento, generating the trigger for the mono synth envelope. Its output is a pulse wave at 4 selectable (done in the presets!) footages. This pulse is then shapped to sawtooth on the Tuba (16") Trombone (8") and Trumpet (4").