Prompted by @KrisM comment on which he prefers OT or OP-1 (in the Elektron competition thread) made me think it would be cool for us to list our absolute fave gear, gear that you simply would not be without, cold dead hands stuff, gear that inspires you and you have a deeper connection with. Try to be strict on yourself and limit to no more than your very favorites.
I’m a bit retro:
- Fairlight CMI Series IIx (samples do not compare to the real thing, trust me)
- Casio CZ-101 (for sentimental reasons)
I don’t have a massive amount of gear so am going to be super restrictive with myself to enter in the spirit of the thread. For me, it has to be:
Minimoog voyager oldschool
Moogerfooger delay mf 104z
Yamaha spx 90. Fx 500
Teenage engineering op -1
Electro harmonix. 16 second digital delay
Squier jm jazzmaster
Boss dd-5 hm-2 rv-2 ph-1r
Technics SL1200s/mixer/any capable FX(KP3s).
Jews Harp .
With the benefit of 16-18 years of uncontrollable GAS, I’ve pretty much refined my kit to be my favourite gear.
SP 202, 303, 404
OP-1, you know the drill
Octatrack - Inspiration machine, great audio mangler
OP-1 - Little inspiration machine
Microbrute - Simple UI and patching ideal for improvised noise/textures.
Nord Modular G2X - Lots of great patches/performances out there, including a Phonogene like sample processor (only 2 sec recording, but enough for my purposes) and other granular-ish stuff.
Nord (micro) modular
Boring but true: I do not have enough gear to have favorites and probably never will. Everything I own I need for some particular purpose, except, ironically, OP-1. I did not buy it to make some particular kind of sound or for a particular stage of composition. I bought it, because I often work on interface design and I immediately recognized that its interface is pure genius from the first video I saw. (Obviously, this does not stop me from using it. Quite the contrary.)
so isn’t the gear you have your favorite then? or do u secretly wish u were w/ another girl…err gear?
I'm a bit retro: - Fairlight CMI Series IIx
I may hate you. Just a tiny bit. I wanted one of these so badly - instead, came VERY close to buying a Synclavier to restore before common sense (and the discovery it had few voice boards so would be limited - IIRC it had an FM one and that was it) kicked in. Where’s the magic in the sound - capacitors and filters somewhere, maybe?
Easy question OP-1, Octatrack, SL-1200 and SP404SX!
Nord Lead 3: great breadth of sounds, oscillator modulations, filters, easy-to-use FM, and the best programming interface I’ve encountered on a keyboard synthesizer. I love how easy it is to set up (and see!) modulations from physical inputs such as velocity or key tracking.
OP-1: I originally got this thinking it would be a nice diversion while on a train or something to catch scratches of ideas that popped into my head, but have completed more songs on this unit that any other I’ve had. So versatile, portable,unique, beautiful.
Octatrack: Amazingly versatile combination of Midi sequencer/ control hub/ effects unit/ other-worldly sample mangler. I love that it is one of only a few machines I know that provides more than one way of doing the same thing without having any hard rules about the right way to do anything. It invites the user to create their own approach for using it.
Moog Sub 37: I know it’s new, but it covers so much sonic territory in the analogue mono synth realm with such elegant control over each of its functions. It is also frequently being supported with software updates that are adding features that would have been huge selling points on top of what already convinced me to buy it (like holding the mod button and twisting the destination knob of your choice). It’s new and it’s compact, but it has the same classy moog sound programmers have come to expect from the company with the addition of lush distortion and drive.
Pretty settled on the op1 octatrack combo, it’s sweet.