ROLAND Juno 60










I bought my first synthesizer in 1989 and initially recorded with an Atari ST. Since then I've played keyboards in various bands.

I recorded and made countless recordings with my Roland XP-80 workstation in the 90s. After a short excursion with VST plug-ins, I play hardware synthesizers and my Yamaha CP-70 now only. Right: I have a strong affinity for vintage synths from the 80s. 

On my synthlegends YouTube channel I demonstrate vintage synths and gear (sometimes also new stuff – i.e. in comparison to to old synths). Hybrid synthesizers are what I like most.
My favorites are the Sequential Prophet VS, the PPG Wave 2.3, the Dave Smith Polyevolver and the Modal Electronics 002. In the analogue field, I love the Oberheim OBXa and Roland Jupiter 4 for it’s incomparable sound, the Sequential Prophet 5 and Roland Jupiter 8 for sound and versatility.
I am influenced in my music works by the electronic music of the 80ies and progressive bands of that same time.
Roland TR 808

„In my music work I am influenced by electronic music of the 80ies and progressive bands of that time.“

Why do I love vintage synths?

I used to give modern instruments, especially modern analog and VA synthesizers, a chance. But soon I sold them all to fund a vintage piece of music. I only get the full gratification from the vibe of a such old dinosaurs and with big knobs to tweak around.

I am convinced that an old Prophet 5 sounds much warmer than newer counterparts, but nevertheless with the modern counterpart you have reliability and modern functions. So all in all for most of us, there are better possibilities on the market to avoid that service-nightmares of an old synth. They're all vulnerable.
It's a pitty that rare and sought after vintage synths are almost not affordable anymore. And if, you still have to invest in very a good tech.

Let's time travel back to the late 70ies and early 80ies, the best period of popular music IMO, and watch my YouTube Channel or listen to my SoundCloud Songs.
Some of the legendary instruments used to be not affordable to hobby musicians. A PPG for 14.000 German Mark was almost a half years salary. A Fairlight CMI cost as much like a house. In the 90ies and early 2000 no-one wanted them because there was the time of romplers and workstations. With upcoming virtual analog synths like the Nord Lead or Korg MS 2000 real analog synths went in the focus of the people again. Also the world wide web made it possible to inform about old stuff.

Today there are a lot of new synth manufacturers besides the classic Japanese ones, who develop so much great opportunities for reasonable prices to make creative music. So now it’s the best time to make music.

Still I can resist of all new stuff, because I love my old pieces which remember me of my favorite bands in the 80ies. For most of us, there is no need to buy the old synths.

Make music and have fun.

Roland Juno 106 - still popular!

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