Roland RS-09

A bedraggled Roland RS-09
A bedraggled Roland RS-09

This RS-09 died in a basement flood and has rusty bubbles all over its panel. It has a helpful piece of masking tape labeling the notes on the keyboard with their note names. We were tasked with fixing it basically for as little money as possible, but the only thing we could have done but didn’t do was make it look nicer. Continue reading “Roland RS-09”

Moog Opus 3

Moog Opus 3 synthesizer
Moog Opus 3

The Moog Opus 3 was Moog’s only string/ensemble synth. Today it is the perfect choice for you if you want string synth limitations at a Moog price. I think the organ sound is better than average, the string sound is a little worse, and a typical Moog filter on the “brass” section makes it at least better than the average string synth’s brass/synth tone. Continue reading “Moog Opus 3”

Korg Delta

Korg delta string synthesizer
Korg Delta

The Korg Delta (or DL-50) is a string synth/polysynth hybrid from the late 1970s to early 80s, from the time when every synth company was focusing on those.  I’ve got an Arp Omni 2 and Roland RS-09 of the same era here in the workshop right now and the Delta is my favorite of all three, even just based on its string sounds (to be fair, the RS doesn’t have a “synth” section).   Continue reading “Korg Delta”

ARP Omni 2

Tantalum Capacitors in the Arp Omni 2
Tantalum Capacitors in the Arp Omni 2

This one belongs to Jeff Zeigler, a great musician who also runs the studio Uniform Recording. The ARP Omni 2 is a synth where a lot can go wrong, but it has a very, very repetitive internal architecture so it’s often the same problems over and over– bad logic ICs and bad tantalum capacitors (blue circles in photo above).  That doesn’t mean it’s easy to fix though!

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