My First Music Rig
by, 01-18-2011 at 04:47 PM (1386 Views)
Greatly inspired by Emerson Lake & Palmer and Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon) my love of analog synths became my (guitar being first) second instrument. In 1977 I bought the original Arp Avatar from the Music Box in Regina and started touring with Gene Dloughy (bass), his brother Reg (Sax), Alex Cleland (drums), Eddie Bach (trumpet) and myself (guitar).
Gene was a well know 50's rock and roll musician from Southern Saskatchewan, he toured with Roy Orbison during his day and was the guy that gave me my break and the rest is history.
What a great guy and mentor he was. I was very lucky to learn the ropes from a passionate and experienced traveling musician.
The Avatar seemed so cool, it definitely made me the talk of the town that day I bought it. I was one in only a few guitarist in Canada who had entered the world of guitar synths and was crazy enough to drop $3000.00 for it. That would be like 10 to 12 thousand now. I was a serious musician that wanted no boundries. I wanted to be able to do screaming and haunting leads I heard in those old recordings from the 70's.
Around 1980 I left the band to start my own Rock duo.
I bought an Arp Quadra, Roland TR 808 and 303 bass line and began my independence.
First song I programmed was Joe Jackson's Stepping Out. Joe Jackson - Steppin' Out - YouTube
This is where it all started to get fun.
I had two of these and used a tape to back up the data. Each one would hold about 20 mins worth of data. I needed two to complete a set. Every break I had to spend about 10 mins loading in the next set. I think the first song I programmed was Don't You Worry Baby by Human League
Then this beast came along and the world changed forever!
the LM2 Linn Drum Wow!
Then here: The MPC60 changed my life. This is the greatest midi sequencer ever made. WOW.
Then I added a 2 of these JX 8P: Fat and lush
And a Juno 106 that was awesome!
And this beast
Sold the Emulator II and bought a few Emax's which sounded like grain. Hated them. The big draw on those was memory and the ability to load discs/HD banks on the fly.
Dumped the Exam's and got this and life got better again. The M1 was a great keyboard.
and now have this hybrid that I truly love because its like the old Arp 2600 but has stable VCA and is polyphonic.
And an additional controller