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the top 5 keyboards from 80´s to nowadays

Discussion in 'Keyboards' started by Alécio Costa - Brazil, Oct 8, 2003.

  1. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Hi! Keyboard magazine did similar polls a few years ago. I am not a keyboard player, but do love midi sequencing. I will start this:

    1)Roland D50
    2)Yamaha Dx7
    3)Korg M1
    4)Kurzweil K2600
    5)Korg Wavestation

  2. pandamonkey

    pandamonkey Active Member

    Hey Alecio,
    I own a Juno 106 and quite like it. I would love to find a Yamaha SY99 somewhere out there in the universe!!
    Question: Aside from the fact that the Korg M1 is the highest selling synth. of all time, why do you think that it's one of the 5 best? I know that my question sounds like I'm contradicting myself but I have always thought that the M1 did so well because of it's abilities at that time. (which were great, at THAT time) Pound for Pound though, it's not a "crazy" 80's synth though, I think it's a tad boring compared to some of the other 80's options out there. Anyone disagree??
  3. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Michael, you are complelly right. I should have used another tern, not top keys in the thread title.
    Man, I was going to make a top 10 and for sure, Sy77 and alpha Juno 1/2 would be there. I am not sure in which they were developed.. 1983?1986?
  4. pandamonkey

    pandamonkey Active Member

    Hey Alecio,
    I should say that your list is pretty damn good in any case! I played around with a DX7 for a while and liked it a lot too. Kurzweil 2600, well who could argue with that??! Why don't we throw in Drum machines and modules as well. Now we're talking!
    Best regards,
  5. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member


    If you're talking strictly about top '80s keyboards, the list (for me) is:

    - Oberheim Matrix-12
    - Yamaha DX7
    - Prophet 5
    - Roland Super Jupiter
    - PPG Wave

    '90s keyboards could be

    - Korg M1
    - Yamaha SY99
    - Yamaha VL1
    - Roland Sound Canvas (cheap polyphony)

    can't think of a fifth one right now...
  6. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    I remember the first time I played with a CZ101/cz1000 -lol
    Then a D20 > W30 > Jw50> JV880> 01W > Trinity > Xp80.

    In fact I just learned how to program/sequence because our keyboard player was always at his boring girlfriend´s place and a few years later gave up to dedicate exclusively to telecommunications..
    Life is so funny!!!
    I was so bored audiotining and losing time with amateur keyboard players that I decided.. today I am going to buy this things and see what happens..hehee
    I guess I am the worst keyboard player in the world that has produced more sequences per square meters -lol
  7. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member


    Yeah but the CZ101 was actually a pretty cool synth. It made some really unique sounds.

    Maybe we should talk about '70s keyboards next!
  8. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    it´s ok. But I really do not have that much experience. :)
  9. Todzilla

    Todzilla Active Member

    Nate pegged the mother of all awesome keyboards with his list-topper of...

    Oberheim Matrix 12. This is my dream synth. I wish I had one...

    Also, I still have a soft spot for the Roland D-50. It's only drawback is the ubiquity of its presets on 80's commercials for Arbys, Jeep and assorted non-sense.
  10. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member


    Heh...the original "plastic fantastic" synth.

    Don't get me wrong, I thought it was a really powerful synth but its hard to figure out if "Digital Native Dancer" was heard more often than the "Electric Piano" patch from the DX.

    Ah...the Matrix-12...you know, if you're into something like that, check out the Nord Modular or something like the Arturia Moog Modular. I used to have a Matrix-12 and its a great synth but these days its nice to have MIDI controllability of a few things and the M12 is quite limited in that regard.
  11. UncleBob58

    UncleBob58 Active Member

    Howdy Alécio!

    I hate polls like this; they're so subjective. However, I noticed that the DX7 comes up on a lot of the lists. A venerable workhorse even though it was a bear to program, not much in the way of computer interfacing and editing software back then. It became a staple of the 80's because it sounded "real" and because it was built like a tank.

    The CZ-101 was cool because it was relatively dirt cheap. It was built that way too, not very roadable but fun in the studio.

    The D-50 was one of the first Romplers, so it goes up there on the list as well.

    The M-1 was the alternative to the D-50, but for some reason, at least for me, just seemed a little thin and grainy.

    And lets not forget the Mirage, the first affordable sampler.

    The 90's goes to Nord for reintroducing knobs and sliders, and the Korg Prohecy for a good try that didn't work.

    The rest were just jumping on the bandwagon as far as I am concerned, not that there aren't some fantastic keyboards out there, but a list like this should be more of a what broke new ground sort of thing rather than a popularity contest.

    Wow, that was fun! I remember using all of that stuff!

    Thanks Alécio,


  12. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member


    I agree that the polls are entirely subjective but that's also what's cool about them. For one, you find out the preferences of those participating. You also find the "least common denominator" of everything polled.

    Good point about the Casio CZ...that was an interesting synth.

    Now, how about those '70s keyboard!
  13. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member


    70's keyboards!

    - Fender Rhodes
    - Minimoog
    - Hohner Clavinet
    - ARP 2600
    - Yamaha CS80
  14. UncleBob58

    UncleBob58 Active Member

    Hey Nate!

    How about:

    Hammond B3/C3
    Wurlitzer EP-200
    RMI Piano
    Arp Odyssey

  15. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member


    And how could we not mention

    - Mellotron
    - Korg MS-20 (just visited the Frostwave site...cool stuff)
  16. Todzilla

    Todzilla Active Member


    I haven't checked out the two synths you mentioned that compare with the Matrix-12.

    I'm sure they have better controls- the Matrix-12 was first gen MIDI if I recall. But what I recall most vividly about this paragon of the formidable Oberheim 80's line was the delicious "rubberyness" of the filters. They could squizzle and schmoink quicker and more wonderfully than anything before it or since.

  17. pmolsonmus

    pmolsonmus Well-Known Member

    How about those groovy, white (Yamaha?) electric grand pianos. I'm stoked just thinkin 'bout 'em.
  18. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member

    Yeah...it was real swirly sounding. Throw in a "Small Stone" phase shifter...whoa nelly. The phase filters were really cool.

    Ah...waxing nostalgic...
  19. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member

    Heh...good one...CP70 / 80? I think the white was a custom job.

    There's a great owner's manual story about those. Yamaha wanted to appear hip back in the day so some guy in Japan looked up a synonym for the word "screw" (as in "screw in the leg to the piano"). Well, the word he came up with was "**** ". The first few manuals came out with this miscue printed..."**** the leg to the piano".

  20. pan

    pan Guest

    Elka Synthex (?) Great Pads and Ambient Sounds
    I know it as THE Elka...

    Has anyone of you layed hands on a Synclavier?


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