Unusual Favorite Keyboards

Discussion in 'Synths / Samplers & VSTi' started by Nate Tschetter, Jun 13, 2001.

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  1. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member

    Feb 28, 2001

    The other night we were working on a Merengue tune. My partner and I were hoping to have a nice little trombone section in certain parts. The problem was we couldn't find a time to get together with the trombone player. An idea struck me and I went into the back of my closet. There behind the cowboy boots was my Yamaha CE20.

    I lugged this thing back from Japan a few years ago for one reason...the trombone sound. I fired it up and started playing it...I just want to say that this is about the most expressive instrument I have ever played. I remember when it first came out, it seemed even MORE expressive as very few synths had touch sensitivity. This thing has VERY responsive velocity AND aftertouch.

    For those of you that don't know, the CE20 was a preset FM device (pre-DX). It 14 monophonic sounds and 6 polyphonic sounds. You can control the brightness and response of the instrument via front panel sliders.

    The other odd thing is that it has a "slide" controller instead of a mod wheel. This controls portamento time...and let me tell you, the $*^t be bumpin'.

    I'll post some pictures or sound clips if anyone is interested. Oddly, I have the perfect gig and recording date for this thing within the next week. I'm using it!

    So, who else has a favorite "oddball" keyboard they use?
  2. user_gamesound

    user_gamesound Active Member

    Dec 18, 2000
    Quasimidi Sirius w/ the built in vocoder...
    don't really use it as a keyboard/instrument per se, but it makes some glorious sfx, atmospheres and whacked out perc sounds.

    though the vocoder kinda sucks, it's still fun running stuff through it to see what happens....
  3. ken

    ken Guest

    I like toys. Last week I brought my casio vl-tone to practice and ran it through a danelctro Hashbrown flanger pedal. I got this really ambient whale like noise that really worked with the song we were playing. I also have a japanese toy drum machine that when you turn it on says, "lets starts to play".

  4. Traumakind

    Traumakind Guest


    MAXTONE Calculating Piano - a Calculator with a keyboard and a speaker! Sounds very terrible, since it completly out of tune. Hell, even the individual keys sound out of tune. But I have used it for one wonderful solo on a theatre production and after some grm tools filtering on an electro track with great success. A bigger version of it exists also, with speach rom cards! Luckily my record dealer had it and I could get the samples.
    Have nice day,
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