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LNerell:
Interesting topic, I just did a minor purge of mostly gear I haven't been using in a long while. It felt good but I'm still feeling like I have too much gear. I might end up doing another purge in a while, I have a few pieces that basically just sit around not getting much use, and as others have said I don't know the full depths of what I have now except for maybe a few things like my wavestation AD. Some times I look back at what I had in the 1980s, basically a sampler and a few analog synths. Everything was much simpler to use back then, I sometimes miss that simplicity.

hdibrell:

--- Quote from: LNerell on September 19, 2012, 05:44:57 PM ---Interesting topic, I just did a minor purge of mostly gear I haven't been using in a long while. It felt good but I'm still feeling like I have too much gear. I might end up doing another purge in a while, I have a few pieces that basically just sit around not getting much use, and as others have said I don't know the full depths of what I have now except for maybe a few things like my wavestation AD. Some times I look back at what I had in the 1980s, basically a sampler and a few analog synths. Everything was much simpler to use back then, I sometimes miss that simplicity.

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Yes. (Sigh) I do, too.

Julio Di Benedetto:

--- Quote from: LNerell on September 19, 2012, 05:44:57 PM ---Some times I look back at what I had in the 1980s, basically a sampler and a few analog synths. Everything was much simpler to use back then, I sometimes miss that simplicity.

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Well put Loren.......this is what I have been after, the simplicity.  Im sure you all  know of ambient artist Rudy Adrian....love his music but what impressed me was the majority of his music was composed on one keyboard, a yamaha Sy 88 or something like that.  Just one synth.  Talk about knowing you instruments. 

I have had a good selection of keys to play with in the past but Ive whittled it down to an Matrix 12 & a Virus TI......really, if you can't  create with this combo.

Also I feel theres not much happening out there regarding new instruments for sonic creation...software perhaps. 

The last recent hardware synth that inspired me was the Hartmann Neuron, I had the funky misbehaving software version.....very unique sounds though.

As Ambient Electronic musicians we have this vast world of sonic possibilities and it was the gear that defined and shaped electronic music at its origin.

 

petekelly:
In the spirit of my original post, I've been spending some time revisiting two of my favourite synths - Native Instrument's Prism and Razor.
With fresh ears (so to speak), I found some even more interesting qualities to these synths that I wasn't previously aware of.
The 'sonic exploration' continues !

JeromeDisney:
I think that these days you can spend a lifetime exploring the possibilities of just one instrument. It's far more important to get the music done. I find it's easier to mentally decide what I am going to do before I sit down at the keyboards or guitar or whatever. Sure the different sounds can spark some creativity but you can also get lost in it to the point where you don't know where you are headed. And buying another piece of gear is not going to solve it either. Just my opinion.

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