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Synth Spotlight: Roland TR-808

The Roland TR-808 was the first drum machine that allowed users to create their own drum rhythms instead of using pre-set patterns. Our wonderful intern Daniel Evans spent some deep time with the Roland TR-808. Users can program their own unique…
August 8, 2023
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Synth Spotlight: Yamaha DX1

We're gliding into the new year on the expansive wings of the Yamaha DX1 With only 140 produced, Yamaha's DX1 is a bit of a holy grail. A precursor to the famous DX7, the DX1 is Yamaha's biggest FM synth. Manufactured…
January 12, 2023
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Synth Spotlight: Yamaha CS-80

Studio Supervisor Alex Mraz talks you through the wonders of the iconic Yamaha CS-80.How could I not shine the Synth Spotlight on the iconic Yamaha CS-80? This is one of the more popular synths booked at MESS, and for a…
December 6, 2022
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Synth Spotlight: Roland Chorus Echo RE-501

MESS Membership and Engagement Coordinator, Prue Rees-Lee shares her appreciation for the Roland Chorus Echo RE-501The Roland Chorus Echo RE-501 is one of my favourite effects to add to any chain. The parameters are pretty straightforward (chorus, echo, sound on sound, and reverb),…
November 7, 2022
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Synth Spotlight: PERfourMER

Our Synth Spotlight for October comes from MESS Studio Manager and all-round legend Lauren SquireThe Vermona PERfourMER is one of my favourite synths. With its unique play modes allowing you to select between polyphonic, duophonic and monophonic this synth can…
October 2, 2022
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Synth Spotlight: Korg PS-3200

Studio supervisor Jonnine talks you through the Korg PS-3200The Korg PS-3200 is a giant semi-modular fully polyphonic sibling to the revered MS-20, both released in 1978. What I find so attractive about the PS3200 is its versatility. Leads and pads…
September 27, 2022