I am a synthesizer man. I love machines that go PING! And I adore babes on synths …. twisting knobs, patching chords and pressing keys with their shiny red nails …. especially Suzanne Ciani. She’s a rare electronic musician guru and genius.
She uses every synth made by humanoids, especially the Synclavier which was the world’s most powerful and most expensive synth/sampler/workstation from the late 70′s through the mid 90′s, made by New England Digital.
Synclavier’s base price started around US$200,000. The system was expandable to infinity and costs would reach tens of millions of dollars. In 1985, Synclavier could sample at rate of 150-KHz, 16-bit, stereo. It’s mainframe was super-computer UNIX system. Other features included: light-pen for touch screen, lots of red-lit buttons, blinking lights, large LED screen, hard disk recorders, waveform software, multiple i/o’s, synth oscillators (FM), optical re-write laser disk storage, slip differential, oozie, ammunition, stealth power, radar, sonar, one round knob, and more.
As a matter of fact, NASA used Synclavier systems, because it was THE most advanced and powerful super-computer in the world at that time (1980′s) ….. to launch space-shuttles, not music careers!
Read specs of Synclavier here.
Artists/producers who used Synclavier:
- Trevor Horn
- Phil Collins
- Lauri Anderson
- Frank Zappa
- Peter Gabriel
- Herbie Hancock
- John Tesh
- Depeche Mode
- Thompson Twins
- Tears For Fears
- Michael Jackson (Bad album was 90% Synclavier sounds)
- Grace Jones (the entire Slave To The Rhythm LP)
- Frankie Goes To Hollywood
- and countless of other big names
Oscar-winner sound-designer Gary Rydstorm (Skywalker Sound, Lucas Entertainment, Pixar) used (and still uses) the Synclavier in making epic sound effects for movies such as Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report and all the unforgettable T-Rex sounds in Jurassic park.
Synclaiver is the most extraordinary machine that produced the most incredible sounds the world has ever heard.