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Kenny thinks the SX-150 is pretty fun. And he recently saw the first three Star Wars movies, so discovering he could make noises like R2D2 brought a pretty big grin to his face.
He’s right, it is fun. Way limited (considerably more so than the Gnome) but in some ways less so than a softsynth, in that grabbing controls and moving them in real time is easier. (Unless you’ve got a softsynth coupled to a knobby MIDI controller, I guess… but at that point your softsynth has a considerable degree of hard in it.)
Took about 20 minutes to put together. (No soldering; the populated circuit board is supplied, the only electrical connections to make are the connector to the batteries and the three for the strip controller which are made by screwing wire lugs down.) Case and knobs look not too rugged at all. Strip controller works fine, better than the Gnome’s in that the resistive strip is narrow and nearly flush to the surface, so you can get good effects by “strumming” the probe back and forth across it.
Some nice photos in the magazine — it’d be nice to be able to read it.
I went yesterday to the library and checked out a couple of books on synthesizers, including Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer. I’ve started reading it; not the best written book I’ve seen, but some interesting history. I had no idea the Moog synthesizer was invented and for some years built in Trumansburg, NY! That’s a tiny village a bit under two hours drive from here, on the other side of Ithaca. A good friend of ours, a morris musician, lives there and we’ve been there a number of times.