Synbotik brings the famous old-school, early digital flavor of the DK Synergy into this decade. The Synergy was a digital additive synthesizer manufactured from 1982 to 1985. Of the approximately 700 to 800 that were produced, it is estimated that less than 100 may still be in operation today. The Synergy features 24 tone presets that have been reprogrammed in Ableton Live, Kontakt and Logic. It even includes the legendary program cartridges inspired by Wendy Carlos.
Whilst abroad in Israel, I found my hotel room equipped with a vintage upright piano. After a few attempts to create a conventional upright piano recording, the plan was aborted due to outside noise. Instead, I jammed paperclips, seashells, leaves and pieces of plastic into the piano strings and recorded two octaves of prepared piano tones and noises.
In the spirit of John Cage’s amplified cactus work, here’s a Puremagnetik version of an amplified Barrel Cactus. It was set up with a short shotgun mic and a dual pickup system from Trance Audio with a customized preamp. The shotgun mic’s response was unenthusiastic. The contact mics however, revealed a series of richly detailed stereo sounds.
Bag check for field recording : DR-100 portable recorder, Shure SM88 stereo mic, Amulet contact mics and preamp, Soundman binaural mics, Audio Technica short shotgun, windscreen, Teenage Engineering OP-1 (makes a great field processor).