"What 5 pieces of gear did you start out with back in the day"

Just sitting here thinking about when it all started for me with the music and what 5 pieces of gear I started out with.

  1. Roland S550 Sampler
  2. Korg M1 Keyboard
  3. Zoom 1201 FX
  4. Tascam Porta Studio
  5. Amiga running Bars & Pipes

Out of interest what 5 pieces of gear did you first start out with?

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Ensoniq mirage
Korg m1rex
Kawaii k4
Yamaha rm1x
Roland pma5

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MPC2000XL (8-outs) and an Electrix Filter Factory

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Casio CZ230s
Yamaha RX15
Foster 160
Roland PR100 sequencer
JBL “hi-fi” speakers

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Yamaha RS7000

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Boss DR5
Boss Chorus pedal
Boss delay pedal
Peavey Bandit 112

I was a guitar player prior if you couldn’t tell by the list. I used to hard pan to only effect certain sounds and used the low gain and high gain inputs simultaneously like a mixer. Direct out to tape deck to record. Good times and way more memorable music was made with that set up than with the tons of gear that has passed through my studio these days.

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MPC 2000XL (with a Zip drive)
Alesis QS6
Alesis SR16
Panasonic Super VHS ADAT
Mackie VLZ

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EMU E6400 ULTRA
Novation BassStation
Digitech Quad
Mackie 1402 VLZ
Roland PCM49

Back in 1998…

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  1. Shitty PC
  2. Cracked copy of reason 3
  3. Cheapest Alesis Speakers
  4. Monitor :joy:
  5. Desk :joy:
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Yamaha RX21 drum machine (1986)
Casio CZ-101
Sequential Pro-1
Atari ST running Dr T’s KCS
Maplin 4 channel mixer

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Korg EA1
Korg ER1
Korg EM1
cheapest Behringer mixer
fucked up headphones
recording to the PCs soundcard input (that was the deal with no money)

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My start into making electronic music probaply was with Rebirth, but after that I bought some stuff:

Korg MS2000
M-Audio Keystation 49e
PC with Ableton Live 4

Shure SM58 with cheap preamp

Also used my Yamaha electric guitar I had back then

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W30 sampler
Mc202
Phonic cheap mixer
Juno 106
Bass station 1 ( only thing I still have from this list after about 30 years ).

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Yamaha DTXpress III (e-drums)
PreenFM2
Novation Nova Laptop
Axoloti
Yamaha RM1x

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Roland MC-303
Quasimidi Rave-o-lution 309
Yamaha rm1-x

3 years later :
Korg ES-1
Korg EM-1

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A Yamaha DX-100 (that I got as a christmas gift from my dad in 1987)
A Yamaha QY-70
A Yamaha RM1X
A Yamaha AN-200
A Yamaha DX-200

I sure seemed to love Yamaha back then. I also lived in a small town with nothing to do, my girlfriend studied there but I had basically nothing except my synths and drawing my comics. I’ve never had a more productive/creative period in my life.

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Amstrad Studio 100, Yamaha VSS200, Yamaha DD-10.

DD-10 was proper shite :laughing:

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Roland MC303 > Later upgraded to 505
Atari ST 1040 running cubase
Yamaha A4000 Sampler
Yamaha Rm1x
Novation Nova
Eventually sold both the Rm1x and Nova to fund an Elektron SPS1 (I still remember the feeling when I unboxed it, it was such a beautiful machine) :slight_smile:

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Aaaaaaahh! Yamaha DD-10, what a magnificent piece of gear! If it only had midi out, it would’ve been a lot more useful. I bought mine for around 15€ at a thrift store and it worked for a while. After a while it went completely silent and I took it to my friend who knew how to fix electronics. It’s still there, I never got it back.

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I couldn’t afford five pieces of gear all at once when I started out. After enjoying a Casio VL-1 bought new in 1980, and a short-lived acquaintance with a Moog Rogue, my first real ‘set up’ came together in 1986 or so, consisting of

  1. Roland SH-09 (still have this very unit)
  2. Korg’s DDM-110 drum machine
  3. Ibanez Roadstar 2 (still have this, too)
  4. Radio Shack reverb (really a BBD delay)
  5. Some DigiTech delay pedal - can’t remember the model number.
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