You may remember this story from last week about visiting synth repairer and modifier Arnar Adalsteinsson at his fantastic shop, Lalaland in Reykjavik. Arnar gave us a nice video tour, but really wasn't set up to plug all the synths in and do audio demos. So I thought I'd do the next best thing: Set up a slide show with a bit of description of each, and where possible, link to an audio or video demo found online. Clicking on the center of each image will link through to the demo - and remember to "open in new tab" (or new window) to keep your place here in the home story.
Again, if you can't make it to Reykjavik, you can find Arnar's shop on Facebook here.
Captions difficult to read? Here they are in list form, with demo links:
Roland Jupiter-6: This Jupiter-6 was in Arnar's shop for a complete rebuild, as it had been struck by lightning! Demo via Critical Mass.
Memorymoog: The Memorymoog needs no introduction; it's just about like having a six-voice polyphonic Minimoog, which is huge. Here's the first of a rabbit hole of demos from one of my favorite people, Marc "Automatic Gainsay" Doty.
Two Thousand Six Hundred: The TTSH is a build-it-yourself ARP 2600 clone that has gotten rave reviews for its sound. Heavy Metal Kid gives us a compelling time-lapse video of his build.
Sequential Pro-One: Just a Pro-One - the synth used on “The Situation” by Yaz, hanging out above the Two Thousand Six Hundred. Demo video by Retrosound.
Custom ARP AXXE: Arnar fitted this Axxe with LED sliders, lovely wooden sides, and used a glass polisher on the keyboard. We've never seen the Odyssey's little brother looking so sharp.
Synthtone Jen SX Synths: The Synthetone Jen synths are tweaky, tweezy, wonderfully cheezy Ital-Disco machines from the late '70s. AnalogAudio1 provides the demo.
Yamaha CS-30: The CS-30's multiple filters, especially the bandpass, could produce some suprisingly vocal-like formants for the era, as this demo from Roberto Ranieri-Seth shows.
WersiMatic CX-2: This is hands-down the weirdest thing in Arnar's shop, an auto-accompaniment device from 1984. It featured several vocal and FX samples as well, as this official audio demo posted by premiumexpert attests.
Korg PS-3100: A fully polyphonic 12-voice synth? In 1977? Yup, the PS-3100 was a monster, and its successor the PS-3200 doubled the power. Automatic Gainsay shows us what it can do ...
Clef B30 Microsynth: Another super-rarity, the Clef was originally sold as a kit synth in the early '80s. This one got the full Arnar treatment with intricately carved side panels, upgraded pots, and polished keys. Demo here by orangecoals.
Teisco Echopet Tape Delay: ”I’m a tape delay nut and refinished this one in pink," says Arnar. "But no one has been man enough to put it in their studio," he laughs. It sits atop a Studio Electronics SE-1.
Roland Space Echoes: RE-150 and RE-301 Space Echo tape delays from Roland/Boss.