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Old 8th April 2017
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Synths (and other gear) with stupid names

I know it obviously doesn't have any bearing on anything really, but does anyone else find it a bit off-putting when gear manufacturers try to be funny (or whatever) and release products with silly names? I was reading a thread earlier on here about a new synth the 'Manther'. Ugh. Just, don't. I also don't like the name PerFOURmer, and a few others I've seen, especially in the modular/stompbox worlds. Just makes the whole thing seem a bit tacky or cringey or something, i dunno, and i don't want tacky **** in my studio.

I like the old Roland, Korg, Yamaha ways of naming their products. SH-5, MS-20, TG33, etc. We're dealing with technical stuff here, let's have technical names.

Who's with me? And what's the stupidest named equipment you've come across?
Old 8th April 2017
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Slim Phatty. Must've been irresistibly amusing to Moog's marketing department at 3am one morning, but may not stand the test of time.

Like the synth though, but half tempted to put a bit of tape over the name.

Then again, there's Akai's recent predatory mammal obsession...
Old 8th April 2017
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Waldorf Strectfrett, because I can never remember how to spell that. Though anyone I misspell it to seems to know what I mean
Old 8th April 2017
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Slim Phatty. Must've been irresistibly amusing to Moog's marketing department at 3am one morning, but may not stand the test of time.

Like the synth though, but half tempted to put a bit of tape over the name..
Aaaah man yeah, the Slim Phatty. Forgot about that one, the absolute pits that is.
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Moog Rogue - not necessarily stupid but an odd name with a specific purpose. To make all my friends learn how to pronounce Moog.
Old 8th April 2017
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The "Manther" seemed to generate a lot of controversey on another thread.

For some reason I cannot wrap my brain and tongue around "Octatrack", it always comes out "Octacat"

"Minilogue" generated a lot of wordplay when it was announced, everything from "I'm making mini logs, lol" to "Miniloogie" to "Kylie Minilogue"

I have no idea why the MKS-30 also is called the "Planet-S". Pretty sure it's not for Saturn (to follow the Jupiters) because Roland already had the Saturn-09 (which, IMO is a brilliant synth/stringer name).

"Fizmo" would have been a cheesy name in the late 80's, never mind the late 90's. On the Ensoniq flip side (and other end of the timescale) "Mirage" is a brilliant name for a sampler.
Old 8th April 2017
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RME Micstasy
Old 8th April 2017
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RME Micstasy
Eeewww!
Old 8th April 2017
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RME Ladyface. To make it even worse, it was pink.
Moog Cluster Flux.
DSI MoPho.
Old 8th April 2017
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RME Ladyface. To make it even worse, it was pink.
I'm starting to regret making this thread now. Truly shocking. And sexist.
Old 8th April 2017
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Virus.

It's a terrible name for emails, google search etc. Especially old Viruses A, B, C. Real diseases appear first...
Old 8th April 2017
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Optigan always throws me off. I still don't really know how to say it.

I'm also kind of mad that Moog is pronounced Mogue. Only because it creates this hipster gulf between people in the know and average musicians visiting my studio. They all say "Wow you have a Mooog" then I feel like a jerk if I refer to it with the proper pronunciation. So I just call it a Mooog... then the hipster bassist pipes up for the first time all day and says "It's actually pronounced Mogue... I'm surprized you didn't know that" Ugh.

Of course anything Phatty or Phat. Glad I have a Sub 37. Blofeld?!?

I'm actually surprisingly ok with Deepmind 12. The Brutes are ok too. Although it's stupid that DrumBrute doesn't have a brute knob.
Old 8th April 2017
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This might be an unpopular opinion, but I'm completely turned off by the recent naming scheme of the Moog semi-modular synths. Mother 32? Brother From Another Mother? I just think those are just incredibly stupid names.

Deepmind deserves a dishonorable mention too...just sounds stupid to me. Some of the modular stuff has dumb names too.
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I'm actually surprisingly ok with Deepmind 12.
I'm not. What stupid pretentious name, the product no doubt of a shallow mind.
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I'm surprised 'Timbre Wolf' wasn't shot down immediately by the Marketing team. <Insert your timbre wolf joke here>
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Korg Mr Shifty was an odd choice for a synth name, didn't sell very well i believe.
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They only named it PerFourmer because Snow would be upset it was named Informer.
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Korg Mr Shifty was an odd choice for a synth name, didn't sell very well i believe.
Idgi?
Old 8th April 2017
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I realized I would never buy Uli's keyboard because I could never convince my wife that we needed to spend $1000 on something called a Deepmind 12. A close second goes to the Dave Smith Instruments Mother F****r X4.
Old 8th April 2017
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Beat Thang, there, I said it.
Old 8th April 2017
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Pro 2. Like the number 2. Poop.

Great synth. Crappy name.
Old 8th April 2017
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I just don't like the convention that Roland uses, J this, J that. SH this, SH that. Hard for a noob to keep it all straight. And then when they use actual names, they recycle names but in a way that is totally not appropriate, like Jupiter 8 and Jupiter 80. Implying that this big ass rompler is 10 times the synth as the 8. Get the fvck outta here.
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It's a terrible name for emails, google search etc.
Not a synth, but I'm mention the "Warm" brand name again!

But this is a synth, the Fatman...I'm a largish person, people look at it and then look at me!
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Jupiter-80. The final insult.
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Not synths, but it will be pretty much love it or hate it with Metasonix products:





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I'm not. What stupid pretentious name, the product no doubt of a shallow mind.
Uli's next synth is going to be geared towards electronic music for the adult film industry- The DeepThroat 12".
Old 8th April 2017
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Maschine.. Not necessarily how its spelled (although eh) but how its pronounced....

"Maschine-ah"
Old 8th April 2017
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Maschine.. Not necessarily how its spelled (although eh) but how its pronounced....

"Maschine-ah"
It's like the (proper) way to pronounce Porsche. You don't pronounce it "Porsch"!
Old 8th April 2017
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I'm never saying machine-Ah, porch-AH or Mogue. They should have spelled it properly to begin with. Sorry
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They should have spelled it properly to begin with. Sorry
It IS spelled correctly, in German:

Click here to translate the word MACHINE into German.

Anyway it looks cooler with the German spelling, at least to those who speak English...to me it looks like ordinary spelling if I was back in Germany!
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