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In search of the largest of all synthesizers. Keyboard Synthesizers
Old 18th September 2011
  #31
The Telharmonium

Some quotes from the wiki page:

"[...] the Telharmonium used tonewheels to generate musical sounds as electrical signals by additive synthesis."

"The Mark II version weighed almost 200 tons."






200 tons is pretty damn fat.
Old 18th September 2011
  #32
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1.98892 × 10^30 kilograms is phat. Takes some post-processing but a synth nonetheless.

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Old 18th September 2011
  #33
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One big fat vote for the Rhodes Chroma. Can't believe no one has mentioned it yet.
Old 18th September 2011
  #34
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One big fat vote for the Rhodes Chroma. Can't believe no one has mentioned it yet.
I have a Chroma and while it might be fairly heavy its nowhere even remotely near as big as some of those that have turned up so far here!



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Old 18th September 2011
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The Con Brio was not exactly small:


Yeah I was gonna say the Con Brio is phatter than the GX-1 for sure. Look at those side panels....umm can you even call those side panels???!!!????
Old 19th September 2011
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I have a Chroma and while it might be fairly heavy its nowhere even remotely near as big as some of those that have turned up so far here!



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It seems we are talking actual size here...? I was thinking sound.....
Old 19th September 2011
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Not for height, but depth-wise the Korg DSS-1, Kurzweil k250 and K2500 are surely contenders.
Old 22nd September 2011
  #38
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Some patches are simply beautiful
Old 22nd September 2011
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200 tons.. for an electromechanical synth..ok..that must be the largest..

the largest i ever had was a Prophet 10. In reality it appears bigger than on the photos. Soundwise its also way bigger than a prophet 5 thanks to an inbuild 3 band eq capable of 20 db boosts and interesting voice assigning modes...

Old 22nd September 2011
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since we're talking about giant monolithic things, how bout the electronium?



but i think the gx-1 is probably the winner, in terms of being the largest "keyboard synth"
Old 22nd September 2011
  #41
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Wow!
Old 22nd September 2011
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EMS Synthi 100 is definitely worth meantioning here...

Also very wow!
Old 22nd September 2011
  #43
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The Synthi 100 is huge but it's a modular synth. The OP asked for the largest non-modular synthesizer in the world.
Old 22nd September 2011
  #44
(Already mentioned) Oberheim EVS

EDIT: Funny, I was just about to post the same picture as the one below.
Old 22nd September 2011
  #45
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The Oberheim 8-voice dual manual polyphonic synth is one heck of a huge beast too:



This particular instrument was once owned by Patrick Moraz. Another famous user of this beast was Peter Wolf of Frank Zappa band.
Only six units were built (incl. a black one) so it's even rarer than the GX-1.
Old 22nd September 2011
  #46
Don't forget about this old beauty...Synclavier systems can get huge! Fairlight too.

Old 23rd September 2011
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The Oberheim 8-voice dual manual polyphonic synth is one heck of a huge beast too:



This particular instrument was once owned by Patrick Moraz. Another famous user of this beast was Peter Wolf of Frank Zappa band.
Only six units were built (incl. a black one) so it's even rarer than the GX-1.
Holy crap that thing is morbidly obese (in both sense of 'fat').
Old 23rd September 2011
  #48
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The telharmonium. It weighted like 200 tons. Biggest ever
Old 23rd September 2011
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The telharmonium. It weighted like 200 tons. Biggest ever
just the question whether it really qualifies as a syntheziser. Seems to be rather the predecessor of the hammond which is an organ..

question..are organs additive sythezisers?

see this wurlitzer theater organ that even can produce all kind of sound fx.. just.. they are triggered electromechanical sound events. not really synthezised. But in a total such a wurlitzer trys to simulate / "synthezise" a complete orchestra.. With mechanical tricks.





Is tonewheel soundgeneration electronic?

I actually would say organs dont meet the request really..


But than..what is this ? the yamaha Gx-1

An organ with synth sound engine?




Sofar i see the Oberheim as the winner of the contest here ;-)
Old 23rd September 2011
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The GX-1 is much wider than the big Obie though.

The dual-manual Oberheim 8-voice was custom built to Patrick Moraz' specifications to use during the recording of YES' Going For The One in Montreux. Patrick ordered it in the fall of 1975 and it took a year-and-a-half for it to be delivered. It arrived two weeks before he exited Yes, so he wasn't able to use it on that recording. However, he did make good use of this beast on his solo albums "Out In the Sun" (rec. feb/march 1977), Patrick Moraz III (1978) and Future memories Live On TV (1979). You can see him playing the 8-voice in the Future memories DVD. He also had a 4-voice which he controlled from a Clavitar.
Old 23rd September 2011
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No contest!!!
Old 26th September 2011
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May not be the largest but T.O.N.T.O. surely ranks up there....

Synthmuseum.com - T.O.N.T.O.
Old 27th September 2011
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Wow, the ultimate champion has been found!!

Done deal!!

Yamaha GX1 Synthesizer, Part 1


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Stevie Wonder is well known for having more keyboards than anyone else. This applied just as much to the Yamaha GX1, which he used extensively on Songs In The Key Of Life (check out the strings on 'Village Ghettoland'). Keith Emerson had a GX1, Rick Van Der Linden (brother of Focus drummer Pierre) had a GX1, so of course Stevie Wonder had to have... two GX1s.

This also meant that he was able to keep one working longer than most people. By the mid-'80s, however, he had so many new and exciting keyboards (not to mention the Synclavier and Waveframe) that he was no longer using the one he still kept at his Wonderland Studios near Downtown LA, and space for all this gear was getting tight. Stevie's equipment manager Mick, a Londoner who had joined Stevie's team in the '60s on a British tour and never left, decided that he would get the GX1 moved up to Stevie's storage warehouse in North Hollywood in the San Fernando Valley (north of the Hollywood sign). One day, other things were being moved around, and there was a big truck hanging around in the Wonderland car park, so he got the fork-lift truck kept for moving the GX1 around (a task which otherwise took half a dozen roadies), scooped it up, and disappeared out of the double doors that led into the car park.

Nothing more was heard from Mick for over an hour, until the phone at Wonderland rang. It was the Los Angeles Police Department, wanting to confirm Mick's identity and his claim that he worked for Stevie Wonder. Apparently, Mick had got the GX1 out into the car park on the fork-lift, but failed to find the driver of the truck to load it on. After waiting a few minutes, he decided that the GX1 was so stable on the fork-lift that he didn't need the truck. He turned the fork-lift left out of the car park onto Western Ave and headed up the street till he reached the 101 Freeway. He then turned North on 101 and headed through the pass in the hills -- which was where he had been stopped by the LAPD, doing five miles an hour on the hard shoulder with the GX1. Lord only knows how many traffic laws he had broken, but once it was established that he really did work for Stevie, the Wonder name worked its usual magic and Mick was given an escort the remaining mile or two to the warehouse. Paul Wiffen
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