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In search of the largest of all synthesizers. Keyboard Synthesizers
Old 18th September 2011
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In search of the largest of all synthesizers.

Title says it all, I'm curious as to what the fattest non-modular synthesizer in the world is.

Analog or digital, it doesn't matter.

And please no opinion, only quantifiable measurements please.

If you could supply the measurements / dimensions (metric or US either one) along with your answer that would be swell!

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Old 18th September 2011
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My Memorymoog!!
Old 18th September 2011
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At 40" x 18" x 6" (which are the numbers I found on it) I'm not sure that it actually holds the crown of fattest ever.

Are you fairly sure of it?

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Old 18th September 2011
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Title says it all, I'm curious as to what the fattest non-modular synthesizer in the world is.
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Old 18th September 2011
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I'm seeing 36" x 15" x 3.5" for an ob-12, is the 16 any bigger?

If not it looks like the MemoryMoog has it beat by a few inches!



Oooh wait scratch that, the OB8 is actually 40" x 20" x 6"!

The MemoryMoog has been roned!!

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Oberheim Matrix 12
I couldn't find any dimensions on a quick search, would you happen to have one to measure?

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So you're saying size does matter?
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Title says it all, I'm curious as to what the fattest non-modular synthesizer in the world is.

Analog or digital, it doesn't matter.

And please no opinion, only quantifiable measurements please.

If you could supply the measurements / dimensions (metric or US either one) along with your answer that would be swell!

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What is that Yamaha beast that Keith Emerson had? Razor Blade has it GX-1.

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Big sound but I can think of loads of others synths I would want.
Old 18th September 2011
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Big sound but I can think of loads of others synths I would want.
It's not about the sound..it's about needing a forklift to move it.
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Wow, the ultimate champion has been found!!

Done deal!!


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For sheer RAW power based on just two VCOs and no unison tricks....my vote goes to:

Oberheim SEM. - The biggest bad ass full sounding mono synth I've ever used


For Mind blowing unison - memorymoog .... That sound can wreck speakers and is more aggressive than any other poly I've used.

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James Murphy has one at his studio, if you want to go try and lift it...
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Aha, sorry misunderstood. The measures/weight must without be the Yamaha GX 1.
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For sheer RAW power based on just two VCOs and no unison tricks....my vote goes to:

Oberheim SEM. - The biggest bad ass full sounding mono synth I've ever used


For Mind blowing unison - memorymoog .... That sound can wreck speakers and is more aggressive than any other poly I've used.

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I was referring to dimensions my friend!

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For sheer RAW power based on just two VCOs and no unison tricks....my vote goes to:

Oberheim SEM. - The biggest bad ass full sounding mono synth I've ever used


For Mind blowing unison - memorymoog .... That sound can wreck speakers and is more aggressive than any other poly I've used.

Beer
C'mon ...try and keep up....what does an SEM weight? maybe 14-20 lbs?

Not even close.

Sure you can bust a nut trying to lift a memorymoog too, but it still doesn't beat the GX1. We're talking close to half a ton without a road case. It's like a CS80 mounted to a golf cart.

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Dimension-wise, here are my contenders. (without chair or foot pedals)

Waldorf Wave 76 key version



Yamaha DX 1



Not heavy like GX1, for sure.
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It's not about the sound..it's about needing a forklift to move it.
LOL! I di not check out your link but did it have the story about the guy in England (?) who bought one? He had to have it moved to his house. A real nightmare. It was maybe Elton John's because he has probably bought everything. He wrote a whole saga about buy the beast.

An incredible machine but incredibly impractical.
Old 18th September 2011
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I'm seeing 36" x 15" x 3.5" for an ob-12, is the 8 any bigger?

Old 18th September 2011
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i thought the polymoog was bad.......that gx-1 is a monster!

I'm out.
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Dimension-wise, here are my contenders. (without chair or foot pedals)

Waldorf Wave 76 key version



Yamaha DX 1



Not heavy like GX1, for sure.
WOW! I think I saw that Waldorf or another biggie on their site. I want one.
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lolocaust
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C'mon ...try and keep up....what does an SEM weight? maybe 14-20 lbs?

Not even close.

Sure you can bust a nut trying to lift a memorymoog too, but it still doesn't beat the GX1. We're talking close to half a ton without a road case. It's like a CS80 mounted to a golf cart.

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LOL! I recall watching Vince Clarke in Synth Britania. He talked about riding the tube to do TV shows. Vince and Martin are not big guys while Fletch is. I think he said that Fletch had a MicroMoog, Martin some smaller Yamaha and Vince said he always had the biggest and heaviest.

In this example he pointed to the JP4 he lugged around. He was bitching about how heavy it was. The interviewer was stunned they carried them on the tube.


CS80 mounted on a golf cart.
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And here I thought you meant sonically!!
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Rhodes mark III ek-10




With its cab it might be a contender. It also can blow up PAL television sets. Which I've never heard of the GX doing.
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Holy ****ezies we may have a contender!!

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EMS Synthi 100 is definitely worth meantioning here...

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The Con Brio was not exactly small:

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How about the Hammond Novachord? Does that count?
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