It is time, finally, to repair my Sequential Circuits Pro One synthesizer! Back in “the day” when I was picking up analog gear like it was trash to the new “digital synth craze” I was able to procure this for $35 (it was DOA). I have purchased 2 CPU chips over the years but they were DOA as well. Finally, I ran across this new Turbo-CPU chip from Music Technologies Group. I have yet to install the MIDI part, but the SCI is working like new!
What a great piece of gear; I HIGHLY recommend MTG and appreciate his passion for keeping old synths alive!
Getting ready to replace the chip:
Before/After of the CPU:
The Pro One after it was 100% working!!!
Some cool etchings on the board! Anyone know what the bottom one says?
Here is a quick drone track I did immediately after it was working. The first time this machine has talked in at least 20 years! Sequentialstein by davealex
I’ve been going through a big box of random cassette tapes from my formative years and pulling out great mix tapes and every now and then I re-discover an early track that I wrote. Here are several tracks that nearly got lost in time!
Here is a compilation of oldies but goodies (especially if you like the mid-90s electronic music sound)…
First is a track that I wrote with my first band partner, Thane Barrett, who I met while working at KUCB Radio. Thane had (has?) an amazing analog synthesizer collection and we definitely utilized it for this track. The track took 4 months and 10 versions to finish and it was the last thing that we did together. I’m pretty proud of this track as it was probably my 3rd or 4th track; but definitely the first one that was produced this well! Circa-1994.
The second track here is a trance ditty I wrote in 1994. This used Drummer 2.0 software which I loved as it allowed me to create and arrange patterns and songs quickly. Probably had the Roland Juno 106, R-8 and Oberheim Matrix (6 or 1000?). Not sure of the effects…Ensoniq DP-4?
The third track here was a project we called Statik (again Thane and I) as we constructed this track in the newly acquired high-tech equipment at the KUCB radio production studio. The one and only time I ever used Protools! Recorded with an Oberheim OB-1 with the Roland TR-606 running through the external filter input. Included are samples from our sample library (NASA stuff) on the first available Technics SL-P1200 DJ CD deck. Great vintage equipment!
Another track I found lost in a long forgotten folder in the archive…title says it all. Trying the HTML5 player for Soundcloud so let me know if you have problems with it!