Great thread, great stories, great people, even with a philosophic touch - I love it - especially since there are many more freaks like me.
What stroke me in my young days quite some time ago were cover photos of Jean-Michel Jarre or Richard Wright (Pink Floyd) sitting in front of of myriads of synths. “Wanna be like them …” was my thinking. Also one of Pink Floyd’s concerts stroke me (Animals tour) as it was my first encounter with 5.0 sound. Then I read on the cover of DSOTM “… Sound Engineer: Alan Parsons …”
My dream job had become that of a sound engineer. Didn’t quite work out. Drifted away into software and electronics.
Then got a 90 year old piano from my wife’s grandma. Taught myself playing the piano over (now) more than 20 years. During that, the kids grew up. My skills these days are OK to play stuff so that other people can recognize, what it is.
Tried to digitize my vinyl with CUbasis AV (or so) in the late nineties. All the recording, de-popping, de-noising de-everything was too much work for good results. Then old(er) music started appearing as remasters on CD and also MP3 started popping in.
These days, I got addicted to Immersive Audio (3D). Then Cubase came on board last year. Wanted to re-produce sound of the Floyds, Jarres, Kraftwerks, Zimmers, Parsons and transpose it into 3D-Audio space (decompose, re-mix and re-remaster).
Pulled a couple of old speakers, some old amps and an old midi keyboard together, shot some at Ebay, and connected them to the PC. “Damn, just a PC with soft-synths and Cubase plus some amps and speakers can make such monstrous sound”. During the 80s, this required rooms or stages full of expensive, sensitive and hard to use stuff.
On the side, I started to dive into the world of soft-synths. My advantage was, that I knew, what an oscillator, a filter, an envelope or FFT means to sound. But the overwhelming features and instrument styles and presets is tremendous these days. Endless.
However, while diving into all this digital stuff, I learned also what “analog” means to me. I feel more and more, that a good analog synth DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE over all digital equipment.
And I have a lot of respect for people capable to make great sound on such analog synth stuff in a live setup, especially on Doepfer kind of modular synth racks. There is no “Save As Preset” other than a plan scribbled down or taking a photo. Every gig is about some experimenting and finding new sound variants. It is an art by itself, which makes this world so interesting.
So long - and keep writing more such stuff. Makes these days a bit more colorful.