Re: System 100M / other modular

From michal mcelhany
Sent Thu, Mar 16th 1995, 18:19

On Thu, 16 Mar 1995, fEEd wrote:

> On Thu, 16 Mar 1995 05:12:40 -0800, 
> Michael Winton  < > wrote:
> >I was killing some time today at the local bookstore and was browsing
> >through some books on vintage synths--found a nice picture of a Roland
> >System 100M.  I'm curious if these creatures are totally extinct, and if
> >not where (please don't laugh) and for how much I might find one...
> >
> >Has anybody on the list played with one (I assume so, but...)?  What are
> >your impressions?  Can you recommend any other modular pieces that are
> >somewhat affordable (I can't afford an Arp 2600...)?
> Well, the 100m is very nice, but not really very affordable either. ;>  The 
> eml101 is a quasi-modular (patches AND knobs) that can usually be found at a 
> decent rate.  
> My advice to all you people who are hoping to get a 2600 is to buy an 
> odyssey and get the mods done to it that Tom M. recently posted about.  I 
> just had this done and now my black\gold odyssey:
> -Has ~40 patch points (mostly the same as a 2600)
> -Has the original ARP moog-like filter
> -Has switchable free-run\triggerable LFOs
> -Has switchable double speed\normal ENV
> -Has a much cleaner VCA
> You can pick up the black\orange or black\gold odysseys for quite cheap 
> (I got mine for basically free!) and spend $300 on them to get the moded.  
> Overall you would most likely spend about 1/2 as much as a 2600 and get all 
> the functionality plus (to my ears) a better filter.  BTW, these mods can 
> also be done to an Avatar.  I am not syaing that this totally replaces the 
> 2600, but it IS a good cheap way to get a VERY patchable synth.
> BTW, I saw a new Matthew Sweet video last night where some guy was tweekin a 
> 100m.  Of course all you coudl hear was jangly guitar.  I think i am gonna 
> be sick.
    The ARP 2600 is an institution and will never be replaced.> 
> Rob 
>        fEEd/>tEMpESt<\mAnNA/>BPS<>
>       (under construction)
>   "FILTER MAINTENANCE- After every 100 hours of operation apply a sine wave  
>   to the output of the FILTER to back flush the trapped overtones to unclog 
>   your filter."                                            - EML 101 Manual