re Canadian synths

From mikekent
Sent Fri, Sep 13th 1996, 08:40

>Well, that Quebec thread did serve a useful purpose.  It got me thinking
>about Canadian synth manufacturers.  Simply, anyone know ANYTHING about
>any such companies? ...
>Then there was Technosis, or whatever they were called, in Quebec.  For
>several years they placed ads in various publications for a digital unit
>they were developing, but it never actually hit the market.

Actually, the Technos did hit the market, it just hit very softly because
of it's high price. The number manufactured would be counted in dozens. I
played with one in about 1987?. I think the one I used belongs to a
technical college in Toronto. It's a very cool resynthesis machine based on
additive recreation of sampled sounds. It had some features way ahead of
it's time, and maybe way ahead of our present time. The computing power
necessary for that kind of synthesis was really expensive in those days, so
it had some limitations. It only had a floppy drive when it really needed a
hard disk. What it did accomplish was cool though. The owner of the company
moved to France, and last I heard he's still providing some level of
support and updates as of a couple of years ago. Okay, enough talk of this
digital synth.

I don't know of any analog synth makers in Canada. Except home brew or
custom jobs, etc. If Ric Miller gets going in quantities he could set some
records for Canadian analog synth builders.

Regards,
Mike.

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