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Poll Question: Which instrument name sounds better?
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    Posted: July 14 2017 at 04:02
Which word would make you want to listen to the music most?
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The popular "Moog synthesizer" goes into Synthesizer.

And I can't think of other competing options. Feel free to add them.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 14 2017 at 04:13
f**king 'tron !!!   Give me that cumbersome, difficult to organise primitive sampler. Nothing compares.
Love the Mini Moog, love organs (Hammond, Farfisa, Viscount....) and Wurlitzer Electric Piano. The rest can take a hike as far as I'm concerned.
Organ through a fuzz-box. Insane sound (thanks D.S.)
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I go harpsichord, nothing can beat an instrument with two midgets inside screaming random obscenities!! 
Classical music isn't dead, it's more alive than it's ever been. It's just not on MTV.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SteveG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 14 2017 at 04:23
The Mellotron, for sure. "A Mellotron is never in tune" according to Robert Fripp, and the stretching of the sampling tapes adds even more icy-ness to the mix. Rod Agent, in the current reformed Zombies, has used it sparingly on the band's last two albums, recorded in 2012 and 2015, and you can pin it out immediately. It's just a wonderful sound when accompanied with the right music.

Edited by SteveG - July 14 2017 at 09:44
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Depends really. I don't need mellotron with my Bob Dylan just like I'd find a moog synthesiser completely out of place on an old jazz record. I love all the above instruments in various dressings but chosing one over the other is very much dependant on the music at hand - the dude/gal playing it and my general mood of the day.
Let me putbit this way: play Cirrus Minor for me and I'll happily vote for organs afterwards. On the other hand if you put on some Tangerine Dream I'd more than likely show the synth some love. Listening to Herbie play the piano will also change my mind.
Conversely, if you get Mohammad Ali to jam on an electric hapsichord there's a good chance I'll be running for the hills.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ALotOfBottle Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 14 2017 at 04:35
Organ, with an implication that it's a Farfisa (or other squeaky, cheesy combo organ) or Dave Stewart grinding his Hammond L-122 through a fuzz-box.
EDIT: Also voted for Mellotron after realising you can vote multiple times. I love synths, too. And electric pianos.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 14 2017 at 04:39
Quoting Fripp - " Tuning a Mellotron doesn't ".
And watching on the toob the technical demands of working the 'tron, (Lars Froislie) - man, what a labour of love.......
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Nothing beats Keith Emerson going full pelt with the Moog!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Manuel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 14 2017 at 06:55
It does not make a difference. As long as the music is good, and the instruments are well played and orchestrated properly, I could care less if it's a Hammond organ, a piano, harpsichord, or any other keyboard instrument. 
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^ doesn't 'orchestrated properly' imply that an appropriate texture has been used to enhance a particular  musical idea? e.g. Tarkus would suck on an Accordion or StylophoneConfused
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I find both Synthesizer & Mellotron to be magical words promising lands of prog experimentation so gave both a vote Wink
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 14 2017 at 10:10
synth over organ 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 14 2017 at 11:01
Which instrument name sounds better... Really...?
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Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

Love the Mini Moog, love organs (Hammond, Farfisa, Viscount....) and Wurlitzer Electric Piano. The rest can take a hike as far as I'm concerned. 
 
Pssst... Wink
 
Roger Powell – Cosmic Furnace (1973, Atlantic Records)

All sounds on this album are created on ARP synthesizers*, programmed by Roger Powell, except for electric clavichord, electric and acoustic pianos.
 
*ARP 2600
*ARP 2500: Percussion and complex filtering
*ARP Soloist: Strings
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Mellotron.
A GREAT YEAR FOR PROG!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mechanicalflattery Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 14 2017 at 15:14
All can be excellent, but if I had to live with only one, it'd definitely be piano. Artificial sounds can become dated; natural sounds never age. 

That being said, I have no real idea what the OP is asking, so I'm abstaining.


Edited by mechanicalflattery - July 14 2017 at 15:15
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Synthesizer
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 14 2017 at 20:29
Originally posted by verslibre verslibre wrote:

Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

Love the Mini Moog, love organs (Hammond, Farfisa, Viscount....) and Wurlitzer Electric Piano. The rest can take a hike as far as I'm concerned. 

 
Pssst... Wink
 
Roger Powell – Cosmic Furnace (1973, Atlantic Records)

All
sounds on this album are created on ARP synthesizers*, programmed by
Roger Powell, except for electric clavichord, electric and acoustic
pianos.
 
*ARP 2600
*ARP 2500: Percussion and complex filtering
*ARP Soloist: Strings
I have this album - even signed by Roger himself. Great album. When I said " take a hike " it was a ''so to speak' comment, not that I meant it literally. I love the EMS Synth as well.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SteveG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 15 2017 at 03:47

If you can't hack the laborious effort to play a Mellotron, there's always the digital remake called the Memotron by Manikin. It's just as icy and warped sounding as the analogue original.



Edited by SteveG - July 15 2017 at 03:48
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