We are putting together some audio for a movie soundtrack.
So Paul and I are experimenting with the Korg PS 3100 today.
What's not to love about this lumbering beast of a machine.
The resonator (3 band pass filters) still astonishes me with its richness.
I really should play this more often.
The PS 3100 came out in 1977 and was one of the original polyphonic synths. Moog had the Polymoog, Yamaha had the CS80, and Oberheim had their SEM-based two voice, four voice and eight-voice machines.
The PS 3100 has only one VCO per voice.This sounds on paper to be a bit weak, but when you can play 48 VCOs at once this isn't really a problem in my opinion. In addition, Korg added the "Ensemble" setting which is like a chorus. This really thickens up the sound.
This is a old video of mine:
Apart from the resonators and ensemble another really special quirk are the envelope generators.
We have the usual ADS (attack,decay,sustain) knobs, but instead of a knob for R (release) we have some switches.