MATRIXSYNTH: 1984-Vintage-360-SYSTEMS-DIGITAL KEYBOARD-SYNTHESIZER

Friday, July 29, 2016

1984-Vintage-360-SYSTEMS-DIGITAL KEYBOARD-SYNTHESIZER


via this auction

"This is the 360 Systems Digital Keyboard Polyphonic Synthesizer from 1984 with custom flight case. It is FULLY OPERATIOAL LESS SOME ATTENTION OUTLINED BELOW.

It is in excellent condition as you can see in the photographs but is in need of new capacitors (which are readily available and cost just pennies a piece and minor adjustments. The price of the of all the replacement parts will be well under $50 with the repair costs will be in the labor involved in replacing the capacitors. If you are handy with soldering this is a phenomenal deal for the right person. It has glorious patches. More sounds than the original unit. It does pass audio but sound is often intermittent. A tech recently quoted me $75 per hour to replace the capacitors and estimated about 5-6 hours of work. There are no missing parts and the unit is complete and worked just great when used several years ago. IT HAS BEEN CAREFULLY STORED IN ITS CASE FOR SEVERAL YEARS in a secure smoke free pet free environment.

The 360 Systems Keyboard was used in recording studios in Los Angeles and NYC in the mid 80s and can be found in many popular recordings. Besides the Mellotron-esque strings and flutes, the unit has Bosendorfer Grand piano, vibraphone, two different guitars, fretless bass, slap bass, various brass and woodwinds like trumpet, saxophone, bassoon, clarinet and other original stock sounds. It also includes the rare 16 piece string orchestra chip that cost $860 itself. Each sampled sound has its own integrated circuit chip that plugs into ziff sockets on one of the three (3) internal PC boards. BTW, the keyboard can be split so you can have two sounds on different keys at the same time, one on the left/right with an adjustable threshold. You can also combine two sounds at the same time on all the keys in unison. When using the double effect the unit is much more sensitive. The keyboard is polyphonic.

VERY RARE. Less than 200 were produced between 1982-84. It is known as THE FIRST to feature sampled sounds on IC chips. I have been the sole owner of this unit and took great care to maintain its operation and condition. Originally cost $6000 with the custom case. MIDI In/Out.

Buyer to pay actual shipping based on carrier selected. Unit and case is about 100 lbs."

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