MATRIXSYNTH: Mystery Vintage Drum Machine Spotted in "What We Started" Documentary

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Mystery Vintage Drum Machine Spotted in "What We Started" Documentary

Update: video added above.

This one was spotted by @DyLAB

It comes in at 11:36 in "What We Started" on Netflix. Cool documentary with tons of synth spotting BTW.

Anyone know what it is? I thought it might be a mixer but in the film you can see the LEDs moving left to right as in a sequencer.

As some of you know Moby was a huge collector of drum machine. He sold them off in 2018. I captured them here. What's pictured to the left here isn't in that post. If you know what it is, leave a comment.

Update: and it's an ETA Stage Lighting System 1234 controller. Thanks to those that left a comment.

Some pics and details via this auction

"Professional lighting system comes with 8 channel 4 scene ETA Stage Lighting System 1234 controller with ETA 1235 remote footswitch stage controller. Two Model 1250 600 watt dimmer packs, two tripod stands and light bars, 8 PAR 56 light cans with slides and gels, cables and chords Controller can be used by sound board with 50 ft snake to stage remote override. All channels can be individually dimmed. Controlller has both scene and channel chase features, fade to black. Channel and scene chase can be triggered remotely with an input from a sound board."


  1. Looks like a mixer and not a drum machine

  2. watch it in action -

  3. I suspect this is a disco light controller. The LEDs look very much like they are doing something sequential drawing away from the idea it is an 8chan mixer.

  4. Yeah, I'm thinking it's a DMX lighting controller... esp the way the user is "playing" it.

  5. I am surprised, but delighted to find out that a MIDI keyboard I made in 2010, cased in an Atari ST case, was used to make Chicago House in the 80's :)
    The sequence from here
    (10:13) shows examples of eight pieces of music equipment they suggest was used to make Chicago House at the time.
    - Oberheim DMX, Drum machine, 1981
    - MIDI keyboard in an Atari ST case, 2010
    - E-mu SP-1200, Sampler, 1987
    - Behringer XENYX XL2400, Analog mixer, 2009
    - Alesis Nanoverb 2, Digital effects processor, 2011
    - IBM PC, Desktop Computer, 1981
    - Yamaha QX-5, MIDI sequencer, 1986
    - Moog Prodigy, monophonic analogue synthesizer, 1979

    Very odd selection, but proof of time travel

  6. Here it is!

  7. Thanks for updating this little mystery. Fascinating stuff!


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