Showing posts with label Skyline. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Skyline. Show all posts

Saturday, December 02, 2023

Skyline Forty Nine P Synth SN 17971

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"This is an absolute rarity !! This keyboard is very, very hard to find.

Extremely clean - the surface, all the keys, the switches. The real wood is still beautifully preserved, the sheet-music stand is intact with very minor scratches and the metal work is fantastic condition.

Everything works perfectly (apart from one key that works beautifully once the keyboard has warmed up!).

All sections have their own volume control and I have video of the various sections working (will provide upon request).

The automatic accompaniment-system can also be operated without the acoustic

signals being switched on acoustically. The bass sequencing will still change with the

selected rhythm - this results in quite interesting sequences ! I believe it has a memory function you only need to tap a bass-key, then it is automatically held (this also works without the automatic accompaniment). Of course, the respective rhythms can also be switched acoustically.

The keyboard has a built-in loudspeaker (at the bottom) - this works also perfectly (without distortion). On the back there is a line-out socket for an external amplifier and an output for a pedal (pedal not included).

It does have the original carry case which has no rips or tears.

Dimensions - About 82 cm wide x 19 cm high x 40 cm deep.

Weight - About 12,7 Kg."

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Skyline Pioanotronic 61

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Controls for Tune, Bass, Pianos, Piano, Clavichord, Timbre, Phase, Phase Rate, Phase Reactance, Output Level..

"If you've never heard one, here's a nice description: 'piano sounds like a square wave mixed with a sawtooth, the clavichord is a pulse wave, and the bass is a square wave, very short and percussive and electronic sounding. Best sound....piano mixed with clav with phase on - instant Kraftwerk,'"

Note this is the first post to feature the Pioanotronic 61.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Skyline Forty-Nine P does Mozart (Adagio in C)

Published on Mar 3, 2019 Kris Lennox

I beleive this is the first demo of the Skyline Forty-Nine P on the site. The only other post is this recent auction listing. This is likely the first time many of us are hearing one.

"Not too long ago I picked up this old synth/organ. It wasn't working at all, so I've spent a little time on it/brought it back to life. Great to hear it. I put up an article a few weeks back with photos of the innards (plus manual/schematics etc) - link here -

Reverb was added post.

To the piece: Mozart's KV356 for Glass Harmonica - an instrument invented by Mr. Benjamin Franklin. Have a look on YT and you'll find a live performance of someone playing this piece on Glass Harmonica. Beautiful sound.

The range of the Glass Harmonica is ideal for the synth. Also, being Mozart, there are sections where one can quite easily imagine a different tone (this is common with his piano works, and he often instructed his students to imagine certain parts belonging to certain instruments). I'm utilising the sense of difference within the piece to harness a small selection of tones from the Skyline.

The Skyline can sound very synth-like (i.e when the vibrato & sustain are on) - I'll upload something more 'synth-y' in the near future. Interestingly, it is Farfisa chips under the hood.

I enjoy playing these kind of instruments: no concerns RE voice limits/note stealing. They are also good for technique i.e finger-swapping to maintain a good legato (far less forgiving than piano).

PS I had a look on IMSLP at the Glass Harmonica repertoire: it is quite small, but there are a few sets. I'll maybe take a full set and record it on the Skyline. It would be a very nice way of not only expanding repertoire awareness for any curious listeners, but also giving the Skyline a notable recorded repertoire.

All best (more on this instrument soon)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Skyline Forty Nine P Synth/Organ Teardown

You can find the full teardown on Kris Lennox's Music, Arts & Culture here. Also see the Skyline label below for additional posts here on MATRIXSYNTH.

"I recently picked up a Skyline Forty-Nine P. More of an electric organ than a synth, but worth a look nonetheless.

Presently it isn't working, but it should be back to full health soon. Once working, I'll upload a selection of pieces/performances to YouTube.

Numerous photos below of the innards (plus the service manual).

A stand was also included, but I haven't taken photos of it.

The instrument is quite big - I haven't measured it yet, but it looks almost exactly the same size as the Matrixbrute. Being 49-key, the size is going to be similar - but the main panel (metal) is bigger than I imagined it would be."

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Skyline Patch, Generating Melodies from LFO Square Waves

Published on Feb 15, 2014 jdanielcramer·6 videos

"Demonstration of a modular synth patch in which several slow square waves are used to create an ever cycling stepped skyline shaped modulation source for generating melody lines. Video features a blue-box guest appearance and of course everyone's favourite Yuletide pugilist."

Saturday, September 01, 2012


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YouTube Uploaded by Jetstar93ebay on May 22, 2011

"Playing polyphony on the Skyline Fortynine P analogue synthesizer.

I played 10 keys and could hear them but didn't have a camera tripod to hold camera, sorry!"

this auction

Note this is not the physical unit in the video above.

This is the first Skyline post. I'm curious if this has a strings and other sections.

Update: it appears this is a re-branded Hohner Little Lady. Thanks goes to David L for writing in to let us know!

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