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  • Would anyone ever start their own analog synth company?

    I'm wondering if any sound designers and engineers on here have thought about it. I'll tell you there is such a resurgence in analog, it would be neat to start seeing "boutique" synths, they same way "boutique" amps and guitars made their way into the marketplace in the late 80's early 90's.

    And yes there are a ton of software synths and samplers out there, but there is something just so magical about a real instrument that can exist outside of the computer mainframe. There are indeed some very creative people who are not using computers for their writing. Now the pragmatic and the practical... yes computers (recording/mixing/mastering platform) alrighty then! No argument there!

    Finally, the whole thing about it being too expensive and not worth it is just a cop out argument in my opinion. It's like a bullying gesture that just seeks to "tow the high tech, PC/MAC party line" in favor of more and more and more and yet more software, because it would be "sacrilege" not to do so. It sounds like complacency to me or maybe too much too lose when you are glued to a computer for everything else? And who says technology has too exist to serve the ever dominating, holier than thou, computer? So many people must use a computer for 90% of what they do, ya think it might be nice to treat the last 10% to something a little more fun and interesting?

    It's like the way people used to say that organic was too expensive and now the prices on organic is far lower (yes still higher than the average) but lower due to the increasing demand for it. What about the budget analogs of the 80's. They made them then, so why not now? And back then they were made in Japan, probably a hell of alot more expensive to manufacture then what's coming out of China.

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    Yes! I even tried to move one of my friends, a lazy yawning person, in that direction. He is good in electronics. But he is bad in working habits. I have a vision about it, really.
    I am not an engineer, but all my gears would be with minimum 32 polyphony, 16 parts multitimbral and DAW enabled. They might even have sort of MC Roland sequencer,... OK, I will stop now, maybe someone will steal my idea and get rich :cop:

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    • #3
      This guy did




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      • #4
        Nice, glad to hear it. Thanks for joining the thread. By the way, while I may have come across bashing computers, I'm really not...I personally think that we need to develop a "breathing room" aesthetic. Yes, DAW enabled modern analog synths!, Yes, USB.....yes, yes, yes! Two independent creatures can exist side by side and enhance, draw out the strengths in each. Andromeda's are shipping again according to another thread. The intereset here is very real. For the first time in my life, I saw a Juno 60 going for $900 on ebay. More and more, musicians simply want real analog in their arsenal? More new analogs = price drop in vintage synths, if they can equal or surpass them, as the few that have been released post late 90's have shown.

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        • #5
          I'm wondering if any sound designers and engineers on here have thought about it. I'll tell you there is such a resurgence in analog, it would be neat to start seeing "boutique" synths, they same way "boutique" amps and guitars made their way into the marketplace in the late 80's early 90's.


          Hmm....

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          • #6
            Hi soundwave, good to see you on the thread!

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            • #7
              Buy this software ( http://www.cadsoft.de/ ) and spend about two months to be proficient at it. Spend another six months to a year designing the circuit and spec'ing out the parts and chassis. If you have stayed off HC and worked really hard it should now be time to start production.

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              • #8
                That's my plan, eventually anyway.
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                • #9
                  Spend another six months to a year designing the circuit and spec'ing out the parts and chassis. If you have stayed off HC and worked really hard it should now be time to start production.


                  Hope you have a marketing plan, and a warehouse or storage of some sort, and some basic accounting and ERP software, and a distribution network, and lot's of working capital, and a place to assemble and test, and someone to answer the phones to take orders, and run the web site, and answer customer complaints, and....and.....and.....
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                  • #10
                    Tom bugs is a one man synth company

                    I think he is a good example of how to start small
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                    • #11
                      I think he is a good example of how to start small
                      That's a good example of how not to make your synths look.

                      What's funny is half or more of the people that want analog don't even know how it's different from a digital synth. All they know is that so-and-so said analog is better or cool.

                      Running a sucessfull business is 80% running the business and 20% or less the product.
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                      • #12
                        Running a sucessfull business is 80% running the business and 20% or less the product.


                        This is what I call the Gil Amelio Business School. :lol:

                        Sorry pal, this fallacy you just threw in here, got debunked generations ago.
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                        • #13
                          Hope you have a marketing plan, and a warehouse or storage of some sort, and some basic accounting and ERP software, and a distribution network, and lot's of working capital, and a place to assemble and test, and someone to answer the phones to take orders, and run the web site, and answer customer complaints, and....and.....and.....


                          You have to have a product to sell first and the confidence to market it. A market plan is always a must with the capital being next. If your capital is low then start a small company. If you have an idea it is better to start somewhere then not at all. And yes I practice what I preach. :thu:

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                          • #14
                            Yeah, I would love to do something like this. Actually what I want to do is start an organization for open-source synthesizer projects. I think it would be great for the dedicated enthusiast to be able to have input in the design process, and also to future-proof designs so that conceivably they can live on indefinitely. I have no idea how to make that profitable, though.

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                            • #15
                              and someone to answer the phones to take orders, and run the web site, and answer customer complaints, and....and.....and.....


                              Analogue solutions is a good example of how not to do that. Doesn't answer the phone, doesn't respond to emails, lost my order for an oberkorn a while back.
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