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    ARE YOU UP TO A REAL CHALLENGE?

    I have a mystery that needs solving. There are 2 solutions. I was a big deadhead in my highschool years and love the sound that Brent Mydland used to get when he played with the Grateful dead in the early to mid 80s. It\'s an electric piano sound with a certain digital zing to it. Here\'s an mp3 example:

    http://homepage.mac.com/nickphoenix/FileSharing2.html

    solution #1: the exact keyboard/samples/program he used

    solution #2: someone recreates this sound somehow.

    I am willing to pay well for this. I have asked everyone I know that was close to the band, but nobody knows. Brent is dead and I don\'t know the rest of the remaining members personally, so I\'m stuck. Anyone have any ideas?

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    Re: ARE YOU UP TO A REAL CHALLENGE?

    This can only be the Rhodes Chroma which saw the light in 1981.


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    Re: ARE YOU UP TO A REAL CHALLENGE?

    ooooh.

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    Re: ARE YOU UP TO A REAL CHALLENGE?

    Actaully Nick, to me, it sounds like famous patch from a Korg DW6000 or DW8000 Synth, can\'t remember which. But these came out in the mid-80\'s as I recall, so it might not fit the time frame.

    Try Looking here...great resource...

    Vintage Synths

    They have the Chroma and Chroma Polaris there as well.

    But that digital ring leads me to believe that it is, in fact, a DW6000 or 8000 as the Chroma is an analog synth whereas the Korg DW\'s were analog/digital hybrids. It could also be a Yamaha DX-7. I hope not, I know he used one at one point (around 1983 on). Ick

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    Re: ARE YOU UP TO A REAL CHALLENGE?

    Brian,
    Thanks. I\'ll check it out. The Chroma was also a hybrid. It\'s not the DX7. I heard the sound in 1981. Oh and thanks for the compliments on the guitar library. I don\'t deserve it.

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    Re: ARE YOU UP TO A REAL CHALLENGE?

    Hey Alex,
    Why do you think it\'s the Chroma? I think you\'re right, but I\'m not sure.

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    Re: ARE YOU UP TO A REAL CHALLENGE?

    Here\'s more about Chroma:

    Chroma Site

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    Re: ARE YOU UP TO A REAL CHALLENGE?

    Maybe this could help. I searched Google for photos.

    pic 1

    pic 2

    I cant tell when those photos were taken, but he was only keyboard player from around the time you mention right? So, those very well could be the boards he used to produce those sounds, but I also can\'t tell what those boards are, or the little boxes on top of the keys.

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    Re: ARE YOU UP TO A REAL CHALLENGE?

    Hmmm, it might not be the Chroma after all. The first Chroma (see picture above)which ARP build in 1981 never went into production. I thought, since I once heard the Chroma doing digital sounding things too, that it stood a good chance of being the mysterious synth. Another company, who bought the \'Rhodes\' rights, took over the Chroma concept and brought it to market in 1982.

    Forgive me.

    This is really getting stranger by the minute. What synth produced FM pianos two years before the DX-7 came out?

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    Re: ARE YOU UP TO A REAL CHALLENGE?

    yup, and the Polaris didn\'t hit \'til 84.

    Ya gotta love those Cira\' 1980\'s brochures..lol:

    \"THE WORLD IS ABOUT TO CHANGE>>>\"...hehe

    \"A WHOPPING SIX VOICES OF POLYPHONY!\" etc.... (my old Korg Polysix)


    Whatever it is..its gotta be on the vintage site link I posted.

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