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Hello all, long time synthesist, but new to Technics approach to synthesis. I'm hoping to pick us a WSA1R this weekend and discovered this site in my research. Glad to see there's a small but dedicated group here. I've got a decent amount of hardware,…

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recycledcity

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Hello all, long time synthesist, but new to Technics approach to synthesis. I'm hoping to pick us a WSA1R this weekend and discovered this site in my research. Glad to see there's a small but dedicated group here.

I've got a decent amount of hardware, and use a hybrid approach of Ableton Live, various Elektron gear, and eurorack modular, along with various other bits and bobs (love DSI, old Kawai synths, Yamaha FM, old analog...), with a focus on IDM and ambient music. The WSA1R appeals to me because it has such a unique character, and I'm looking forward to going through the manuals and learning about this little beastie. Anyhow, glad to be here and hopefully discover the WSA1R soon!

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Posted on August 31, 2016 at 5:35 PM
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Re: Another New Member

Hi, good to see you here. I especially like to see 'synth-savvy' guys join because my experience with synths is very limited. In fact, when I started the site I didn't have a WSA1 either and it took a long time to get one. So, I'm always listening to you guys to help me learn how to use it (not that I get much time!).

Eventually I've gathered three WSA1s, all keyboard models. One was in mint condition and my son has that one (he's in Uni doing Sound Design) and two were in very poor condition. I've had those repaired using components from other Technics keyboards. I have one myself and one has gone to our 'Supermember' JD5live who helps tirelessly with all of the websites.

We're currently developing a new sound librarian for WSA1 and in the future we'll be making a sound editor. These are long-term projects though as you can imagine. Right now, we're reverse engineering the file types.

You can go to the top level of the forum and click the 'monitor' link if you wish to be notified of all posts in this forum. I hope that's working because I've had some issues with it, let me know if it's not.

I'm hoping to see some 'synth chat' going on in here and for the time being I'll just apologise as I won't be able to join in until my skills improve (but am a quick learner). On top of the day job I'm spread pretty thin trying to support all of the Technics models on the various websites (you can access all websites from the Members area, we have unified membership so you can use the same login details on every site).

I've upgraded you to a Verified WSA1 Member so you'll be able to download the additional content such as the high-resolution manuals and Technical guide. This manual checking of all Members is just so that we aren't spammed here.

Hope you get your WSA1R soon!
Mike

Posted on September 1, 2016 at 12:39 AM

recycledcity

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Re: Another New Member

Hi Mike, and thanks for the warm welcome! As someone with a real passion for sound design the WSA1R really caught my interest because it seems quite capable of making sounds like nothing else out there. I've worked a little with physical modeling in Ableton Live and the PM machines on the Machinedrum, but the WSA1R seems like it can go much, much deeper. I'll be sure to share any little secrets I discover after I get it! A sound editor and librarian at some point would be fantastic as well, and I'd be happy to contribute in any way. I've read that the sysex is a little wonky, so I imagine an editor might be tricky.

Thanks for upgrading me so quickly too as I'm eager to consume as much info about this synth as I can before I get it, hopefully this weekend. I clicked on the monitoring option so I'll make sure to let you know if it's isn't working. Cheers, and looking forward to contributing to this forum!

Posted on September 2, 2016 at 2:54 AM

recycledcity

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Re: Another New Member

Just wanted to follow up and say that I got the WSA1R, and man, this synth is cool. Really different to anything else in my arsenal. It's quite deep and I've got my work cut out for me, but it's surprisingly easier to program than I'd expected, and I wish more manufacturers had such large and informative screens.

Also, I'm curious: does anyone know just how many of the WSA1/WSA1R are out there in the wild? I know it's limited, and I've read it's somewhere between 500-1000, but I'm not sure if that for both or what.

Anyhow, eager to dive in and contribute here. grin

Posted on September 4, 2016 at 2:30 AM

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Re: Another New Member

Hey, congratulations on getting your WSA1R! I sense that some fun is being had!

I know that the number of WSAs made was limited, I've read the same as you, but I would be very surprised if it was as low as 1000. We have 126 owners here already and that doesn't include the fact that I have three and some of you have two or more, so, I just can't imagine that we have more than 10% or more of the total made here! They a re very reliable instruments but you do see non-working ones (and I wish we could source the screens because quite a few people ask for them).

We know that Technics held an internal celebration of some sort when they surpassed the production of 1,000,000 instruments (all models) and that was part-way through their production history. Some of their later instruments sold in huge numbers so that figure was well-exceeded by 2004 when production ceased.

One of our recent WSA1-owner members is a former MD of Technics instruments USA so I'm hoping he might drop in on this conversation with some insight.

WSA also has a lot in common with the KN2000 and KN3000 arranger keyboards in terms of Tone content and many of the Sound editing screens are virtually the same in those instruments and later.

When we get to KN6000 and KN7000 in the early 2000s the sound editing facilities are also extraordinary (excluding Resonators and some connections) my personal confusion over some of the terms used doesn't allow me to express the differences in a better way but it is certainly worth taking a look at these instruments just for their synth-abilities if you enjoy how editing works on the WSAs. People buying these models are usually not deeply into the sound editing but the features are there and some of the edits I've heard are amazing.

Have fun!
Mike

Posted on September 4, 2016 at 8:57 AM