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Synths Timeline

Tubular Bells (1973)
Farfisa Professional Organ Return To Ommadawn used a Farfisa sotware emulation.

A Farfisa organ was hired from Maurice Placquet, but it broke down. It's not clear whether the only Farfisa on the album is the broken hired organ or whether another was borrowed (for example, the Farfisa Mike had borrowed for the demos).
Hammond Organ As this doesn't appear to have been hired from Maurice Placquet (it at least doesn't appear on the 1972 hire receipt), it would seem that this was either owned by The Manor or belonged to one of the bands who were recording there at the time. The model isn't known, but it was quite possibly a B3, certainly with a Leslie speaker. It's used towards the end of Part Two.
Lowrey Organ
Hergest Ridge (1974)
Gemini Organ
Farfisa Professional Organ Return To Ommadawn used a Farfisa sotware emulation.

Lowrey Organ
Ommadawn (1975)
ARP 2600 Semi-modular analogue monophonic synthesiser.
ARP Solina string ensemble Return To Ommadawn used a Solina software emulation.
Farfisa Professional Organ Return To Ommadawn used a Farfisa sotware emulation.

Incantations (1978)
ARP 2600 Semi-modular analogue monophonic synthesiser.
ARP Solina string ensemble Return To Ommadawn used a Solina software emulation.
EMS Universal Sequencer Related to the sequencer from EMS's Synthi KS (available both on its own and as part of the Synthi AKS suitcase synthesiser/sequencer, as used by Pink Floyd and Jean Michel Jarre, amongst others). The Universal Sequencer had control voltage and gate outputs for controlling analogue synthesisers. Mike primarily used it together with his ARP 2600. According to EMS, very few of them were made.
Farfisa Professional Organ Return To Ommadawn used a Farfisa sotware emulation.

Roland SH-2000 Monophonic analogue synthesiser. Mike often used the clarinet preset, recording it at half speed to create the recorder-like whistling sound which was a common feature of his albums and singles between 1978 and 1980.
Platinum (1979)
ARP Solina string ensemble Return To Ommadawn used a Solina software emulation.
EMS Universal Sequencer Related to the sequencer from EMS's Synthi KS (available both on its own and as part of the Synthi AKS suitcase synthesiser/sequencer, as used by Pink Floyd and Jean Michel Jarre, amongst others). The Universal Sequencer had control voltage and gate outputs for controlling analogue synthesisers. Mike primarily used it together with his ARP 2600. According to EMS, very few of them were made.
Moog Polymoog Polyphonic analogue synthesiser.
Roland SH-2000 Monophonic analogue synthesiser. Mike often used the clarinet preset, recording it at half speed to create the recorder-like whistling sound which was a common feature of his albums and singles between 1978 and 1980.
Sequential Circuits Prophet V
QE2 (1980)
ARP Solina string ensemble Return To Ommadawn used a Solina software emulation.
EMS Universal Sequencer Related to the sequencer from EMS's Synthi KS (available both on its own and as part of the Synthi AKS suitcase synthesiser/sequencer, as used by Pink Floyd and Jean Michel Jarre, amongst others). The Universal Sequencer had control voltage and gate outputs for controlling analogue synthesisers. Mike primarily used it together with his ARP 2600. According to EMS, very few of them were made.
Moog Polymoog Polyphonic analogue synthesiser.
Moog Taurus Bass pedals
Pollard Syndrum Possibly a syndrum quad.
Roland CompuRhythm CR-78 Analogue drum machine
Roland VP-330 Analogue vocoder keyboard, often also used for its string sound.
Sequential Circuits Prophet V
Simmons Claptrap Handclap synthesiser.
Yamaha CS-80 Polyphonic analogue synthesiser, used on QE2 but probably owned by David Hentschel.
Five Miles Out (1982)
ARP Solina string ensemble Return To Ommadawn used a Solina software emulation.
EMS Universal Sequencer Related to the sequencer from EMS's Synthi KS (available both on its own and as part of the Synthi AKS suitcase synthesiser/sequencer, as used by Pink Floyd and Jean Michel Jarre, amongst others). The Universal Sequencer had control voltage and gate outputs for controlling analogue synthesisers. Mike primarily used it together with his ARP 2600. According to EMS, very few of them were made. Shown in the photo of Mike's studio on inside of the gatefold of the LP
Linn LM-1 Electronic drum machine, using samples of acoustic drums 'Linn Machine' is listed on the track sheet. Presumably it's the LM-1, rather than the similar LinnDrum (only released in 1982)
Roland VP-330 Analogue vocoder keyboard, often also used for its string sound.
Sequential Circuits Prophet V
Crises (1983)
ARP Solina string ensemble Return To Ommadawn used a Solina software emulation.
Fairlight CMI Series II Mike had two of these - the second was for live work.
Farfisa Professional Organ Return To Ommadawn used a Farfisa sotware emulation.

Oberheim DMX Digital drum machine.

Oberheim DSX Sequencer. Used as an interface between Mike's analogue synths and the Fairlight CMI.
Oberheim OB-Xa Sold together with DSX sequencer and 'Tubular Bells' flightcase to "Malcolm" for £540 in Spring 2000 at vemia.co.uk. OB-Xa later resold on ebay, March 2007.
Roland G-808 Guitar controller for Roland guitar synthesis system.

Roland G-88 Bass guitar designed for controlling the GR-33B bass synthesiser. It can also be used as a conventional bass, which Mike seems to have done.

Mike appears with it in the Shadow on the Wall video, so it's quite likely he used it on the album.
Roland GR-100 Guitar synthesis module controlled by Gibson SG with the Roland STK-1 GK kit.
Roland VP-330 Analogue vocoder keyboard, often also used for its string sound. Used for its string sound - listed as 'Roland Strings'
Sequential Circuits Prophet V
Simmons Drums
Discovery (1984)
Fairlight CMI Series II Mike had two of these - the second was for live work.
Oberheim DMX Digital drum machine.

Can be seen on top of the OBXa in Mike's 'synth corner' shown on the sleeve of some LPs of the album.
Oberheim DSX Sequencer. Used as an interface between Mike's analogue synths and the Fairlight CMI. Can just be made out next to the DMX in Mike's 'synth corner' shown on the sleeve of some LPs of the album.
Oberheim OB-Xa Sold together with DSX sequencer and 'Tubular Bells' flightcase to "Malcolm" for £540 in Spring 2000 at vemia.co.uk. OB-Xa later resold on ebay, March 2007. Can be seen perched on top of the Fairlight keyboard in Mike's 'synth corner' shown on the sleeve of some LPs of the album.
Roland G-808 Guitar controller for Roland guitar synthesis system.

Roland G-88 Bass guitar designed for controlling the GR-33B bass synthesiser. It can also be used as a conventional bass, which Mike seems to have done.

Roland GR-100 Guitar synthesis module controlled by Gibson SG with the Roland STK-1 GK kit.
Roland GR-33B Bass guitar synthesizer module controlled by a Roland G 88 bass guitar fitted with a synth pickup.
Roland VP-330 Analogue vocoder keyboard, often also used for its string sound. Can clearly be seen in Mike's 'synth corner' shown on the sleeve of some LPs of the album.
Sequential Circuits Prophet V
The Killing Fields (1984)
Fairlight CMI Series II Mike had two of these - the second was for live work.
Oberheim DMX Digital drum machine.

Oberheim OB-Xa Sold together with DSX sequencer and 'Tubular Bells' flightcase to "Malcolm" for £540 in Spring 2000 at vemia.co.uk. OB-Xa later resold on ebay, March 2007.
Roland VP-330 Analogue vocoder keyboard, often also used for its string sound. [?]
Islands (1987)
Fairlight CMI Series III A further improvement of the CMI system, incorporating 16 bit sampling.

Kurzweil K250
Roland D-110 Linear Algorhythmic synthesis module.
Roland D-50 Linear Algorhythmic synthesiser keyboard.
Roland G-88 Bass guitar designed for controlling the GR-33B bass synthesiser. It can also be used as a conventional bass, which Mike seems to have done.

Roland GR-33B Bass guitar synthesizer module controlled by a Roland G 88 bass guitar fitted with a synth pickup.
Roland MT-32 Table top Linear Algorhythmic Synthesis module. Low cost descendent of the D-50. Mike had two, for composing with while he was on holiday.
Yamaha DX-7 6 operator polyphonic digital FM synthesiser keyboard. Later given to a school for the disabled in exchange for a Farfisa Professional for Tubular Bells II. [?] Seems to feature quite heavily in The Wind Chimes.
Earth Moving (1989)
Atari STacy portable computer Used as part of Mike's late 80s portable sequencing setup, together with the walkman with powered speakers and two Roland MT32 sound modules.
C-Lab Notator Sequencing software for the Atari ST
Fairlight CMI Series III A further improvement of the CMI system, incorporating 16 bit sampling.

Korg M1 The biggest selling digital keyboard of all time, the Korg M1 was used by many artists after its release in 1988.
Roland D-110 Linear Algorhythmic synthesis module.
Roland D-50 Linear Algorhythmic synthesiser keyboard.
Roland MT-32 Table top Linear Algorhythmic Synthesis module. Low cost descendent of the D-50. Mike had two, for composing with while he was on holiday.
Yamaha DX-100 Small synthesiser, used as a controller keyboard for Mike's 1980s portable sequencing setup. In the 1989 Keyboards interview, Mike mentions using a small portable Roland keyboard while writing the album in Greece. It's listed in the article as a Roland DX 800, which never existed. It was probably this keyboard which was meant.
Amarok (1990)
Farfisa Professional Organ Return To Ommadawn used a Farfisa sotware emulation.

Having sold his original Farfisa organ, Mike obtained another in preparation for Tubular Bells II. He found it in a school for the disabled, and swapped it for his Yamaha DX7.
1970 Hammond L.122 Organ Return To Ommadawn used an Hammond software simulation.
Lowrey Organ
Roland D-50 Linear Algorhythmic synthesiser keyboard. Mike told H & SR magazine that he'd used "a string sound and a bell-like sound" from the D50.
Roland VP-330 Analogue vocoder keyboard, often also used for its string sound. Mike told H & SR Magazine that he'd used this on the album for "some robot voices".
Vox Continental Organ Return To Ommadawn used a Vox software emulation.
Heaven's Open (1991)
Akai S-1100 Mike owned both an 8MB and a 32MB version.
Atari STacy portable computer Used as part of Mike's late 80s portable sequencing setup, together with the walkman with powered speakers and two Roland MT32 sound modules.
C-Lab Notator Sequencing software for the Atari ST
E-Mu Proteus Digital sample playback sound module.
Fairlight CMI Series III A further improvement of the CMI system, incorporating 16 bit sampling.

1970 Hammond L.122 Organ Return To Ommadawn used an Hammond software simulation. [?] As it's not listed in the sleeve notes, it may equally have been Mickey Simmonds's own Hammond organ used on the album.
Korg M1 The biggest selling digital keyboard of all time, the Korg M1 was used by many artists after its release in 1988.
Roland D-50 Linear Algorhythmic synthesiser keyboard.
Roland D-550 Linear Algorhythmic Synthesis module.
Steinberg Topaz Hard disk recording system
Tubular Bells II (1992)
Akai S-1100 Mike owned both an 8MB and a 32MB version.
Atari STacy portable computer Used as part of Mike's late 80s portable sequencing setup, together with the walkman with powered speakers and two Roland MT32 sound modules.
C-Lab Notator Sequencing software for the Atari ST
E-Mu Proteus Digital sample playback sound module.
Ensoniq SD-1
Farfisa Professional Organ Return To Ommadawn used a Farfisa sotware emulation.

1970 Hammond L.122 Organ Return To Ommadawn used an Hammond software simulation.
Korg M1 The biggest selling digital keyboard of all time, the Korg M1 was used by many artists after its release in 1988.
Lowrey Organ
New England Digital Synclavier
Mentioned in Keyboards, October 1992.
Roland D-50 Linear Algorhythmic synthesiser keyboard.
Roland D-550 Linear Algorhythmic Synthesis module.
The Songs of Distant Earth (1994)
Akai S-1100 Mike owned both an 8MB and a 32MB version. Mike used two of these for playing back the many samples used on the album (as seen in the 1994 VH1 interview).
Apple Macintosh Quadra 850 Running EMagic Logic Audio and Digidesign Pro Tools, connected to a 'two page' (usually used to describe a 21" CRT) monitor. It had four sets of Pro Tools hardware, to allow it to handle 16 tracks of audio. As mentioned in Sound on Sound, February 1995.
E-Mu Proteus Digital sample playback sound module.
Ensoniq SD-1 [?]
Korg M1 The biggest selling digital keyboard of all time, the Korg M1 was used by many artists after its release in 1988. Mike used this as the master keyboard for his sequencing setup.
Roland D-50 Linear Algorhythmic synthesiser keyboard. [?]
Roland D-550 Linear Algorhythmic Synthesis module. [?]
Roland JD-990 Rackmountable module version of the JD-800, with slightly enhanced synthesis engine, but missing its numerous sliders! Mike used two of these on the album (as seen in the 1994 VH1 interview).
Voyager (1996)
Korg Trinity [?]
Roland JD-990 Rackmountable module version of the JD-800, with slightly enhanced synthesis engine, but missing its numerous sliders! [?]
Roland JV-1080 Digital synth module. [?]
Roland XP-50 Digital synthesiser workstation. Bought by a fan in 2008 from Chandler Guitars. Can be seen in the Millenium Bells DVD, used for the beats for Art In Heaven among other things.

[?]
Tubular Bells III (1998)
Clavia Nord Lead
Korg Trinity
Roland JD-990 Rackmountable module version of the JD-800, with slightly enhanced synthesis engine, but missing its numerous sliders! [?]
Roland JV-1080 Digital synth module.
Roland XP-50 Digital synthesiser workstation. Bought by a fan in 2008 from Chandler Guitars. Can be seen in the Millenium Bells DVD, used for the beats for Art In Heaven among other things.

[?]
Guitars (1999)
Roland GI-10 Guitar-MIDI interface, sold via eBay in December 2007.

The Millennium Bell (1999)
Clavia Nord Lead
Korg Trinity
Roland JD-990 Rackmountable module version of the JD-800, with slightly enhanced synthesis engine, but missing its numerous sliders! [?]
Roland JV-1080 Digital synth module.
Roland XP-50 Digital synthesiser workstation. Bought by a fan in 2008 from Chandler Guitars. Can be seen in the Millenium Bells DVD, used for the beats for Art In Heaven among other things.

[?]
Tres Lunas (2002)
Akai S-6000 Digital rackmount sampler. [?]
Clavia Nord Lead
Native Instruments B4 Virtual Hammond B3 Organ
Roland GI-10 Guitar-MIDI interface, sold via eBay in December 2007.

Used to help create the 'saxophone guitar' parts
Roland JD-990 Rackmountable module version of the JD-800, with slightly enhanced synthesis engine, but missing its numerous sliders! [?]
Roland JV-2080 Digital synth module
Roland XP-50 Digital synthesiser workstation. Bought by a fan in 2008 from Chandler Guitars. Can be seen in the Millenium Bells DVD, used for the beats for Art In Heaven among other things.

[?]
Tubular Bells 2003 (2003)
Akai S-6000 Digital rackmount sampler. Used for playing back Mike's sample library.
Apple PowerMac G4 1GHz mirrored drive door With 1.25GB RAM, running OS 9.2 With Emagic Logic Audio Platinum 5.3.0 and Digidesign Pro Tools 5.3.1
Apple Powerbook 5300 Used for recalls and general word processing
Apple PowerMac G4 466MHz With 1GB RAM, running OS 9.1, Logic Audio Platinum 4.8.1 and Pro Tools
Boss Dr Rhythm Digital drum machine. Used for drums.
Clavia Nord Lead Used for bass and 'sequency synths'.
Digidesign Pro Tools Mike used version 5.3.1
Emagic ES1 Virtual bass
Emagic EVP88 Virtual Wurlitzer electric piano
Emagic EXS24 Used for strings, flutes and organs.
Emagic Logic Platinum 5.3.0 Mike started with version 4.8.1 and upgraded to 5.3.0 during the recording.
Farfisa Professional Organ Return To Ommadawn used a Farfisa sotware emulation.

Focusrite EQ and Compression plugins
1970 Hammond L.122 Organ Return To Ommadawn used an Hammond software simulation.
Korg Trinity
Line 6 Amp Farm TDM plugin for Pro Tools.
Lowrey Organ
Native Instruments Pro 53 Virtual Prophet V plugin, an update of the Pro52 Used for synth and organ sounds.
Roland JD-990 Rackmountable module version of the JD-800, with slightly enhanced synthesis engine, but missing its numerous sliders! Used for pads.
Roland JV-2080 Digital synth module Used for 'ethnic sounds' and bass.
Roland XP-50 Digital synthesiser workstation. Bought by a fan in 2008 from Chandler Guitars. Can be seen in the Millenium Bells DVD, used for the beats for Art In Heaven among other things.

Used for pianos and percussion.
Light + Shade (2005)
Native Instruments Absynth 3, Altered States, Morphology, Reaktor, Sounds of Polynesia, Wired Virtual instruments
PC running Windows XP Pro Light + Shade era
Logic 7 Music editing software
Apple PowerMac G5
Glaresoft iDrum Virtual instrument
FL Studio Music editing software
LinPlug Albino 2 Virtual instrument
reFX Vanguard 3 oscillator, 32 voice analogue modelling synth plugin.
Roland XP-50 Digital synthesiser workstation. Bought by a fan in 2008 from Chandler Guitars. Can be seen in the Millenium Bells DVD, used for the beats for Art In Heaven among other things.

This is a guess - he lists a Roland under 'keyboards' and this is a Roland keyboard which he owned at that time.
Spectrasonics Atmosphere, Stylus RMX Virtual instruments
Steinberg Groove Agent, Hypersonic, Kantos, Slayer, XPhrase Virtual instruments
VirSy Cantor Virtual vocalist software which, unlike Vocaloid, uses pure synthesis (and not samples) to generate its voices.
Yamaha Tyros 1 Sold via Chandler Guitars in September 2008.

[?] This is, at a guess, the Yamaha referred to in the sleeve notes of the album.
Yamaha Vocaloid Virtual vocalist software, capable of 'singing' using sets of voice samples.
Return To Ommadawn (2017)
Clavioline Clavioline software emulation used on Return To Ommadawn.
ARP Solina string ensemble Return To Ommadawn used a Solina software emulation.
Farfisa Professional Organ Return To Ommadawn used a Farfisa sotware emulation.

1970 Hammond L.122 Organ Return To Ommadawn used an Hammond software simulation.
Vox Continental Organ Return To Ommadawn used a Vox software emulation.



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