how I got here
(Here's a vid about me:
Youtube). Back in the day when I was getting this website started
(2004) it was quite hard to
come across demos of some synths on the Internet. Besides, when I was a kid I had this vague
belief that synthesizers were a kind of marvellous instruments
which could make totally wicked sounds (which actually turned out to be true). But
after following the synth environment more closely, I found myslef surrounded
mostly by classic (read: cheesy) sounds, which were nowhere near the sound of my
expectations. And I said to myself: 'Sweet Mother of God, what the heck is this?', and what followed was an acute need to dig up all the possibilities
that had been overlooked or ignored by the average synth users.
The purpose of my website was to provide the net-surfers with the opportunity to
listen to some machines from the history of mankind and to experience it all in
a slightly different way to the traditional one. Once you see my video, you'll
know what I mean;)
what I do now and how it happens
Then I felt I needed a break. Then I came back after 6 years of slumber / retirement to continue making video demos of synths,
as it turned out that a lot of people liked my video work and my approach to
If I find an interesting synth to
usually takes me several weeks or months to tweak it inside out, understand it and make some interesting patches (do the synth justice), record
the material, and then edit it into the
final form that you see on Youtube.
I want to retain my artistic freedom and honesty in my reviews, so I don't
want to receive free stuff from anybody - I buy my synths.
Also, I'm a perfectionist to a certain extent and I prefer quality over quantity, so it will take relatively long
for a demo to arrive, but I hope
that when you finally watch it, you'll agree it was worth the wait.
I don't see any point in theoretical discussions and churning out essays about
the meanders of technology; 90% of the bits and hertzs and stuff is redundant,
it's just a distraction.
synth uses SSM chips! But that one has CEMs! Whoaaa ! - who cares. Just play it and see what it's worth for you, and decide if it
gives you enjoyment or not. Life's too short to
care too much about expertise, the ever-expanding quality and all the marketing
gibberish. I suggest we all focus more on things like melody,
originality, ease of use, etc. Also, I advise you not to read my words
literally, otherwise you might grow ulcers, or - god forbid - get offended. As
somebody said, "in 100 years we'll all be dead", so I don't take life
- nor my or
your opinions & emotions - too seriously.
If you like what I do and you want me to carry on, you can give me a chunk of your energy
via Patreon or
Paypal. I will convert this energy into my next synth demo. I hope this energy
comes back to you in a form of inspiration or a renewed desire to dig at your
synth. I'd rather not become an "influencer",
make dramatic faces in my thumbnails and clickbait-y titles, or offer you "amazing"
crap that you don't necessarily need, so right now your
support is my only source
of dependable income from and for my artistic endeavors. If you do not wish to
use Patreon or Paypal, you can support me each time you buy gear in
Consider this site a sound-motion-picture gallery. Of course I do write a couple
of sentences about each synth, but anybody can write anything, not to mention
that writing about sound is pretty absurd, so I mainly focus on demos of the
synths, as I like the audiovisual medium more and find it more communicative,
valuable & entertaining.
personal thoughts (from GAS
Don't be misled
into thinking that this is some kind of a way to become a happy and fulfilled
person or musician. Life does not become much brighter, easier or more enjoyable
just because you have 50 cool synths and piles of colorful crap... If you cross
the line, it actually gets darker. I don't believe it a big or sensible feat to
gather tons of instruments believing that large amount of equipment
will allow you to achieve fantastic results. It's just exchanging money for
devices, paper for plastic. The things you own end up owning you -
remember? In my opinion, the greatest feat - or art - is to extract something
interesting and original from a limited set of tools. Ironically, life without
limits becomes boring and pointless. That's why I sold 90% of my synths that you
see on my old photographs.