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Dave Smith Instruments Pro-2

DSI Pro 2

Hey, let me tell you about my latest investment: I got a used DSI Pro 2, which will probably stay for a longer time in my studio than other synths. For now just a picture; it will be quite difficult to find a nice place for this masterfully crafted piece of equipment. As I’d like to use it as a more lightweight alternative to the Matrix Brute for live gigs, it doesn’t have to stay directly besides my working place – just now, maybe a month or two or…

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Roland System-1

A second synth went recently through my studio: the Roland System-1 was thought as a lightweight alternative to the Matrix Brute for smaller live gigs. The synth sounds very versatile, has cool crossmodulation features, unusual waveforms and a very nice arpeggiator. Compared to my other synths I missed character, warmth and voices. Actually it’s a monophonic synth, but it has a polyphonic mode in which it’s able to play 4 voices at the same time, but the sound becomes much thinner – somehow strange in a digital synthesizer. Maybe I would have kept it but as we say in Switzerland the better one is the enemy of the good: I sold it to get the money for a really nice, fat and even in polymode nice sounding synth: the DSI Pro 2.

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Roland JX-03

I bought this synth basically to have some tweakable lightweight live padsounds for Tanga Zoo to support my Matrix Brute, which is monophonic. The Roland JX-03 is a very cool digital reincarnation of the JX-3P from the 80ies. While the original had almost no controls (without the optional – still rather expensive – controller), this small and cheap box has a knob for nearly each function, a very cool sequencer, a built-in speaker and battery compartment for tweaking on the road. The sound is cool but too conventional for my purpose and the four voices polyphony too less for a useful pad. A comparison with it’s bigger brother, the original Juno-60 in my studio, made clear how a big analog pad could sound – so the JX-03 had to go…

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Wolkenpark on tour with Tanga Zoo in South Africa

I’m very excited to join Tanga Zoos tour to South Africa from february 13. till 24. 2017. These are the confirmed dates:

  • Durban, Jazz Centre, 14. 02. 2017
  • Durban, Jazz Centre, 15. 02. 2017
  • Durban, High School, 16. 02. 2017 (tbc)
  • Durban, Umlazi Cinema, 17. 02. 2017
  • Durban, Jazzy Rainbow, 19. 02. 2017
  • Cape Town, Steenberg High School, 21. 02. 2017
  • Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, 22. 02. 2017
  • Cape Town, The Crypt, 22. 02. 2017
  • Cape Town, Kaleidoscope, 24. 02. 2017

Meet me if you’re there!
We’ll play additional gigs back in Switzerland:

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