Legowelt introduces its collection of inexpensive ‘thrift store’ vintage synths

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The Dutch producer Legowelt is well known for being an equipment enthusiast and synth nerd of the highest order. Our own Future Music Magazine took a memorable visit from his studio in 2014, but it seems his collection has grown since then.

In a new video from Thomann (opens in a new tab), Legowelt takes us on a guided tour of its extensive collection of synths, highlighting some lesser-known and inexpensive instruments that sound delightfully nostalgic. The producer talks about the instruments that shaped the soundtrack of his upcoming animated feature, Ambient Travel Commander.

“I use a lot of homemade keyboards from the 80s,” he says, showing us the JVC KB-700, a vintage keyboard with a rudimentary mono synth built in. Next, he shows off the Yamaha PSS-480, a 2-a FM synthesizer that shares a chip with 90s PC sound cards, giving it a curious sound reminiscent of retro RPG games.

Elsewhere in the studio tour, Legowelt singles out his Microstation, a small early 2000s instrument from Korg that he describes as one of his favorite synthesizers. “It’s basically a micro version of the Korg Triton,” he tells us. “He can do these incredibly cool Rhodes-style pianos that you can program really crazy, with amp simulations and filters.”

Later in the video, Legowelt introduces us to more contemporary synths – including a Sequential Oberheim OB-6 and the modern Prophet-5 – and a ton of vintage rackmount hardware. We don’t need to say more – dive in.

Legowelt’s Ambient Trip Commander is now available. (opens in a new tab)

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