One strong synth for man, one strong sampler for mankind...
I've been in the hardware bug lately and can joyfully claim taking ownership of an amazing new (to me) keyboard:
The Roland S-50
It fascinates me, this once $2,695 sampling keyboard released in 1986 (a solid era for the Atari ST computers!), can now be found for as little as $100 in 2016. This thing is an absolute monster and definitely doesn't come without its own set of quirks. Just under 24-hours ago was this beast delivered to my doorstep but I powered it up and checked it's video output to ensure it was functioning as intended - beyond an intermittent display issue which I've yet to resolve - all seems well!
[Look at this lovely bootup screen when attached to a TV monitor!]
[A look at some of the tech under the hood of this monstrosity!]
[Please Insert System Disk!] Compliance!
My next step is to create the actual bootup disk required to rock this thing and see how far I can take this incredible for its age, 30 years to be exact, technology. =)