26 Jun 2006

Synths that never were - Part 3

Here are some synths that never made it past a music fair.

The first one is the Mellotron Digital Workstation III built into a grand piano. Not much is known about this workstation. Googling didn't turn up any usefull info.

The second one isn't really a synth but a Master Keyboard with a built in sequencer, signed Roger Linn. The Akai MWS-76. It was first revealed to the public in 1989, never to be heard of again.

The Akai AX90, at first glance not much different than the AX80:


Blogger zerozeroisland said...

amazing. i'd never heard of the ax90. i'm looking at the pic and then back at my ax80, (yes i have one, and no, it doesn't get very much use.) and cosmetically there's almost no difference. although the 90 has 8 1/4" jacks on the back and the 80 only has 6. stereo output? and?

maybe the ax90 fixed some of the annoying shortcomings of the 80, like no sysex; i guess we'll never know!

7:41 am  
Blogger McMike said...

I worked for Akai when the MWS76 was introduced. We showed it behind closed doors at the NAMM show and it was poorly received. It was essentiall an MX76 keyboard controller combined with the sequencer section of the MPC60. It was way too expensive.

11:29 pm  
Blogger dvdborn said...

Hi mcmike,

I'd love to see some pics of the S900 prototype. And also if you've got more of them ;-)

Did you ever got a chance to play with the Akai HS-1000?

12:17 am  
Blogger McMike said...


I don't have the S900 anymore either. It was in the stage where the b ack panel wasn't labeled. I'm not familiar with the HS1000.

8:48 pm  

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