RetroSound: I am a child of the 80s and I love the music from Depeche Mode, The Human League, Talk Talk, Propaganda, The Fixx and other bands from this time. But, I also like electronic music with guitars like the french band, Phoenix.
RetroSound: Vangelis has a big influence of my musical work since I know what synthesizers were used. I heard the futuristic tunes in the late 70s and I was completely blown away. I have a lot of vintage Roland synthesizers so, those are probably my favorite.
RetroSound: My absolute favorite synthesizer ever is the Oberheim OB-X (not the later OB-Xa). The raw sound and the power is pure sex. It’s really the best!
RetroSound: I use only hardware stuff. Software synths are not part of my world.
I♥SYNTHS: When did you start collecting synthesizers and do you normally buy them on eBay or from other musicians/collectors?
RetroSound: I started collecting in the mid 90s. Some synths are from eBay or local markets and some are from other musicians.
RetroSound: Thank you! I started the vintage synthesizer demo project back in January 2007. Good demo videos were very rare at the beginning of YouTube and I wanted to share the fantastic sound possibilities of the older hardware in a time full of software synths.
RetroSound: The PPG wave 2.2 with the Waveterm A . Only 500 were made by Wolfgang Palm
RetroSound: I miss a lot on new synths. I’ve compared new MOOGs with the old ones but, the sound is not the same. I miss the raw, dirty sounds and the colours. Most of today’s synth sounds are very clean and boring to me after a few days.
RetroSound: Check out some of my newer songs on my SoundCloud page: Retro Sound on Soundcloud
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I♥SYNTHS: Tell us a little about your music project. Does the name of your project come from fm synthesis?
FM Attack: I came up with the name because I wanted to do a synthpop project that had a nostalgic sound, but with a futuristic vision. I wanted something with an underground electronic feel that could crossover onto fm radio.
I♥SYNTHS: What synthesizers do you currently own?
FM Attack: Too many! I’m running out of room. My favorites are the Minimoog, Roland D-550, Arp Solina, Jupiter 8, Prophet 5 and I’m really digging this DIY Sid Synth, I picked up that has two C64 synth chips in it.
I♥SYNTHS: How do you go about recording your hardware equipment and what’s your go-to synthesizer when writing music?
FM Attack: I track and sequence all of the synths, vocals and guitar through my Toft mixing board to give them an extra warm sound. Sometimes, I also run them through a great EQ (API 5500) and or put them through a light setting on the Distressor compressors.
I♥SYNTHS: If you were stuck on an island with one synth from your collection, what would you bring?
FM Attack: That’s a tough question. I think I would probably go with the Sequential Circuits Prophet 5
I♥SYNTHS: What’s your dream synthesizer?
FM Attack: I’ve always wanted a Yamaha CS80
I♥SYNTHS: Any other goodies you want to share with us?
FM Attack: Yes! My mini Galaxian video game system.
I♥SYNTHS: Any new songs or albums to show off the FM Attack sound?
FM Attack: I just released a new LP called “Deja Vu”. It’s inspired by 80s movie soundtracks, italo disco and new wave music. I’ve always wanted to do an album of original songs, not using samples.
I♥SYNTHS: Thanks again for the interview and sweet collection!
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