RetroSound is the German-based musician and vintage synthesizer geek, Marko Ettlich. He is a publisher of a popular vintage synthesizer channel on YouTube and an author for different music magazines.
I♥SYNTHS: What kind of music do you listen to?
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.
I♥SYNTHS: Who is your favorite synthesizer player and what is your favorite synthesizer company?
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.
I♥SYNTHS: What is your favorite synthesizer that you can’t live without?
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!
I♥SYNTHS: Do you use any computer-based soft synthesizers and how would you compare them to the real thing?
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.
I♥SYNTHS: You’re videos are fantastic and you seem to have a large following. What made you decide to start this project?
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.
I♥SYNTHS: What do you think is your rarest synthesizer?
RetroSound: The PPG wave 2.2 with the Waveterm A . Only 500 were made by Wolfgang Palm
I♥SYNTHS: What are your thoughts on new synthesizers that have come out recently? Are there any you have your eye on or do you prefer to stick with the vintage stuff?
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.
I♥SYNTHS: Would you like to share a new song or video with us today?
RetroSound: Check out some of my newer songs on my SoundCloud page: Retro Sound on Soundcloud