November 17, 2012

Archenland-09 Prototype


In my opinion the most wonderful of all the lost prototypes. The Archenland-09 was sort of a mix between an SH-2 and an RS-09. It was a standard two VCO synthesizer with polyphonic presets for organ, string and brass sounds plus room for four programable patches --a modest amount of programability by today's standards but charming and useful non the less. 

It was proposed in 1979, the same year CBS's animated version of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe aired. Roland's bold (and some might say bizarre) use of Narnian imagery is probably what killed this project off so early in it's development. 


I'm still hoping that someday, like Aslan, this glorious synthesizer will be resurrected from the dead with some deep magic from the dawn of time....

7 comments:

  1. Do you really think Roland will ever reproduce some of their oldies?

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  2. Unfortunately no, I don't. And if they did, they wouldn't be the same. How much greater would a true reissue of the minimoog have been than the voyager? Some may not think so, but I do.

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  3. Hehehehehe. Beautiful fantasy!

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  4. I recently read "I believe in music" by Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi, and it's fascinating to realize that he truly is always moving forward in spite of what anyone else might want. The guy literally thinks that stuff like their MIDI Accordions and V-Drums is the culmination of his life's work, and he's technically right, as weird as that feels.

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  5. How did you find this information about "lost prototypes"? Are there others?

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  6. I don't remember exactly, it was so long ago... it might not even be true! I suspect their are others out there, but probably where you'd least expect to find them.

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  7. I'll bet this was featured in at least one song on "Towards a Quaker View of Synthesizers" ;-)

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