wagtunes wrote:But the CS-80? Utter garbage. I will never get what people heard in that synth.
I hear sonic bliss. The album below is an example of that. It's entirely made on the CS80 and features its amazing ring-modulator, which to this day remains unique and unrivalled in its sound and expression potential. Sure, there is some reverb there, but it's not the focus, its used in moderation (unlike Vangelis' other albums), the original sound is very much preserved.
This is not an easy listen, and you won't find beautiful melodies, heavenly harmonies , angelic chorales or ballsy basses and brass stabs here, but oh boy! That SOUND! It's unique to this day. Of course, it's the player who makes it 'sing', which comes back to the point above, that you need to know how to get the best from every synth by recognising its strengths, by spending time with it and learning it. Then again, who knows what your ears will tell you....