volumetrik wrote:During that decade there were no such genres that are around today, also you could combine the total of Moog Voyager/OS last time I heard 35,000 voyagers were sold.
I know some people like to break EM down into stuff like dubstep, trance, minimal, moombahcore
, etc. but I find it hard to consider all those separate genres simply because the identifying characteristics are so stupid...i.e. major key vs. minor key, BPM ranges, wobbles, using a 303, etc. Will listeners leave a club on trance night if the DJ throws in some ambient or dubstep? If so, listeners are even dumber than I thought
35K Voyagers sold shows that the synth market is much bigger today than it was in the 1970s. Considering how ubiquitous the Mini was on stages in the 70s and 80s, does that mean we now have 3x+ as many bands today or is all the growth in the hobbyist market?
ok I just thought it was a bit silly to gauge Minimoogs success and sales numbers and comparing them to a workstation when all the digital hype was going on, part of the reason why DX7 was so successful because it was so NEW but after 5 years it was dead
you could think of it like this, when Minimoog first appeared people were like "what the h**l is that?" you could say that that went on for a few years after its release, synths were harder to sell at first, so you could say that the first decade of analog synths they were pretty much just establishing themselves, then when people finally got around to what a synth is right came the workstations with the digital hype to boot
now its a totally different ball game, now people have done comparisons with digital and software etc and now people realise what the magic is with the instruments like Minimoog, now people realise what they can't get from digital and software which is found in analog, plus we have a ton of music, and styles made with those great instruments
the workstations may sell more but they are 2 different kind of musicians