cornutt wrote:Tying back into the ongoing "why don't they make the old synths again" thread, JoMox is now saying that the SunSyn is about to be discontinued, and apparently the culprit is that some IC that it uses is no longer available. I don't know what's inside a SunSyn so I'm not sure what that would be.
Here's what Michaelis had to say...
JoMoX Yahoo Group wrote:1. a very essential part ( the vcas used - there are 20 on each voice card plus 20 on the main board -180 per SunSyn) is obsolete and not produced any further. There is no direct replacement, so I would have to redesign the whole circuitry. The sunsyn voice board layout which I made 10 years ago was the worst thing I ever did...it's dense like a persian carpet. sometimes I say to myself it's a wonder that it works;)
2. The processors that were used are f**k old and too small in power and many more little issues. a COMPLETE redesign is necessary. Also a complete new OS programming.
3. The whole market for these bolide synths is fairly overestimated...it's a big rush now because none has one to sell. But if I go down and make it, it will take me years though and once it's finished, the market is elsewhere.
4. It's a damned f**k job to BUILD sunsyns. Every build is a repair because this monster is just way too complex and there are millions of possible errors. And these errors OCCUR according to murphys law. It took me (and I'm fast, trust me) about 2 days to build one SunSyn from scratch if I count all the time of failure search, modifications, repairings and more. I have had only 1 guy in 10 years that was able to make them (almost) alone
without my help. I forgot to say...SunSyns don't grow on trees;)
5. discussions about OS bugs. There were times when many people were yelling at me about SunSyn bugs and noises, tuning instabilities, VCO mod offsets and more....and I have to say, yes, they were right up to a certain point. But I'm not masochistic, too and it didn't make fun, honestly. I would do it better now...but that would require to make a redesign.
6. it's not that easy to really make money on such a thing...I could tell you some stories if we were sitting in a bar and having a drink;)
7. My life time is just too precious to make another one. Why should I do this? I have made it once, and it would not be better if I did it another time. There are easier ways to make your living than to build and sell sunsyns. It's made with blood, sweat and tears...
8. SunSyn was always a bit backward oriented...it's an analog poly synth with some features and a great sound. But it's like refurbishing oldtimers. I want to go forward with new ideas, admittedly.
Guess why the Wave hadn't been produced any more? same issues...time, money, human resources, market. To expensive, too sensitive, too much risk. It took me years, but I think I've learned my lessons and almost went bankrupt.
Hope this was an honest and exhausting explanation:-))
PS....and I didn't say I would never make another synth...but not likely a SunSyn;)