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There is a Technos Axcel hidden away somewhere in Sweden!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:49 pm    Post subject: There is a Technos Axcel hidden away somewhere in Sweden!
Subject description: beep beep beep beep.. and it´s for sale!
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Remember this one?

Posted Image, might have been reduced in size. Click Image to view fullscreen.


And now for a closeup:

Posted Image, might have been reduced in size. Click Image to view fullscreen.

The complete set with the resynth box and the matrix led GUI thingie can be found here:
http://www.jamshop.se/files/items.php?from=menu&cat_1=Synth%2FAnalog%2FVintage

Scroll down the page..




For those who didn´t drool over his onw way back in 88... more info can be found here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technos_axcel

and here

http://features.engadget.com/2005/05/06/music-thing-the-technos-acxel/


and here

http://bcr2.uwaterloo.ca/~dfevans/studio/acxel/
( this page has scans of the brochure too ! )

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

http://youtube.com/watch?v=GtAMYafil2Q
http://youtube.com/watch?v=_riWZq1tyrs

Must have been a real fun to experiment with this thing.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 2:07 pm    Post subject: Re: There is a Technos Axcel hidden away somewhere in Sweden
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elektro80 wrote:
Remember this one?

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The Technos Acxel had the coolest interface of any synth, ever. Cooler than the Fairlight light pen or the ballbearing switches of a Latronic Notron, possibly even cooler than the wall of knobs on an old Moog Modular.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

X-Electric wrote:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=GtAMYafil2Q
http://youtube.com/watch?v=_riWZq1tyrs

Must have been a real fun to experiment with this thing.




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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Nice!...anybody here bought it?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I want one!

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They have listed a price now. I think it is approx. some 60 000 SKR - approx. 6500 euro.

So, I won´t be buying that one after all. Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I noticed this in september already Wink

http://electro-music.com/forum/viewtopic.php?highlight=technos+axcel&t=13548

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I had heard of them, but thought they where just a prototype unit, I didn't think they actually manufactured any, plus I don't think any made it to this side of the pond. Do you know if they ever produced the Technos 16 keyboard ? it looked pretty good at the time.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

IIRC, around 30 Axcels were made. The 16PI was never produced. There use to be a technical rundown on the Axcel floating around the net, but I can't find it anymore. Here's a picture of the 16PI instead:

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

party!

The Acxel is back!!

http://www.idarca-audio.com
Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I remember reading about the original when it came out, but I honestly did not understand anything about how it worked. I am still not sure I do, except it is resynthesis, it was a neat trick back in the late 80s.

The new one looks more likely to be useful and probably a bit cheaper.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I'm so happy to se IDARCA doing this Very Happy

There's hope yet!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I agree.

It does however seem like they have a PC focus.. and that sucks. I´d hoped the standalone would be OS X compatible.

Hmm..

"mac owners spend more on great gear"?

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 5:50 am    Post subject: Acxel II
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Hi,
In fact the PCI card will be updated for PCIe with MAC-OS support. The system, currently works on base PCI and Windows software but will be updated within months.
Roughly:
- PCI windows : 4 - 6 months
- PCI e MAC : 6 - 8 months
- SAS - Stand alone : 8 - 12 months
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:00 am    Post subject: Acxel and 16Pi
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About the 16PI,
We (Technos) built 4 units (1 delivered to distributor but later recovered). Unfortunately only 2 Rackmount unit remain but no Console.

The Acxel
35 unit sold. I still support service for this unit but after 20 years, spare parts are impossible to get. For example if problem happens on Synthesis card this can be really difficult to repair in some cases.

The Acxel II
No compromize, it supports ALL Acxel functions, including the Graphic console (an option available in about 10 - 12 months). But much more open, Signal processing will be present into the structure, I mean that external instrument can control any part of Acxel sound (or element), for example. More details on www.idarca-audio.com website.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 9:00 am    Post subject: Re: Acxel II
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pguilmette wrote:
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 9:02 am    Post subject: Re: Acxel II
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pguilmette wrote:
Hi,
In fact the PCI card will be updated for PCIe with MAC-OS support.


This is great news! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:43 am    Post subject: Follow up
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Hi,
I now try to be kept informed on different forums, including enectro-music, then if there are comments, questions I will be please to reply or answer. In the meantime I can keep you informed on the developments.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:50 am    Post subject: Image
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 1:07 pm    Post subject: amazing Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I remember this thing from the AES show in I think '89 -- I had no idea they ever built any. I thought it was a pretty cool concept though.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:14 pm    Post subject: AES
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Hello
If my memory is good we presented the Acxel in AES NY in 1989... and at the Frankfurt Messe also in 89

The first time we presented the 16PI version 1 (Console + Big wooden 5 feet long case) was in 1985 in New Orleans. The 16PI version 2 (Console + Rackmount) was never presented as we moved to the Acxel development in 1987.

... we getting old Smile

The Acxel II is much smaller and on top of it wide open unit that will support many synthesis modes - Axcelink, Additive, Analog (VCO, VCF, VCA, filters, etc.) are just beginning. We plan 2 type of console this year: robust Acxel 1 alike with Led matrix, and a LCD touch screen.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 7:31 am    Post subject: Re: AES
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pguilmette wrote:
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If my memory is good we presented the Acxel in AES NY in 1989... and at the Frankfurt Messe also in 89


Yes, New York, the year of the San Fran earthquake. Clive Smith demoed it.

Just curious: what are planning on charging for the Acxel II ??

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 2:29 pm    Post subject: NY 1989
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Hi Terryg

Exactly, Clive made demos with Nil Parent. BTW I still have contact with Clive and other Acxelmen, some of them actually help me a lot for some detailed definitions and propose improvements, new UI concepts to extend the Acxel II open approach, other ideas, etc...

Not sure but I think that the earthquake happened during the AES fair in 10/89

About your question, on Acxel II pricing, I am not sure that the administrator of this blog would appreciate that I send pricelists and use this blog for selling products. Please contact me directly for this type of question at info@idarca-audio.com, we will be glad to send you this information.

The reason of my come to this blog is to have exchanges with synthesiser fanatics, as a fanatic I consider myself on sound structure manipulations, processors and audio physics. Exchange ideas and friendly discuss.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 6:59 am    Post subject: The hidden Axcel Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Yes, I went to that shop and tried to get it demonstrated for me, but it didn´t work properly. The demonstrator could´nt get any sound out of it, but at least I derived the pleasure from form some waves on the touch screen with my fingers Smile
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