equipment - detail
Crumar Bit 99
This can be a very warm sounding synth considering its oscillators are digitally controlled. It's great for pads, strings and basses and is also capable of sounding very 'digital/FM' like.
It has a certain uniqueness to its sounds which I think is down to the weird 'summing' that happens between the oscillators whenever you play a key, i.e. you can hit the same note in succession and the tone can randomly change slightly on each key press! It is touch sensitive and the keyboard can be split or layered to play 2 different patches, although this does reduce the 6 voice polyphony to 3 for each patch.
I really like this synth and haven't used it enough really, it does appear on several tracks on the CD though.
Unfortunately synth manufacturers in the mid '80's thought it would be a good idea to remove all knobs and sliders from analogue synths?!? So to make life a lot easier, I use the SoundDiver editing program to edit the sounds from my computer screen rather than try and navigate the on-board programming system from the front panel.