Originally Posted by JHawk
The M1 came out in 1988, the same year as the Vangelis album. I'm sure I've seen pics of Whittaker playing one, and I've seen pics of Huelsbeck's studio where he had the rackmount version and the slightly later Wavestation A/D which has a lot, if not all, of the same waveforms (I have the SR version). It was a recent pic, but he must have had the M1R when working on the Amiga. The M1 choir sound is instantly recognisable from a lot of Amiga tunes, as well as being on Depeche Mode's 'Enjoy The Silence', and the brass is quite distinctive also.
You can hear demos of a lot of its presets here:
I've mainly heard 70's Vangelis, (and the 1492 soundrack which I bought after getting a JD-800 which I heard is used a lot on there) but I should get that album too.
The Roland D-50 (1987) must win the prize for the most easily recognisable synth ever though - those presets get everywhere, especially the early series of Star Trek Next Generation.
Have a listen to 'Jon and Vangelis - Private Collection'' too. Some beautiful Yamaha CS-80 on there... 'Horizon' is phenomenal... god I love the CS-80. Such a raw, expressive yummy sounding piece of engineering.
The D50 is a lovely synth too, can't go wrong.... I used to own a JD-800
Now you got me looking for an Oberheim OB-8 (another fave)
Oooh and the Roland VP-330, the strings on that thing are insane (Blade Runner anyone?)