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Look what the cat dragged in
#3014978 11/05/19 03:28 AM
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Bass player on today's sessions brought this in. cool

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A reason why I collect old keyboards is that I feel partly responsible for doing it, responsible for preserving history and being a custodian for these things
Plus, old gear has a story. I like that.
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Don't think I ever saw one in the flesh, so to speak. Must google!


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I've never heard of this...wow. So here's the poop...this from Premier Guitar...

MAESTRO UNIVERSAL SYNTHESIZER SYSTEM USS-1
The name USS-1 conjures images of a sleek spaceship or a majestic aircraft carrier. In the flesh, Maestro’s Universal Synthesizer System USS-1 is hardly less imposing. This is a guitar pedal that could only have come out of ’70s America—a land where everything was bigger, brighter, and bolder.
Designed by the great Tom Oberheim for Gibson’s Maestro brand, the USS-1 is really an analog multi-effects unit comprising fuzz (labeled waveform), filter with a sample and hold button, phaser, envelope shaping, and a subharmonic generator. While it appears to be a selection of classic Maestro pedals in a very big case, I’ve found it to be greater than the sum of its parts. The USS-1 makes great sounds with a guitar, but they’re not hugely synth-like. To me, this unit shines as a studio effect—especially when used on old beat-box-style drum machines. The sub-octave generator takes a beat and adds bass notes. It’s highly addictive!

Like many of the devices in this article, the USS-1 proved too big and expensive, and few were produced before Maestro dropped it from the catalog. One thing to bear in mind if you’re considering buying one of these behemoths: The sliders are similar to those in old Arp synths. They have a long plastic shaft and a tendency to become sticky over time (especially if they’ve been sprayed with switch cleaner … or worse), and they snap off easily. Most of the USS-1s we’ve seen have needed painstaking slider restoration to function well. And that’s after an investment of roughly $1,500 or more on the resale market.

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Here's a demo... some of these sound pretty awesome!


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Tom Oberheim mentioned that product in an interview and admitted that it was a turkey.

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How did it sound?

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Check out it's size compared to the guy's hand this thing's huge!

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How did it sound?

Pretty heinous! I've got a little iPhone vid, but it wont attach (size 6MB).


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How did it sound?

Pretty heinous! I've got a little iPhone vid, but it wont attach (size 6MB).



I can imagine it could go from very musical to woah what could we play to take advantage of this sonic bliss/weirdness. Thank-you for posting this.


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