Apple dropped support for playing cards in a recent software update.
Please don’t try to ram these cards into your PC’s optical drive.
Containing 52 classic synths, 12 categories, and specially commissioned images, Vintage Synth Trumps 2 is the perfect way for synth-nerds to test their own knowledge and settle synth arguments once and for all with the synth-spotter’s equivalent of a pissing contest.
Playing is easy. Simply divide the cards between the number of players before taking it in turns to read aloud a statistic from your card.
For example, “Oberheim 8-voice – Desirability = 10 out of 10”. Everyone then compares the card on the top of their hand and the highest scoring instrument in that category wins that round. The person who ends up with all of the opponents cards via a combination of skill, knowledge and cunning, wins the game.
Vintage Synth Trumps 2, the perfect synth-fetishist’s gift for birthdays, long flights, forum banter, pub quizzes, train journeys, annoying children and general showing-off.
All for a bargain price of £6.95 (plus postage)
To misquote the British poet Alexander Pope “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing” and while there’s always a degree of controversy involved in deciding the scores for various Synth Trumps categories our previous answer to any customer critical of our decisions is “It’s our game!” However, with Vintage Synth Trumps 2 we decided to up the ante and enlist the knowledge of some friends who definitely know their stuff when it comes to classic and vintage synthesisers. Their help in scoring the ‘Desirability’ category was particularly invaluable and each instrument’s score was decided by taking an average out of a maximum of ten points from each judge.
Marc Doty is a composer, electronic instrument historian, and vintage synthesiser enthusiast responsible for the strangely popular synthesiser demonstration YouTube channel Automatic Gainsay. Until recently Marc worked as the Archive and Education Specialist for the Bob Moog Foundation, and he continues to write synth articles for magazines such as Keyboard and Performer.
Owner of KSR, Kent has fixed more keyboards than most of us have had hot dinners and he remains a beacon of hope for vintage synth owners, worldwide. Kent’s opinion is rarely that of rose-tinted, nostalgia and, instead he’ll focus on more important things including restorations above and beyond the call of duty, and questions such as “How much did you pay for that heap of sh**?”
Has researched numerous synth books and written hundreds of articles for various music technology magazines. A co-founder of GForce Software, he’s responsible for several videos on classic instruments via the GForceSoftwareTV YouTube channel and, with Chris, produced the critically acclaimed Bright Sparks documentary in 2015.
Before co-founding GForce Software Ltd Chris was a keyboard tech (AKA Roadie) for a raft of keyboard players including Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman. He once picked up the telephone and misheard the name of the caller asking for Jon Anderson. Thus Vangelis became Frank Ellis.