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by sandwich
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Programming beats DAW vs Drum Machine?
Replies: 5
Views: 1032

Re: Programming beats DAW vs Drum Machine?

meatballfulton wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:44 pm
IMHO the only real reason to step sequence drums (which is how most drum machines work) is that you simply can't play the parts in real time using keys or pads. I.e. you have no natural rhythm :lol:
Hmm.. is that so? maybe I should sequence my guitar then too :roll:
by sandwich
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Programming beats DAW vs Drum Machine?
Replies: 5
Views: 1032

Re: Programming beats DAW vs Drum Machine?

I absolutely hate entering notes with the mouse. I usually use a keyboard to enter drum notes but after having recently bought the Arturia SparkLE I've fallen back in love with old style drum machine programming. It actually feels better to me but I guess its because that's what I grew up on. Once t...
by sandwich
Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Say I'm Your Number One (Princess, Stock/Aitken/Waterman) - Synths
Replies: 14
Views: 1839

Re: Say I'm Your Number One (Princess, Stock/Aitken/Waterman) - Synths

Stephen Hague answered some questions a Pet Shop Boys forum apparently, he was asked about the bass: "Exactly how was that famous West End girls bass sound created?" "If I recall, it was a combination of an Oberheim OBX, and a kick drum sound from a drum machine over midi. It was hand played… Everyt...
by sandwich
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Say I'm Your Number One (Princess, Stock/Aitken/Waterman) - Synths
Replies: 14
Views: 1839

Re: Say I'm Your Number One (Princess, Stock/Aitken/Waterman) - Synths

Yes I saw an interview with Stephen Hague were he said he convinced a 'reluctant' Chris Lowe to play the whole bass part by hand. The reports I've seen suggest the bass on the record *wasn't* sequenced, but instead played by hand. Also, Stephen Hague suggests the bass was a combination of synths, wh...
by sandwich
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Say I'm Your Number One (Princess, Stock/Aitken/Waterman) - Synths
Replies: 14
Views: 1839

Re: Say I'm Your Number One (Princess, Stock/Aitken/Waterman) - Synths

I've not done a direct comparison but just from memory, it reminds me of the bass sound that the Thompson Twins used a lot on the albums 'Quick Step & Sidekick' and 'Into The Gap'. I think they used an Oberheim OB-Xa quite a lot on those albums. Maybe the Princess bass was layered with an Obie and D...
by sandwich
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Replacing Juno 60 toggle switch and slider gasket felt
Replies: 2
Views: 1185

Re: Replacing Juno 60 toggle switch and slider gasket felt

I would definitely replace those gaskets, they help to prevent dust and dirt getting into the slider pots. When they get old they dry out and become brittle and bits come off, which could end up getting into the sliders!
by sandwich
Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: EMU ESI-32 crackling sound and distorted playback
Replies: 12
Views: 2923

Re: EMU ESI-32 crackling sound and distorted playback

Hi, how many RAM modules are there? Could still be a dodgy one. I bought mine off eBay and the seller had added extra RAM and it was one of the extra modules he’d added that turned out to be faulty. Fortunately for me it happened to be the first one I pulled out so didn’t take long! I confirmed it b...
by sandwich
Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: EMU ESI-32 crackling sound and distorted playback
Replies: 12
Views: 2923

Re: EMU ESI-32 crackling sound and distorted playback

I had this same problem with an ESI 4000, in my case it turned out to be a dodgy ram module.

Regards
Dave
by sandwich
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Emax Clear Coating
Replies: 0
Views: 1114

Emax Clear Coating

Hello!
Does anyone know what that clear coating is that Emu put over the text on the Emax 1 front panel? Mines bubbling and peeling off! Thanks
by sandwich
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Jupiter 8 Problem
Replies: 2
Views: 1344

Re: Jupiter 8 Problem

tim gueguen wrote:Dirty pots maybe?
Aah could be, that could explain the changing parameters. At least that's fixable too! ;)
by sandwich
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Jupiter 8 Problem
Replies: 2
Views: 1344

Jupiter 8 Problem

Hello there! My beloved Jupiter 8 began behaving a little odd the other night. When selecting a patch from memory and then playing it, the sound changes slightly and the dots appear on the display as they do to indicate when a parameter has been altered. It does this without touching anything. I hav...
by sandwich
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The Other Capacitors
Replies: 12
Views: 4109

Re: The Other Capacitors

Yes, Farnell is CPC. Voltage regulators get replaced mainly because some classic synth designs didn't spec them right, or they didn't design a sufficient heat sink. That said they do just fail due to age, again because of the heat. Look, don't automatically replace any component. Inspect, measure a...
by sandwich
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The Other Capacitors
Replies: 12
Views: 4109

Re: The Other Capacitors

Modern tantalums seem more reliable. But they still have very tight tolerances in regards to overvoltage. You can find them in parallel to the backup batteries of some vintage digital synths. The voltage is around 3V and the caps are usually rated for 16V, so not a great danger. Still I don´t trust...
by sandwich
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The Other Capacitors
Replies: 12
Views: 4109

Re: The Other Capacitors

The standard thing, apparently, is to "derate" by using a tant that's rated 50% higher than what the circuit requires. You can go higher if you like, does no harm, just costs you a few cents extra. General opinion seems to be that the Japanese manufactures make the best electrolytics, would that be...
by sandwich
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The Other Capacitors
Replies: 12
Views: 4109

Re: The Other Capacitors

I've had tantalum caps failing on me more often than electrolytic ones -- ARP Omnis are full of those dreadful things which render the Omni unplayable until they have all been replaced. Electrolytic caps tend to "puke" as they say, i. e. some substance leaking out. This, or when they bulge -- then ...