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by mpa1104
Sat Sep 03, 2016 12:10 pm
Forum: Samplers
Topic: keyboard sampler
Replies: 17
Views: 4681

Re: keyboard sampler

IMO, the V-Synth is the best "keyboard" sampler, period. If not even the best digital synth, certainly in my top 5 of all digital synths. You should not overlook it. +1 to that, well put. The first time I got to muck about in the shops with a V-Synth, I found it to be quite different to anything el...
by mpa1104
Thu May 12, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: A V Synth album: Things Buried (Richard Barbieri)
Replies: 4
Views: 2695

Re: A V Synth album: Things Buried (Richard Barbieri)

Still one of my favourites, particularly since my copy was handed to me by the man himself, which he kindly autographed as well. :D http://i67.tinypic.com/2n9ht1c.jpg http://i63.tinypic.com/1zqg5jl.jpg RB was always one of my subtler influences from the 80s - his work with Japan really stood out for...
by mpa1104
Tue May 10, 2016 6:03 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Isao Tomita RIP
Replies: 6
Views: 1048

Re: Isao Tomita RIP

picking up where Carlos left off in terms of electronic realisations of traditional music. It would be more correct to write classical music.... traditional music usually refers to folk music. I agree his orchestrations were good. While Carlos focused mostly on baroque music, Tomita focused on late...
by mpa1104
Mon May 09, 2016 5:01 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Isao Tomita RIP
Replies: 6
Views: 1048

Re: Isao Tomita RIP

Very sad to see him go. He coaxed some truly distinctive and exciting sounds from his gear, and was quite the orchestrator, picking up where Carlos left off in terms of electronic realisations of traditional music.
by mpa1104
Sun May 08, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synths Save Lives!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1544

Re: Synths Save Lives!!!

This is one of the funniest things I've seen from them in a while :D They are so spot on, on the over-the-top personlities and everything. All that's missing is Wick Rakeman with his wizard cape and synth magic spells. Many years back at a meet and greet, RIck actually had a good laugh at the time ...
by mpa1104
Wed Apr 20, 2016 2:51 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Ensoniq SQ80 and Ensoniq EPS
Replies: 9
Views: 5097

Re: Ensoniq SQ80 and Ensoniq EPS

For reasons already stated, the two complement each other nicely. Similar architectures, a ton of flexible mod-routings, including the very useable poly-AT. You could do a lot worse than an EPS for a first-time sampler - there's a great deal you can achieve with it. Of course the main thing you're m...
by mpa1104
Sat Apr 02, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Anyone remember Music Technology magazine?
Replies: 33
Views: 3911

Re: Anyone remember Music Technology magazine?

Bloody 'ell. That Muzines site is great. So far I've found scans of all my old MT, HS&R and E&MM mags. Lots of memories there.
by mpa1104
Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: How many of you have organs in your set-up?
Replies: 23
Views: 2665

Re: How many of you have organs in your set-up?

Had a Hammond L-100 on loan for about a year (wonderful instrument). Own a Yamaha D-80 (the smallest of the 2-manual/solo manual spinet Electones). Also own a Gem Studium classical organ (2 manuals, AGO pedalboard - perfect for getting back into proper repertoire practice). It has MIDI in/out, and I...
by mpa1104
Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a synth?
Replies: 38
Views: 4555

Re: What is the worst thing that you have ever done to a syn

Worst thing I've done to a synth? Left it alone for too long.
by mpa1104
Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:49 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: How Much Is an Ensoniq ASR 88 worth?
Replies: 3
Views: 1112

Re: How Much Is an Ensoniq ASR 88 worth?

According to this list http://www.prepal.com/data/ensoniq.htm (updated yesterday) you'll see they seem to go around the $770 mark and I presume that's USD. ASR-10s are still going at wildly variable prices, there's one on ebay for around $1400 with full 16meg RAM and the SCSI installed. I'd hazard a...
by mpa1104
Sat Dec 26, 2015 9:30 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What are the synths used here ??
Replies: 4
Views: 857

Re: What are the synths used here ??

The stringy pad that comes in later could be a sampler or a synth, but given that the sound is quite generic, I for one would be hard pressed to guess a particular synth. As for the start of it, sounds to me as though Z is on the money there. They're Sus2 chords certainly (or Sus4 depending on what ...
by mpa1104
Fri Dec 18, 2015 6:44 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What kind of stand is this?
Replies: 1
Views: 467

Re: What kind of stand is this?

Looks like a Gibraltar rig to me, they're the only ones I can think of with those curved support arms. http://www.gibraltarhardware.com/?fa=keytree Bloody expensive, but really solid and you can customise them pretty much any way you like. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL66D64CB0608A53E6
by mpa1104
Mon Dec 07, 2015 3:56 am
Forum: Samplers
Topic: I keep coming back to the Ensoniq ASR
Replies: 14
Views: 3566

Re: I keep coming back to the Ensoniq ASR

Can't fault you for wanting to come back to the ASR, it's a damn nice sampler. You've made a fair point about prices too, it seems to be a bit of a buyers market. Just a thought, but since you now have an SQ1+ (also very nice!), you might have a little more luck - pricewise - keeping an eye out for ...
by mpa1104
Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:38 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Where is that sound from? Dolce Vita...
Replies: 8
Views: 3052

Re: Where is that sound from? Dolce Vita...

He reads a lot does our Micke ;)
by mpa1104
Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:02 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Unusual Electronic Sound in Vintage Recording..
Replies: 14
Views: 3193

Re: Unusual Electronic Sound in Vintage Recording..

I had a listen to the first posted link, and then the second one above confirmed my initial suspicion of a vibraphone being used. As for what's being done to it is beyond me. The original recording has some distortion which adds to the unusualness. The vibes rate is faster than your average vibrapho...