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by JB
Fri May 21, 2010 4:01 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Hardware Synthesizer Sales Figures/ Worst Selling Synths
Replies: 47
Views: 4271

Re: Hardware Synthesizer Sales Figures/ Worst Selling Synths

All of the Kawai additive synths flopped. The K5 possibly moreso than the later K5000 range. All were sold-off at heavily discounted prices after fairly short sale periods. Kurzweil K150 additive synth (I think there's a theme here - a limited market for additive) Akai VX600 - always wanted one and ...
by JB
Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:16 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?
Replies: 541
Views: 56571

Re: What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?

Just got a Symbolic Sound Kyma / Capybara 66 for £35 (UKP) :D
by JB
Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:05 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Digital V.A.S.T
Replies: 19
Views: 1543

Re: Digital V.A.S.T

And to prematurely burst your bubble, there is no one piece of gear out there that is going to instantly make an interesting sampler. Most of those are going to require hard work and creativity through learning and processing. True (not even an SP1200 will instantly make your beats sound "special" ...
by JB
Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:28 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Digital V.A.S.T
Replies: 19
Views: 1543

Re: Digital V.A.S.T

IMHO, for sample mangling hardware I think the Kurzweil is still at the top of the pile if you're after an all-in-one box. The VarIOs machines have a different take on sampling where samples aren't just recorded and played back at a different speed to change the pitch like a traditional sampler woul...
by JB
Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:12 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Digital V.A.S.T
Replies: 19
Views: 1543

Re: Digital V.A.S.T

Haven't tried a PC3 yet but programming on a K2000/2500 is fairly quick, of course familiarity leads to speed so trying it for the first time can be confusing.... I remember testing a K2500 when it was first released in '96 and embarassingly needing to ask the store assistant for the manuals before ...
by JB
Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:00 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Digital V.A.S.T
Replies: 19
Views: 1543

Re: Digital V.A.S.T

For an overview of VAST download the Reference guide and Performance guides from here: http://www.kurzweilmusicsystems.com/Product.php?product=109&tab=downloads Performance guide chapter 7 explains the Program mode where VAST is implemented. Reference guide chapter 7 shows the algorythms used to giv...
by JB
Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:55 am
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: thinking of making a "major" shift in production. Help!? :)
Replies: 15
Views: 1318

Re: thinking of making a "major" shift in production. Help!? :)

Have to agree. I used to swear by editing samples on my hardware samplers (K2500RS & MPC3000) but learning the shortcut keys in SoundForge sped things up dramatically... of course the advantage in editing speed is lost if you then import it back into the hardware for playback :wink:
by JB
Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:01 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: Korg DS10+ announced
Replies: 22
Views: 1642

Re: Korg DS10+ announced

Love the canned applause in the video :) ...anyway, I didn't notice if the guy mentioned if you can set the individual synth sequencers to have a different number of steps from each other or if it is still crippled by all active sequences having to be of the same length. For that reason alone I very...
by JB
Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:29 am
Forum: Samplers
Topic: E-mu's Bizarre Sense Of Humour!
Replies: 22
Views: 2794

Re: E-mu's Bizarre Sense Of Humour!

Wasn't there a picture of a banana slug on the boards of some Drumulators? I think (from a vague memory) that the Banana Slug was drawn around the main CPU chip in a Sequential Studio 440.... or was it the 440 that had the magic mushrooms on the main PCB?... I can't remember, either way SCI/Sequent...
by JB
Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:45 pm
Forum: Samplers
Topic: Any Prophet 3000 sampler users here?
Replies: 8
Views: 654

Re: Any Prophet 3000 sampler users here?

Wine Valley are the authority on Sequential/SCI gear, they sometimes get P3000s in and sell the latest O/S and survival kits for the beasties.
by JB
Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:23 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: sq-80 vs esq-1
Replies: 10
Views: 3305

Re: sq-80 vs esq-1

Given the choice of the two I'd prefer the SQ80 as it had extra ROM waveforms (although there was a site in the 'net that provided a means to add these to an ESQ-1). I used the disk drive on mine to store presets on as a 3.5" DS-DD disk was significantly cheaper than buying a cart plus I used mine a...
by JB
Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:13 am
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: sq-80 vs esq-1
Replies: 10
Views: 3305

Re: sq-80 vs esq-1

I've had a couple of SQ80s and an ESQ-1 (metal case). The first SQ80 was brand new, never had a problem with it for the 4 or so years I had it. The second SQ80 was second-hand, the display eventually died and then it stopped booting-up successfully - afraid to say that I de-chipped it and binned the...
by JB
Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:33 am
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Best TB-303 Emulator?
Replies: 33
Views: 8870

Re: Best TB-303 Emulator?

Haven't actually run this yet (our work PCs are fairly locked down) but thought it was kind of on topic....

http://www.hobnox.com/index.1056.en.html
by JB
Wed May 27, 2009 4:08 pm
Forum: Samplers
Topic: Dirtiest sampler?
Replies: 36
Views: 3521

Re: Dirtiest sampler?

The Prophet 2000 range of samplers are often reputed to be one of the cleanest sounding 12-bit samplers.

Haven't owned one myself though (would love a Prophet 3000).
by JB
Wed May 20, 2009 12:25 pm
Forum: Samplers
Topic: looking 4 sample source- prodigy firestarter 'hey'
Replies: 10
Views: 3304

Re: looking 4 sample source- prodigy firestarter 'hey'

I'm sure I read somewhere that the original AON "Hey!" sample was Paula Yates from back when she used to co-present The Tube.