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by smith toppleton
Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synths that sound 'out of place' in songs
Replies: 9
Views: 1479

Re: Synths that sound 'out of place' in songs

Air's Talkie Walkie is one of my favorite albums of all time. Great songwriting and phenomenal sound design and playing with an overall pristine studio sound. Still, I've always thought Surfing on a Rocket would have been better with live drums. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUhQXibl-n4 Live drums...
by smith toppleton
Fri Feb 05, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: How to play 808 Chromatically from Analog synth
Replies: 10
Views: 1460

Re: How to play 808 Chromatically from Analog synth

I sample all my analog gear and manipulate it in software because the analog stuff tends to sound more robust and it holds up better in processing. Sometimes there are little surprises hiding in there.
by smith toppleton
Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:59 pm
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: High end preamp ideal for P8?
Replies: 36
Views: 9738

Re: High end preamp ideal for P8?

Did I mistake VSE for an Apple forum?

"Can anyone recommend a good X?"
"X is dumb. Why do you want X?"
by smith toppleton
Sat Jan 23, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: keyboard/synth
Replies: 7
Views: 848

Re: keyboard/synth

Heh, that's a tough one.

My guess is that it might be a sampler because it seems to have more outputs than a normal synthesizer would have.
by smith toppleton
Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Oberheim OB-6 Dave Smith
Replies: 76
Views: 20923

Re: Oberheim OB-6 Dave Smith

NAMM '16 just keeps getting better.
by smith toppleton
Thu Jan 21, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Arturia Matrixbrute
Replies: 52
Views: 12371

Re: Arturia Matrixbrute

Holy s**t!

This looks like one of those mock-ups/hoaxes that looks too good to be true. What do you think? $3,000?

edit:

Oh, in my excitement I think I assumed this would be a polysynth. I guess it's a duo. Still, analog effects is an interesting twist. Can't wait to hear it.
by smith toppleton
Sat Jan 16, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Korg Minilogue Polyphonic Analog Synth
Replies: 153
Views: 36384

Re: Korg Minilogue Polyphonic Analog Synth

I really like the sound of his thing. In the French demo I can hear a lot of Detroit techno sounds like Carl Craig's Landcruising, Drexciya, or any of the Detroit Escalator Company stuff. Very cool.
by smith toppleton
Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:18 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: On the importance of using "hot" gear
Replies: 19
Views: 4945

Re: On the importance of using "hot" gear

Many mixing engineers have a rack full of outboard gear even if they primarily use software to impress clients who think that the only way to get a commercial sound is through expensive equipment. Being a laptop musician is fine if that's what gets the job done, it just doesn't wow anyone.
by smith toppleton
Thu Jan 07, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: On the importance of using "hot" gear
Replies: 19
Views: 4945

Re: On the importance of using "hot" gear

KBD_TRACKER wrote: Imagine the wry, slightly droll reception, if at a musician's party somebody described his studio as primarily composed of a TR626 drum machine, an EX800 synth module, a Behringer mixer, and an Alesis Midiverb effect box ....

Or even worse, "just a laptop with some software."
by smith toppleton
Thu Jan 07, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: On the importance of using "hot" gear
Replies: 19
Views: 4945

Re: On the importance of using "hot" gear

This is just my opinion, but all the gear you listed sounds great, is easy/fun to use, and is relatively affordable. I think that's all there is to it. For the most part electronic musicians produce music because they love it, not because they're trying to cash in, so any trend would be because they...
by smith toppleton
Tue Nov 03, 2015 1:28 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Moog Mother 32 Eurorack synth voice
Replies: 32
Views: 7996

Re: Moog Mother 32 Eurorack synth voice

Great videos. Thanks! Is it just me, or does the Mother 32 sound a bit juicier than the other recent Moog offerings? I have a Voyager that is sitting in the closet because it just doesn't have any character compared to my other synths, but this sounds quite different. A little sizzle and buzz with s...
by smith toppleton
Sun Sep 27, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Suggestion for first analog synth
Replies: 23
Views: 2304

Re: Suggestion for first analog synth

Do you have access to any second-hand shops? From the links you posted I would recommend something older by Roland, like a JX3P or an Alpha Juno, or one of the rackmount Roland DCO synths in the MKS series. None of these are fun to program, but for the price they sound good. I think the Casio CZ ser...
by smith toppleton
Wed Sep 23, 2015 11:41 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus revision sound comparison
Replies: 1
Views: 648

Re: Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus revision sound comparison

Very interesting. I'd love to hear some sound samples of each one.
by smith toppleton
Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:47 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Roland Boutique
Replies: 308
Views: 67363

Re: Roland Boutique

...and cue people saying the JP-08 doesn't sound like the original the minute sound demos come out :D Yeah, but to be fair, how could it? It's not easy to replicate an aging, imperfect, analog beast, especially with such little horsepower. But I think there's always room for another synthesizer, be...