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by rockmanrock
Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Synth prices going up
Replies: 38
Views: 8850

Re: Synth prices going up

I've got a 626, it's alright but I barely use it. Most of these old sample based drum machines (and even analogue ones) can be 'done' very well with a Korg ES1 - the old sampler Electribe, or the bigger ESX. They've got the x0x interface and plenty of hands on control. Check out this guy https://www...
by rockmanrock
Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:31 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: E-mu ESI 4000-- is it dope?
Replies: 12
Views: 1863

Re: E-mu ESI 4000-- is it dope?

Good tips here, if I do say so myself... http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/dec01/articles/emuesi.asp Sounds like you got a lot out of it all those years back! The trick with transposing to match 48kHz is Mad Theory! :mrgreen: I was fighting an ASR-X at the time. I realise now how much better the ESI ...
by rockmanrock
Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:03 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: E-mu ESI 4000-- is it dope?
Replies: 12
Views: 1863

Re: E-mu ESI 4000-- is it dope?

1. how is the sound of the ESI 4000? i make sample based hip-hop, i don't do any synth stuff really. so what i'm looking for is punchy kicks, gritty snappy snares, crackly dirty dusty loops, tight basses, that sort of thing. I would categorise it as clean with a very mild hint of warmth. The output...
by rockmanrock
Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:00 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Casio CZ5000 vs VZ1
Replies: 16
Views: 11173

Re: Casio CZ5000 vs VZ1

LOL! I never took to the TX81Z or the DX-7. I was always disappointed by the tone. In my opinion the sound of the Casio implementation of FM is superior tonally. You get warmer pads and more complex evolving sounds. Yes the CZ is much more appealing to program and with the res waves and ring-mod it...
by rockmanrock
Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:00 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Casio CZ5000 vs VZ1
Replies: 16
Views: 11173

Re: Casio CZ5000 vs VZ1

I had a VZ-8M for a while. I soon came to the conclusion life was too short for all that bollocks, give me my CZ101 any day. It made the TX81Z look sane. I think the CZ1 is the one to get - CZ character, ease of use and velocity for some life.
by rockmanrock
Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:45 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?
Replies: 541
Views: 60358

Re: What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?

Roland CM-32P for £11.50. It's the computer music version of a U110/U220. I bought it as a taster then got hold of a U220 which despite having more samples doesn't sound as sweet as the CM-32P, odd.
by rockmanrock
Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:31 pm
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: outboard reverb...which?
Replies: 82
Views: 9169

Re: outboard reverb...which?

snagged a rex-50 for 1000 yen (about £7.00/$12.00). very impressed with the reverbs. the halls are very selected ambient works vol. ii. especially enjoying the distortion + reverb algo, just driving the reverb slightly sounds so good it's in a complete state though. tactile buttons don't work prope...
by rockmanrock
Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:23 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Power Consumption in your studio.
Replies: 23
Views: 2798

Re: Power Consumption in your studio.

This was in the news recently here in the UK, a whole family wiped out due to a wall-wart for a mobile phone setting the place on fire: Phone charger may be cause of family death blaze I've got all my wall-warts on individually switched extensions. I came to the conclusion I don't need to have it al...
by rockmanrock
Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:12 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Making Evolver Sound Analog
Replies: 23
Views: 1458

Re: Making Evolver Sound Analog

I ended up selling my Evolver too. It was too fiddly (I can manage my Pulse but the Evolver was about 3 times as deep), and the sound never seemed right to my ears. There's a lot packed into it, which makes for some whizz-bang sounds but the fundamental tone isn't particularly pleasant. Put next to ...
by rockmanrock
Sun Dec 26, 2010 6:04 pm
Forum: Samplers
Topic: unique/unsual features in hardware samplers
Replies: 32
Views: 3998

Re: unique/unsual features in hardware samplers

thinking of stuff like transform multiply in the emu samplers (still not really sure what this sounds like) we can also use this thread to discuss weird bugs like the infamous loop-point glitch error in the ensoniq eps/asr series Not just the loop point glitch (where it plays random stuff from the ...
by rockmanrock
Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:01 am
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: outboard reverb...which?
Replies: 82
Views: 9169

Re: outboard reverb...which?

Find myself in agreement with your ears mr junkie! I've got a LXP5 which is mostly delay and pitchshifting but it does have a single hall reverb algorithm and that sounds excellent, for character it craps on my (now sold) MPX100. The Zoom reverbs are great to my ears too, got a 1201 here and I'm tem...
by rockmanrock
Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:30 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: TG/SY77 High Contrast Blue Replacement LCD Module
Replies: 120
Views: 40972

Re: TG/SY77 High Contrast Blue Replacement LCD Module

Thread revival time!

Does anyone have a recommendation of a quiet 5V EL inverter for these big LCDs? I tried the ones from backlight4you.com but they're very loud, as loud as the one it replaced in my Akai S1000!
by rockmanrock
Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:38 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Patchbay (audio, not MIDI) recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 1072

Re: Patchbay (audio, not MIDI) recommendations?

Got two Behringer PX3000s and a PX2000, no problems here, they seem very well made to me. I had the PX1000 for a while and didn't use it because you had to hack it about (cutting PCB traces) to get it denormalled. The PX1000 seems to be a copy of the Neutriks so maybe they need a similar bodge? Swit...
by rockmanrock
Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:31 am
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Yamaha DX11 vs. Casio CZ-3000
Replies: 3
Views: 1802

Re: Yamaha DX11 vs. Casio CZ-3000

The CZ3000 isn't velocity senstive, the DX11 is and has aftertouch too. Velocity is a must with a JV I'd say.
by rockmanrock
Mon May 24, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Would you buy a PPG Wave if you had the opportunity for it?
Replies: 23
Views: 1673

Re: Would you buy a PPG Wave if you had the opportunity for

It's a Hohner that Waldorf had a part in designing, based on the DREAM chips that were also used in the Quasimidi products.

http://www.till-kopper.de/hohner_adam.html