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Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:05 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: DSI MoPho
Replies: 374
Views: 32831

Re: DSI MoPho

I think the MoPho sounds good for its price, but I think almost everyone who has played both would agree that it doesn't have nearly the smooth and round tone of the Little Phatty. Of course, that's 4x the cost. I didn't have much luck running stuff through its filter. It seems to lack any distincti...
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Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:59 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Ensoniq ESQ1 voice problems like Juno and Poly ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1162

Re: Ensoniq ESQ1 voice problems like Juno and Poly ?

The CEM3379 filter/amp chips can go out. I've replaced them before - extremely easy. Just open it up, pop out the offending chip, and then you're done. I'm fairly certain that it plays through each voice in order when you first boot up the ESQ-1. So you figure out which voice is bad, and the chips a...
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Sun Sep 14, 2008 3:45 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Is This The D-50?
Replies: 88
Views: 11190

Re: Is This The D-50?

The method of saw and square wave generation was different on the JV/XVs, I'd go as far as to say that one might argue that they were even more flexible as PWM could now be applied to even saws....and as formentioned, the rest of the arch that one might need for basic D-50 styled synthesis was in p...
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Sun Sep 14, 2008 7:34 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: DSI MoPho
Replies: 374
Views: 32831

Re: DSI MoPho

I can see the logic in that, but that would push up production costs on what are pretty reasonably-priced synthesisers with plenty of features. It already responds to CC, has the MIDI hardware, and sequencing code; adding CC sequencing would be like 12 lines of code. That wouldn't really push up th...
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Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:07 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: DSI MoPho
Replies: 374
Views: 32831

Re: DSI MoPho

So comparisons between blue and a yellow synthesizers are legal ? Though these complementary colors get along like cat's and dogs or 303s and DX 7s ? ;) actually blue and yellow are just primary colors. blue and orange or yellow and violet would be complementary colors :wink: Oh, snap! The one thin...
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Sun Sep 14, 2008 4:47 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Is This The D-50?
Replies: 88
Views: 11190

Re: Is This The D-50?

Am I going to regret selling the JX? :o Creating a sound on the D-50 is like programming your analog synthesizer through a mailbox. Not fun. Having the PG-1000 programmer helps, but it's still easier to create a sound on the JX-3P if you're just looking for a standard analog sound. The D-50 can sou...
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Sun Sep 14, 2008 4:14 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Is This The D-50?
Replies: 88
Views: 11190

Re: Is This The D-50?

I never really understood the reasoning behind an all out D-50 emulator for use on the V's as a result.... sure you could look at emulating the older DACs, but other than that, the basic pieces you needed to hit on darn close emulations were already there. The D50 creates the pulse and sawtooth wav...
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Mon May 19, 2008 11:41 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: OB-Xa and Prophet 5... redundant?
Replies: 14
Views: 3189

They all use CEM chips, but most use different CEM models. The interesting thing about the OBXa and Prophet-5 (rev3) is that they use the same oscillator, same filter and same envelope CEM chips models, so it´s fair to think they may sound identical or really similar, as "Non-Digital Tom" rightly q...
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Fri May 09, 2008 7:59 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: OB-Xa and Prophet 5... redundant?
Replies: 14
Views: 3189

V301H wrote:My recommendation is either the Jupiter 8 or Jupiter
+1

The Prophet 5 has a more aggressive hard sync sound than the OBXa, PolyMod, and a bit more punch, but a Jupiter offers a tighter sound, cross modulation, expanded filter options, and would ultimately offer more sonic possibilities.
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Wed May 07, 2008 8:09 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Cymbal Sound patch on an Octave Cat?
Replies: 4
Views: 360

I'll have to try it out - I'm pretty sure you can get good hihats, and a passable ride, but crash cymbals would be tough. External processing helps a lot - particularly EQ to remove bass frequencies, and you can use reverb on a very short crash sound and often it will sound better than if you attemp...
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Wed May 07, 2008 8:07 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Andromeda worthwhile for non-keyboard players?
Replies: 5
Views: 622

I don't think it's necessarily overkill if you're not a keyboardist, as long as you're a synthesist (if that's a word). I know quite a few people who can't play well, but can program amazingly well. But if you're not into programming, then the Andromeda would be complete overkill. The Prophet '08 is...
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Wed May 07, 2008 8:05 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Midi Controllers, How many Zones can I assign?
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Re: Midi Controllers, How many Zones can I assign?

I was curious....on a standard Keyboard I can have 2 Zones for my instrument sounds, can I assign more (let's say 4) on a Midi controller keyboard? It depends on the controller - many of the Roland A series allow a vast number of split options, while cheap controllers don't. On the other hand, even...
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Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:10 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: aftertouch/polypressure synths
Replies: 27
Views: 2288

Re: aftertouch/polypressure synths

so my question is witch of poly synth or ROMpler (i was thinking of a chweap didgital synth for a start), does provide the ability to modulate each sound seperatly (by midi) when playing chords on it. The Ensoniq VFX and SQ80 have polytouch. The keys are a bit clacky, but it's the cheapest way into...
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Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:34 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: experiences with Wine Country Sequential?
Replies: 12
Views: 8056

I purchased a Prophet VS from them (in original box!) about 7 years ago. It arrived working well, looked brand new, and I was very pleased. I've heard that their repair rates are high, and occasionally their customer handling skills can be a bit lacking, but I had no problem with the restored Prophet.
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Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:15 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Detuned synth in Mortal Kombat theme? (Techno Syndrome)
Replies: 15
Views: 4112

Re: Detuned synth in Mortal Kombat theme? (Techno Syndrome)

I was hoping somebody might know what synth was used by the immortals for this sound? Are you talking about the main lead? That sounds like a sampler to me - a filtered orchestral hit. As far as the synth stuff, I don't know for sure, but I wager a lot of Roland did the analog synth bits. There's s...