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by i_watch_stars
Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:35 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Quality 8x8 midi interface?
Replies: 12
Views: 984

I'm running a MOTU MIDI express 8x8 USB with WIN XP SP2. Its worked flawlessly for 1.5 years.

Beware of a little driver hunting though...
by i_watch_stars
Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:18 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Just got a JP8000
Replies: 31
Views: 2030

JP-80x0 has the best, juiciest, filter of all the VAs. I wouldn't say its "the king" of VAs though. I would give that to the Virus, if forced.
by i_watch_stars
Wed Apr 23, 2008 2:13 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Roland D50 is it a classic or out of date?
Replies: 160
Views: 26713

A couple of points I want to throw in the mix... About the much discussed and lampooned presets, I actually like most of the presets. Keep in mind the Eric Persing and his team did not always to try recreate real instruments, for instance, Glass Voices 1 and 2, which are perhaps some of the best pad...
by i_watch_stars
Sat Apr 19, 2008 4:53 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Detuned synth in Mortal Kombat theme? (Techno Syndrome)
Replies: 15
Views: 4506

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

My Jp-8000 came pretty close but that was made 5 years after that song was released. Therefore your hope of replicating the sound has been eternally crushed. You must now venture through the labyrinth, defeat the Synth King by the 13th hour, and retrieve the exact synth that was used before you can...
by i_watch_stars
Sat Apr 19, 2008 4:40 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Roland D50 is it a classic or out of date?
Replies: 160
Views: 26713

The Roland cards (PN-D50 01 through 04) are the best. All I have to say is ;


STAR-TREK VOICES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Actually, I just got a PG-1000 for my D-550; so I'm back in magical D-50 land.
by i_watch_stars
Sun Apr 13, 2008 6:39 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Favorite. Synth. Ever.
Replies: 42
Views: 3341

http://www.vintagesynth.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=29271&highlight=synth Anyway, I don't understand flat out _favorites_, as in, "better than anything else out there", in art. Every synth, like all things in art, has its own niche and charm, and no synth contains them all (otherwise the first statem...
by i_watch_stars
Tue Apr 08, 2008 2:03 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: difficult analog sounds
Replies: 48
Views: 7309

One reason to pursue imitative synthesis is that though no one is going to mistake it for the real thing you can sometimes come up with a new class of usable sounds[...] [...] Of course, many of the amazing things Tomita, Wendy Carlos, and Larry Fast did used imitative synthesis as a starting point...
by i_watch_stars
Mon Apr 07, 2008 2:16 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: difficult analog sounds
Replies: 48
Views: 7309

Re: choir sounds

3. choir This is easy. Take at least two BP filters in parallel and use square waves and add noise on top of that. Add chorus to taste. You have to seperate the filters' freqs appropriately, as well as the resonance to get the correct formant. Each vowel formant has a different seperation. The reso...
by i_watch_stars
Sun Apr 06, 2008 11:44 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: difficult analog sounds
Replies: 48
Views: 7309

Re: difficult analog sounds

difficult sounds in subtractive synthesis(VA and real analog) it's my list. 1. metallic brass I'm not sure I know what this is... 2. airy pad Yeah, somewhat difficult. It is an excercise in layering...basically take any pad, remove the high freqs, and add a complex non-harmonic noisy sound with a l...
by i_watch_stars
Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:29 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Could I do dark, ambient music with this synth setup?
Replies: 21
Views: 4112

portland wrote:
i_watch_stars wrote:A lot of dark ambient doesn't have any synth sounds.... :?
The effect unit is what is important.
Yes, absolutely true.
by i_watch_stars
Fri Apr 04, 2008 3:36 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Could I do dark, ambient music with this synth setup?
Replies: 21
Views: 4112

A lot of dark ambient doesn't have any synth sounds.... :?
by i_watch_stars
Mon Mar 31, 2008 2:02 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Crazy idea: a mega-MicroKorg
Replies: 20
Views: 1969

Talk about drifting off the original topic, which was to build several Microkorgs into a rack. Is a Radias, ugly as it is, functionally equivalent to a few stacked MKs/MS2000s? Sound the same? Some posts say they sound different. Joking aside, no, the RADIAS isn't exactly equivalent to four MS2000s...
by i_watch_stars
Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:41 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Crazy idea: a mega-MicroKorg
Replies: 20
Views: 1969

The RADIAS is basically a type of synth that takes the quanitity of features approach, vs the quality of raw sound. It is the anti-minimoog. totally disagree. fantastic sounding synthesizer. Errm...I never said it didn't sound good, it just arrives at a good sound from a different way. If it didn't...
by i_watch_stars
Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:19 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Dissatisfied with drum sounds in general
Replies: 28
Views: 2025

All of the sudden this is an drum machine vs anti-drum machine thread, lol. To the original poster, yes, it is hard to pull off. Especially when the drums are the centerpeice of the track, or they are alone, etc. I can come pretty close with my XV-5080 with the SRV Drum board in, plus random quantiz...
by i_watch_stars
Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:06 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Crazy idea: a mega-MicroKorg
Replies: 20
Views: 1969

everyone's entitled to their opinion... personally I prefer the sound of my Nord Lead 3 over the Radias, even dry without any outboard processing. and that's one thing I have noticed about the Radias, it doesn't work as well with additional effects compared to the Lead 3, Waldorf Bloefeld or my rec...