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by Big Gnome
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: Newbie wants to learn how to use a software synth...which would be best?
Replies: 7
Views: 187

Re: Newbie wants to learn how to use a software synth...which would be best?

I'll second the suggestion of picking up something modest and free to tinker with at first--TAL Noisemaker is a great one as madtheory mentioned. (Also great: u-he Tyrell N6, and Synth1 is a solid workhorse as well.) And I would urge you to learn general synthesis principles. Sound on Sound has an o...
by Big Gnome
Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: FIXED- Crumar Bit 99 - should it Sound this way?
Replies: 8
Views: 1940

Re: Crumar Bit 99 - should it Sound this way?

(Disclaimer: I am unfamiliar with the Bits) It's definitely not aliasing, as that would produce enharmonic partials that move contrary to the base pitch, and you wouldn't be hearing it triangle waves if you weren't on pulse waves, which produce louder harmonics by a power of 2. It sounds distinctly ...
by Big Gnome
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Decent amp for a beginner?
Replies: 4
Views: 2915

Re: Decent amp for a beginner?

A synthesizer forum is a pretty questionable place to ask about guitar amps, but as a guitarist myself, I'll try to help. It's difficult to say without knowing what sort of sound or style you had in mind though. I played a little 15W Fender when I was in college, which I quite liked, although the di...
by Big Gnome
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Help with synthesizing a high pitched hissing sound
Replies: 7
Views: 2534

Re: Help with synthesizing a high pitched hissing sound

Hard to say without a clearer idea of what type of thing you're after. I can't think of a more appropriate approach than the aforementioned white noise through HPF thing for a static, undifferentiated hiss. (A BPF with high resonance--or a few in parallel--might be a useful variation thereupon.) For...
by Big Gnome
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Waldorf Pulse (1) Audio input
Replies: 1
Views: 1995

Re: Waldorf Pulse (1) Audio input

I couldn't find anything concrete, but I'd be very surprised if it could process stereo signals--this would require two separate signal paths from the mixer on down, and as far as I can tell the Pulse is strictly monaural upstream of the VCA outputs.
by Big Gnome
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:49 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: I can't reproduce this sound !!
Replies: 14
Views: 2218

Re: I can't reproduce this sound !!

This is an extremely simple sound to make--just use one oscillator set to a triangle wave, and modulate the pitch by around an octave to an octave and a half via an envelope with a fairly rapid decay, i.e., attack and sustain all the way down, decay (and optionally release) somewhere in the neighbor...
by Big Gnome
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Ensoniq ESQ-1 Hidden Waves question
Replies: 3
Views: 2221

Re: Ensoniq ESQ-1 Hidden Waves question

It disables decrementing with the up and down buttons (although you can still navigate normally with the data slider; only wave selection is affected), but you can advance up to (I think) wave 255. It bears mentioning that apart from the first couple of waves beyond the standard rom (which are heavi...
by Big Gnome
Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Korg ARP Odyssey - Gate won't close
Replies: 2
Views: 2076

Re: Korg ARP Odyssey - Gate won't close

Foolish question: is the VCA Gain slider up?
by Big Gnome
Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Digital or analog?
Replies: 35
Views: 4927

Re: Digital or analog?

Wow. A digital vs. analog thread and a maudlin kids-these-days thread at once. I'm impressed.
by Big Gnome
Mon May 22, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synth lead question
Replies: 6
Views: 1133

Re: Synth lead question

Does it really matter? I mean, you post a few of these synth ID threads a week and frankly I fail to see the point. If you find particular sounds inspiring, then replicate them using what you have available to you--that's what synthesizers do --and damn the specific instruments. If you've narrowed t...
by Big Gnome
Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The classic Ensoniq sound- best choice?
Replies: 30
Views: 6485

Re: The classic Ensoniq sound- best choice?

Nope, doesn't work. you either program it into the envelope or re-trigger the key to have a noticeable change in filter. That's not true. The filter responds in real time to the mod wheel or pedal, just like any other modulation source. I realize I'm late to the party, but I thought I'd chime in ha...
by Big Gnome
Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: How to hone in on a certain synth sound
Replies: 3
Views: 838

Re: How to hone in on a certain synth sound

The basic tone is just a saw wave through a lowpass filter. What gives it its character is the amplitude being modulated at around 17Hz and some portamento. You may also want to modulate the oscillator's frequency slightly with noise and use an equalizer to boost pretty generously around 2kHz; and o...
by Big Gnome
Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Amp question
Replies: 2
Views: 498

Re: Amp question

Generally the effects loop bypasses the preamp (and any issues that has), so you're plugging directly into the power amp.
by Big Gnome
Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:36 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Aliasing
Replies: 9
Views: 1495

Re: Aliasing

Often, but it can also be caused by any process that generates harmonics--distortion, ring modulation, etc. Aliasing occurs when a signal contains partials that exceed 1/2 the sample rate, so yes, it's related to high-frequency content.
by Big Gnome
Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Recording Yamaha DX21 - dB questions
Replies: 5
Views: 3846

Re: Recording Yamaha DX21 - dB questions

-18 to -12dB is a pretty much ideal level. There's nothing wrong with increasing the level in Cubasr.