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by mikewelch7
Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:51 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Welcome to the Pleasuredome
Replies: 7
Views: 2549

Re: Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Welcome to the Pleasuredome

Sound on Sound profiled 'Relax' in its Classic Tracks section some time ago: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/apr08/articles/classictracks_0408.htm "About three weeks into working on 'Relax', Trevor came in after dinner one night and said, 'We're going to start again.' I couldn't believe it. This 'st...
by mikewelch7
Wed May 15, 2013 4:01 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: DSI announces Prophet 12!
Replies: 149
Views: 12323

Re: DSI announces Prophet 12!

Today, I stopped by DSI HQ in San Francisco to drop off a product for repair. Carson Day was kind enough to show me the P12 he's doing his QA work on. I had a chance to spend 20 minutes or so with this synth. First observation is that the Prophet 12 is very well designed from a layout standpoint. I ...
by mikewelch7
Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:51 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: New DSI Mopho 4 Voice Synth Announced
Replies: 115
Views: 10472

Re: New DSI Mopho 4 Voice Synth Announced

So, I just picked up SN# 29 from Robot Speak in San Francisco. On a side note, I'm really lucky to live within walking distance of Robot Speak, which is ground zero for the SF synth community. I've had a chance to plug it into my rig, and have played around with the presets. First impressions: The M...
by mikewelch7
Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:06 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: New DSI Mopho 4 Voice Synth Announced
Replies: 115
Views: 10472

Re: New DSI Mopho 4 Voice Synth Announced

Dave Smith has been very clear that he has no plans to release a VCO synth. He prefers the stability of DCO's with the ability to add in oscillator drift (i.e., 'slop') as a user option. I really love DSI's product line, particularly the Evolver. I prefer their digital / analogue hybrids and was rea...
by mikewelch7
Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:28 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: New DSI Mopho 4 Voice Synth Announced
Replies: 115
Views: 10472

New DSI Mopho 4 Voice Synth Announced

Interesting release from Dave Smith Instruments, a four voice Mopho keyboard. Interesting as they claimed they would not be releasing a Tetra keyboard, which this sounds very similar to. Seen at the following URL:

http://www.gearjunkies.com/news_info.php?news_id=7498
by mikewelch7
Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:30 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Rhodes chroma - feedback
Replies: 19
Views: 4838

Re: Rhodes chroma - feedback

I found one in the back stock room of a musical supply store in San Francisco in 2008. I bought it for $300 knowing it to be non-functional. I then began a two month restoration process that taught me quite a bit about the instrument. First, many of these were placed in long term storage by their ow...
by mikewelch7
Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:39 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Mopho feedback: Making it scream?
Replies: 10
Views: 493

Re: Mopho feedback: Making it scream?

Congrats on your Mopho. Dave Smith, IMHO, is making some amazing instruments these days. I play a mono Evolver in a four or five piece rock band and have to find sonic fit with guitars, bass, drums, etc. My technique is to play the Evolver live, whenever possible, through a 4X12 stack which gives it...
by mikewelch7
Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Waldorf XTk - Favorite Progamming Techniques
Replies: 0
Views: 167

Waldorf XTk - Favorite Progamming Techniques

Just picked up a Waldorf Microwave XTk over the weekend. This is the first synth I've ever owned, sold, and reacquired. First time was early in my days using synths and I bought the rack unit based on reputation. At that time, I had a very limited understanding of programming and had no idea how to ...
by mikewelch7
Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:24 pm
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Name ONE favorite pedal (+more)
Replies: 136
Views: 76247

Re: Name ONE favorite pedal (+more)

For keys, I find the DL4 is an amazing pedal. Th looper plus ease of preset delays that are varied and useful are all factors. In addition, they're available at a relatively low cost. I'm a huge fan of the Roland RE-20 Space Echo simulator. It sounds are stunning and its tweakability lead to countle...
by mikewelch7
Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:27 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: compact digi-Mellotron?
Replies: 16
Views: 3811

Re: compact digi-Mellotron?

I have had the Manikin Memotron for approximately one year and love it. I found a much less expensive option purchasing one through their Canadian distributor (I saved about $400 off the ridiculously greedy markup from their SoCal disti). The Memotron offers much more than just a digital sampler. Th...
by mikewelch7
Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:56 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Saving/Using Patches on Evoler
Replies: 7
Views: 430

Re: Saving/Using Patches on Evoler

I perform live with the Evolver mono keyboard about once per month. I edit patches using Soundtower or directly onboard. I keep my patches grouped together in sequence that are required for a song. That way, I use the patch selector to move between patches. One point of annoyance is that the Evo eas...
by mikewelch7
Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:51 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Tom Oberheim Interview - Need Your Help
Replies: 24
Views: 915

Re: Tom Oberheim Interview - Need Your Help

Great questions! All on my mind too. Keep them coming! :)
by mikewelch7
Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:24 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Tom Oberheim Interview - Need Your Help
Replies: 24
Views: 915

Tom Oberheim Interview - Need Your Help

Delighted to report that synth legend Tom Oberheim has granted an interview to be scheduled around the launch of his new SEM product in late September. I've already coordinated with another Bay Area resource who will film the interview. Are there any questions that you'd like posed to Tom? Please re...
by mikewelch7
Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:07 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: one line synth reviews
Replies: 139
Views: 20703

Re: one line synth reviews

Waldorf XT : I miss this Orange monstrosity capable of crazy sounds, but somehow you never made it into the mix... Roland V-Synth : Tons of options, but somehow unstable, wouldn't trust you on stage. Rhodes Chroma : I bought you for $300 from someone who didn't know what you were, lovingly coaxed y...
by mikewelch7
Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:12 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The Return of a Legend
Replies: 1
Views: 257

The Return of a Legend

Many of you are already aware through topics on this forum, or through Matrixsynth, that Tom Oberheim is back in the business of producing analog synthesizers. He is planning to release a slightly modernized version of the historic SEM module. Through an email exchange, Tom informs me that he'll be ...