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by ewblank
Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:14 pm
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Alesis Multimix 6/ 8
Replies: 6
Views: 581

Since there's already a topic on these Alesis Multimix's I thought I's jump on the bandwagon with a few questions. I own a handful of Alesis gear and I'm pretty happy with all of it so far. I've come across a used Multimix 8 USB, and I'm thinking of picking it up. However - I've read a number of rev...
by ewblank
Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:59 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: electribe EA - can it chill?
Replies: 21
Views: 1546

Hey Monolith, I was in a similar position not too long ago. I found an EA-1 used and cheap, and picked it up for the heck of it - but the first thing I did was listen to the preset patterns, and thought to myself, oh gawd this was a mistake. I am not a fan of techno/dance music.. ;-) However - after...
by ewblank
Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:20 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Smallest Midi Controller?
Replies: 28
Views: 3177

This may be cheating, because this is not really marketed as a midi controller, but I've been using the Yamaha MU5 as a controller for a while, and it's pretty good at it. A 2 octave keyboard that's about 8 inches wide. As a bonus, it comes with a free midi sound module. ;-) http://www.sonicstate.co...
by ewblank
Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:55 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Live Synth set-ups for pure electronic noise
Replies: 10
Views: 1227

I was doing the noise thing for about a year before I started getting bored with it, but at the time, my setup was all non-keyboard, and consisted of the following:

Yamaha DJXIIB
Yamaha SU-10 sampler
Alesis AirSynth
Korg Er-1
Realistic reverb
Various FX pedal loops

cheers,
ew
by ewblank
Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:09 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: A little challenge for ya guys
Replies: 31
Views: 3329

An iPod ;-)

ew
by ewblank
Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:50 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Casiotone Conspiracy!
Replies: 8
Views: 1204

This isn't a 100% complete Casio reference, but this is the most info I've even found in 1 place. http://weltenschule.de/TableHooters/index.html Click the "My tablehooter hacks and collection" link. This guy goes into exhaustive detail on the specs and features of the kybds he's modified, including ...
by ewblank
Sun Jul 15, 2007 5:14 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: How do you use synths to make music that is fresh?
Replies: 55
Views: 5645

Just my 2 cents, here, but I think sounding fresh has less to do with the sounds coming out of the synth and more to do with finding and developing you own voice and/or style. Just think of how many thousands of songs have been written for guitar/bass/drums over the past 50 years, and yet - once in ...
by ewblank
Wed Jul 04, 2007 2:40 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Any Other Synth Forums ?
Replies: 21
Views: 3268

You could check out these forums, however I personally prefer VSE to either: http://www.em411.com/ - Seems to be mostly teens and students making laptop music - too many posts the likes of "circuit bending is totally rad, dude!" http://electro-music.com/forum/ - Seems to be the professors teaching t...
by ewblank
Tue Jun 26, 2007 8:20 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Those cheap General midi casio keyboards
Replies: 11
Views: 1591

Just a quick note on these types of consumer keyboards: I've tired using one as a midi controller and it'll play the notes no problem, but I was seriously annoyed by 2 issues: 1 - If it's General midi - it will most likely only send control changes for general midi sounds - so if you're not using a ...
by ewblank
Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:20 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Midi bulk data dump from hardware to PC ?
Replies: 0
Views: 457

Midi bulk data dump from hardware to PC ?

Hey folks, I’m wondering if anyone can recommend a good freeware midi file manager for a PC running WinXP. Here’s what I want to do: I need to back up my drum machine patches from a Yamaha AN200 and Roland D2 using the onboard midi bulk transfers. Both manuals give instructions on how to do this to ...
by ewblank
Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:00 pm
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: What's your fav. drum programming method?
Replies: 26
Views: 4475

I always start with something punched in manually, then tweak it to taste afterwards. The thing I love about the manual method is that different boxes respond differently and can give you unexpected and sometimes great results. Case in point - I've been working a lot with my Roland D2 lately, and I ...
by ewblank
Wed Jun 06, 2007 7:38 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What was your gateway drug into synthesis?
Replies: 177
Views: 12872

This only prooves that I am: 1 - Canadian 2 - an old fart - but it was Rush's Moving Pictures album (and yes - I do mean "album") cheers, ew . The PW and MP era of RUSH was also Geddy Lee's peak as a synth innovator and stylist -- Minimoog lead lines, Oberheim pads and drones, sample and hold and a...
by ewblank
Tue Jun 05, 2007 10:07 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What was your gateway drug into synthesis?
Replies: 177
Views: 12872

Re: Moving Pictures

I had my Rickenbacker 4001 bass and was working on "All the World's a Stage" , then came "Moving Pictures" with "Red Barchetta". I got a Juno-6. The very next week the Juno-60 arrived at the music store and I traded the Juno-6 with another $1000. I then got the MD-8 DCB-to-midi interface and a Korg...
by ewblank
Tue Jun 05, 2007 1:43 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What was your gateway drug into synthesis?
Replies: 177
Views: 12872

This only prooves that I am:
1 - Canadian
2 - an old fart

- but it was Rush's Moving Pictures album (and yes - I do mean "album")

cheers,
ew
by ewblank
Tue Jun 05, 2007 1:37 pm
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Question about the DS-1/other distortion pedals.
Replies: 3
Views: 888

OK - I'll start off by saying I'm not an expert in this this, but here are my thoughts: In general, distortions are signal boosters, so what might be happening is that the background tone might be coming from your 777, but you don't normally hear it until it's boosted by the distortion. To figure ou...