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by XpanderXt
Wed Feb 03, 2010 8:35 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Goodbye Alesis Andromeda ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1723

Re: Goodbye Alesis Andromeda ?

The Micron uses a different version that is low power 3.5 volts vs 5 volt. It seems like a small change but it has been explained to me that it is a huge change to try to make it work on the A6. Basically a total redesign of the boards. I doubt the market is there for them to spend the money to try ...
by XpanderXt
Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:19 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Goodbye Alesis Andromeda ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1723

Re: Goodbye Alesis Andromeda ?

The real deal is that they can't make their 1K ASIC any longer. They make a few thousand chips at one time and most do not work. It takes a lot of testing to find out which ones actually do work, some can be somewhat intermittant, it's not as simple as a work/no work. When they have gotten enough ch...
by XpanderXt
Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:08 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Worst Roland, Korg and Yamaha Synths?
Replies: 57
Views: 6036

Re: Worst Roland, Korg and Yamaha Synths?

Roland Alpha Juno's
Korg any ROMPLER
Yamaha FB-01
by XpanderXt
Sun Oct 11, 2009 2:16 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Prophet 5 to Prophet 600 Comparison?
Replies: 24
Views: 2639

Re: Prophet 5 to Prophet 600 Comparison?

OB-8 is a very different sound than Prophet 5. I have always loved the OB-X, OB-Xa, OB-8 sound. Never got one though because they were so much more money than a Prophet 5. I bought my P5 new for $2350 when OB-Xa's were going for $3400 or so. I would still love to have an OB ( I have an Xpander and i...
by XpanderXt
Sun Oct 11, 2009 2:11 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Close as it comes to CS-80?
Replies: 38
Views: 3236

Re: Close as it comes to CS-80?

I think the CS80V has a great sound. I have an Andy and it can sort of do CS but not really. The CS80's big sound was based on the architecture of the voices. It's two complete synths playing at once. On the Andy you could sort of do this in multi-mode but then you don't get the hands on. Also the f...
by XpanderXt
Thu Oct 01, 2009 11:14 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Prophet 5 to Prophet 600 Comparison?
Replies: 24
Views: 2639

Re: Prophet 5 to Prophet 600 Comparison?

I think the P600 had a fatter sound, but not a better sound. It was more in your face. I never compared it side to side with the T8 because I didn't have both at the same time. My opinion is that the P5 was the best, Pro1 second best, and T8 and 600 tied for third in different ways. I have a 3.2 P5....
by XpanderXt
Thu Oct 01, 2009 5:31 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: "Gastric" Drum and Bass synth sounds?
Replies: 7
Views: 658

Re: "Gastric" Drum and Bass synth sounds?

there is the first sound, the most 'gastric' sounding which sounds like a very filtered saw wave with some LFO modulating the pitch. The fact that the LFO is modulating the pitch, makes the actual pitch less definable but fills a lot more motion in the low end. I'd call this sound ' day after eating...
by XpanderXt
Wed Sep 30, 2009 12:24 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Prophet 5 to Prophet 600 Comparison?
Replies: 24
Views: 2639

Re: Prophet 5 to Prophet 600 Comparison?

I never had a stepping issue with mine. I think that the controls round off to 7 bits or 128 steps but that's just the memory aspect, when controlled those 128 steps get filtered and rounded off. I just didn't like the sound quality of the 600 as much as the Prophet 5. I have a Prophet 5, a Pro 1 an...
by XpanderXt
Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Prophet 5 to Prophet 600 Comparison?
Replies: 24
Views: 2639

Re: Prophet 5 to Prophet 600 Comparison?

We need to clear this up. The Prophets 5 and 600 only step audibly when you sweep manually with the knobs. This does not happen when the LFO or envelopes sweep parameters. totally agree! Same goes for the Oberheim Xpander and most other stuff. There is the equivalent of Lag circuits on all of these...
by XpanderXt
Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:58 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Worst.. hardware sequencer.. EVER
Replies: 121
Views: 20605

Re: Worst.. hardware sequencer.. EVER

Worst by far was the 'Brother'. It was basically a 5 1/4" floppy disk drive with a 7 segment display on it. The worst user interface ever made on any product. Yamaha QX1, Roland MC4 and MC8, Oberheim DS2A (it added an extra note the first time through the sequence), and Moog analog sequencer (no pit...
by XpanderXt
Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:22 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What instrument have you had the longest?
Replies: 56
Views: 2660

Re: What instrument have you had the longest?

acoustic - Buscher alto sax 1970
electric - Yamaha DX9 - 1984? Oberheim Xpander 1985?
by XpanderXt
Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:02 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Prophet 5 to Prophet 600 Comparison?
Replies: 24
Views: 2639

Re: Prophet 5 to Prophet 600 Comparison?

I'd do a patch thing on my Prophet 5. They won't sound anything alike by putting the knobs to the same place though. I had both, not at the same time, just like Otto. I never liked the sound of the 600. I got rid of it about 3 months after I got it. Trying to describe sound with words is near imposs...
by XpanderXt
Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:49 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Tom Oberheim Interview - Need Your Help
Replies: 24
Views: 1628

Re: Tom Oberheim Interview - Need Your Help

I would love to hear him talk about the development of the Xpander and Matrix-12. Those synths are still unmatched in many ways and the team that worked on them must have been an amazing group. That group of engineers became Fast Forward designs. They designed the Sound Designer II card for Digides...
by XpanderXt
Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Tom Oberheim Interview - Need Your Help
Replies: 24
Views: 1628

Re: Tom Oberheim Interview - Need Your Help

many older synths had a voice overflow mode that allowed you to chain multiple units together via MIDI. Each module would take the first note then pass the rest through to the MIDI out. Simple to do in software. The SEM should have that feature. Other questions: might not be something he would want ...
by XpanderXt
Mon Sep 14, 2009 5:51 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Stable free running LFOs with fine tuning
Replies: 20
Views: 939

Re: Stable free running LFOs with fine tuning

most LFO's on synths don't go over about 60 - 100Hz max. As far as stability, most LFO's, because they don't go into much audio range, don't have the type of compensation that a VCO would have. For stability, many of the modular synths that have VCO's that operate in the LFO range also would be more...