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by urbanscallywag
Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:46 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Buying Broken Synths!
Replies: 26
Views: 3572

Re: Buying Broken Synths!

Where do you guys go to learn these repair techniques? Books, friends, college? I wouldn't mind learning how to do repairs, I just don't know where to start. I would start by diving in. Find something reasonably priced and analog or mostly analog. Narrow down where the problem is coming from by usi...
by urbanscallywag
Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:52 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Mopho Keyboard version
Replies: 44
Views: 6192

Re: Mopho Keyboard version

I can't agree with you on that, and anyway using pots would put the price up a huge amount as you'd need to read each pot with an A/D convertor. So either less knobs or more cost. Encoders are convenient, more precise and don't jump. I can understand how people might be used to pots or stopped enco...
by urbanscallywag
Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:14 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Moog and Buchla
Replies: 25
Views: 2814

Re: Moog and Buchla

Thanks steveman.

That reminds me. Bitexion or anyone else who hasn't seen Alchemists of Sound by the BBC, its a must watch. Lots of test equipment being used for musical purposes before Buchla and Moog!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/music/feat ... ists.shtml
by urbanscallywag
Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:59 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Moog and Buchla
Replies: 25
Views: 2814

Re: Moog and Buchla

Isn't a sawtooth waveform "just" an integrator? They have been around forever. Lots of theory precedes the actual technology. Fourier analysis was developed well before spectrum analyzers were even an idea. Gauss optimized the Fourier Transform into what became the Fast Fourier Transform (independen...
by urbanscallywag
Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:11 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Moog and Buchla
Replies: 25
Views: 2814

Re: Moog and Buchla

I don't think Buchla or Moog invented voltage control. I'm sure it existed on test equipment for many years before. I haven't read much about the early years of synthesizers but I would think Buchla and Moog took lots of technology from communications and other electronics and built musical instrume...
by urbanscallywag
Wed Oct 08, 2008 1:06 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: NEW REAL OBERHEIM! Don Buchla! Dave Smith! Roger Linn!
Replies: 117
Views: 18440

Re: NEW REAL OBERHEIM! Don Buchla! Dave Smith! Roger Linn!

Do all of your P08's encoders do that? I had a broken one on my PEK that would jump values like that, but I don't think it was jumpy normally.
by urbanscallywag
Tue Oct 07, 2008 10:57 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: My polysynth is finally finished :D
Replies: 179
Views: 52696

Re: My polysynth is finally finished :D

maybe selling blank PCBs and software may be the way. This is what Trevor Page does with the 9090. Yuo pay your money, you get three bare PCBs and a pack of ICs - two Eproms and a PIC, all preloaded with stuff. The responsibility for sourcing components, making a housing, building and testing is al...
by urbanscallywag
Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:10 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: My polysynth is finally finished :D
Replies: 179
Views: 52696

Re: My polysynth is finally finished :D

Very nice work, quite an accomplishment. :shock:

Note: before you start selling kits go read some of the SDIY archive for people's experience selling kits, and why they no longer do so. Boards and microcontrollers with software may be manageable, but kits would be a nightmare.
by urbanscallywag
Sat Oct 04, 2008 7:17 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Worst.. hardware sequencer.. EVER
Replies: 122
Views: 30694

Re: Worst.. hardware sequencer.. EVER

The worst: Kawai Q-80 sounded nice and powerful with lots of tracks and motifs and such, but it did the opposite of inspire. Sold and never missed it. I'd have to disagree, those are among the better hardware sequencers. I found that keeping it to 8 tracks it made a nice interactive sequencer for l...
by urbanscallywag
Sat Oct 04, 2008 4:38 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: A new idea for creating synths
Replies: 18
Views: 2310

Re: A new idea for creating synths

$2000 for a custom 1 off module designed and tested in a week would be quite a deal.
by urbanscallywag
Sat Oct 04, 2008 12:44 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: MV-8000 built in VA
Replies: 18
Views: 8007

Re: MV-8000 built in VA

Do it! They are awfully cheap.
by urbanscallywag
Sat Oct 04, 2008 12:37 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Worst.. hardware sequencer.. EVER
Replies: 122
Views: 30694

Re: Worst.. hardware sequencer.. EVER

The worst: Kawai Q-80 sounded nice and powerful with lots of tracks and motifs and such, but it did the opposite of inspire. Sold and never missed it. Runners up (runner ups?): Roland MC-909 sequencing with the drum grid while the sequencer was running sometimes meant waiting for the next pass to he...
by urbanscallywag
Fri Oct 03, 2008 5:53 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: MV-8000 built in VA
Replies: 18
Views: 8007

Re: MV-8000 built in VA

I really wanted to like it too. I'm glad I tried it before I bought it.

There are lots of people who do like the machine, so you still may want to try it yourself.
by urbanscallywag
Fri Oct 03, 2008 3:49 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: DSI MoPho
Replies: 374
Views: 53392

Re: DSI MoPho

the mopho and p08 have no digital components, so there is no degradation of the signal through A/D/A conversion that is really the only thing I could think of that would make the analog sections sound different Since were splitting hairs here anyway, the Mopho and Prophet08 most certainly have digi...
by urbanscallywag
Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:44 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: CHINESE SYNTHS?
Replies: 25
Views: 7006

Re: CHINESE SYNTHS?

Phollop Willing PA wrote:Although not analogue, here's a recent one.

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Built in China doesn't mean its designed in China. I guess "CHINESE SYNTH" could be either designed in or built in China.