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by Alex Hamilton
Fri Mar 27, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Doepfer Dark Energy
Replies: 55
Views: 2476

Re: Doepfer Dark Energy

I think it looks cool, but I always wish with these semi-modulars that they'd include just one 'crazy' module, like a sophisticated ring mod or frequency shifter, that could help introduce the sounds that you can't make with a normal monosynth. As it is, it's fairly limited (though am fully aware th...
by Alex Hamilton
Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:25 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: playing synths and not really knowing how to play piano.....
Replies: 40
Views: 1849

Re: playing synths and not really knowing how to play piano.....

Nice posts, nadafarms. Well explained, I think, as far as it can go over the 'net. To the OP: the more you know in the first place, the more capable you are of working outside of it and inventing new things. I really recommend learning theory, and learning it properly. Don't be scared of it. The imp...
by Alex Hamilton
Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:08 pm
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Synth outputs... balanced or unbalanced?
Replies: 39
Views: 43592

Re: Synth outputs... balanced or unbalanced?

That's not correct, there are a number of issues with using unbalanced outputs with balanced cables to balanced inputs. You're much better off using unbalanced cables to balanced inputs, and you won't notice and difference in signal/noise ratios at line level. Sorry, you're right, I was thinking th...
by Alex Hamilton
Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:16 am
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Synth outputs... balanced or unbalanced?
Replies: 39
Views: 43592

Re: Synth outputs... balanced or unbalanced?

Most synths are unbalanced. You can use balanced cables with no issues.
by Alex Hamilton
Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:22 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: electric guitar
Replies: 11
Views: 727

Re: electric guitar

somethin like this be o.k? http://www.projectmusic.net/fender-supe ... 2344-p.asp I haven't used one myself so can't comment. I do like the Peavey Classic series in that price bracket, definitely check them out. Be aware: every time you double an amp's power, you increase its volume by about 3dB. T...
by Alex Hamilton
Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:42 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: electric guitar
Replies: 11
Views: 727

Re: electric guitar

under $600. plenty of epiphones & fenders etc. Not here in the UK because of the current exchange rate (I'm guessing that's where the OP is). I'd suggest a Yamaha Pacifica and a small valve combo amp (Blackstar, Fender, and others all do some), I reckon you could get both for less than £350/400 if ...
by Alex Hamilton
Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:34 pm
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Overdrive/Distortion pedal for Rhodes, Organs & Moogs' sound
Replies: 8
Views: 2390

Re: Overdrive/Distortion pedal for Rhodes, Organs & Moogs' sound

Best overdrive ever is the Crowther Hotcake. Sounds incredibly thick and creamy, pretty much every band I work with owns one, once you hear it you've got to get one. Every time there's a thread asking for a distortion pedal, Stab gets in to say the Hotcake just before I do! So yes, I echo the above...
by Alex Hamilton
Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:19 pm
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Headphones - what do you use?
Replies: 61
Views: 9194

Re: Headphones - what do you use?

Sennheiser HD215s. Probably wouldn't monitor through them, but they sound fine for tracking.
by Alex Hamilton
Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:51 pm
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Is it me or has the overuse of reverb hit new highs?
Replies: 27
Views: 3063

Re: Is it me or has the overuse of reverb hit new highs?

It seems to work both ways - vocals are usually pretty dry now, as are drums. Don't know much trance so can't really comment on that, I guess it's just the trend for things trying to sound 'epic'. I always thought it sounded like he was singing in Paddington station! You'd know if he was - there'd b...
by Alex Hamilton
Fri Mar 06, 2009 4:40 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Hey everybody drop what you're doing, it's a synthquiz!
Replies: 26
Views: 1202

Re: Hey everybody drop what you're doing, it's a synthquiz!

^^^^Hours of fun :lol: . 2:10-2:30 reminded me of sounds I like to make on my MonoPoly. :)
by Alex Hamilton
Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:32 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Hey everybody drop what you're doing, it's a synthquiz!
Replies: 26
Views: 1202

Re: Hey everybody drop what you're doing, it's a synthquiz!

Heath, why is it do you think, that people say the Synthi is not for lead? Is it that the VCO's in many Synthis don't track consistently across the keyboard? Do you have to scale the Synthi keyboard CV manually or often at all? Are the ranges of the individual circuits really wide like in other mod...
by Alex Hamilton
Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:52 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Hey everybody drop what you're doing, it's a synthquiz!
Replies: 26
Views: 1202

Re: Hey everybody drop what you're doing, it's a synthquiz!

Most all Synthi demos don't have the Synthi playing 'musically' per say. A lot of people argue that you can't play a Synthi in a normal way and I hope this starts to show what a lie that is. That squelchy filter bit did remind me of the start of Silver Machine - I guess I just didn't imagine that y...
by Alex Hamilton
Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:24 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Hey everybody drop what you're doing, it's a synthquiz!
Replies: 26
Views: 1202

Re: Hey everybody drop what you're doing, it's a synthquiz!

Hmmm, interesting...it sounds a lot sharper than most demos seem too. Thanks for taking the time to do this!
by Alex Hamilton
Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:42 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Hey everybody drop what you're doing, it's a synthquiz!
Replies: 26
Views: 1202

Re: Hey everybody drop what you're doing, it's a synthquiz!

I've gone for the Oddy. I've never played one, but it sounds like I always imagined that's what it would sound like...I'd be very surprised if it was the Moog.