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by MacroComposer
Wed May 13, 2009 4:23 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Electribe Service Manual
Replies: 4
Views: 2243

Electribe Service Manual

So a friend blew his ER-1 MkII up and wanted me to fix it. Took a poke around, magic smoke came out of something near the power switch. Decided it was an easy fix, and went to korg support to get schematics. Guess what: "we don't offer schematics for that model." Did they just throw away the bluepri...
by MacroComposer
Tue May 12, 2009 7:59 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: OP-8 Manual
Replies: 0
Views: 312

OP-8 Manual

It's that CV-DCB converter that looks like the MC-4. I'd like to know I'm getting 100% out of it. It's actually pretty outrageous. I'm converting the MC-4 CV to DCB via the OP-8, then converting the DCB to MIDI via a MD-8 (which just came today!!) to control my midi stuff. I don't hear any latency, ...
by MacroComposer
Tue May 12, 2009 7:57 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Where can I learn circuit design?
Replies: 9
Views: 1869

Re: Where can I learn circuit design?

Take a class. Actually, f**k software engineering...do hardware engineering. In all seriousness, it's a long road. Don't expect to be designing oscillators off the bat. For max enjoyment with min commitment, I'd say pick up some synth-specific DIY book and just try to gloss over / pick up as you go ...
by MacroComposer
Tue May 12, 2009 1:10 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: DX7s After Touch
Replies: 4
Views: 1493

Re: DX7s After Touch

Just seconding Big Gnome. Push Function (brown button on the left) then push 29. Set range up really high (99) just to test. This is like the main gate for all the other AT functions. Then push 30-32 and set those up really high (99). Now play a key and push pretty hard down. The effect isn't mind b...
by MacroComposer
Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:11 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Which Synth Had The Worst User Interface Ever?
Replies: 137
Views: 22540

Re: Which Synth Had The Worst User Interface Ever?

I second the MKS-70. I don't have the Pg-800, I imagine it would make things better. Much worse than the Dx-7, at least the DX-7 subscribes to a rough "select patch, twiddle controls on that patch" model. I would say the MKS-70 is the "select patch, set voice assignments and the two sounds that make...
by MacroComposer
Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:55 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: TR-808 Instrument select problems
Replies: 3
Views: 605

Re: TR-808 Instrument select problems

Oh yeah, I checked the traces in the CPU area and they were fine.
by MacroComposer
Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:53 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: TR-808 Instrument select problems
Replies: 3
Views: 605

Re: TR-808 Instrument select problems

Any ideas? Due to my lack of conclusive troubleshooting abilities with digital logic, I'm liable to just replace all the 4000 series. I also suspect one or two of the SRAMs, namely the one that holds pattern data. Then again, it works for a few patterns, so what's up?
by MacroComposer
Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:53 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Changing Power Supply Filter Capacitors
Replies: 3
Views: 666

Re: Changing Power Supply Filter Capacitors

Radial and 'Audio' aren't conflicting properties. Radial means that both leads (the wires that connect the component to the board) come out of one end, whereas axial means one lead comes out of each end. "Audio" is just a labeling some manufacturers give to a product line, which will mostly include ...
by MacroComposer
Thu Apr 09, 2009 7:32 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: TR-808 Instrument select problems
Replies: 3
Views: 605

TR-808 Instrument select problems

It came this way. I've decided to finally get around to fixing it, and it seems like the kind of problem that someone well versed in the machine would be able to put their finger on right away. -Pattern clear won't erase mid toms, hi toms, rimshot, and handclap. -When you play pattern 1, if you go t...
by MacroComposer
Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:20 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Yamaha SK and CS-m series
Replies: 27
Views: 3783

Re: Yamaha SK and CS-m series

I second the weird chemical scent of Yamaha synths. I have a non-operational CS-70M that smells like a bleach factory.
by MacroComposer
Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:19 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: What is the purpose of "Recapping" a synth??
Replies: 55
Views: 10544

Re: What is the purpose of "Recapping" a synth??

Radio shack sells at least one great item: this soldering iron with a suction tip and vacuum bulb built in for like 15$. A god-send for THM desoldering. You'll still need braid for double sided boards though.
by MacroComposer
Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:42 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: analog monosynth in 500usd range
Replies: 18
Views: 2327

Re: analog monosynth in 500usd range

I'd say the typically cheaper monosynths are:

ARP axxe, solus

Realistic MG-1

some of the lower Yamaha CS series (5, 10)
by MacroComposer
Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:41 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: I just bought a NL2x. I'm sooooo disappointed...
Replies: 99
Views: 12589

Re: I just bought a NL2x. I'm sooooo disappointed...

One of my fav trance arpeggios of all time was created on a NL1 (Toca me by Fragma, see the club mix). I am planning on getting one at some point. My guess is that the thinness really helps it sit well in a mix. I think this is something that gets crucially understated, with everybody looking for th...
by MacroComposer
Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:30 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Roland MC-4a
Replies: 4
Views: 1287

Re: Roland MC-4a

That's the kind of logic that gets good music made (and quantity of it too). I imagine a lot of contributors here (bless their hearts) sitting down with MC-4 kind of stuff (old and difficult), the resonance on on their modular at bird chirp, and giggling over the doctor who effects. When I have more...
by MacroComposer
Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:40 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Roland MC-4a
Replies: 4
Views: 1287

Re: Roland MC-4a

I bought a MC-4a and OP8 (and amazingly the original manual...which is a necessity) for 380$ a couple months back, and thought I was doing pretty well. I'd say go get it, worst case it doubles as futurist art. It's the first and only sequencer I've used (I haven't been at this too long), and I speak...