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by clubbedtodeath
Sat May 18, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: My first Synth
Replies: 3
Views: 1568

Re: My first Synth

Sorry CJ, but I'd suggest the OP stays away from FM synths: FM programming is, while very powerful, quite intimidating to the uninitiated. Compose This: I think what you are looking for is called a 'sound module'. These modules are essentially massive patch banks full of predefined sounds, from horn...
by clubbedtodeath
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: ARP Odyssey vs ARP 2600
Replies: 6
Views: 12982

Re: ARP Odyssey vs ARP 2600

The Oddy can sound harsh, but the modern KARP Odysseys have three different types of low-pass filter -- this can help soften the sound (if you want to). I would get the Odyssey because it's great synth. For portability, the KARP mini-keyboard edition comes with a sturdy carrying case too, which make...
by clubbedtodeath
Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Still possible to get a Juno 60 for a good deal?
Replies: 24
Views: 7865

Re: Still possible to get a Juno 60 for a good deal?

You can even get an extremely fine, brand new DCO-based poly synth for only $99 more than your 1200.
by clubbedtodeath
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Anyone else tired of the Analog revolution?
Replies: 8
Views: 2504

Re: Anyone else tired of the Analog revolution?

I’m no fan of continual regurgitation of the past, but Interesting things are still being done with analogue. Just look at the DSI/Sequential stuff, or Arturia. You say analogue as if it’s a binary choice. There are synths out there that happily blend analogue circuitry with DSP, to great effect. It...
by clubbedtodeath
Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Polyphony Infographics! Exciting!
Replies: 5
Views: 3085

Re: Polyphony Infographics! Exciting!

J.S. Bach's music was polyphonic.
by clubbedtodeath
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Alesis MMT-8 w/ Roland Song Mode
Replies: 5
Views: 1976

Re: Alesis MMT-8 w/ Roland Song Mode

If you don’t mind software sequencers, Ableton + a clip launcher/controller (eg. Akai APC Mini) would do a much better job of sequencing an entire song’s worth of patterns on the fly. Much more flexible than the MMT-8. AFAIK the APC Mini (£65 new) comes with a copy of Ableton Lite too.
by clubbedtodeath
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Buying a monosynth
Replies: 13
Views: 4182

Re: Buying a monosynth

Jabberwalky wrote:You might like the new Korg Arp Odyssey
This. I have the mini version, and it's an excellent companion to my Model D. I also have a Korg MS-20, which sits quite apart from those two sonically (and has that killer resonant high-pass).
by clubbedtodeath
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: External vs internal MIDI
Replies: 26
Views: 8770

Re: External vs internal MIDI

Sequencing external equipment does bring in latency, which is why the track latency offset in software like Ableton is so important. And then there’s audio latency on top of that. That all said, I get to with two glorious screens of sequencer with all the detail and control I’ll ever need. It more t...
by clubbedtodeath
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Advice for a pianist interested in making electronic music?
Replies: 35
Views: 10082

Re: Advice for a pianist interested in making electronic mus

Yes. As well as using the Nord as a synthesiser in its own right, you can use it as a controller keyboard. Every multitrack sequencer I can think of can reroute notes back out to other kit, as you play them in - MIDI thru, as you say. PS. Lovely playing, by the way. A better piano sound, some produc...
by clubbedtodeath
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Advice for a pianist interested in making electronic music?
Replies: 35
Views: 10082

Re: Advice for a pianist interested in making electronic mus

Historically speaking, sequencers recorded/played back MIDI or CV/gate. (ie. notes, controller messages). There are many sequencers out there that don't record audio at all. (eg. MMT-8, Beatstep, Korg SQ-1) With a DAW however, it must be able to record multiple audio tracks as well do sequencing; mo...
by clubbedtodeath
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Is Volca Beats/Bass/Keys/FM and D-05 good?
Replies: 9
Views: 6301

Re: Is Volca Beats/Bass/Keys/FM and D-05 good?

The B*hringer Model D will certainly cover bass and leads, with a Moogy flavour. It has a low or high pass filter, and a small patchbay at the top of the unit. This can do proper mad stuff, especially if you patch to the OSC pitch CV from the mix out. I can't think of anything that compares for the ...
by clubbedtodeath
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Should I stay or should I go?! :-)
Replies: 11
Views: 2566

Re: Should I stay or should I go?! :-)

Hmmm, from all the children references, I'm guessing that the big spare room is being requisitioned for family purposes! (Been there, done that). I agree with almost all of the above. I'd avoid vintage analogue, though. There are some very good modern analogues worthy of your attention (inc. re-issu...
by clubbedtodeath
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Slight buyer's remorse on my Jupiter 6...
Replies: 26
Views: 7148

Re: Slight buyer's remorse on my Jupiter 6...

It's funny how the features that turn one person off a synth, are exactly the same features that make it the one for another.

The Rev2 is my 'one' just now. Having said that, I wouldn't mind giving a Prophet 6 a go... :D

Cheers
by clubbedtodeath
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Prophet Rev2 question - 4 pole filter option
Replies: 6
Views: 1836

Re: Prophet Rev2 question - 4 pole filter option

But what about when the Rev2 4-pole is off. Does it feel like even cranking the resonance all the way has a very subtle broad effect? In a single word...Yes. I was surprised when I first tried it out. Resonance has very little impact until cranked up quite a bit and even then it is slight. I rarely...
by clubbedtodeath
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Prophet Rev2 question - 4 pole filter option
Replies: 6
Views: 1836

Re: Prophet Rev2 question - 4 pole filter option

Mine at least is certainly not benign in 4-pole mode. The Rev2 filter can self-oscillate, too. See here:

https://www.davesmithinstruments.com/wp ... de-1.0.pdf

Cheers