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by rschnier
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Kiwi 3P for my JX3P
Replies: 6
Views: 3088

Re: Kiwi 3P for my JX3P

micahjonhughes wrote:I think production of the upgrade is ending soon. So order quickly. However, I don't see that stated on the webpage any longer.
Webpage now says at the end of 2018.
by rschnier
Sat Oct 03, 2015 6:32 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The Magnetic Fields bass
Replies: 44
Views: 5883

Re: The Magnetic Fields bass

madtheory wrote:Why am I only seeing pure black in each of the images?
Same here, even clicking on the images results in an expanded window containing just black. Hm.
by rschnier
Sat Sep 05, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Polysix KLM-376 power supply problem
Replies: 8
Views: 1171

Re: Polysix KLM-376 power supply problem

garranimal wrote:To check, unplug synth, set your DVM to continuity test and probe the tabs and rail. There should be NO beep, resistance reading should be zero.
I presume you meant to say infinite (i.e. no continuity), not zero. :geek:
by rschnier
Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: DX7 Japan To Ireland Power Conversion
Replies: 13
Views: 2354

Re: DX7 Japan To Ireland Power Conversion

Hello, This synth is designed for 100 volts AC (as indicated on the spec plate in your photo). The converter you linked to in the first posting steps down to 110-120 volts, which is at least 10% and as much as 20% over what the synth is spec'd for. That extra 10-20% can make a difference! If you can...
by rschnier
Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:47 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Were analog computers the real ancestors of synthesizers?
Replies: 26
Views: 3971

Re: Were analog computers the real ancestors of synthesizers

I think the comparison is apt. Back when I was a teenager in high school, my physics teacher had one of these units, the Heathkit unit pictured second in the list. We used it to simulate the path of a cannonball fired through the air, displayed on an oscilloscope (some analog computers even included...
by rschnier
Tue May 12, 2015 2:44 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Just how far have synths come in the last 20 years?
Replies: 33
Views: 2566

Re: Just how far have synths come in the last 20 years?

For me, the only criterion as to whether a synth is "old" and I would perhaps feel "weird" playing it, is that it's become unreliable/unstable and critical parts are no longer available to keep it in proper working order. Otherwise, every synth is a particular moment in time, captured in physical ha...
by rschnier
Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:45 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Oberheim matrix 6R questions
Replies: 3
Views: 1174

Re: Oberheim matrix 6R questions

It has no fan and is silent during operation. Mine doesn't seem to produce much heat; it has ventilation slots on the top/sides of its rack case. I've had it mounted in between two other rack modules and didn't have any problems, but it's never a bad idea to leave one rack space between your units f...
by rschnier
Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:01 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synth Defects - Ticking Time Bombs
Replies: 70
Views: 101661

Re: Synth Defects - Ticking Time Bombs

All good points. Cheers!
by rschnier
Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synth Defects - Ticking Time Bombs
Replies: 70
Views: 101661

Re: Synth Defects - Ticking Time Bombs

would it be safe to place some type of foil or plastic cover underneath the battery just in case it went.. Often it's not just leakage onto the circuit board that causes damage; these batteries also tend to emit a corrosive vapor at the same time they leak, damaging board traces and other component...
by rschnier
Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:22 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Best synth basslines of all time?
Replies: 157
Views: 69523

Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

I'd never heard of Gesaffelstein before today, but I'm glad I did. Great, great music! Yeah that was a nice addition. I'm not normally a big fan of videos either but that one was really interesting. I liked the shot where they start out with the closeup of the model and then just keep zooming back,...
by rschnier
Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synth Defects - Ticking Time Bombs
Replies: 70
Views: 101661

Re: Synth Defects - Ticking Time Bombs

There seems to be a little bit of hysteria over the Omni PSU which frankly is no worse than most other inexpensive linear series-transistor designs. Hm, not meaning to convey "hysteria" :? However... I guess I see the issues with the Omni/2 as being a convergence of two (actually three, if you coun...
by rschnier
Tue Feb 24, 2015 7:46 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: The thread of many (analog) polys
Replies: 47
Views: 24091

Re: The thread of many (analog) polys

How stable are the VCOs in the Xpander and Matrix-12? In my experience, quite stable and among the best of this vintage of units. Oberheim used a nice technique where the voice board computer measures the tracking error on each of the VCO chips individually at several points over the range of the V...
by rschnier
Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Best synth basslines of all time?
Replies: 157
Views: 69523

Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Zamise wrote:Nero - "Satisfy"
Holy s**t, that's unbelievably awesome.
by rschnier
Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:57 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Best synth basslines of all time?
Replies: 157
Views: 69523

Re: Best synth basslines of all time?

Came across this thread today and thought of these: Swing out Sister -- "Break Out" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P67b07z7Qw Level 42 -- "Something About You" (synth/bass guitar layering, quite tasty) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-zP66eSLto On the more-recent side, how about tyDi - "Kopi Susu...