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by Music Maven
Mon Dec 28, 2015 2:07 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Roland MKS-7 & MIDI Club Juno CTRL
Replies: 3
Views: 2034

Re: Roland MKS-7 & MIDI Club Juno CTRL

Yeah, the website does not mention anything about the MKS-7 or Juno 106, only the alpha Juno series of synths. $229 is still a great price for a PG-300 alternative. Yeah, even though I own a Kiwi Patch Editor (which is great, btw,) I will probably pick up a Juno CTRL just to have a dedicated contro...
by Music Maven
Sun Dec 27, 2015 10:56 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Roland Juno 106 Sound Bank
Replies: 2
Views: 3388

Re: Roland Juno 106 Sound Bank

Has anyone transferred the Juno 106 preset library to either SoundDiver or MIDI Quest? I would love to be able to use these patches with my MKS-7 (which can read Juno 106 SysEx messages but can't store the patches locally). Of course, the architecture of the Juno 106 / MKS-7 is so simple that it wou...
by Music Maven
Sun Dec 27, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Roland MKS-7 & MIDI Club Juno CTRL
Replies: 3
Views: 2034

Re: Roland MKS-7 & MIDI Club Juno CTRL

Does the Juno CTRL actually work with the MKS-7? I thought the Juno CTRL worked only with the Alpha Juno and MKS-50 (and their variants). The MKS-7 is basically a rack mount, preset Juno 106. As such, the MKS-7 has a different SysEx implementation (and synth architecture) from the Alpha Juno series.
by Music Maven
Sun Jul 27, 2014 7:07 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Just played with a Nord Lead 4
Replies: 21
Views: 5080

Re: Just played with a Nord Lead 4

To sum up all nerdiness, we were able to mimic every single sound in the Nord with the An1x, but the opposite was not possible. The An1x could sonically reach the Nord, and could go well beyond it. That's where I beg to differ. The AN1x definitely sounds more convincingly analog than the Nord 2. Ho...
by Music Maven
Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:53 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Oberheim Xpander vs Waldorf Microwave 1
Replies: 13
Views: 7214

Re: Oberheim Xpander vs Waldorf Microwave 1

The Xpander and Microwave are very different sounding synths. However, they do share a certain "mad scientist" approach to sound design. The Microwave obviously has the edge when it comes to interesting hybrid sounds. But the Xpander is probably the ultimate pure analog sound design monster (that ca...
by Music Maven
Tue Jul 15, 2014 10:15 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Just played with a Nord Lead 4
Replies: 21
Views: 5080

Re: Just played with a Nord Lead 4

I think the same, only I choose AN1x over Nord. Had a KS-rack, nice synth but just feel AN1x actually does what it says on the tin more often (sounds analog). Obviously Nord has the looks and the build, but on a VA especially it's the sound that counts most (or otherwise I'd just go software). I al...
by Music Maven
Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:43 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Why are Casio CZ synth prices so high?
Replies: 38
Views: 7581

Re: Why are Casio CZ synth prices so high?

My CZ-101 showed up today. I forgot how fun and cool it is! It's actually a really great size and has a 4 octave keyboard (albeit with mini keys). For some reason I was thinking it was only 3 octaves. Man, it sounds great. I originally thought it would be fun to add a little New Wave cheese to some ...
by Music Maven
Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:53 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Why are Casio CZ synth prices so high?
Replies: 38
Views: 7581

Re: Why are Casio CZ synth prices so high?

The first thing. And not even so much a noise floor, but the quality of components. The CZ synths with built in chorus route everything through the chorus circuit, and it makes things sound like its coming through a really cheap mixer regardless of if the chorus is engaged. Ah, got it. My ears were...
by Music Maven
Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:48 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Why are Casio CZ synth prices so high?
Replies: 38
Views: 7581

Re: Why are Casio CZ synth prices so high?

The CZ-101 doesn't have the noisy chorus PCB, and every other CZ synth has the audio path hard routed through it. Its impossible to get a decent tone out of them because of routing through the chorus. Are you saying that the chorus, when turned down all the way, still affects the sound in a negativ...
by Music Maven
Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:38 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Why are Casio CZ synth prices so high?
Replies: 38
Views: 7581

Re: Why are Casio CZ synth prices so high?

CZ-1 is also the only one with level per DCO/DCA (instead of just Env and Key follow). That's interesting. It was so long ago when I had my CZ-1 that I forgot about the DCO/DCA level control. If I had room for another big keyboard, I probably would have gone with the CZ-1. But the CZ-101 will be a ...
by Music Maven
Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:46 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Why are Casio CZ synth prices so high?
Replies: 38
Views: 7581

Re: Why are Casio CZ synth prices so high?

I ended up getting a CZ-101 for $150 plus shipping on eBay. There was another one that sold for $130 (with free shipping) today but one of the buttons on it was pushed in (but still functional). So people asking $350 for beat up / broken CZ-101s are just stupid crazy. LOL. There are quite a few publ...
by Music Maven
Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:33 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Why are Casio CZ synth prices so high?
Replies: 38
Views: 7581

Re: Why are Casio CZ synth prices so high?

So I guess the price wasn't so high? The CZ-5000 does not have velocity, only the CZ-1 does... Yes, the seller was very cool and pointed out that the CZ-5000 does not have velocity so we canceled the sale. It was SO long ago (almost 30 years now) when I had my CZ synths that I had actually forgotte...
by Music Maven
Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:22 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Why are Casio CZ synth prices so high?
Replies: 38
Views: 7581

Re: Why are Casio CZ synth prices so high?

I just bought a CZ-5000 from one of our fellow VSE members! I already have a ridiculous number of hardware synth modules and rack units so it was more nostalgia than anything else that drove the purchase. But still, it's going to be great fun having a CZ again, especially the CZ-5000 which is veloci...
by Music Maven
Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:21 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Why are Casio CZ synth prices so high?
Replies: 38
Views: 7581

Re: Why are Casio CZ synth prices so high?

commodorejohn wrote:Seriously? I picked one up from the local music shop just this last fall for $45 with a flight case... o_O
That sounds about right. :-) I can't believe that anyone would pay more than $150 (tops) for a CZ-101 (even one in pristine condition).
by Music Maven
Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:24 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: So yea...that JP8 that needed some love...
Replies: 20
Views: 3665

Re: So yea...that JP8 that needed some love...

moodorf wrote:great work, though I can't fully appreciate the pix as I am not Australian.
Ha ha. Classic.