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by Synthead
Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Oberheim Computer Interface specifications
Replies: 2
Views: 1277

Oberheim Computer Interface specifications

Hey all, I'm looking to build an open source MIDI/Oberheim Computer Interface converter based off Arduino. I found this , which is enough to get me started, but is there any other information on this port that I could research? The goal is to make integrating these Oberheims as accessible as possibl...
by Synthead
Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:01 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: HELP! UPS Smashed My MATRIX 6
Replies: 21
Views: 1509

Re: HELP! UPS Smashed My MATRIX 6

Woooow, this turned out way better than I ever imagined it could! Way to turn around a bad situation! I was going to say that they aren't making these anymore, shame, etc., and I still feel bad that these are getting more and more rare, but it looks like your Matrix found a great home :) I bet you c...
by Synthead
Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:54 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: ESQ-1 Failure
Replies: 6
Views: 383

Re: ESQ-1 Failure

If you send too many MIDI events to the ESQ-1, like in a feedback loop, it will crash and say "system error xx". I've done this a few times on accident and it's a non-issue. I was even convinced that my ESQ-1 was broken one night until I saw that my MIDI patch bay was lit up :D
by Synthead
Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:48 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Unstable ESQ-1 controls
Replies: 3
Views: 283

Re: Unstable ESQ-1 controls

If contact cleaner didn't do it, some new pots might be in order. Inside of pots, either slide or rotary, there's a metal spring that's constantly scraping a semi-conductive material to vary resistance. They wear out. If you're not sure if this is it, completely disconnect the pots and see if the pa...
by Synthead
Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:45 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Juno 106 crackly chorus
Replies: 3
Views: 545

Re: Juno 106 crackly chorus

If your sound is very full and you have the VCA up, the chorus has a tendency to distort. If it's really nasty, you can tune it according to the service manual, but it requires a tone generator and an oscilloscope to do it right. The procedure is on page 12 on this service manual (but visible as pag...
by Synthead
Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Anyone need a MIDI to SYNC24 interface?
Replies: 19
Views: 5533

Re: Anyone need a MIDI to SYNC24 interface?

On second thought, it's not really worth the time. It'll take about one or two hours to make one, and if I make an extra 10 or 20 bucks out of the deal, I just worked for about 15 dollars an hour. I was excited about my project when I started it, but, you know. What said, if any of you wanted to tra...
by Synthead
Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:38 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Anyone need a MIDI to SYNC24 interface?
Replies: 19
Views: 5533

Re: Anyone need a MIDI to SYNC24 interface?

Yeah, it's best to just get boards printed, or even better, already made. I just wanna kill some time and make a couple bucks while I'm at it. I probably won't sell more than 10 or so, I think.
by Synthead
Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:53 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Anyone need a MIDI to SYNC24 interface?
Replies: 19
Views: 5533

Re: Anyone need a MIDI to SYNC24 interface?

I'm guessing that if you feed it anything other than pure clock, it sh*ts the bed. To do it properly you'd need to extract clock pulses, start, stop and continue from your MIDI - which would either require more circuitry, or a processor of some kind. I can't make out what chips you've got in there....
by Synthead
Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:41 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Pro-One
Replies: 18
Views: 1683

Re: Pro-One

Hah, I bought mine for $400 a few years ago!
by Synthead
Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:39 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: New Synth Build Quality
Replies: 21
Views: 1815

Re: New Synth Build Quality

In short: they don't make them like they used to. Like aforementioned, they're loaded in features to compete with DAWs, but there are too many people unwilling to drop money on hardware these days = poor quality to save manufacturing costs.
by Synthead
Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:36 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: First synth - damn low budget
Replies: 24
Views: 1931

Re: First synth - damn low budget

I bought a Casio CZ-5000 for $100 on craigslist and an Ensoniq ESQ-1 for $140 at a pawn shop, although the Casio is a unique synth without filters, and the ESQ-1 is a digital synth with analog Curtis filters. A little more, My Juno-106 was $250 with some bad slide pots, cost about $40 for replacemen...
by Synthead
Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:21 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Anyone need a MIDI to SYNC24 interface?
Replies: 19
Views: 5533

Re: Anyone need a MIDI to SYNC24 interface?

Well, I built one :) This box covers exactly what I needed, just a simple, passive, and inline MIDI to sync24 generator, although it wouldn't be difficult to build a sync24 to MIDI box either, or one that does both. This should also theoretically power multiple sync24 or MIDI devices with a slight r...
by Synthead
Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:44 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: In case you lost your Roland MC-300/MC-500 system disk
Replies: 2
Views: 2265

Re: In case you lost your Roland MC-300/MC-500 system disk

I like your perfectly-suited avatar, haha
by Synthead
Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:52 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: In case you lost your Roland MC-300/MC-500 system disk
Replies: 2
Views: 2265

In case you lost your Roland MC-300/MC-500 system disk

I wrote a quick website that'll give you future-proof images of these:
http://8bitboobs.com/mc-500/

Hope this helps!
by Synthead
Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:06 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Juno-106 chip trouble
Replies: 20
Views: 1421

Re: Juno-106 chip trouble

Try soaking your suspect 80017A in a sealed jar of acetone overnight (maybe even a couple of nights) and chip off the epoxy coating. The Ebay user "synthspa" gets his name from doing this to other peoples' chips and many people have had success fixing their 80017As this way. Rumor has it that the ep...