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by commodorejohn
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Your latest musical purchase
Replies: 135
Views: 117800

Re: Your latest musical purchase

Nabbed a Hofner violin bass, as I've been kicking myself ever since trading away my old one.
by commodorejohn
Thu May 30, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The 4-op Yamaha DX synths
Replies: 6
Views: 1679

Re: The 4-op Yamaha DX synths

Yes, the YM2612 has six channels, one of which can be switched out for a raw DAC for sample output. Mind you, the Genesis also has the equivalent of an SN76489 PSG included, so that's an additional three channels of square wave or LFSR pitched noise, which games could also use for music or sound eff...
by commodorejohn
Fri May 24, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The 4-op Yamaha DX synths
Replies: 6
Views: 1679

Re: The 4-op Yamaha DX synths

The YM2162 in the Genesis is closer in feature set to the FB-01 (it doesn't have the multiple waveforms or fine-grained operator tuning of the TX81Z.) That said, the TX81Z can do pretty much everything the YM2162 can and more, and they're still shockingly cheap for what they offer. The V50 is even n...
by commodorejohn
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: My first Synth
Replies: 3
Views: 2571

Re: My first Synth

I'd say get yourself a decent Yamaha FM synth - if you're lucky, you might be able to score a DX7 in the $300 range, and you can definitely pick up a V50 or TX81Z at or below your price point. That gets you some some excellent horns, decent strings, and plenty of interesting synth sounds (and yes, F...
by commodorejohn
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Why is pitch conceived in ratios for FM Synthesis?
Replies: 2
Views: 797

Re: Why is pitch conceived in ratios for FM Synthesis?

By "whole number ratios" I think they mean "integer multiples," i.e. 1:1, 2:1, 3:1, etc. (Though "integer multiples" doesn't quite account for the inverse, 1:2, 1:3, etc.) Could be clearer. Anyway, yes, the reason FM presents things this way is because it's the ratio between carrier and modulator th...
by commodorejohn
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Non-ideal square waves
Replies: 6
Views: 2387

Re: Non-ideal square waves

My cheapo solution for implementing non-ideal square waves (modeled loosely on what I've seen of traces from Moog oscillators) is as follows: If the comparator state has flipped (i.e. the ideal pulse wave goes from 1 to -1 or vice-versa,) set the new output value to the ideal. If the comparator stat...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Anyone else tired of the Analog revolution?
Replies: 8
Views: 2931

Re: Anyone else tired of the Analog revolution?

What a silly thing to say.
by commodorejohn
Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Gear Services & Other Goods
Topic: Classic synth song sheet music
Replies: 3
Views: 2920

Re: Classic synth song sheet music

Which just raises the question: how do you notate "filter sweep?"
by commodorejohn
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Buying a monosynth
Replies: 13
Views: 4599

Re: Buying a monosynth

The MS-series character is definitely very distinctive and hard to mistake for some of the more conventional classics, for sure.
by commodorejohn
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Buying a monosynth
Replies: 13
Views: 4599

Re: Buying a monosynth

Also excellent, although a bit pricier.
by commodorejohn
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Buying a monosynth
Replies: 13
Views: 4599

Re: Buying a monosynth

What kinds of sound qualities are you looking for? I always vouch for the Korg MS-20 Mini; it's a nice balance of affordable and featureful, and it sounds terrific.
by commodorejohn
Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: does the Korg 05R/W have these X5DR Instruments?
Replies: 2
Views: 1285

Re: does the Korg 05R/W have these X5DR Instruments?

You can actually download a patch list for the 05R/W here - but all the instruments you mention are General MIDI instruments so they're definitely present, as both the 05R/W and the X5DR have the same GM mode.
by commodorejohn
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Samplers
Topic: Akai MPC-2000 - getting started
Replies: 2
Views: 1903

Akai MPC-2000 - getting started

So I picked up an MPC-2000 in a trade a while back and never got around to doing anything with it as I didn't have a SCSI hard drive I could use with it at the time, or rather I didn't want to do any mucking around with SCSI voodoo to get one of my random hard drives working with it. I finally got a...
by commodorejohn
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The JX-10 – an underrated synth
Replies: 6
Views: 2634

Re: The JX-10 – an underrated synth

Oh yes, it's a fine synth, even if it is somewhat limited tonally. I like to compare it to a really quality acoustic piano - you'll never get it to sound like anything but itself (even its cross-mod and sync sounds are somehow gentle and well-mannered,) but within its own particular tonal wheelhouse...
by commodorejohn
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Beginners Synth Setup
Replies: 4
Views: 1434

Re: Beginners Synth Setup

Depends on what you mean by "a complete home setup." If you want you could go all the way and get professional gear, but if you're just going to be, say, recording one track at a time into a DAW, all you really need is a decent ADC or proper sound card (don't use your computer's onboard audio hardwa...