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by commodorejohn
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:29 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Fantasia patch for DX11/TX81Z/V50
Replies: 0
Views: 393

Fantasia patch for DX11/TX81Z/V50

Just for kicks the other day, I got to trying to roll up a patch on my Yamaha V50 recreating the immortal "Fantasia" preset from the Roland D50. There's a handful of different mimicries out there in the assorted public-domain banks, but a lot of them sound terrible, and even the ones that sound nice...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Should I buy a vintage analogue synth or a modern modelling synth?
Replies: 5
Views: 721

Re: Should I buy a vintage analogue synth or a modern modelling synth?

Yes, happily in this day and age there are a number of options for modern analogue, ranging from ultra-low-cost stuff like the Korg Volcas to fancy high-end DSI numbers. Depending on your price range, I'd second the recommendation for a Korg ARP Odyssey or an MS-20 Mini if you're good with monophoni...
by commodorejohn
Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: SNES style synth or VST?
Replies: 2
Views: 511

Re: SNES style synth or VST?

There isn't really too much to emulate with the SNES - the SPC chip is pretty much just an 8-voice sample player with a proprietary codec and a bare-bones reverb/delay effect. It's really the selection of samples that defines the "character" of an SNES soundtrack - and you can extract those from rea...
by commodorejohn
Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: uh oh imm gasing!!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 563

Re: uh oh imm gasing!!!!

G-Force Minimonsta was my introduction to subtractive synthesis. I've pretty much dropped out of the VST world entirely at this point, but it's a damn solid piece of software. If that also has their Mellotron VST, double the recommendation.
by commodorejohn
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Muffwigglers opening a storefront
Replies: 10
Views: 4611

Re: Muffwigglers opening a storefront

Ah, thanks.
by commodorejohn
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Muffwigglers opening a storefront
Replies: 10
Views: 4611

Re: Muffwigglers opening a storefront

Seems to have been a long time since anybody mentioned the site over here, but does anyone know what's up with the MW forums? Since Saturday-ish, I just get an error page when I try to go there, and there's nothing on the rest of the site indicating what the deal might be.
by commodorejohn
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Your latest musical purchase
Replies: 141
Views: 154870

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: 2747

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: 2747

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: 4355

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: 1233

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: 3126

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: 3648

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: 4053

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: 5772

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.