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by mantrak
Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Dear Synth Manufacturers
Replies: 18
Views: 2129

Re: Dear Synth Manufacturers

Please make a desktop synth with pitch and modulation wheels. pretty close: (DSI Tempest) Nah. DSI strips cannot be used as pitch bend wheel, there is no zero point. I have P12, trust me. (fancy beat box with wheels on each side) A fine example of thinking out of the box. ;) I'll take it as a proof...
by mantrak
Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Dear Synth Manufacturers
Replies: 18
Views: 2129

Re: Dear Synth Manufacturers

Might be kind of neat, gimmicky, for a desktop module to have some assignable mod wheels, I think I'd prefere that sometimes over a knob or strip or fader, especially one that returns to center by itself for pitch. However, the idea for them usually often is to have a cheapass keyboard or controlle...
by mantrak
Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Dear Synth Manufacturers
Replies: 18
Views: 2129

Re: Dear Synth Manufacturers

If your main board is a piano or organ how do you intend to play the desktop synth, unless your piano or organ has MIDI ? Most people who buy desktop synths will own at least one keyboard with MIDI, that's why Roland et al don't put wheels on desktop synths. What makes you think that my board does ...
by mantrak
Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:58 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Dear Synth Manufacturers
Replies: 18
Views: 2129

Re: Dear Synth Manufacturers

tomorrowstops wrote:I'm guessing its an electro series Nord, which has midi, but no wheels.
Right, NE5D 73 with plenty of room on top for a small synth expander. I would be just fine with something like Mopho desktop if it just had darn WHEELS. Or Mono Lancet, or Blofeld or something of that size...
by mantrak
Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Dear Synth Manufacturers
Replies: 18
Views: 2129

Re: Dear Synth Manufacturers

If your main board is a piano or organ how do you intend to play the desktop synth, unless your piano or organ has MIDI ? Most people who buy desktop synths will own at least one keyboard with MIDI, that's why Roland et al don't put wheels on desktop synths. What makes you think that my board does ...
by mantrak
Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Dear Synth Manufacturers
Replies: 18
Views: 2129

Re: Dear Synth Manufacturers

Strips are certainly better than nothing. And any synth is better than no synth. However, I was thinking of something with real knobs and most importantly real wheels. Roland's bend/vibrato combination would be ok too. Strips are great as additional control, but they cannot replace WHEELS.
by mantrak
Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:33 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Dear Synth Manufacturers
Replies: 18
Views: 2129

Dear Synth Manufacturers

Dear Moog, Korg, DSI, Roland, Arturia and others, Some of you are probably reading this, thanx! Here is the idea: Please make a desktop synth with pitch and modulation wheels. I want to put the synth module on top of my main board which is a piano (no wheels) or organ (no wheels). I really don't nee...
by mantrak
Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:54 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Axxe vs New Odyssey
Replies: 11
Views: 11484

Re: Axxe vs New Odyssey

There is no sense in comparing pure function (Korg Ody) and pure cool factor (AXXE). In five years, you will be able get used Korg Ody for 500 euros or less. For a good AXXE you will probably pay more than now. Anyway, one is original and another is scaled down replica.
by mantrak
Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: ARP AXXE MK2 (ORANGE) MARKET VALUE?
Replies: 14
Views: 9889

Re: ARP AXXE MK2 (ORANGE) MARKET VALUE?

Paid 650 euros for very nice looking and well preserved MK2 (black/orange). However it will need some minor repairs so I expect to spend another 50 to 100 euros. I think it is a very nice synth with great little feature set, fabulous sound (it is one oscillator Odyssey), CV/GATE interface, very clea...
by mantrak
Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: polysix tuning issues
Replies: 35
Views: 5621

Re: polysix tuning issues

Hi, six weeks later and no end in sight. However, I have learned a thing or two which may help or at least provide some comfort to others with similar problems: 1) There is LOT of unreliable information online. Do not expect wrong info to be refuted. Trust the info that is repeated by several source...
by mantrak
Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:42 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: polysix tuning issues
Replies: 35
Views: 5621

Re: polysix tuning issues

Hello Polysix tuning society! I recently bought mine (OLD version with KLM396A) and it came detuned. Difference between voices on a same note was almost a semitone, octaves were compressed over the 5 octaves by a couple of semitones. So I Googled and studied... like this: http://www.oldcrows.net/~ol...
by mantrak
Sat Nov 01, 2014 11:41 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Modulus 002 --- new synth from UK
Replies: 74
Views: 19256

Re: Modulus 002 --- new synth from UK

Oh, finally someone understands. Thanx guys! For me it is amazing how few people from the synthesizer scene realize the importance of detuning. People crave for that "magic analog vintage sound". Where is the magic? My theory is that 75% of the magic is detuning. The irony is, once you have this kin...
by mantrak
Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:34 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Moog Sub 37
Replies: 351
Views: 72682

Re: Moog Sub 37

I have just checked my order status and now it says 1-DEC-14. Another month, again! They have broke delivery promises for FIVE times now (MAY, JUL, SEP, OCT, DEC). This is not just "overwhelming demand", this is chaos and incompetence, crappy production, delivery and customer relation management.
by mantrak
Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:10 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Moog Sub 37
Replies: 351
Views: 72682

Re: Moog Sub 37

Since nothing happened on 30-SEP-14 I called Thomann and learned that delivery is postponed to "end of October". I cannot believe this is happening. I did not just made a preorder, Thomann requested full payment from me so I paid for it in March. They are assuring me that I will get it with the firs...
by mantrak
Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Modulus 002 --- new synth from UK
Replies: 74
Views: 19256

Re: Modulus 002 --- new synth from UK

Sure, I agree that controlled wackiness is better than wackiness without control. That is why I miss voice detune in modern hybrid synths (like my Prophet 12). If you change V/Oct you can get some very strange scales but that is just a special case. And it is still precisely EQUALLY tempered, just n...