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by Mesmerised
Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Any Roland D110 users out there? Tips needed :)
Replies: 5
Views: 5132

Re: Any Roland D110 users out there? Tips needed :)

Hi, the most difficult thing with the D-110 is understanding its data structure! The Patches in the D-110 (the d-10/d-20 don't have these!) are actually sets of settings for all the 8 (plus R) parts! That's why they're rather empty/generic. The actual sound patches are called Timbres referring to To...
by Mesmerised
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Samplers
Topic: roland s330 sampler - the sound of it... gritty/lo-fi?
Replies: 5
Views: 3581

Re: roland s330 sampler - the sound of it... gritty/lo-fi?

The filter is digital. Yup, it seems to be. I have checked in the service manual. They convert to 16 Bit and send the wave data to the TVF16 custom IC. I don't know what happens inside that one. It sure doesn't sound like a digital filter (early nineties!) though. AFAIK back then there weren't a lo...
by Mesmerised
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Samplers
Topic: roland s330 sampler - the sound of it... gritty/lo-fi?
Replies: 5
Views: 3581

Re: roland s330 sampler - the sound of it... gritty/lo-fi?

The S-330 has a nice lo-fi sound, yes. But not that gritty, there's no harsh highs. Roland did the playback engine well and it has a 16Bit converter that makes its sound smoother than other 12 Bit samplers. It also has an analog filter with resonance! You will need mouse and monitor, otherwise you'r...
by Mesmerised
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Gear Services & Other Goods
Topic: Custom-built multi-bank Roland M-256/M-512 memory cards
Replies: 466
Views: 183290

Re: Custom-built multi-bank Roland M-256/M-512 memory cards

Thank you guys for this great project! Working fine here (D-50, D-110, JV-1080). :thumbsup:
by Mesmerised
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: DIY repairs and grounding.
Replies: 3
Views: 626

Re: DIY repairs and grounding.

I just touch the nearby radiator or the grounding pins of an electric outlet (easy in Germany as the "Schutzleiter" clamps are visible) just before I touch potentially electro-sensitive devices or ICs. I've never had a fault that way. If you use a cable or wristband to ground yourself, please rememb...
by Mesmerised
Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Oberheim Matrix 1000, notes bump, and other things
Replies: 51
Views: 8522

Re: Oberheim Matrix 1000, notes bump, and other things

On both my M1000s which had a quirky voice it was not due to a defective voice chip but always some minor stuff around them: shortened/failed capacitor, cold joint or even dead resistor.
Looking at the I/O descriptions of the voice chip's data sheet can narrow down the search.
by Mesmerised
Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Roland S550 - Help Needed For Setup
Replies: 5
Views: 2842

Re: Roland S550 - Help Needed For Setup

Hi, here you should find lots of useful info:
http://llamamusic.com/s50s550/
by Mesmerised
Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: how many versions of MOTU MIDI EXPRESS XT ?
Replies: 20
Views: 2967

Re: how many versions of MOTU MIDI EXPRESS XT ?

As I have mentioned, there have been several versions of the Xpress XT. The latest one can receive system updates via USB, the older USB models can not! (you have to change the EPROM chip, contact support in your country if they still can send you one) There have been some errors with the earlier US...
by Mesmerised
Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: how many versions of MOTU MIDI EXPRESS XT ?
Replies: 20
Views: 2967

Re: how many versions of MOTU MIDI EXPRESS XT ?

I know of at least four versions of the Midi Express XT. There's the old one with no USB (Apple Serial and parallel port, pretty much useless these days), the first USB model (lots of problems), the second USB model (ask for EPROM update for improved MacOS X compatibility) and the actual one which c...
by Mesmerised
Sat Feb 11, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)
Replies: 71
Views: 36803

Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

1) The synth that made you want to play music: Only partly a synth: I had always dreamed about the Fairlight CMI which to my teenage thoughts was THE deam machine that did all these wonderful sound I heard from Depeche Mode, Howard Jones, Art of Noise and Yello. I only learned later how few of thes...
by Mesmerised
Wed Jul 20, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Minimoog Model D Issue
Replies: 6
Views: 878

Re: Minimoog Model D Issue

I cleaned the connectors with "tuner spray", that's a very non-corrosive deoxit for delicate parts. It can also be used on pots/sliders without damage. With the mini though I didn't clean any potentiometers since turning them each for over a minute already yielded them fully working again. Except fo...
by Mesmerised
Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Minimoog Model D Issue
Replies: 6
Views: 878

Re: Minimoog Model D Issue

Yeah, I always say that the mini is the Stradivari of electronic instruments. Mine with the older oscillator board has a very engaging sound that gets me every time and puts a smile on my face. When you're opening it up you could check if the PSU has been recapped (new electrolytics) and calibrated ...
by Mesmerised
Sun Jul 17, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Minimoog Model D Issue
Replies: 6
Views: 878

Re: Minimoog Model D Issue

You could try reseating the PCB boards inside the mini. Carefully take the boards out, clean the connectors and put them back in. Maybe it's just a problem from the connectors.
If that doesn't help you'll have to look further into the schematics of the env.
by Mesmerised
Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: removing hum from transformer? (answered)
Replies: 42
Views: 2941

Re: removing hum from transformer?

A good idea might be to throw out the old PSUs completely and replace them with modern switching type supplies. The pros: less heat generated, more efficient, can adapt to different voltages, cleaner power rails (if not too cheap) I have done so with who Matrix 1000s and it has improved them a lot. ...
by Mesmerised
Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:18 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: KAWAI K5000 Cool Blue LCD!
Replies: 64
Views: 43755

Re: KAWAI K5000 Cool Blue LCD!

I have finally upgraded the Display on my WAVESTATION Keyboard. :-D Following this page http://wp.visuanetics.nl/korg-wavestation-ad-lcd-display-upgrade/ I installed a White on Black LCD display. It looks gorgeous! Jeroen mentions a fix for the contrast setting (changing two resistors on the analog ...