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by amv
Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:12 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Polyphony question: D-50, JD-800, JV-80
Replies: 4
Views: 624

Polyphony question: D-50, JD-800, JV-80

I own a D-50, but have a minor obsession with the JD-800 (a future purchase). That got me thinking about how the polyphony stacks up among some Roland synths from the era. Do I have this right? - The D-50 has 16 voices of polyphony, but each "voice" is two digital oscillators ("partials"). So in DUA...
by amv
Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:50 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Has anyone won the minilogue startup screen game?
Replies: 7
Views: 1280

Re: Has anyone won the minilogue startup screen game?

Don't give up! Once you beat the game it ups the polyphony to 16. Totally worth it.
by amv
Sat Mar 05, 2016 1:06 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Replacing the ungodly plywood on my JX-3P.
Replies: 11
Views: 1078

Replacing the ungodly plywood on my JX-3P.

I recently made one of my bucket list synth purchases: a beautiful JX-3P with PG-200 in overall excellent condition. The honeymoon phase has been a bit marred, however, by the discovery that this otherwise gorgeous instrument, all plastic and metal, has repulsive plywood as a base with a lame black ...
by amv
Tue Feb 23, 2016 7:29 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: "Clip-on" holders for smaller gear (drum machines, etc.)
Replies: 5
Views: 860

Re: "Clip-on" holders for smaller gear (drum machines, etc.)

Specifically I'm looking for a way to mount it "around" the D-50 itself, so the two are directly connected, rather than putting it on some separate rig or mount somewhere else. I actually think it'd be pretty easy to do with the laptop stands listed above; I simply need to run a couple flat planks b...
by amv
Sun Feb 21, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: "Clip-on" holders for smaller gear (drum machines, etc.)
Replies: 5
Views: 860

Re: "Clip-on" holders for smaller gear (drum machines, etc.)

I was imagining something more like what this guy's got:



He appears to have both the PG-1000 and a TR mounted on something that's stable, hangs independently, but also seems somehow part of the synth rack beneath it, or at least attached somehow.
by amv
Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Going price for a JX-3P and PG-200
Replies: 9
Views: 3380

Going price for a JX-3P and PG-200

I've been dying to add a JX-3P and PG-200 to my rig for a while now, but I can't seem to find a set on eBay, Reverb or CL for under $900-$1000. I know these keyboards have gotten a lot more popular over the last 5-10 years, which I understand, but it's starting to seem a bit excessive for such a lim...
by amv
Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:58 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: "Clip-on" holders for smaller gear (drum machines, etc.)
Replies: 5
Views: 860

"Clip-on" holders for smaller gear (drum machines, etc.)

I've got a two-tier keyboard stand (On-Stage, but I'm hoping the brand doesn't matter). My Roland D-50 is on the top tier, and I'm looking for a good way to mount a PG-1000 programmer above it, preferably in its own holder/stand/whatever. Are there "clip-on" options for smaller pieces of gear that a...
by amv
Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:47 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Maintaining constant volume levels with a synth rig
Replies: 2
Views: 515

Maintaining constant volume levels with a synth rig

I've recently switched from using DAWs and MIDI for everything to going truly old school and recording all my non-drum tracks as live audio (guitar, bass, synth, etc.). It's a lot of fun and a very satisfying way to build up a track that feels especially "real". The only issue I've had with this so ...
by amv
Tue Dec 01, 2015 2:40 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Replacing DX7 and DX7II cart batteries?
Replies: 0
Views: 292

Replacing DX7 and DX7II cart batteries?

I have RAM carts for both the DX7 and the DX7II, and I can't seem to find any information on replacing their batteries. Unlike the synth itself, the carts don't appear designed with this in mind; the plastic shell seems to split beneath the label decal, suggesting it's not meant to be separated, and...
by amv
Thu Nov 26, 2015 3:09 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: D-50 keybed repairs - suitable for a total newbie?
Replies: 10
Views: 965

Re: D-50 keybed repairs - suitable for a total newbie?

Cool, thanks for the vote of confidence. I think I'm going to do it. My larger question, though, is what to do about receiving an item that was billed as 100% functional but arrives with these kinds of defects. This worries me especially since I have a few other keyboards on my buying horizon that m...
by amv
Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:01 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: D-50 keybed repairs - suitable for a total newbie?
Replies: 10
Views: 965

Re: D-50 keybed repairs - suitable for a total newbie?

Hmmmm... I really do keep going back and forth on repairing this myself, especially with the talk of the carbon traces (which I've heard elsewhere too). So does anyone have any thoughts on dealing with these minor keyboard defects fresh out of the FedEx packaging? I'm sure it wasn't something the se...
by amv
Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:53 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: D-50 keybed repairs - suitable for a total newbie?
Replies: 10
Views: 965

Re: D-50 keybed repairs - suitable for a total newbie?

Jabberwalky wrote:You also need to peel back a glued piece of plastic, and glue it back down into place.
Yikes, maybe I spoke too soon. :) THAT sounds a bit dicey to me.
by amv
Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:52 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: D-50 keybed repairs - suitable for a total newbie?
Replies: 10
Views: 965

Re: D-50 keybed repairs - suitable for a total newbie?

Thanks for the encouragement, I'm thinking more and more about possibly doing it. Here's a more important question, though: this is the FOURTH keyboard I've picked up from either eBay or Reverb that's advertised as 100% flawless, only to show up with one or more broken keys (in fact, my last D-50 sh...
by amv
Tue Nov 24, 2015 3:28 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: D-50 keybed repairs - suitable for a total newbie?
Replies: 10
Views: 965

D-50 keybed repairs - suitable for a total newbie?

I just bought my second D-50 and was quite heartbroken to find that for the billionth time, a keyboard has arrived in the mail with a couple keys not working right. Nothing is mechanically broken, but one key doesn't produce any noise, another key only does so intermittently, and I suspect at least ...
by amv
Fri Nov 06, 2015 6:13 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Leaving all gear switched on, plugged into power conditioner
Replies: 5
Views: 2010

Leaving all gear switched on, plugged into power conditioner

I finally finished my rig and have everything running through a single Furman power conditioner. The conditioner itself has a master on/off switch, which is a handy way to power everything up and down. I have to leave everything switched into the on position in order to do this, which means everythi...