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by SciNote
Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:09 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Hardware Synth prices and VSTs.
Replies: 14
Views: 587

Re: Hardware Synth prices and VSTs.

Good point. But even so, there are new analog synths with amazing capabilities for well under $1000. Look at the Behringer Deepmind 12 -- That's 12 voices, at 2 oscillators per voice! And at this time, it's only a little over $800 on Sweetwater. And there are also the Korg Monologue, Minilogue, and ...
by SciNote
Fri Oct 23, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Hardware Synth prices and VSTs.
Replies: 14
Views: 587

Re: Hardware Synth prices and VSTs.

Yeah, hardware synths were very expensive back in the 1970's and 1980's when they were first becoming popular. I would put the inflation at about 500% since the late 1970's -- maybe more. That's just based on personal experience, such as a $1.00 magazine back then costing at least $5.00 now, or a $4...
by SciNote
Fri Oct 23, 2020 3:12 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The 2600
Replies: 8
Views: 971

Re: Behringer 2600

Seems like the original poster was talking about the newer Korg version of the Arp 2600, which I'm seeing online for about $3900. But it seems that this is a limited edition product with a wait list, and new ones may be in short supply and may not even be available, which could explain a $6000+ aski...
by SciNote
Fri Sep 25, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Difference Between Digital and Virtual Analog Synths?
Replies: 42
Views: 17718

Re: Difference Between Digital and Virtual Analog Synths?

And let's not forget that, unless you're recording directly to something like an analog reel-to-reel tape deck or directly to vinyl, once you record the output of an analog synth using any modern digital recording technology, that smooth analog signal is now also broken down into a series of numbers...
by SciNote
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: six trak from USA to UK - nearly a semitone lower
Replies: 13
Views: 1619

Re: six trak from USA to UK - nearly a semitone lower

That all makes sense. I did a little Googlin' about the subject and it looks like the pitch bend wheel is, indeed, not programmable. But it appears that the fixed range is supposed to be up and down by about a third. Some people said it is a major third one way and a minor third another way, but wha...
by SciNote
Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: six trak from USA to UK - nearly a semitone lower
Replies: 13
Views: 1619

Re: six trak from USA to UK - nearly a semitone lower

I'm not familiar with this particular synth, but maybe the up and down ranges of the pitch bend wheel can be set independently, so that it can be set to go up and down by different interval amounts? This is just a guess, as I know my Roland GAIA SH-01 has this feature.
by SciNote
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:56 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Novation K-Station: Tremolo ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2272

Re: Novation K-Station: Tremolo ?

Hey, great! Thanks for the update, and I'm glad that worked for you. Sometimes you can sort of "bend the rules" or go about an alternate route to get to the sound that you're looking for.
by SciNote
Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Ring Modulator Question
Replies: 2
Views: 919

Re: Ring Modulator Question

Thanks for the reply. That's what I was thinking, but then that brings up two questions. If they only use a single oscillator for the ring mod effect, then that would produce a different sound than when a dual-VCO per voice synth does ring mod, because with the dual-VCO synth, I would think that eac...
by SciNote
Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Novation K-Station: Tremolo ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2272

Re: Novation K-Station: Tremolo ?

Have you tried using the LFO to modulate the filter? Sure, if it's done to excess, you'll get a wah-wah effect that you may not want with a piano sound, but done subtly, it might give you the effect you want.
by SciNote
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Novation K-Station: Tremolo ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2272

Re: Novation K-Station: Tremolo ?

You might be surprised how many prized older synths don't support any kind of amplitude modulation. SH-101 and Junos, for instance. The ARP Odyssey only allowed it via the EG retrigger feature. By the 1990s AM was pretty commonplace, but still not all synths had it. Even today's Korg Minilogue and ...
by SciNote
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Ring Modulator Question
Replies: 2
Views: 919

Ring Modulator Question

Just curious about this. As I understand it, ring modulation is when the synthesizer uses one oscillator to modulate another oscillator in a certain way at frequencies in the audible spectrum (as opposed to low frequency LFO modulation) to generate new and complex sounds. Yet, as I check out the spe...
by SciNote
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Korg DSS-1/DSM-1 Your thoughts?
Replies: 10
Views: 2481

Re: Korg DSS-1/DSM-1 Your thoughts?

I have no experience with this keyboard, but it is listed in the "browse the gear" section of this site, currently with 117 comments and good reviews. You may want to check it out. Perhaps some of the comments may answer questions you have about this synth.
by SciNote
Sun Aug 23, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: DX7 Outputs question
Replies: 3
Views: 932

Re: DX7 Outputs question

I used to have a DX7, but haven't had it since the early 1990's, so I don't remember if the headphone and output jacks were affected by each other or not. However, if your goal is simply to hear what you are playing through headphones while you record your playing, then there are easy ways to accomp...
by SciNote
Sun Aug 23, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Roland GAIA SH-01 Hammond-style drawbar organ sounds
Replies: 0
Views: 1080

Roland GAIA SH-01 Hammond-style drawbar organ sounds

I've been working on a drawbar organ emulator for my GAIA, and I just wanted to post what I came up with, so far. This is an example that uses the three separate synth engines of the GAIA to make some pretty complex sounds. I used the self-oscillating mode of the resonant low-pass filters to get a s...
by SciNote
Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Roland GAIA SH-01 Pitch-bend lever question
Replies: 1
Views: 1265

Re: Roland GAIA SH-01 Pitch-bend lever question

I just wanted to let everyone who may be interested know that I ended up swapping out the GAIA SH-01 for another one, and the new one does the same thing with the pitch bend lever. So, it appears to be just a design flaw, and not a defect in any one specific unit. Honestly, for the way the pitch ben...