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by SciNote
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Beginning of "The Night Chicago Died" -- Patch creation ideas?
Replies: 0
Views: 412

Beginning of "The Night Chicago Died" -- Patch creation ideas?

I'm working on creating a patch on my synth to simulate the multiple descending siren-type sounds at the beginning of the classic 1970's song "The Night Chicago Died", by Paperlace. If you've never heard the song, it's easily found on YouTube. I have no problem creating the multiple descending pitch...
by SciNote
Tue Mar 09, 2021 6:37 am
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Recording music online free
Replies: 11
Views: 15241

Re: Recording music online free

I've been using Audacity for years, and have been happy with it. But I only record and layer audio tracks. I don't use VST plug-ins or record MIDI tracks outside of my keyboard's built-in sequencer. It does have a nice selection of effects, such as bass/treble, equalizer, compressor, filters, and ti...
by SciNote
Tue Mar 09, 2021 6:21 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Gloria (Laura Branigan) Synths?
Replies: 0
Views: 1108

Gloria (Laura Branigan) Synths?

I have just recently kind of rediscovered this song, and I am learning how to play it. This song uses quite a few synth sounds, so I was just wondering if anyone knows what synths were used in the original recording? I'm thinking especially the beginning chord, that has the resonance sweep, then the...
by SciNote
Mon Feb 15, 2021 3:41 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Does anyone else enjoy cheap Yamahas like the PSR?
Replies: 8
Views: 1923

Re: Does anyone else enjoy cheap Yamahas like the PSR?

It's interesting to look at these classic/vintage Yamahas and Casios. In the late 1980's and early 1990's, I worked at an electronics store, and I worked in the department that sold these keyboards. At the time, I never even realized that at least some of the Yamahas were using FM technology, and I ...
by SciNote
Sun Feb 14, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Does anyone else enjoy cheap Yamahas like the PSR?
Replies: 8
Views: 1923

Re: Does anyone else enjoy cheap Yamahas like the PSR?

I guess it depends on how you define "cheap." But yes, these Yamahas can be quite capable. My main keyboard is actually a Yamaha PSR-E433, which was originally released in 2012. Its "street price" (the price most people would actually pay for it in a store, not the often-inflated manufacturer's list...
by SciNote
Fri Feb 05, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: 1986 KORG DS-8... Quite Surprised!
Replies: 18
Views: 14846

Re: 1986 KORG DS-8... Quite Surprised!

I would also add that, for anyone looking to experiment with FM synthesis, it may be worth checking out the new Korg OPSix. Now, LET ME BE CLEAR -- I do not own this keyboard and have no direct experience with it, nor would I profit in any way if anyone buys it. It just appears to be a very cool way...
by SciNote
Mon Dec 14, 2020 2:43 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: New Sequential Prophet-5 Rev. 4
Replies: 12
Views: 6125

Re: New Sequential Prophet-5 Rev. 4

... One interesting thing I found while mapping out the existing circuitry is that each group of 5 voices is pre-mixed separately, then the two groups are run through two parallel VCAs that allow the gain staging to be automatically adjusted by the computer so it's optimal for both 5-voice and 10-v...
by SciNote
Sun Nov 29, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Korg Opsix
Replies: 5
Views: 3495

Re: Korg Opsix

No doubt, FM is quite a bit different than subtractive synthesis. But from what I've read, the Opsix will have at least one filter, giving some traditional control over the sound. And then a while back, I read something interesting about FM synthesis on a Yamaha synth website. I don't know if this i...
by SciNote
Sat Nov 28, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Korg Opsix
Replies: 5
Views: 3495

Re: Korg Opsix

Since there have been 87 views as I type this, but no replies, I'll start by referencing what I posted about this synth in the article about it on the main page of the forum... "The fact that it has dedicated knobs and sliders to control the frequency ratio and level of each operator gives it a grea...
by SciNote
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: 1st Synthesizer advice, am I looking at the right synths?
Replies: 6
Views: 3214

Re: 1st Synthesizer advice, am I looking at the right synths?

In my post above, I talk about the Roland GAIA SH-01. But I just saw information on another synth that looks very interesting, especially if you're looking for digital FM sounds. It's called the Korg Opsix, as it is essentially a 6-operator FM synth, but it goes beyond that. It has multiple waveform...
by SciNote
Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: 1st Synthesizer advice, am I looking at the right synths?
Replies: 6
Views: 3214

Re: 1st Synthesizer advice, am I looking at the right synths?

Another thing to consider is how you're going to use the keyboard. And by that, I mean, do you want to use it like a piano/workstation, where it would be a main keyboard that you would be playing a full range of octaves with both hands? Then you'll want something that has at least a 5 octave keyboar...
by SciNote
Sat Oct 31, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: I've just got Yamaha Electone D85
Replies: 71
Views: 32760

Re: I've just got Yamaha Electone D85

I realize this thread is ancient, but this is an interesting topic to me. I had a Yamaha D-80 Organ that my parents bought for me back in 1978, and I sold it in 1985 to get a DX-7 and some other equipment. It's interesting to read about the paraphonic envelope generators, because as I remember on my...
by SciNote
Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:09 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Hardware Synth prices and VSTs.
Replies: 14
Views: 4243

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: 4243

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...