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by logicalhippo
Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:24 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Yamaha SHS-10 Keytar
Replies: 14
Views: 11482

Re: Yamaha SHS-10 Keytar

But it plays "Last Christmas" by WHAM! What could possibly be wrong with that! Seriously, though, prices of keytars are completely out of control. It's not just the shs-10. Roland AX7s go for literally $1500. Roland was really smart to come out with a new keytar this year, but I think what people wa...
by logicalhippo
Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:53 am
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Using Compression on Synths?
Replies: 22
Views: 3170

Re: Using Compression on Synths?

I usually run things through my computer with ableton, so don't take any of my advice too seriously. You might want to check out the "smashup" pedal by Alesis. It's part of their "ModFX" serires which seem to be pedals for synth users and DJs, which are now *REALLY* cheap (think $20). I tried it onc...
by logicalhippo
Sat Sep 20, 2008 2:08 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Roland V-Synth Service Notes?
Replies: 5
Views: 337

Roland V-Synth Service Notes?

Does anyone have a copy of the V-Synth Service Notes? Specifically, I'm looking for which chips are used for the MCU and the DSP, and a schematic would be helpful.

Thanks!
by logicalhippo
Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:45 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Alesis Micron opinion
Replies: 8
Views: 1685

Re: Alesis Micron opinion

Is it more for preset tweaking or can you actually get deep into it if you know what your doing via the limited UI? I used the micron as my main "editting" synth for about 6 months. It's a pain in the neck, but like all synths, you learn how to get around the UI and make programs quickly, despite t...
by logicalhippo
Mon May 05, 2008 2:30 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Non-Modular Analog Synths With FM
Replies: 21
Views: 1336

It's not just stability stopping VCOs from creating non-metallic, "DX7" type FM. True, DX style fm isn't just changing frequency at audio rates, it's passing through into negative frequencies! Very few VCOs, or even DCOs, are capable of this. The one I know of is the "zeroscillator", available as a ...
by logicalhippo
Wed Apr 23, 2008 7:06 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Roland D50 is it a classic or out of date?
Replies: 160
Views: 25308

Maybe a little off topic, but this is the first really long D-50 thread in a while. How in gods name does the resonant filter work!? Any complicated stuff should be way out of range for such low processing power... The real question, however, how such a cheap instrument can do digital PWM so well! A...
by logicalhippo
Wed Apr 23, 2008 6:19 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: On the right track?
Replies: 21
Views: 1141

If you want cheap, I seriously recommend buying a USB controller and using softsynths with Ableton. There are tons of quality free softsynths, and the good ones are relatively cheap. This forum is mostly focused on hardware synthesizers, so don't be surprised if no one agrees with me :-). Honestly, ...
by logicalhippo
Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:57 pm
Forum: Samplers
Topic: Akai S-950- first sampler? or ASR-10?
Replies: 16
Views: 2253

Modern sampling is done on computers. Period.
by logicalhippo
Sun Apr 06, 2008 11:51 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Questions about the Roland JX10
Replies: 15
Views: 2088

Don't forget you can edit patches from midi on the JX-8P but not the JX-10. This means if you go for the 8P you can buy a BCR2000 and just use that instead of the PG. I've never played with the JX-10, but the 8P is great for dark pads and complexish analog swirls. I don't like the lead sounds you ca...
by logicalhippo
Sat Apr 05, 2008 4:07 am
Forum: The Listening Lounge
Topic: New Multivak Track!
Replies: 0
Views: 202

New Multivak Track!

Hey! I finally put together another track for my experimental mutlivak project! Check out "myrmidon" at http://www.myspace.com/multivak . This new track basically was to see what I could do with just FM8 and free softsynths and free effects. Obviously the style is not fully fleshed out yet. Also che...
by logicalhippo
Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:17 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The Casio VZ-10m. Are you man enough?
Replies: 18
Views: 1981

I have a VZ-1. It is the most ridiculous synth I've ever owned. I just use it for the keyboard! It can make some fun detuned saw leads, but the parameters are so "interactive" (i.e. change a parameter here, and it'll change the character of something somewhere else) it's really hard to program anyth...
by logicalhippo
Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:52 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Behringer BCR controllers, OSX and vintage gear
Replies: 5
Views: 771

I'm a big fan of the BCR2000! However, with stuff from the dawn of midi like JX-3P and poly 800, you're not going to have a per-parameter midi interface, so really any midi control is pretty useless. The TG77, K1, and the JV1080 you might have a different problem - too many parameters! The TG77 is r...
by logicalhippo
Wed Feb 13, 2008 12:10 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: 8-bit/chiptune-esque synth.
Replies: 42
Views: 3415

Certainly there's no magic to chiptunes - it's just music made with minimal technology. Any "advanced" synthesizer should be able to effortlessly recreate these sounds if you minimize the feature set. My vote would be for a basic VA (ion, ms2000, an1x). You can recreate chippy tunes with most synths...
by logicalhippo
Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:41 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: closest thing to a rackmount cz synth?
Replies: 4
Views: 437

Just tape your CZ-101 to the side of the rack. Seriously, there never was a rackmount CZ, and the VZ series is NOT the same!!! While some claim the VZ engine is powerful and good-sounding, I've never liked programming it as much, and it is undeniably impossible to recreate favorite CZ sounds with th...
by logicalhippo
Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:11 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Thinking about selling my Ion...
Replies: 36
Views: 1775

Right. Obviously there's a difference in sound between vintage gear and modern gear. I bought a micron this past summer, loved it to death, then bought a JX-8P this winter, soon after Box did :-D. I still love both, and honestly I don't feel I've explored either synth enough to know them deeply, so ...