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by gs
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: KORG DSS1-BCF2000 help
Replies: 2
Views: 1488

Re: KORG DSS1-BCF2000 help

I used to own a DSS-1, and even made a resource web site for it some 15 years ago that is still online. During my time with the synth, I created many templates for it on several controller devices (but not the BCF-2000). What I remember is that the sysex commands (most of them) do NOT update in "rea...
by gs
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What is multitimbrality?
Replies: 3
Views: 1462

Re: What is multitimbrality?

Hi all I'm new to this game and currently trying to choose between the Korg Kronos and Nord Stage 3. One thing I've read is that the Stage had two-part multitimbrality. Now, I've looked up a definition of this but I'm still not sure what the implications are. Can anyone tell a total noob, in layman...
by gs
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The JX-10 – an underrated synth
Replies: 6
Views: 2885

Re: The JX-10 – an underrated synth

I had the JX-10 with the PG-800 programmer for about 5 years before selling them both off circa 2010. This was when I was going through a vintage analog phase myself. I had an SCI Pro-One as well, and also a Korg DSS-1 which has PCM oscillators but one h**l of a fat analog filter. Since then, I've p...
by gs
Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: I call it the SlimWhitman
Replies: 1
Views: 1168

Re: I call it the SlimWhitman

gridsleep wrote:I just invented the world's first Analog Yodeling synthesizer. Nobody seems to want to buy one, though.
This guy would probably like to buy one...



On the other hand, he seems to yodel quite well without the need of electronic assistance. :)
by gs
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Prophet VS
Replies: 10
Views: 3485

Re: Prophet VS

The Korg Wavestation was the closest next thing that ever came out of the "vector" synth idea. Korg in fact used (and licensed) Dave Smith's ideas and technology for that synth. However, the Korg is all digital and doesn't have the analog filters of the VS. The VS can be seen as a kind of mutant ste...
by gs
Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Are software synths disposable instruments?
Replies: 19
Views: 4819

Re: Are software synths disposable instruments?

I currently have an old XP desktop and an old Win98 laptop in my studio (alongside my modern PC for DAW), running older software that I still love and use. I'm not giving up on VAZ Modular (which is no longer updated), and I still run old software like floppy disk copiers (for older synths with FDs)...
by gs
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: going back to the 70s?
Replies: 8
Views: 2234

Re: going back to the 70s?

Okay, "Going back to the 70s" - I though this thread was going to be about this:

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by gs
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: PCMs/WAVs/ROMs/samples from Alesis Quadrasynths/QS Series?
Replies: 9
Views: 6168

Re: PCMs/WAVs/ROMs/samples from Alesis Quadrasynths/QS Serie

I don't think there's going to be anything special about the Alesis PCMs, especially short waveforms... Most of the character from those Alesis sounds came from the programming, not the PCMs themselves. Best to just pick up a used QSR, re-identify the presets you used, and be done with it.
by gs
Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Is a Yamaha Tyros a synthesizer?
Replies: 23
Views: 6075

Re: Is a Yamaha Tyros a synthesizer?

A rompler to me is not a true synthesizer. It is a synthesizer though, just not a true through and through synth. Of course no one really cares but purists, since a synth is a synth. Unless of course you are here at VS :D I think your comment has hit the nail on the head. It's just a matter of comp...
by gs
Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: How is Oberheim Matrix-6 still so cheap?
Replies: 19
Views: 10384

Re: How is Oberheim Matrix-6 still so cheap?

Sonic character aside, the Matrix-6's low 2nd hand value, I think, is mostly due to the single-slider/LCD interface. Like trying to paint the inside of a stadium through a mailbox slot in the front entrance. As with the DX7, most peeps just couldn't get into programming it. But this IS an Oberheim, ...
by gs
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: MicroKorg vs Alesis Ion
Replies: 9
Views: 2434

Re: MicroKorg vs Alesis Ion

I paid $380 (USD) for my used ION, and it was worth every penny... and then some. Bottom line... if you want full size keys and lots of knobs, the ION is your best bet. The feature set (compared to microKorg, or even MS-2000) is insane. About a dozen different filter types, 3 mod wheels, nice big ru...
by gs
Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Pro One sales advice
Replies: 13
Views: 1848

Re: Pro One sales advice

@Solderman - good points. I should have said the Pro1 is one on the most reputable monosynths from that era because of its solid sound, excellent features and quite widespread use. I have no knowledge of the build quality and bow to your knowledge on this. And therein lies the rub: "Reputation". A ...
by gs
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Korg DW8000 built in Chorus effect?
Replies: 41
Views: 10242

Re: Korg DW8000 built in Chorus effect?

The Korg DDL is creamy, and amazing. I'd almost go as far to say it's half of the Dw8k sound. The same delay was also in the much maligned Korg Ds8. As far as I know, the same delay is a rack unit, the Korg SDD2000 It is also found in the DSS-1, with an added bonus: you can run the two DDLs in eith...
by gs
Wed May 24, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: How old is "Vintage"?
Replies: 49
Views: 7644

Re: How old is "Vintage"?

I would say, based on the demographic of this web site, the distinction is quite simple and breaks down pretty much like this: Vintage = Analog Non-Vintage = Digital The mention of the DX7 as the "breaking point" for this distinction, makes a h**l of a lot of sense. That was the world's first comme...
by gs
Mon May 22, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: How old is "Vintage"?
Replies: 49
Views: 7644

Re: How old is "Vintage"?

I would say, based on the demographic of this web site, the distinction is quite simple and breaks down pretty much like this: Vintage = Analog Non-Vintage = Digital The mention of the DX7 as the "breaking point" for this distinction, makes a h**l of a lot of sense. That was the world's first commer...