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by pour_furets
Tue Jun 03, 2008 5:58 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: My first Virus
Replies: 21
Views: 2094

Re: My first Virus

I am interested in the quality of analogue sounds, string and pads with the chorus and phaser effects, and then the quality of the outerworldly sounds this machine can achieve with its routing and effects. The phaser is nothing short of amazing. It adds a lot of character to the Virus--though I usu...
by pour_furets
Fri May 30, 2008 2:39 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: DSI Evolver: acid beast?
Replies: 17
Views: 1943

The Evolver is definitely an acid beast. I actually recorded a piece where I routed shortwave radio static through the input and used the mod sequencer to rhythmically tweak the filter. It was very acid-y and I didn't even use the oscillators. I'll post it later if anyone is interested in hearing it...
by pour_furets
Fri May 16, 2008 7:58 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: October 16th, 1964
Replies: 19
Views: 1420

It would be more accurate to say that 16 Oct 1964 was the birth of voltage-controlled analog synthesis [and I'm not even sure how accurate that is]. What of Hugh LeCaine's electronic sackbut? The first prototype was built in 1945. It used voltage control to alter the timbre of the note played. This...
by pour_furets
Fri May 09, 2008 4:08 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: 16-Step pattern sequencer / MIDI (Mobius, MFB, etc)
Replies: 68
Views: 4791

I just have to chime in and disagree on the MC307 front. I've had one for about a year now and I've just been fighting with its sequencer the whole time. I really don't care for its 'TR style' entry. It's fine for percussion, but when trying to enter melodies or bass lines, it is very cumbersome. St...
by pour_furets
Sat May 03, 2008 5:09 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synths That Never Were.
Replies: 74
Views: 8545

There was a company a few years ago named Lassence that was going to produce a tabletop synth and/or some modular stuff. I recall that a prototype of their tabletop synth got a poor review from one of the big web sites, and the company disappeared shortly after that. I don't think they ever got as ...
by pour_furets
Sun Mar 09, 2008 1:04 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: MFB synth 3
Replies: 89
Views: 7525

I think the sequencer was one of the most appealing aspects of the Synth and Synth II, sad to see it go. The Synth III looks like an impressive beast, though. On the build quality of MFB gear, I've only ever handled my Synth II with kid gloves, but even with light use the buttons used for programmin...
by pour_furets
Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:13 am
Forum: Samplers
Topic: Do all Akai samplers have that live "loop-point" t
Replies: 31
Views: 3497

ESI 2000/32/4000 all use the same OS chip, the last update was v3.0.2 so modulation sources and destinations are the same for all. Ya, lack of sysex is a pain, especially if you're trying to keep track of multiple layered zones that cross over keyzones... but a great sounding system and easy to use...
by pour_furets
Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:41 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: random chord memory question
Replies: 13
Views: 814

Not technically a VA, but the Roland SH32 has it.
by pour_furets
Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:18 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Best ambient synth when on a budget?
Replies: 25
Views: 5424

Definitely an Evolver. You'll get the (early) Robert Rich droney Prophet sounds and a lot more. It can go from silky smooth and spacey to metallic and twisted then right back again without batting an eye. As a bonus, it has a lot of options as a signal processor. I had an SQ80 when I was really gett...
by pour_furets
Wed Feb 20, 2008 8:57 am
Forum: Samplers
Topic: Ancient Samplers that DON'T require floppy disks to boot up
Replies: 16
Views: 4691

Perhaps I'm wrong- please correct me if I am- but I thought the EPS 16+ had flash ROM you could burn the OS to so you wouldn't need the OS disk to boot.
by pour_furets
Wed Feb 20, 2008 8:52 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: desktop evolver and VAs
Replies: 22
Views: 2102

In response to the original question, I very rarely play the Evolver with a keyboard. I've just always treated it like a glorified groovebox. In this capacity, it is a top notch tool. I've even programmed drum tracks using the mod sequencer to change decay time, noise level, and resonance level whil...
by pour_furets
Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:20 pm
Forum: Samplers
Topic: anyone see Roland's new SP-555?...
Replies: 55
Views: 5748

I stand corrected. For some reason I thought the JX305 had a D Beam, but it doesn't. The 505 and 101 do, though. I think the SP555 is the best choice for the purpose you specified. Let us know what you think. I've long been intrigued by the SP line, but I still think the SP505 has the most flexible ...
by pour_furets
Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:09 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Drums on Front 242's 'Front by Front'?
Replies: 7
Views: 3488

I read that they used a Roland DDR30 for live performances in the mid to late '80s. Definitely some Emulator drums on Front By Front. Whether it was actually used for the album or not, the TR626 perfectly nails a lot of the percussion sounds on the album--particularly with its complement of Latin pe...
by pour_furets
Sat Dec 15, 2007 6:49 am
Forum: Samplers
Topic: anyone see Roland's new SP-555?...
Replies: 55
Views: 5748

think the D-beam thingamajig was pretty much them trying to look fancy to compete w/ the kaoss pads. a sampler with live looping that sends a midi start/stop & clock signal to other gear when you start recording the loop is all i'm hoping for. also it doesn't talk about it in the manual (unless i s...
by pour_furets
Sat Dec 15, 2007 6:38 am
Forum: Samplers
Topic: movie samples
Replies: 20
Views: 1938

Thanks for posting the sloth.org link, I'd been looking for that recently myself. I was actually introduced to some cool movies when I found out what Skinny Puppy sampled for their early albums. Legend of h**l House is all over SP and Doubting Thomas stuff and it's really a quality haunted house fil...