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by JB
Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:38 am
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Synth outputs... balanced or unbalanced?
Replies: 39
Views: 57490

Re: Synth outputs... balanced or unbalanced?

As Stab Frenzy said, best to test first. e.g. Kurzweil K2600R has balanced aux outputs Kurzweil K2500R has unbalanced aux outputs (but with TRS jacks to provide inserts for each only if a TRS cable is used) The majority of (ahem) "cheaper" synths tend to have unbalanced 1/4" jacks but some break the...
by JB
Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:05 am
Forum: Samplers
Topic: Other 8-bit samplers?
Replies: 37
Views: 6187

Re: Other 8-bit samplers?

Oberheim Prommer, Linn 9000 & Forat 9000 are all 8-bit samplers.... can't handle long samples though.
by JB
Thu Mar 19, 2009 4:52 pm
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Is it me or has the overuse of reverb hit new highs?
Replies: 27
Views: 4792

Re: Is it me or has the overuse of reverb hit new highs?

I wonder what Ulrich Schnauss would sound like without reverb. :?:
by JB
Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:49 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Serious advice needed
Replies: 16
Views: 2080

Re: Serious advice needed

jo_bliss wrote: The unit is actually in very good condition, considering where it was found.
Does that mean that very good condition found in a skip differs from very good condition, one owner from new, home use only :wink:

Only kidding.
by JB
Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:22 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Vintage Sampler Showdown
Replies: 19
Views: 2130

Re: Vintage Sampler Showdown

I'd always recommend a Kurzweil... unfortunately doesn't tick the "analogue filters" box (even though the filters are nice for digital ones).

These babies excel at the other end of the spectrum (adding digital nastiness with the Wrap, Dist and Waveshaping DSP blocks..... but that's another story) :)
by JB
Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:12 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: How good is a Kurzweil K2500/2600
Replies: 6
Views: 7235

Re: How good is a Kurzweil K2500/2600

It's also very much worth checking the "K2600 V2 supplement" manual here: http://www.kurzweilmusicsystems.com/Product.php?product=102&tab=downloads ...and reading Chapter 2 about "Triple Modular Processing" as this was a significant (free) operating system upgrade that took the K2600 from being a ri...
by JB
Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:29 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Vintage Sampler Showdown
Replies: 19
Views: 2130

Re: Vintage Sampler Showdown

Yes, sorry, I can't vouch for anything other than an EPS & SQ80 for using HDs as DDs - it must be an ensoniq thing :)
by JB
Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:35 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Vintage Sampler Showdown
Replies: 19
Views: 2130

Re: Vintage Sampler Showdown

The Mirage is only a mono sampler and uses DD floppies, but they're still around in hidden corners of the web. If the Mirage floppy drive is anything like the EPS you can cover the hole opposite the copy-protect hole on a DS-HD diskette and the sampler will think it's a DS-DD disk. DS-HD diskettes ...
by JB
Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:12 pm
Forum: Samplers
Topic: Is there such a beast?
Replies: 19
Views: 2273

Re: Is there such a beast?

Hmm, probably not one in production (not that interested in samplers of late due to their watering-down of what a good old pro 19" sampler was 10 or so years back). Give me a K2500/K2600/EIV/E6400 any day. To cross off a few items on the list of "wants": 1) you can buy SCSI card readers that will in...
by JB
Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:49 am
Forum: Samplers
Topic: Dirtiest sampler?
Replies: 36
Views: 5318

Re: Dirtiest sampler?

Just sample at a really low level input signal and normalise it.... that effectively reduces the bit-rate. (That's assuming that your S612 has normalisation). (I'm sure someone can describe this properly and there are no doubt terminology errors in my explanation below, but here goes.....) i.e. samp...
by JB
Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:54 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Vintage Sampler Showdown
Replies: 19
Views: 2130

Re: Vintage Sampler Showdown

You'll probably find that the Emax (orig/SE) would be the cheapest option. S.C.I. reliablility is questionable (if my Studio 440 was anything to go by) but Prophet 2000's, being simpler beasties, may be more robust. I guess the other option is an Ensoniq Mirage, but good luck with using the worlds w...
by JB
Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:45 pm
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Mac Minis now have enough grunt to be a DAW?
Replies: 19
Views: 2588

Mac Minis now have enough grunt to be a DAW?

Hi, I've been toying with the idea of ditching my big old 4u 19" PC DAW for something smaller, a lot smaller i.e. a Mac Mini. The Mini range has just been updated (given an NVIDIA GPU, space for 4Gb RAM and generally larger HDs and faster processors) and I was wondering if it's the general concensus...
by JB
Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:18 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: DSI Poly Evolver Rack - discontinued? (old news?)
Replies: 3
Views: 633

DSI Poly Evolver Rack - discontinued? (old news?)

Finally made time to spend a couple of hours on my Mono Evolver (keyboard) last night and loved it... so much that I'm thinking of expanding the number of voices with a Poly Evolver Rack. Just had a look on Dave Smith's website and the rack is no longer in the Products list - did I miss it being dis...
by JB
Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:55 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Control a Roland SH 09 by cv/gate
Replies: 5
Views: 1606

Re: Control a Roland SH 09 by cv/gate

An MC202 would be ideal to sequence the 09 with as it has two sequence channels (one for the internal 101-esque synth engine and one for external kit i.e. your 09). Not the nicest sequencer to program though. Alternatively an MC-4 would be a good option if you're happy for the sequencer to be digita...
by JB
Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:22 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Ensoniq SQ80
Replies: 2
Views: 698

Re: Ensoniq SQ80

Ensoniq poly-aftertouch keyboards (SQ80, EPS) are best described as "clacky". Don't get me wrong, they're responsive enough (too light for many people), but at low volume levels the keystrokes somewhat impede what you're actually trying to hear, esp if playing percussive parts. IMHO the ESQ1 keyboar...