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by Sealed
Wed Aug 15, 2007 9:37 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: roland r8 mk2
Replies: 14
Views: 2219

I have an R-8M, the module version. It can play melodies via MIDI (no CV needed). It can layer 4 samples in a sound and can be a good synthesizer. Most MIDIed drum machines can be a master or a slave.
by Sealed
Mon Aug 13, 2007 4:35 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Roland M-VS1 or E-MU Vintage Keys (Plus)?
Replies: 3
Views: 1503

I don't know about VK, but I'll go for JV-880, the base model of M-VS1. Roland's Vintage Synth card mostly contains various variations of saw and pulses, and I think they can be substituted by synthesizing yourself. I personally like JV's warm sounds, and so I think M-VS1 sounds warm too.
by Sealed
Mon Aug 13, 2007 12:37 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Yamaha PSS's
Replies: 15
Views: 3749

PSS-480, 580, 680, 780 are 2-OP synths with ten-key interface. PSS-390 has slider editor. I remember PSS-460/470/560/570 seems to have FM synth section. Also there are models with regular keys. PSR-32, 36, 41 have slider editor, and DSR-500/1000/2000 have LCD screen editor. These models use 4-OP eng...
by Sealed
Sun Aug 12, 2007 7:19 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Any E-Mu Command Station / Proteus / similar fans or users?
Replies: 20
Views: 3077

I like my Mo'Phatt, Morpheus and Ultraproteus Z-Plane synths.
I like using Z-Plane filter to add amp-sim and chorus-like effects.
by Sealed
Sun Aug 12, 2007 3:25 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Kawai K3
Replies: 7
Views: 1540

as it's the only hybrid synth that let you edit/create your own user waveform using additive synthesis. Only certain other sampling-synths allowed you do that (like Korg DSS1 waveform drawing). True, but can't you only store one or two waveforms per cartridge/internal memory? I like the K3. I just ...
by Sealed
Thu Aug 09, 2007 5:44 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The Kawai K5?
Replies: 22
Views: 4357

Unfortunately SoundDiver can only store K5 patches and can't edit it. But in theory it's possible to translate a sample into an additive wave and put it into K5. And K1 is a hybrid of additive and PCM. K1 waves have very high harmonics (up to 128th), and it's impossible to play such waves through th...
by Sealed
Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:55 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The Kawai K5?
Replies: 22
Views: 4357

K5 is a deeply editable additive synthesizer. In a way it's right to call it a purely-additive-synth version of Synclavier without sampling. Synclavier had 32-partial additive synth feature. I think K1 is a version of K5 without realtime additive modulation - instead, it had added features like PCM,...
by Sealed
Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:47 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Vintage Sampler: DSS-1 or FZ-1?
Replies: 21
Views: 5929

I agree with FZ's digitally-controlled analog filter. I suppose it's related to CASIO HZ/HT series synths. It's sweet, but does not self-oscillate.

I only have an FZ-10M, and haven't owned a DSS-1. It's very interesting, but too big.
I'd like to add that FZ has only 8 oscillators, while DSS has 16.
by Sealed
Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:41 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: yamaha cx5m - anyone using them?
Replies: 5
Views: 2593

CX5M is an MSX computer, and there are support sites for MSX with downloads.
by Sealed
Mon Jul 23, 2007 6:57 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Thoughts on the Matrix 1000?
Replies: 32
Views: 5375

I like it.
The analog filter sounds good and the Filter-FM is useful for creating unique sounds. I use it with Roland CE-300 analog chorus to fatten it up.
Also the Unison mode makes the juicy bass sounds.
by Sealed
Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:04 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Favourite "vintage" digital synths
Replies: 51
Views: 8340

KAWAI K1, if anyone hasn't mentioned.
Roland JV-880 has a warm filter.
by Sealed
Sun Jul 15, 2007 2:21 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Save A Prayer
Replies: 25
Views: 4078

To my ear, the pitch fluctuation effect seems to be made by slowly increasing portamento time, rather than modulation wheel.
by Sealed
Fri Jul 13, 2007 6:04 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Save A Prayer
Replies: 25
Views: 4078

This is a Roland JV-80 clip from my webpage - I hope it may sound similar.
http://homepage.mac.com/synth_seal/file ... square.mp3
by Sealed
Sun Jul 01, 2007 2:07 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: for you hardware owners looking for computer editors.....
Replies: 6
Views: 1296

Will it work well with YAMAHA EX5?
by Sealed
Wed Jun 20, 2007 1:56 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Quasimidi
Replies: 44
Views: 7711

Re: Quasimidi

crystalmsc wrote:they term of synthesis is not too clear..I wonder which one is using analog modelling and which one is just a sample based synth.
With the exception of QUASAR/RAVEN with M.A.S.S. engine, I guess all other QUASIMIDI synths are PCM synths.