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by Analog Freak
Sun Jun 01, 2008 4:56 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Ensoniq VFX value
Replies: 7
Views: 775

I paid 200 dollars about a year ago for my VFX including a sustain pedal and the VPC-100 cartridge. The lack of resonance on the filters doesn't bother me too much, as the modulation capabilities more than make up for the loss. I love mine, the modulation possibilities and the polyphonic aftertouch ...
by Analog Freak
Mon May 26, 2008 6:22 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: pick an Oberheim
Replies: 24
Views: 2599

My choice would be an Oberheim eight voice. I know it's not anything you'd want to gig with, and it's probably crankier than a two year old with diaper rash, but the sounds you can get out of one should compensate. It would have to be a studio queen, as I'm sure moving one and calibrating it afterwa...
by Analog Freak
Sat May 24, 2008 3:31 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Worst Yamaha Synth EVER!
Replies: 52
Views: 6663

Worst Yamaha synthesizer ever? That's easy, the FB-01. No front panel editing at all, weird footprint (desktop module), ugly, and it sounds horrible no matter what you do with it. Seriously, I've heard old sound cards that can do better FM than an FB-01 can. I wouldn't take one if you gave it to me,...
by Analog Freak
Sat May 24, 2008 3:03 am
Forum: Samplers
Topic: Ensoniq EPS
Replies: 18
Views: 2541

I think the Ensoniq EPS is worth owning, even without resonant filters. They have polyphonic aftertouch, tons of modulation capabilities, and they sound a lot better than most people seem to think a 12 bit sampler should. The load while playing feature is a nice one, and in my opinion, the EPS is a ...
by Analog Freak
Wed May 21, 2008 4:35 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Blown Solus !
Replies: 2
Views: 384

Generally speaking, a transformer is a pretty reliable device so long as it doesn't get overloaded. I could well be wrong, but I have a suspicion that the blown transformer is a result of another problem rather than the cause of one. I would check the rest of the unit out visually to see of anything...
by Analog Freak
Wed May 21, 2008 4:24 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What was the cheapest Synth you ever bought?
Replies: 541
Views: 78359

Hmm, I've gotten a few good deals over the last couple of years. This isn't an exhaustive list, but it represents a good sampling of what I've bought. Yamaha DX-7 II FD with the E! expansion: $50 Yamaha SY-77, with one broken key. Fixed it for ten dollars: $100 + $10 Quasimidi Raven with the MAX car...
by Analog Freak
Sat May 03, 2008 6:09 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synths That Never Were.
Replies: 74
Views: 13023

My vote goes to the Peavey Paradox. It was supposed to be a vacuum tube based synthesizer (At least that's what I read somewhere?). As far as I know it never got beyond the prototype stage, and a couple of lucky people managed to get ahold of the prototypes. I've never seen one, but I'd sure like to...
by Analog Freak
Sat May 03, 2008 6:07 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synths That Never Were.
Replies: 74
Views: 13023

Somehow, I managed to make a double post without even noticing. The one below is the one I actually wanted to post.
by Analog Freak
Sat May 03, 2008 12:12 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Getting parts offered only in large lots:
Replies: 5
Views: 544

Electronix Express (elexp.com), Mouser Electronics, Jameco, eBay (sometimes), and a variety of other electronics distributors. Heck, depending on what it is, radioshack might even be able to get one.
by Analog Freak
Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:16 pm
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Favorite synths to use as signal processors
Replies: 29
Views: 3525

A Kurzweil K2500 in Live mode is a good place to start, although it's a real toss up between that and the external filter input modification on the Korg Polysix. Hmm, I've never tried both at the same time.
by Analog Freak
Sun Apr 27, 2008 9:16 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Ensoniq EPS won't boot
Replies: 5
Views: 1544

I would go back in there and make sure you didn't accidentally disconnect anything when you were reseating the chips. I've done that sort of thing before. If you've ever seen the guts of a Yamaha SY-77, Yamaha used about 30 different connectors to connect the seven or eight circuit boards in there, ...
by Analog Freak
Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:00 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: (What) is it? Harmophone?
Replies: 4
Views: 3123

Usually these types of instruments work by blowing air across reeds, much like an accordion does. Instead of bellows, these have an electric fan. The keys open and close air passages that cause the reeds to vibrate and make notes. Assuming this thing is what it looks like from the pictures, that is....
by Analog Freak
Fri Apr 18, 2008 6:09 am
Forum: Samplers
Topic: KORG DSS-1 Problem...
Replies: 3
Views: 958

Hello there, I'm another DSS-1 lover. I have to say that I don't often sample with it, usually I load things in over MIDI and then save them to disk. My first thought would be that perhaps you haven't cranked up the gain on this DSS-1. It's under the sampling section, parameter number 2. try not to ...
by Analog Freak
Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:50 am
Forum: Samplers
Topic: Sampler with Trigger inputs????
Replies: 6
Views: 1355

The Kurzweil K2500 can use its sample inputs as triggers, but I don't know which other Kurzweil models, if any, can do this.
by Analog Freak
Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:39 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Sweet spot synths...?
Replies: 48
Views: 4838

I'm throwing down another vote for the Korg Polysix. You can't go wrong with one, just whack the manual button and start twiddling away to your heart's content.