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by ndkent
Sat Jul 18, 2009 7:25 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: pee wee's playhouse ending credits
Replies: 10
Views: 3206

Re: pee wee's playhouse ending credits

Actually TONTO wasn't at Motherbaugh's Mutato studio for all that long, it obviously looked very impressive in photos.(after all the much earlier Brian DiPalma film "Phantom of the Paradise" used it as a prop and not on the score) A number of photos with Mark have recirculated over the years, which ...
by ndkent
Wed May 27, 2009 10:38 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What is the Oldest Piece of Gear in Your Studio?
Replies: 181
Views: 9592

Re: What is the Oldest Piece of Gear in Your Studio?

I've got a Keio (Korg) Rockmate Donca Matic portable drum machine from 1966.

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by ndkent
Mon May 25, 2009 3:03 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Tube Synths: Clavioline vs Jennings Univox??
Replies: 6
Views: 1578

Re: Tube Synths: Clavioline vs Jennings Univox??

Well the Hammond Novachord is in a whole other class and scale of tubed keyboard instruments. It's the Hammond Solovox that could better be compared with the Univox, Clavioline, Ondioline, etc. But as to comparisons, they were competing instrument lines but many of these instruments were built for m...
by ndkent
Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:06 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The Secrets of Making Polyphonic Music with Monosynths
Replies: 36
Views: 5058

Re: The Secrets of Making Polyphonic Music with Monosynths

It's worth noting that TONTO was polyphonic by the early 70s. They spent a fortune developing a keyboard that scanned for 10 channels and added enough modules to be driven by it. I'd say the size wasn't just big because they had loads of modules just for the sake of having them but that they were af...
by ndkent
Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:38 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: korg dss1 ever had one?
Replies: 10
Views: 7752

Re: korg dss1 ever had one?

In todays world it's by far the ultimate in the DW series. In other words loadable samples rather than ROM waves with a very good solid analog synth engine. As a sampler it's a mixed bag being so old. The load time from floppies is really long and while it's easier to sample with than say a Mirage, ...
by ndkent
Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:54 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Doepfer A-100 VS Roland System 100
Replies: 15
Views: 2639

Re: Doepfer A-100 VS Roland System 100

There are a couple approaches to this question. I guess it comes down to the motivation for asking it. The first thing to consider is if your have really fallen in love with the exact sound of the Rolands from experience or have you just heard they are great or they look to be really cool or interes...
by ndkent
Sat Dec 27, 2008 2:58 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: New Serge tutorial online - Alphabet Soup #1: The SSG
Replies: 4
Views: 1303

Re: New Serge tutorial online - Alphabet Soup #1: The SSG

The Universal Slope Generator is one of a handful of Serge modules to see an authorized eurorack version as the Bananalogue Serge VCS, though currently out of production, it's an example of something from Serge that not too long ago was not way up there in price.
by ndkent
Sun Dec 14, 2008 12:55 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Patching A-100 to Roland System-100 - CV compatibility?
Replies: 5
Views: 686

Re: Patching A-100 to Roland System-100 - CV compatibility?

Roland gates tended to be really hot back then. I'm getting +13.3v on the kbd gate out on the 101. Doepfer gates are +5v and will usually trigger on less. So I'd think for safety's sake you ought not be pumping in signals over +10v to your A-100 though I doubt even +13.3v will cause damage. If conce...
by ndkent
Sat Dec 06, 2008 10:35 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Andromeda: 3rd Oscillator?
Replies: 13
Views: 1015

Re: Andromeda: 3rd Oscillator?

Considering it's a 16 voice multitimbral instrument, if you simply stack 2 patches you still have an 8 voice instrument with double what you had per voice. Aside from an Oberheim Matrix-12, hardly anything analog has more than 8 voices so you are still ahead. Now you can't exactly modulate anything ...
by ndkent
Fri Nov 28, 2008 3:09 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: New Taurus Pedals
Replies: 53
Views: 3043

Re: New Taurus Pedals

As to the value of the original, I guess it depends on if they nail the sound of the original or not. It is a different situation from the Voyager in that they never claimed that one was going to sound the exactly same as a Minimoog though they said things like similar and comparable to. As for the ...
by ndkent
Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:05 am
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Recommend good preamp for recording synths?
Replies: 8
Views: 973

Re: Recommend good preamp for recording synths?

Since a synth may already be at suitable recording levels, I'd think you would mostly be deciding on optionally buying something that adds coloration to your sound that you like though perhaps you are having say low levels on your synth and need some gain to record at good levels. I have to say that...
by ndkent
Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:27 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: YMO Lead
Replies: 12
Views: 2759

Re: YMO Lead

That's the original version of Rydeen from 1979. Back in those days they used a lot of Odyssey for leads. I assume they had Prophet 5s by then. Those were their two most used synths. Aside from vocoders which of course aren't synths, one of the few Japanese synths they used was the Korg PS-3100. Som...
by ndkent
Sun Oct 05, 2008 12:03 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Sequencing with Doepfer A-100
Replies: 1
Views: 203

Re: Sequencing with Doepfer A-100

Yeah, the 160 + 161 combo is sort of the ├╝ber minimal approach. How you'd get it to work is you need a mixer module, typically a linear 138 though an exp 138 or some other brand that can mix DC will do in a pinch (not a regular audio mixer since most will block DC). The 155 will be like a non-MIDI s...
by ndkent
Sat Oct 04, 2008 11:40 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Trigger vrs. Gate with Doepfer
Replies: 2
Views: 251

Re: Trigger vrs. Gate with Doepfer

A gate is held for the duration the note is held down or some duration of time if it's coming out of a sequencer. For the most part with maybe the occasional exception, modern equipment uses gates. A trigger is simply a short voltage signal used to trigger something to happen and doesn't contain a d...
by ndkent
Fri Oct 03, 2008 3:19 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: CHINESE SYNTHS?
Replies: 25
Views: 5544

Re: CHINESE SYNTHS?

To explain the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe -- Pop music from the decadent West was always popular in the former East Bloc. It was certainly frowned upon by officials and made forbidden by various means. Just like parents doing that sort of thing it only made it more popular, plus you had various...