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by knolan
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Analogue Polyphonic Synth Recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 4683

Re: Analogue Polyphonic Synth Recommendations

I'm going to partly disagree with my learned colleague here. :D It's absolutely true that you have to get the overall tone of the instrument. Without that, you'll never gel with it. But, the features are important too, as they dictate what sounds you can squeeze out of it. I have a DSI Rev2. It's a...
by knolan
Thu May 24, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Yamaha CS-40M - Factory Patches?
Replies: 2
Views: 1548

Re: Yamaha CS-40M - Factory Patches?

Did you ever manage to acquire these? I'm after them too? I put out a search every few years - and even talked to Yamaha-Kemble CS range expert Dusty Miller 5-6 years ago on it but even he couldn't locate them in house. Am about to put out a request again on synth groups on Facebook, and will let yo...
by knolan
Tue May 15, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: moog grandmother
Replies: 10
Views: 4684

Re: moog grandmother

At first it looked quirky - but after watching the video on it's design and construction, it quickly grows on you - and - it sounds great, looks really well built and is more substantial that it first appears. And agree - the price is not bad at all. At the centre of it all - I just love the way Moo...
by knolan
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: My YAMAHA SY77 repair
Replies: 4
Views: 3103

Re: My YAMAHA SY77 repair

Agree with madtheory - brilliant blog. As an SY77 owner I've bookmarked it for future reference. Good luck with the rest of the repair (the diskette rubber band replacement requires a steady hand - but works a treat once done :-) ) .
by knolan
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Prophet-6 V OB-6 ?
Replies: 6
Views: 10426

Prophet-6 V OB-6 ?

Anyone own or tried out both the Prophet 6 and the OB-6? How do they compare / contrast?

The price difference is quite large - I wonder why?

Thanks!
Kevin.
by knolan
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Choir Sound?
Replies: 10
Views: 3095

Re: Choir Sound?

It could be the Korg Symphony modulereleased around the same time as the M1. It had a small selection of not very good sounds on it -but it's choir sound was quite good and adaptable. Vangelis used it to excellent effect in 1492 Conquest of Paradise and one or two other albums of that era (not the m...
by knolan
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: VP-330 Alternative?
Replies: 20
Views: 6849

Re: VP-330 Alternative?

I own both a VP330 Mk1 and 2 - so I’m biased! There are no alternatives. :-) If you can get a Mk1, do. All three sections are excellent, and as was pointed out above, Vangelis is the main champion of this instrument. He used the strings on the opening to Bladerunner and on Chariots of Fire, while so...
by knolan
Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Opinion: Best or favorite Midiverb?
Replies: 11
Views: 2445

Re: Opinion: Best or favorite Midiverb?

A question to any Midiverb experts: Decades ago I borrowed a friend's original Midiverb (the little flat desktop unit) and absolutely adored the reverbs in it. When I listen back to those original demos, the Reverb from the Midiverb still sounds great - I really love the character of that reverb and...
by knolan
Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Aliasing and hardware synths
Replies: 35
Views: 7794

Re: Aliasing and hardware synths

At the end of the day with all digital gear - you can push it over the limit of where it behaved cleanly and where "aliasing" or "aliasing like" behaviour kicks in. So you could well be right that you read someone finding that limit with the AN1x - perhaps when it's implementing Ring Modulation, Har...
by knolan
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Aliasing and hardware synths
Replies: 35
Views: 7794

Re: Aliasing and hardware synths

The following synths are good on the aliasing front: Yamaha AN1x (very clean even in exposed solo lines at the upper end of the keyboard). Very good for a Virtual Analogue synth from the late '90s. And well respected too. Korg OASYS and Kronos both use ultra-low aliasing oscillators in their various...
by knolan
Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Pro One sales advice
Replies: 13
Views: 1636

Re: Pro One sales advice

@Solderman - good points. I should have said the Pro1 is one on the most reputable monosynths from that era because of its solid sound, excellent features and quite widespread use. I have no knowledge of the build quality and bow to your knowledge on this.
by knolan
Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Slight buyer's remorse on my Jupiter 6...
Replies: 26
Views: 8237

Re: Slight buyer's remorse on my Jupiter 6...

I own many polysynths - CS80, T8, P10, CS70M, Trident Mk2, J106, JD800,,,, and a Jupiter 6. The way I look on it is - they all have their strengths and their weaknesses / limitations. Usually when I buy a new synth still in production I tend to notice their flaws and limitations. But as soon as an i...
by knolan
Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Pro One sales advice
Replies: 13
Views: 1636

Re: Pro One sales advice

With so much new analogue gear out, the result is you're going to have to wait a lot longer before you sell. 5 years ago vintage analogue gear was selling to two markets - 1) those wanting / needing a substantive analogue synth 2) those who are chasing down classics. The first market has gone, and s...
by knolan
Tue May 23, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: How old is "Vintage"?
Replies: 49
Views: 6962

Re: How old is "Vintage"?

20 - 25 years old - as with other vintage items such as cars. So the Nord Lead is a vintage synthesizer There are also "classic synthesizers" that hold a special place in the history / pantheon of music. So while the liked of the Minimoog and CS80 are classic synthesizers, there could also be a case...
by knolan
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:29 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Kurzweil K2000: Original sounds or VP/VX sounds(K2500 Sounds
Replies: 10
Views: 5816

Re: Kurzweil K2000: Original sounds or VP/VX sounds(K2500 So

I have a K2500XS with all the upgrades (Piano, Orchestral and Contemporary ROMs, 128MB RAM, KDFX, P-ROM, Internal Hard Disk, Latest OS with KB3 emulation and K-Sounds Steinway Grand piano on board - and - it's an amazing work station still to this day. I've barely scratched the surface with VAST and...