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by tom Cadillac
Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:58 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: sound character
Replies: 21
Views: 915

Re: sound character

Being truely creative is a high spiritual practice in my opinion. It requires at the very least an unusual ability to concentrate and to listen. And the act of creating a truely fresh piece of music creates a unifying focus. Something that has forgoten the past and stands born into the moment - ther...
by tom Cadillac
Sat Dec 25, 2010 2:57 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Kawai K3 - Opinions?
Replies: 19
Views: 3192

Re: Kawai K3 - Opinions?

Thanks!- its a synth I really need to explore more - drawing a traditional waveform seems a good idea. Will probably have more bite I hope!
by tom Cadillac
Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:19 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Kawai K3 - Opinions?
Replies: 19
Views: 3192

Re: Kawai K3 - Opinions?

These must be a real bargain at the moment - I got a k3m for about $100 recently - immaculate condition with memory cartridge. Really well built and easy to program. Haven"t really enjoyed the sound yet though. Two Qs...Is it easy to use a midi controller with it? I'v got a kenton control freak. Is ...
by tom Cadillac
Sun Nov 21, 2010 4:48 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Mopho keyboard update
Replies: 5
Views: 669

Mopho keyboard update

How you guys getting on with the Mopho keyboard? I got mine as soon as it hit the shelves. Its just fabulous in my opinion. Getting to love its true analog rawness more and mnre and I think the design is great. :D
by tom Cadillac
Sun Nov 21, 2010 4:11 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Went to hardware
Replies: 8
Views: 648

Re: Went to hardware

I got into synths from having learned acoustic piano. I'm not saying this is a better route - but anyway with hardware synths the designers have often factored in keyboard skille and stuff that's way beyond the scope of poor acoustic pianists. There's the obvious aftertouch and velocity curves.... a...
by tom Cadillac
Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:10 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Flipping gear
Replies: 50
Views: 1767

Re: Flipping gear

Another thought... I still can't help hunting for interesting gear and possibilities. There's some amazing tech squeezing out of the sidedoors or behind the backs of the multicorps. The vestax faderboard for instance. I got mine new for about a 1/4 of the original price. Its such a wierd concept tha...
by tom Cadillac
Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:08 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Flipping gear
Replies: 50
Views: 1767

Re: Flipping gear

I'v gone through a lot of synths and I'v got better at making money when I sell with experience. Some stuff is just so ultimate and useful that they stay put - Yamaha fs1r or Korg Z1 for instance. Even if I never get to programme them as deeply as they deserve, they just nail down certain sounds so ...
by tom Cadillac
Sun Oct 03, 2010 1:58 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Why we're we given synths sooner?
Replies: 28
Views: 1246

Re: Why we're we given synths sooner?

I love Soft Machine too - so many great moments, but don't you feel Mike Ratledge is let down by the keys he is playing?

I'v just asked for help with my grammar from an Indian nurse and she says "please being kind to each other and staying on topic is so nice!" :D
by tom Cadillac
Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:41 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Why we're we given synths sooner?
Replies: 28
Views: 1246

Why we're we given synths sooner?

Don't know if this is a useful topic. Have just been listening to an early soft machine CD. Everytime the poor sod on keys starts playing I have to stop listening. Why didn't someone give him a synth? That organ sound is just so goddam lame. This was a great experimental band and he's trying so hard...
by tom Cadillac
Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:31 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Most popular synth between VSE members??
Replies: 53
Views: 4708

Re: Most popular synth between VSE members??

Uh Microkorg! and how on earth am I going to justify the $s for a CS80? Something neglected and cheap, but with huge potential is probably the defining synth. The kind of synth that it takes good ears and intelligence to appreciate and the desire to get some original sounds from. The command station...
by tom Cadillac
Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:06 am
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: V-synth vs. V-synth XT
Replies: 10
Views: 1015

Re: V-synth vs. V-synth XT

The original V synth is perfect. Though Roland scored majorly with this, I don't trust them as a corp. Too much "what next to make some more $$ss?" - hence another/improved version of the V synth.
by tom Cadillac
Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:09 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Questions for paraphonic strings synth experts
Replies: 28
Views: 1213

Re: Questions for paraphonic strings synth experts

mmm me too. I think this is a very useful thread. I often turn to these old instruments instead of more complex ones. But I'v never given it much thought before. But I must be hearing a certain sound and if it can be understood and reproduced you could also boild on this to go a bit beyond what the ...
by tom Cadillac
Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:24 am
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: stone age methods today
Replies: 67
Views: 4922

Re: stone age methods today

I was on holiday recently and picked up some flints and started hitting them together. The first percussion instrument maybe? They make a good sound. All the gear I had with me was an MPC1000 and a zoom h2. I was hoping to get some great stuff out of this minimalism - but didn't. The holiday kind of...
by tom Cadillac
Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:04 am
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: making the hi hats interesting
Replies: 38
Views: 3122

Re: making the hi hats interesting

I don't use effects - just crispy closed hi-hats. Usually from a zoom drum machine or MP7. But I put them in by hand. I'm sequencer illiterate so have no choice. It works for me in the way that I have more control over changing basic rythyms. Though obviously a sequencer would go faster. I tend to h...
by tom Cadillac
Sun Sep 19, 2010 2:24 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Most physically attractive synths
Replies: 133
Views: 9178

Re: Most physically attractive synths

A vote for the Juno 6 then - its in the lounge and gets a regular dusting. Feels nice and tool like. Like a well balanced hammer.
Anyone want to up the synth fetishist element?