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by Soundwave
Fri Apr 27, 2007 12:45 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: elektron monomachine
Replies: 101
Views: 12867

I can appreciate that the Machinedrum is a fine bit of kit but the price Elektron are asking for them is a little more than steep for the interface your getting imho! In theory you could get a Waldorf Rack attack (or Micro Q) and a decent hardware sequencer (RM1X or MAM) for half the price that woul...
by Soundwave
Thu Apr 26, 2007 12:32 am
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: Software Studios
Replies: 12
Views: 1650

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I'd get a Drehbank as soon as poss as they've just been discontinued and are a bargain for what they are.
by Soundwave
Sun Apr 22, 2007 4:36 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: The response time of Soft Synths?
Replies: 6
Views: 1211

Latency was a big issue a while ago but today with a moderate dual core CPU and proper soundcard a latency of 3ms isn't beyond anyone’s means. How many you can run at one depends on many other factors. Playing a softsynth with a normal MIDI controller shouldn't feel any different than playing a synt...
by Soundwave
Fri Apr 20, 2007 4:29 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: I'm buying a new PC
Replies: 51
Views: 7074

Dual core definitely makes a difference with audio weather the software does so or not. I use Sonar 3.1 but without the multiprocessor option on as I like many users find it created more problems than it solves. I went form a 2.2ghz AMD 754 to a dual core 2.4ghz AMD 939 and the performance increase ...
by Soundwave
Fri Apr 20, 2007 12:34 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: Your top 5 most innovative softsynths?
Replies: 37
Views: 6122

Your top 5 most innovative softsynths?

What landmarks of the softsynth revolution would you rate and why? 1. Reaktor – Build your own synths/fx/plugins from the ground up the easy(ish) way. Short of being an electronics expert or setting up a small company this software has given the realms of true synth design to the masses. There's no ...
by Soundwave
Sun Apr 15, 2007 8:23 pm
Forum: The Listening Lounge
Topic: Synth examples, post them here.
Replies: 284
Views: 191968

Re: Softer side of Sunsyn

Everybody has heard the Sunsyn's aggressive sound, so I decided to make some softer demos, with reverb, for your listening pleasure :) Ok, the sync sound isn't soft, but I'm a sucker for sync sounds. Sunbrass Sunkeys Sunpad Sunsync feat. UAD Dimension D plugin I'll try to make some better quality e...
by Soundwave
Tue Apr 10, 2007 4:35 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: Can software synths truly emulate Hardware synths?
Replies: 14
Views: 2086

If you consider a digital hardware synth as basically a computer with a keyboard then having the same concept within a normal computer makes very little difference sound wise as long as you have a decent soundcard. I find that complex methods of digital synthesis are best left to a large open graphi...
by Soundwave
Tue Apr 10, 2007 3:35 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: Using a laptop on stage?
Replies: 15
Views: 2535

Macs run audio and midi as an intergrated part of the OS, unlike ASIO which runs as a background task on windows. What you should be checking out though is latency compensation, I'm not sure if you can do it in Sonar, but it works really well in Live. I often use a handy little freebie plugin on th...
by Soundwave
Tue Apr 10, 2007 2:37 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: Using a laptop on stage?
Replies: 15
Views: 2535

I totally agree with fozzie. After all, if you bought a cheap arse bit of hardware and tried to sync it properly it could f**k up, the same goes for computers. Especially ones that run windows. I’m using Sonar 3.1 on a purpose built AMD64 dual core getting a 2.9ms latency using ASIO and Terratec Ph...
by Soundwave
Sun Apr 08, 2007 1:26 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: Using a laptop on stage?
Replies: 15
Views: 2535

We use a laptop when we play live, running Live 6. We don't use any soft synths but we do run a few things like live vocals through Live's fx and haven't had any problems with latency or buzzing or anything, but that's probably because we use a Macbook and a Motu interface. You should make sure you...
by Soundwave
Sat Apr 07, 2007 5:43 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: Using a laptop on stage?
Replies: 15
Views: 2535

I'd either stick with all hardware of all software live as there are endless problems with PC sound and MIDI latency when putting the two together which probably explains why no one really mixes the two live.
by Soundwave
Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:48 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Need help buying first synth!
Replies: 10
Views: 1726

The AN1x was my first synth and I think it was a good choice for a complete beginner. It has full-sized keys (and more of them than the MicroKorg.) Adjusting basic parameters is straightforward enough that you can start tweaking right away and see how various elements effect the sound (without havi...
by Soundwave
Wed Apr 04, 2007 7:19 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: AMD Athlon 64 X2 or Intel Core Duo
Replies: 10
Views: 1435

The larger cache AMD's aren't that cost effective next to Intels but does that really make a massive difference for audio and softsynths?
I was going to get a Toledo core but the dudes on the Sonar forum said it didn't make that much a difference so I didn't bother (yet).
by Soundwave
Wed Apr 04, 2007 6:03 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: AMD Athlon 64 X2 or Intel Core Duo
Replies: 10
Views: 1435

Hi all! :) Intels are a better CPU but much more expensive. The best bang for the buck still goes to AMD imho. Its all very well having the best all singing CPU which is good for games but when building an music PC there are many other things to consider. The right mobo chipset is very important whe...