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by Phenom
Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:30 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: synthesizers that made impact in electronic music production
Replies: 23
Views: 1657

Re: synthesizers that made impact in electronic music produc

My vote- Korg M1. so many innovations in one mass market instrument. combination mode with fantastic key configurations. multi-timbrality, I know it wasn't the first but it was at the vanguard purely sample based, dropping the digital approximation of subtractive synthesis in the D50 usable multi-tr...
by Phenom
Wed Nov 30, 2011 3:38 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: roland sh-32 or jp-8080
Replies: 18
Views: 4102

Re: roland sh-32 or jp-8080

another vote for JP8080. It's not that the SH32 sounds bad, it sounds decent actually, it's just it's one of those crippled compromised designs, even edging into groovebox territory at times. The UI is baffling, full of cryptic unnecessary nonsense that could all be solved with a cheap LCD, who want...
by Phenom
Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:56 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Roland SH-2 vs. Moog Little Phatty
Replies: 13
Views: 1417

Re: Roland SH-2 vs. Moog Little Phatty

Have owned an SH2 for about 10 years, have only played with an LP, and never had them side by side... The SH2 is a very simple synth, too simple to compare like for like to an LP in my opinion, it's well bulit, sounds brilliant and is the best bass synth I've ever owned. I really wanted to connect w...
by Phenom
Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:41 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Yamaha SY-35 vs Kawai K4
Replies: 9
Views: 3497

Re: Yamaha SY-35 vs Kawai K4

They're both weirdly compromised digital machines. Yep compromised is the word I think of when I think of these 2 synths. have used a K4, still own an SY35. Both are ok synths, the K4's filter is actually ok, it can do some great string textures and atmospheres, but the samples are old and too shor...
by Phenom
Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:25 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Poly-800 vs. Roland D-50
Replies: 5
Views: 772

Re: Poly-800 vs. Roland D-50

not a huge fan of the D50 here, couldn't you pick up a Wavestation for about the same money?
by Phenom
Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:41 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What's the deal with the Roland JD-800?
Replies: 31
Views: 3905

Re: What's the deal with the Roland JD-800?

I like the JD800 a great deal, most of the criticism it seems to get is that it isn't the JD990, which of course it isn't, but it's attractive for other reasons. The tone palette system works well after you have 10 mins to get used to it. The FX are very nice, but the interface for them is more anno...
by Phenom
Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:48 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Live set up?
Replies: 7
Views: 517

Re: Live set up?

The MPC is a good solution, and it would also give you the drum machine you are looking for.

A free (but also very good) solution would be SEQ24. Very fun live midi sequencer
by Phenom
Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Newish Romplers?
Replies: 1
Views: 261

Newish Romplers?

I was thinking recently of picking up a rompler for bread and butter sounds and good programability, and my first thought was to pick up an old JV2080, a synth which I remember liking from the past, though it really has been some time since I've tried out a rompler. But looking recently at the specs...
by Phenom
Fri May 13, 2011 11:46 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Analog-modeling versus ... "Normal" synth?
Replies: 20
Views: 1684

Re: Analog-modeling versus ... "Normal" synth?

If something like a dedicated "piano" button on the panel is important to you (very useful for live playing) and piano sounds are important to you in general, then maybe you should try a cheap digital piano in addition to your SH201. More than anything I think you'd need a rompler, giving you all th...
by Phenom
Sat Apr 23, 2011 2:48 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Roland Connect - Countdown!
Replies: 255
Views: 23423

Re: Roland Connect - Countdown!

This looks like a strange move all round to me, esp. from a marketing standpoint. The only people who are really interested in the Jupiter association would be vintage synth enthusiasts who I guess like me, would have very little interest in this synth. No one in that market would be fooled by the n...
by Phenom
Sat Apr 02, 2011 1:50 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Anyone remember Music Technology magazine?
Replies: 33
Views: 3977

Re: Anyone remember Music Technology magazine?

I have a few old MT magazines that I bought from ebay, mostly to see reviews of the old synths I worshiped at the time (D50, M1 era) and see how they were viewed at the time. There was also a few articles and interviews about the burgeoning acid house house scene that I really enjoyed. Not sure what...
by Phenom
Sun Feb 27, 2011 2:45 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Juno 106 VS Polysix
Replies: 20
Views: 2165

Re: Juno 106 VS Polysix

I'd sell the Juno 106 and get a Juno 6. That would be a bad idea given that they're the same synth except for the bass boost, which is just a simple eq job. I think there's a bit more to it than that, the envelopes are clearly different even to a casual listener. I'm sure others who have digged aro...
by Phenom
Sun Feb 27, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Prog rocker looking for a synth
Replies: 13
Views: 712

Re: Prog rocker looking for a synth

Not to be deliberately contrary, but I'm quite suprised that people have mentioned the Nord Lead's for prog-rock. They sound thin and brittle to me, and they seem pretty unadventurous soundwise (at least the 1 and 2, the 3 is quite a different beast). I know this is all subjective stuff, but when I ...
by Phenom
Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Synth with nice arppegiator
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Synth with nice arppegiator

I think all the Korg workstations from the Triton and beyond have very nice and flexible dual arps which are capable of instant tracks. An early Triton Classic or a Triton le would be well within your budget, and for a little more you could perhaps stretch to a Triton Extreme and get the extra wavef...
by Phenom
Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:17 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Need synth suggestion for small theater
Replies: 14
Views: 863

Re: Need synth suggestion for small theater

The Proteus 2000 is really cheap, and would probably have the sounds that you needed on board. If you needed even more focus, I'm sure you could get some more ROM for it with a world music focus (esp. as Emu made the Proteus 3 and Carnival, so they have a history in that area). Maybe another VSEr wo...