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by Synthaholic
Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:52 am
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Yamaha DX7 vs. Yamaha DX11
Replies: 23
Views: 13967

Re: Yamaha DX7 vs. Yamaha DX11

Better than a DX7? No way. But being 4-operator and non-sine waveforms available in the operators, it'll be simpler to program.

Plus it has "Lately Bass". ;)
by Synthaholic
Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:58 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Should I get an M1?
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: Should I get an M1?

$200 bucks is a good deal, otherwise I'd say wait for a T3 or 01/W since you'll get more sounds out of those.
by Synthaholic
Tue Jun 29, 2010 5:01 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Some fun synth spotting in this picture, check it out
Replies: 36
Views: 1387

Re: Some fun synth spotting in this picture, check it out

Rack 4 has a pair of JD-990s, sandwiching some other Roland box that I can't make out, at the top. Looks like a JV-1080 in between the JD-990s. Rack 5 from the top looks like MKS-7, MKS-10, MKS-20, MKS-30, MKS-50, MKS-70, MKS-80. MKS series in numerical order. ;) Below those it looks like it goes i...
by Synthaholic
Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:54 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Can you name that synth?
Replies: 4
Views: 276

Re: Can you name that synth?

It could be any rompler from the early 90s. Could be JD-800 or Korg Wavestation, among others.
by Synthaholic
Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:56 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Korg Polysix vs. Roland Juno 106
Replies: 29
Views: 6545

Re: Korg Polysix vs. Roland Juno 106

I've played with both and I would say Polysix. It's just a cooler synth all-around. If the battery hasn't leaked, you can replace the battery and you'll be good for a long time. If you replace the faulty chip in the 106, chances are another will fail soon afterward. There are 6 of them and the older...
by Synthaholic
Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:19 pm
Forum: The Listening Lounge
Topic: :):)
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: Synthpop 80s Inspired Instrumental Theme

X2... lovely sounds, lovely tracks, very 80s. Two thumbs up. I'd give more, but I only have 2 thumbs. ;)

I can just imagine what you would do with a real analog synth or two.
by Synthaholic
Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:23 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synths with 'slip in/slip out' batteries
Replies: 2
Views: 172

Re: Synths with 'slip in/slip out' batteries

Roland D-50 and D-550.
I'm not 100% sure but I think the Korg M1, 01/W and other Korgs of that vintage had 'em as well.

Have your tech install a slip-in battery holder into your synths when he does the batteries in them. I always do, then future replacements are much simpler.
by Synthaholic
Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:10 am
Forum: The Listening Lounge
Topic: Sega Megadrive FM anyone?
Replies: 12
Views: 2052

Re: Sega Megadrive FM anyone?

God I remember the MIDI music on that thing |: Like two nails being forced into your ear drums XD Once you got to programming the chip directly though 8-) oh yes. Windows' MIDI presets for the FM soundcard chips were awful. I used to have a utility that could edit the patches and create CMF files t...
by Synthaholic
Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:03 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Juno 106
Replies: 8
Views: 393

Re: Juno 106

Due to the way the voice allocation works by default, you can't always count on the same note playing on the same voice. But if you power the 106 up in test mode (hold down Transpose when turning on), then press Poly1 and Poly2 at the same time so both are lit, then each note you play will use the n...
by Synthaholic
Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:18 pm
Forum: The Listening Lounge
Topic: Sega Megadrive FM anyone?
Replies: 12
Views: 2052

Re: Sega Megadrive FM anyone?

I like both of those! The bass patch in CBW brings back memories of my old SoundBlaster Pro, which was my gateway drug into synthesis. ;)
by Synthaholic
Tue Jun 08, 2010 6:27 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What kind of synth's did the Bee Gees use????
Replies: 25
Views: 11334

Re: What kind of synth's did the Bee Gees use????

Lots of Bee Gee's synth spotting here… I see an ARP 2600 keyboard, Solina String Ensemble (yes, I knew they used one!) and a Minimoog, easily visible, in the first video. The other 2 videos are a folded-down Minimoog, easier to tell in the 3rd video... Just crazy guesses, but I'm thinking the studi...
by Synthaholic
Sat Jun 05, 2010 3:51 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Digital Native Dance
Replies: 4
Views: 472

Re: Digital Native Dance

Yeah, buy a $400 synth for one sound. Makes sense. Hey, why not? We are synth fanatics after all. Besides, there's more to the D-50 than just DigitalNativeDance. There's Staccato Heaven, Soundtrack, Fantasia, Living Calliope, OK Chorale, Breathy Chiffer, Spacious Sweep, some cool organs and more. A...
by Synthaholic
Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:34 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Minimoog Model D vs ARP Odyssey: How Has This Not Been Done?
Replies: 22
Views: 5275

Re: Minimoog Model D vs ARP Odyssey: How Has This Not Been D

I would say those two synths have completely different characters, and as such are almost like comparing apples and oranges... well, maybe Golden Delicious and Granny Smith.

That said, I wonder how many artists in the 70s had both. Or if they tended to side one way or the other.
by Synthaholic
Fri Jun 04, 2010 4:55 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Was the Roland D50 the first VA Modelling Synth?
Replies: 102
Views: 10113

Re: Was the Roland D50 the first VA Modelling Synth?

My thought on "virtual analog"... it doesn't necessarily have to mathematically model the circuitry of an analog synth to serve as a "virtual" analog synth. It just has to offer the same synthesis paradigm and programming of an analog synth; that is, a few simple waveforms like sawtooth and pulse, v...
by Synthaholic
Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:52 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What kind of synth's did the Bee Gees use????
Replies: 25
Views: 11334

Re: What kind of synth's did the Bee Gees use????

I thought they used ARPs in a lot of their earlier stuff. Solina for sure in a few tracks (like Nights on Broadway) but not sure what other synths they used. I remember my oldest sister had a live album of theirs in the late 70s and the liner notes mentioned "ARP synthesizer". EDIT: I found this art...