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by danbroad
Fri May 03, 2013 4:05 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: Turnado - KaossPad-like app for the iPad
Replies: 4
Views: 1084

Re: Extreme KaossPad-like apps for the iPad

turnado is a superb vst fx plugin, and I have no doubt that the iOS app is just as good, and far far cheaper than I paid for the real deal. LiveFX is effectively a Kaoss Pad Quad copy, and also fantastic - just as good as a KPQ without the £150 pricetag.
by danbroad
Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Digital piano vs synths with piano sounds
Replies: 5
Views: 1861

Re: Digital piano vs synths with piano sounds

I use a Kawai piano as a MIDI controller. Then again, I'm a classically trained pianist and often I just play the piano. No synth gives the full piano experience in the same way - keys action, soundboard resonance, pedals, vibrations through your feet... I guess those things are important to you or ...
by danbroad
Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:11 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Analog Four vs Polymorph
Replies: 9
Views: 2475

Re: Analog Four vs Polymorph

the Octatrack is an amazing, frustrating piece of kit. The A4, by comparison, was a few minutes to learn [although I'm familiar with the Elektron workflow]. Tip; rather than be tempted to fill the OT with loops, instead fill it with snippets of random sound. With loops, I used it less creatively. Wi...
by danbroad
Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:22 am
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Analog Four vs Polymorph
Replies: 9
Views: 2475

Re: Analog Four vs Polymorph

Yeah, really must do an OS update at some point!

At the moment, I have the A4 atop my digital piano. With a little Rhodes dialled in, it's instant Vangelis.... Fantastic.
by danbroad
Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Analog Four vs Polymorph
Replies: 9
Views: 2475

Re: Analog Four vs Polymorph

Oh well, not a popular contest. FWIW, the A4 is imcredible. Just one long LFO 16-step sequence with delay and a little verb stops me dead in my tracks, and I can sit back and listen to it run and run... And yet that sequence could have 64 steps, with P-locks on each step... And there's still another...
by danbroad
Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:10 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: If you could design the perfect synth
Replies: 26
Views: 2767

Re: If you could design the perfect synth

a full-fat hardware version of Omnisphere.
a full-fat software version of my machinedrum.

Or maybe just an Analog 4 with a keyboard, SFX-6 style.
by danbroad
Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:07 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: New Novation Bass Station?
Replies: 146
Views: 24692

Re: New Novation Bass Station?

Novation have always been relatively quick on the pulse when it comes to new products. They chased Live and made a name for themselves. They have history in DCO analogue synthesis, and there's serious analogue knowhow on the team, given that you can trace their lineage back to the OSCar. Plus, they ...
by danbroad
Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:14 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Proof that Roland are indeed insane.
Replies: 176
Views: 21698

Re: Proof that Roland are indeed insane.

It's a perfectly decent instrument for those that like that sort of thing. They're not going to develop instruments just for a lot of nerds like us on a message board. :D The problem is 'nerds like us' are the market here. If they want a slice of this market, they'd better 'nerd up', just like Korg...
by danbroad
Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:42 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: Is it just me or are there others who HATE software..
Replies: 55
Views: 9308

Re:

Hard or soft ? :idea: Just try to use the best of both worlds. +1. It's 2013. The musical instrument market has never been so vibrant, so vast. The consumer has never been so well informed. Aren't we past all these school-yard threads by now? Anyway, the main problem with sweeping generalisations i...
by danbroad
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:07 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Analog Four vs Polymorph
Replies: 9
Views: 2475

Analog Four vs Polymorph

Definitely not done before. Berlin Schoolers rejoice, for there is a new brick in the (Klaus Schulze) wall! So, is the Elektron xox sequencer and p-locks as intriguing as the 960 module, even though there's no direct step skip/reverse function (yet)? With an all-analogue engine, who'd still take a V...
by danbroad
Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:27 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Proof that Roland are indeed insane.
Replies: 176
Views: 21698

Re: Proof that Roland are indeed insane.

That Thomann chart is interesting- but it's not acceptable as a good indicator, it's just one German shop and it's an online shop so the demographic is going to be very tech oriented types. It's one of the largest shops in Europe, but I accept it's a small sample to extrapolate with too much meanin...
by danbroad
Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:29 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Proof that Roland are indeed insane.
Replies: 176
Views: 21698

Re: Proof that Roland are indeed insane.

The Jupiter 80 is a good board, and when I played on one I thought it sounded great. However, it doesn't have the workhorse heritage of the Motif, or the aspirational heritage of its own namesake. It doesn't have a built in sequencer to compete with the workstation competition [not that I ever use m...
by danbroad
Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:03 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Proof that Roland are indeed insane.
Replies: 176
Views: 21698

Re: Proof that Roland are indeed insane.

The survey may well have been UK only, but it was quite open: 'what springs to mind when you think of roland, what do we do well, what do we do poorly' etc. The link I can't provide: it was a personal email link. Probably sent to me because I recently registered a Roland product (the quad capture, l...
by danbroad
Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:58 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Proof that Roland are indeed insane.
Replies: 176
Views: 21698

Re: Proof that Roland are indeed insane.

I think some of you might be confusing what you would like to see Roland do with them giving a toss about your world and just perhaps they do have some idea which side their bread is buttered right now. Which is a major tragedy of course, especially seeing as no other companies are producing analog...
by danbroad
Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Proof that Roland are indeed insane.
Replies: 176
Views: 21698

Re: Proof that Roland are indeed insane.

None of us have a problem with the cabaret crowd - and I personally think Roland caters for a necessary market. My own issue is that they still additionally try and provide for our market niche, and what they bring is wide of the mark and ignorant of current trends.