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by synthRodriguez
Wed May 13, 2009 12:05 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: A Good starting Station???
Replies: 5
Views: 637

Re: A Good starting Station???

A Yamaha ES8 in good condition just went for $1700 on eBay. I doubt you'd outgrow that one. Then there's the Roland Fantom's, the Korg Triton's, and the Kurzweil stuff. It depends on what you want to use it for and of course the sound. I've only played the Roland and Korg in the store, but they seem...
by synthRodriguez
Mon May 11, 2009 11:20 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: d-50 midi communication error
Replies: 8
Views: 5556

Re: d-50 midi communication error

Don't have a D-50, but do have the D-550 module. There's handshaking mode and one-way mode. If you're using MidiOx (which is how I transfer patches), it's one-way mode. The procedure is different for the two different methods. In one-way mode, you have to hold the Data Transfer button when you hit t...
by synthRodriguez
Sun May 10, 2009 11:38 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What makes a synth famous?
Replies: 49
Views: 3703

Re: What makes a synth famous?

Some synth's that are famous may end up being that way by default because they are breakthrough instruments, like the Roland JV-1080. It was originally popular much for it's multi-timbral capabilities although by its nature had a rather non-descript sound. Now it's famous for being on so much materi...
by synthRodriguez
Wed May 06, 2009 2:20 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Alternative controller for Roland MKS-70
Replies: 14
Views: 1784

Re: Alternative controller for Roland MKS-70

plikestechno wrote:Got a mint JX10 with mint PG800 and 3 M64Cs and a case for $500 US. Sold two of the carts for $200 (more luck) so basically got the whole shebang for 3 bills.
Woof.
by synthRodriguez
Wed May 06, 2009 1:06 am
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Yamaha ES8 vs. Roland D-550
Replies: 1
Views: 741

Yamaha ES8 vs. Roland D-550

Was just noodling around on the rig and realized that the Yamaha voice Paradies (PRE4-D4) is the Yamaha shot at reproducing the D-50/550 patch Staccato Heaven (I-61). I mean it's obvious. A/B'ed the two of them on my JBL's. FWIW, the D-550 blows the Yamaha away. I always loved the Paradies voice alt...
by synthRodriguez
Sun May 03, 2009 1:47 pm
Forum: The Listening Lounge
Topic: :)
Replies: 11
Views: 1118

Re: A Chilled Out 80s Synth Track Using Only Free Synths

Very nice.
by synthRodriguez
Sun May 03, 2009 12:07 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Replacing the Battery on a JX8P
Replies: 8
Views: 3777

Re: Replacing the Battery on a JX8P

You're going to have to pull the board and remove the cell with a soldering iron. The replacement gets soldered back into place. The metal portions are indeed welded to the cell case. If you're good with a soldering iron, it's a piece of cake. Getting the board out is probably the hardest part. If y...
by synthRodriguez
Sat May 02, 2009 6:06 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Prophet 600 vs Prophet 08
Replies: 21
Views: 4943

Re: Prophet 600 vs Prophet 08

The P'08 is a programmers synth with lots of modulation capabilities and the unique "analog style" sequencer. That said it is not a basic synth with a large sweet spot. I think talented programmers could get most of what they want out of a P'08 but if your looking to just get on and have that proph...
by synthRodriguez
Sat May 02, 2009 5:26 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Prophet 600 vs Prophet 08
Replies: 21
Views: 4943

Re: Prophet 600 vs Prophet 08

Hmm. I bought a P-600 new and used it onstage for years. I did have difficulty with the numeric keypad after a few months and learned to keep a flashlight next to it to bring up patches between songs (try using that keypad in the dark). It also had some weird crashes IIRC which required powering it ...
by synthRodriguez
Sat May 02, 2009 4:43 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Roland JD-800 vs. Yamaha SY-99
Replies: 4
Views: 1567

Re: Roland JD-800 vs. Yamaha SY-99

I hope this has been of some help. h**l yeah, and many thanks. A SY99 it is. I found one in good condition for about $650 USD, so I guess I'll go for it. I've never had an FM synth, but I played with a friend's DX7 back in the day and got a grip on it pretty quickly. Although my background is subtr...
by synthRodriguez
Fri May 01, 2009 10:46 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Roland JD-800 vs. Yamaha SY-99
Replies: 4
Views: 1567

Roland JD-800 vs. Yamaha SY-99

Considering one of these as a next acquisition to complement the rig.

Don't have a FM synth at all so the SY-99 is attractive, but folks seem to like the JD-800 as a nice synth.

What's the consensus? Do these match up someway in a shootout? Which would you want to use?

Scott in Ohio.