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by Jaytee
Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:54 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: DX 21 vs CZ 1000
Replies: 30
Views: 12163

Re: DX 21 vs CZ 1000

I would keep the CZ solely because they will continue to become more scarce. There are so many options for Yamaha FM synthesis (and so many modern clones) that keeping one in the collection at the cost of somethig more unique doesn't make sense to me. Ditch the DX21 and wait till a better FM synth c...
by Jaytee
Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:52 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Mode Machines SID
Replies: 28
Views: 6052

Re: Mode Machines SID

I'm not really trying to get into which forum is better or worse. I'm just saying that there's a thread on another forum that I think anyone thinking about buying one of these SID boxes should read.
by Jaytee
Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:58 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Mode Machines SID
Replies: 28
Views: 6052

Re: Mode Machines SID

If you haven't yet done so, check out the recent thread on muffwiggler about this groove box. Apparently you need software (hard-to-find software) to access all the parameters.

Considering the prices that well-built DIY SID synths go for secondhand, the ModeMachines SID box seems insanely overpriced.
by Jaytee
Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:44 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: How is the Alesis Ion in your opinon?
Replies: 15
Views: 5243

Re: How is the Alesis Ion in your opinon?

IMHO, this is what a digital synth should be. Computing power is no longer at a premium. Unless you have a specific goal in mind (emulating a specific piece of hardware, for instance), there shouldn't be any limit on your digital synthesis. Why shouldn't a digital synth have an everything-to-everyth...
by Jaytee
Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:03 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Mode Machines SID
Replies: 28
Views: 6052

Re: Mode Machines SID

From what I understand, these use a SwinSID, which is a hardware emulation originally meant to replace SIDs in broken C64s. It's not perfect, but it kind of has its own thing going too.
by Jaytee
Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:51 am
Forum: Gear For Sale
Topic: Gear Trading Thread
Replies: 715
Views: 338467

Re: Gear Trading Thread

Maybe a long shot, but I have an Arturia Minibrute and I want a SammichSID or similar SID synthesizer set-up (HardSID, MidiBox SID, C64 +MSSIAH/Cynthcart/etc....). Anybody want to trade?

I also have a KMI QuNeo that I would trade with cash for a SID synth.
by Jaytee
Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:00 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Likelihood of Virtual Analogs To Truly Become Vintage Pieces
Replies: 29
Views: 5436

Re: Likelihood of Virtual Analogs To Truly Become Vintage Pi

I think repairability seems to trickle down over time. Information becomes more freely available as the years pass. There are a lot more people out there capable of fixing a Juno 106 today (read: anyone with an Internet connection, a soldering iron and money for parts) than there were 25 years ago. ...
by Jaytee
Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:46 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Casio CZ series
Replies: 14
Views: 4047

Re: Casio CZ series

Ignoring the difference in features, there is no variation in the basic sound, assuming that the calibration is right. The most common fault with sound quality is the DAC offset voltage being incorrect, which makes it sound like there's quantizing distortion. Easily fixed if you follow the instruct...
by Jaytee
Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:13 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: iPad vs Android tablets
Replies: 47
Views: 14002

Re: iPad vs Android tablets

I guess what I was wanting in the tablet/iPad environment was instant use (open the lid and it's on), low power consumption/long battery life, small size, stability, ruggedness etc, in a live band situation. ie all the things I don't have in my netbook environment. And to replace my hardware synths...
by Jaytee
Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:43 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: iPad vs Android tablets
Replies: 47
Views: 14002

Re: iPad vs Android tablets

Well that's a damn shame then :( Are Android tablets and iPads still in such an infancy as this? I'm running all the stuff I want on a small Toshiba netbook 1.6G Atom. I was hoping to reap the stability and interface of an iPad as a replacement for it for live use...looks like there's still a long ...
by Jaytee
Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:42 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Minibrute vs x0xb0x
Replies: 12
Views: 6477

Re: Minibrute vs x0xb0x

Sounds like you should buy live and then sequence the MB with it. I own Live 8 Suite already. I'm sure you know that clicking notes into the piano roll is not the same as interacting with a hardware sequencer. I want to update to Live 9 Suite so I can begin working with Max for Live; I have a few h...
by Jaytee
Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:40 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Minibrute vs x0xb0x
Replies: 12
Views: 6477

Re: Minibrute vs x0xb0x

Is the MiniBrute your first synth (just guessing)? Just stick with it and really learn it. Neither the Volca Bass or xoxbox can cover "general purpose" monosynth duties. No, I've been messing around with synths for a few years now, and the 'brute is one of several that I own/have owned. I like to t...
by Jaytee
Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:38 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Minibrute vs x0xb0x
Replies: 12
Views: 6477

Re: Minibrute vs x0xb0x

My rational side is telling me to just wait for the Volca Bass. My gear lust side is telling me to build a x0xb0x and use the money saved to justify keeping the Minibrute too.

And of course the software side of me is patiently reminding me that I had meant to buy Ableton 9 once I had the scratch.
by Jaytee
Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:14 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Minibrute vs x0xb0x
Replies: 12
Views: 6477

Re: Minibrute vs x0xb0x

The xoxbox is not much fun for regular synth action outside acid flavoured things (it is possible but not really the point of the box). The sequencer is really cool though. If you aren't especially into doing acid I'd look at other things or hang on to the minibrute. I mean, I get that it'll never ...
by Jaytee
Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Minibrute vs x0xb0x
Replies: 12
Views: 6477

Minibrute vs x0xb0x

They seem very different at first, but let me point out the obvious similarities to start: - compact analog mono synths - single oscillator - around $450 On the one hand, the brute has more sound-shaping options and a generally wider palette, but on the other hand people still complain/gush about ho...