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by Synthetech
Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:50 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Fogeys Unite
Replies: 32
Views: 5623

Re: Fogeys Unite

You lot can argue about anything, given any topic. Bloody h**l. :facepalm: No we can't. :lol: I had a feeling the Commodore would debate my posts. I like a good clean debate.. even if I'm truly wrong, I learn something out of it. Ever play around with Diva? Very convincing SSM filter emulator, but ...
by Synthetech
Tue Dec 31, 2013 6:27 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Fogeys Unite
Replies: 32
Views: 5623

Re: Fogeys Unite

Roland Juno DCO's are controlled using a 8253 Counter. It is fed a series of 8bit words from a uP. That uP is executing software in ROM to provide the proper values of those 8bit numbers. So the truth is that DCO's are indeed controlled by software. Software will sound different on different hardwar...
by Synthetech
Tue Dec 31, 2013 6:41 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Fogeys Unite
Replies: 32
Views: 5623

Re: Fogeys Unite

Hate to bust a bubble here, but just about any synth using digital technology is running software underneath the knobs, sliders and faders. It is software that translates the control movements into parameter changes. Same thing that plugins and DAWs do... or their REAL controller surfaces. Take the ...
by Synthetech
Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:01 pm
Forum: Samplers
Topic: SP-808 - Anyone have a working card reader in theirs?
Replies: 15
Views: 28255

Re: SP-808 - Anyone have a working card reader in theirs?

I sought out that unobtainamod for a few months only to give up on it since it's about $250 for the guaranteed working units, if found at all. There is no secret $30 unit to use.. and if a correct unit shows up in a 99c auction, it will go for $200 anyway. So I gave up and just use it for loops, sou...
by Synthetech
Fri Dec 27, 2013 5:59 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Korg DS-8
Replies: 14
Views: 4167

Re: Korg DS-8

Get it on the bay? I was watching that one.

I've heard it's one of the best designed 4op FM synths from the day.. I'd love to have one to play around with for awhile.
I'm sure the aftertouch is a great feature to use on the DS 8 that is not on most DX's.
by Synthetech
Fri Dec 27, 2013 5:48 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: korg monopoly rack
Replies: 7
Views: 8554

Re: korg monopoly rack

It'd be pretty difficult to modify a MP-4 into a rack. The MP-4's control panel is 28" wide by 10" deep. I haven't seen the inside of the synth, but I would get there a PCB that is just under 28" that has all the pots mounted to it. The pots are mounted on three separate PCB's. And since it has a 8...
by Synthetech
Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:21 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: How do you get over the feeling of wanting to try so many
Replies: 41
Views: 7636

Re: How do you get over the feeling of wanting to try so man

If I could afford a Fairlight, I'd smile more often too!

Let alone having a JP8, D50, Pro One, ARP 2600, JD800....
by Synthetech
Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:10 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: How do you get over the feeling of wanting to try so many
Replies: 41
Views: 7636

Re: How do you get over the feeling of wanting to try so man

I felt the same way as you about a year ago Commodore. But DAW use has convinced me to adapt to new methods of creating music. What changed my mind more than anything is the space I save and no more huge cluster of audio and MIDI cables. I'd love to have the real gear, but it just isn't feasible sin...
by Synthetech
Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:15 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: How do you get over the feeling of wanting to try so many
Replies: 41
Views: 7636

Re: How do you get over the feeling of wanting to try so man

When I started using a DAW, I've found many VSTi's with astonishing realism. I switched gears on collecting the real synths, sold some of my aging gear to buy a few decent MIDI controller keyboards like an Akai MPK 61. I still have a MC-505, SP-808 and a Korg Poly 800 and will keep them for some tim...
by Synthetech
Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:37 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Kawai K3 - Analog Knobs hack?
Replies: 8
Views: 2569

Re: Kawai K3 - Analog Knobs hack?

Its fairly easy to make GUI knobs using Ctrlr, and FREE too. The K3 uses a Sysex msg about 10 bytes long for each parameter change. F0 40 00 10 00 01 0A 06 00 F7 I'm fairly certain the above example is a MIDI hex code msg to set VCF to 96. The red byte is parameter # and the green ones are high nibb...
by Synthetech
Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:32 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Kawai K3 - Analog Knobs hack?
Replies: 8
Views: 2569

Re: Kawai K3 - Analog Knobs hack?

The problem I see is you can adjust them individually, but if you are looking for 1 knob to adjust all 6 together, then you need a data wheel/ encoder modded in and use it like the data +/- buttons, but with the encoder's rotary action. The VCF's are being adjusted by the CPU for each voice.. probab...
by Synthetech
Sat Nov 30, 2013 4:19 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: 3D joysticks on synths/controller keyboards?
Replies: 6
Views: 1923

Re: 3D joysticks on synths/controller keyboards?

I build my own controllers that can be considered "3D" by converting existing PC gaming controllers for use with a PIC controller that is setup to translate 0-5v signals into midi messages. I have my CH Pro Flight Sim Rudder/Toe Brake pedals- (all pics are Google Image'd photo's 'til I get some of m...
by Synthetech
Sat Oct 05, 2013 2:24 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: How expensive is synth repair?
Replies: 19
Views: 7751

Re: How expensive is synth repair?

my advice is sell your Microkorg XL on feebay. You'd be amazed how much people pay for something that has a minor problem like yours. Seems to be a trend on there to buy broken stuff for high prices.. especially synths. I usually see bids on broken synths go for about 75% the cost of one without iss...
by Synthetech
Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The 10 greatest synthesizers of all time
Replies: 39
Views: 8989

Re: The 10 greatest synthesizers of all time

I'd agree with the article more if it were titled, "Most popular synths of all time" instead of "greatest".
by Synthetech
Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:44 am
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: soft synths and quad cores...
Replies: 15
Views: 4950

Re: soft synths and quad cores...

I thought I'd report back on this after getting the new CPU/PC. The Dell T5500 works very well. I had to put 7 Pro on it since my old XP Pro CD did not support SATA drives.. it was easier to locate a 7Pro ISO and burn my own CD. I ran a FL Studio project that used a ton of samples/tracks that made m...