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by chipaudette
Sat Jan 02, 2016 12:56 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Overdrive Mod for Korg Polysix
Replies: 6
Views: 3084

Re: Overdrive Mod for Korg Polysix

That's pretty good feedback regarding the FET-based overdrives. I'm a guitarist, too, so that interests me. I've never been a fan of distortion boxes...I always preferred the sound of overdriving coming from the amp itself (even pre-amp overdrive is better to my ears when it's in the amp). I'd be cu...
by chipaudette
Wed Dec 23, 2015 5:19 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Overdrive Mod for Korg Polysix
Replies: 6
Views: 3084

Re: Overdrive Mod for Korg Polysix

I'm starting to figure out how to make my overdrive mod controllable from the front panel and how to make it be saved/recalled from patch memory. The core of the solution is an Arduino + digipot. The trick to getting patch memory is that I'm re-using the low end of the Polysix's "Attenuator" knob. I...
by chipaudette
Thu Dec 10, 2015 6:09 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Overdrive Mod for Korg Polysix
Replies: 6
Views: 3084

Overdrive Mod for Korg Polysix

Hi All, After adding velocity sensitivity to my Korg Polysix, I was able to get sounds in vein of electric piano / clav. It made me pretty excited. The sound from the Polysix was too clean, too dynamic, to be fully satisfying for EP / clav. So, I started to look into adding some overdrive or distort...
by chipaudette
Sun Nov 08, 2015 4:20 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Velocity Sensitive Polysix
Replies: 1
Views: 466

Velocity Sensitive Polysix

Hi All, I recently modified my Polysix to make it velocity sensitive. If you're interested, I've got a couple of demos here: http://synthhacker.blogspot.com/2015/11/korg-polysix-with-velocity-sensitivity.html Now that I've finished this mod, I'm curious as to what others have done. My google skills ...
by chipaudette
Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:23 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: PolySix keybed replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 696

Re: PolySix keybed replacement

Stumbled over this old thread... Give this member a call: http://www.keyparts.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1 Hey! Years ago, I bought a sweet Fatar keybed from these guys. Then I put it into my Polysix. It was a lot of work that required replacing more than just the keybe...
by chipaudette
Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:31 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Suggestion for first analog synth
Replies: 23
Views: 2170

Re: Suggestion for first analog synth

No love for a Bass Station II? I have a microbrute. It does wicked sweet arps, and the minikeys didn't turn out to be a problem, but I never really got excited about the bread-n-butter bass and lead sounds. Sure, the filter + brute factor could get totally overloaded and crazy sounding, but it was a...
by chipaudette
Thu May 14, 2015 1:52 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Just how far have synths come in the last 20 years?
Replies: 33
Views: 2874

Re: Just how far have synths come in the last 20 years?

Likewise, unless it's a sample-based ROMpler, all synths work generally the same as the Moog modulars from 1965, making music/sound effects via electronically generated/manipulated raw sound waves. Based on the above, I'd say no, but I'm looking for other opinions on the subject. I'd also like to k...
by chipaudette
Wed May 13, 2015 5:36 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Just how far have synths come in the last 20 years?
Replies: 33
Views: 2874

Re: Just how far have synths come in the last 20 years?

There's been a HUGE boom in synth technology in the last 20...just not necessarily in the format of a rectangular slab with a keybed. Instead, the huge advances have been in: 1) Synthesis as software running on a PC: Software synthesis has seen completely amazing advances since 1995. The synthesis a...
by chipaudette
Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:36 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Shotgun Overhauls: OB-X
Replies: 4
Views: 811

Re: Shotgun Overhauls: OB-X

Old Crow designed and fab'd his own replacement board. He often has bare PCBs for sale, if you're up to stuffing your own boards (or paying someone else to stuff them for you)... http://www.cs80.com/crowbx/ And the muffwiggler thread following its development... https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/vie...
by chipaudette
Sun Nov 30, 2014 3:08 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Microbrute LFO sync doesn't go slow
Replies: 7
Views: 1515

Re: Microbrute LFO sync doesn't go slow

No, there's been no resolution to this. I still enjoy the synth, but I sure do wish that the LFO would sync slower, as the manual says that it should.

My post on the Arturia forums has not been any help, either. :(

http://forum.arturia.com/index.php?topic=83268.0

Chip
by chipaudette
Fri Nov 21, 2014 12:55 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Akai Analog Drum Machine
Replies: 241
Views: 39121

Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Has anyone who's reacted so strongly to this review (on either side) actually played one of these things? Those are the voices that I'm interested in hearing...folks who can confirm or reject published reviews based on first hand experience.

Chip
by chipaudette
Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:20 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Akai Analog Drum Machine
Replies: 241
Views: 39121

Re: Akai Analog Drum Machine

Not a terribly flattering review:

http://createdigitalmusic.com/2014/11/a ... an-better/

Bummer. I want it to be a winner.

Chip
by chipaudette
Sat Oct 18, 2014 12:23 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Moog Theremini--Digital, MIDI!!??!!
Replies: 20
Views: 3612

Re: Moog Theremini--Digital, MIDI!!??!!

The Guitar Hero comparison is very interesting here. Millions of people have had boatloads of fun playing Guitar Hero. If one were to look down at Guitar Hero becuase "it's not at all like playing guitar", you're missing the point. The point is that it's fun. I offer that, given the price of the The...
by chipaudette
Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: microbrute audio input very quiet
Replies: 5
Views: 4076

Re: microbrute audio input very quiet

Stab Frenzy wrote:Also you know that the audio input goes through the filter and VCA so both of those need to be open to hear anything?
Yeah, this is totally a "gotcha"! if you're trying to inject external audio, you gotta press (and hold!) a key on the keyboard to open up the VCA.
by chipaudette
Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:14 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Microbrute LFO sync doesn't go slow
Replies: 7
Views: 1515

Re: Microbrute LFO sync doesn't go slow

So at 120 BPM it should be able to sync to four measures. Have you checked over at the Arturia Forums ? Yeah, I posted this over at the Arturia forum last week. It's a lot slower over there, so no action. That's why I posted it here...hoping there'd be more traffic and maybe someone who'd encounter...