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by logix
Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: Non-stock LinnDrum samples
Replies: 20
Views: 12383

Re: Non-stock LinnDrum samples

I suppose if you're brave enough and have the technique you could desolder the existing sockets in there and replace them with ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) sockets. On the subject of replacement sounds, does anyone know if it's somehow possible to allow for multiple sounds to be available inside an Ob...
by logix
Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:43 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synth editor software + hardware control?
Replies: 4
Views: 665

Re: Synth editor software + hardware control?

Thanks for the suggestion even though I think the price is a bit steep. I'll see if there's a downloadable demo so I can see if it does what I'm looking for first.
by logix
Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Quality MIDI keyboard controllers still available?
Replies: 30
Views: 14260

Re: Quality MIDI keyboard controllers still available?

so I think there's probably a narrow choice of combined controllers which don't feel plasticky, cheap or nasty, and I think the feel is important, even if you're just messing with ideas or jamming I agree that the feel is important. If you don't like the gear you're working with and thus don't rela...
by logix
Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:34 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Quality MIDI keyboard controllers still available?
Replies: 30
Views: 14260

Re: Quality MIDI keyboard controllers still available?

AndrewB: nice to see others still clinging on to 80s hardware ;) How do you feel about those new keyboard controllers, such as the Akai MPK-261 I'm considering? It appears Roland just hasn't got it any more unfortunately, based on your comments on the A-37 and others' comments on the A-800 pro with ...
by logix
Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:55 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synth editor software + hardware control?
Replies: 4
Views: 665

Synth editor software + hardware control?

Is it possible to use synth editor software (for MIDI hardware synths) and control the parameters with physical knobs/faders/switches (as part of a MIDI keyboard controller or a dedicated unit) instead of the computer mouse? I have a Yamaha TX-802, Roland MKS-70, Yamaha TX-81Z, Roland MKS-50, Roland...
by logix
Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:33 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Quality MIDI keyboard controllers still available?
Replies: 30
Views: 14260

Re: Quality MIDI keyboard controllers still available?

I've just tried out the Akai MPK-261 and it seems very nice! I haven't actually used it though (it wasn't attached to anything), just a "hands on" touch and feel for now. I like the drum pads and see how much more fun than the keyboard as I've always done. The Roland A-800 Pro seems worth looking in...
by logix
Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:13 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Quality MIDI keyboard controllers still available?
Replies: 30
Views: 14260

Re: Quality MIDI keyboard controllers still available?

I've had a look at some of my gear's MIDI implementation charts, but they don't really get into that sort of detail. Most of them are pretty basic. Actually I haven't been spoilt by choices in the past, so with my MIDI hardware gear I'd be happy if I could just switch banks/patches/MIDI channels ;) ...
by logix
Mon Feb 23, 2015 12:16 am
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Roland JX-8P vs. MKS-70
Replies: 15
Views: 8697

Re: Roland JX-8P vs. MKS-70

I concur- Side by side I can't recollect hearing any difference, but this discussion has made me curious enough to look up the schematics. Which op-amp chips exactly are we talking about? According to the JX-8P block diagram it looks like IC-67 is the culprit (and IC-66 for the headphone output) but...
by logix
Fri Feb 13, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Quality MIDI keyboard controllers still available?
Replies: 30
Views: 14260

Re: Quality MIDI keyboard controllers still available?

Ya that's a drool worthy collection. Thanks. And of course there's some stuff I've had and regret selling like my Linndrum and a Roland TB-303 (which at the time I practically gave away!) :x My Minimoog on the other hand was good riddance -not because of its sound of course, but I never got it to i...
by logix
Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:43 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Quality MIDI keyboard controllers still available?
Replies: 30
Views: 14260

Re: Quality MIDI keyboard controllers still available?

You seem to be very hung up on the notion that newer stuff is somehow inferior. MIDI is MIDI. The standards haven't changed. A new keyboard with sliders and knobs will act much the same as a twenty year old bored. I'm perfectly aware of MIDI being MIDI, but I didn't know if current keyboard control...
by logix
Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:28 am
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Roland JX-8P vs. MKS-70
Replies: 15
Views: 8697

Re: Roland JX-8P vs. MKS-70

In which regards do those JRC op-amps sound better? Less noise? I came across a post saying they're terrible , but perhaps they're referring to a different chip than the ones in the above Roland synths (I haven't lookd at the schematics yet). I suppose if they're socketed I could easily just exchang...
by logix
Thu Feb 12, 2015 2:05 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Quality MIDI keyboard controllers still available?
Replies: 30
Views: 14260

Re: Quality MIDI keyboard controllers still available?

Good suggestions, but they're both weighted keyboards which isn't for me (reading closer the Roland A-30 and A-50 also have this). In fact I'm pretty happy with the keyboard action of my DX-7 (mark I) -it's way better than my JX-8P anyway, but both of them are quite (mechanically) noisy which is irr...
by logix
Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Quality MIDI keyboard controllers still available?
Replies: 30
Views: 14260

Re: Quality MIDI keyboard controllers still available?

What are the main differences between old and currently available master keyboard controllers? I see the ones for sale today usually come with a USB interface (or USB and MIDI) which I suppose means you can connect it directly to a computer for using DAW software and softsynths (for those who don't ...
by logix
Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:09 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Roland JX-8P vs. MKS-70
Replies: 15
Views: 8697

Re: Roland JX-8P vs. MKS-70

Awesome! That takes care of quick access to programming new sounds. How about existing sounds already in memory: is there a quick way to select tones (whole mode) that are already stored in memory, or do I need to enter the menu and go through several key-presses for this each time I choose a new to...
by logix
Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:33 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Roland JX-8P vs. MKS-70
Replies: 15
Views: 8697

Re: Roland JX-8P vs. MKS-70

I didn't know the MKS-70 could self-resonate (this is something I've missed in the otherwise excellent JX-8P)! If I just want to quickly audit and be able to edit/create new sounds quickly on the MKS-70, what's the simplest way to do that? I mean, if I forget about layering and all that fancy stuff ...