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by logix
Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:43 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synth editor software + hardware control?
Replies: 4
Views: 1026

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: 19302

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: 19302

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: 1026

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: 19302

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: 19302

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: 12175

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: 19302

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: 19302

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: 12175

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: 19302

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: 19302

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: 12175

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: 12175

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 ...
by logix
Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:39 am
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Roland JX-8P vs. MKS-70
Replies: 15
Views: 12175

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

Yeah, they should sound about the same (from memory I recall that my A/B comparisons indicated just that). The MKS-70 is supposedly a JX-10 but with improved MIDI specs. I didn't know about the digital vs. analog LFO, but I don't understand how that would affect the sound. DCO vs. VCO on the other h...