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by ian
Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:45 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: FM Synthesis as a Metaphor
Replies: 5
Views: 1042

Re: FM Synthesis as a Metaphor

Meh... The idea began OK but then leapt all over the place waxing peotic about what exactly ? That Techno is the next big step in the evolution of music ? The disjointed and sloppy metaphor about FM never really went anywhere to begin with, was dropped near the end of the article and was never broug...
by ian
Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:55 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The "Fake" PWM method
Replies: 26
Views: 13233

Re: The "Fake" PWM method

Great thread. I think it is good to mention again that LFO's are just one of many possible methods of attack. A sub-oscillator works nicely, too, as does almost anything else.
by ian
Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:00 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Yamaha Reface
Replies: 407
Views: 60391

Re: Yamaha Reface

The DX looks cool, I think the interface looks pretty sweet, actually. If there are more wave forms to play with than just sine's and that it seems that users can attack the edits/envelopes of each operator quickly and directly; maybe having only 4 operators isn't as limiting as it at first appears....
by ian
Tue Jul 07, 2015 3:12 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Yamaha Reface
Replies: 407
Views: 60391

Re: Yamaha Reface

Yeah, I heard that the Reface is a mix of regular tech, nano tech and bio tech... Can transmit electro magenetic waves via mycelium ....so.... you can Reface your toaster or your house pet; just plug it in to anything! but be careful not to try to harness power of the sun just yet .... I heard Ruden...
by ian
Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:27 pm
Forum: Samplers
Topic: I built a Sampler!
Replies: 7
Views: 1871

Re: I built a Sampler!

Whoa! Very impressive!
by ian
Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:16 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Ultimate Portable Multitrack Sequencing Sampling Setup
Replies: 16
Views: 3461

Re: Ultimate Portable Multitrack Sequencing Sampling Setup

My guess is you are not using an android device for music making???? this has been discussed ad nauseum in the android music making community... Android Lollipop was much hyped and a huge let down.... I can send you links to discussions about the technical aspects if you would like but pretty sure i...
by ian
Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:51 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Ultimate Portable Multitrack Sequencing Sampling Setup
Replies: 16
Views: 3461

Re: Ultimate Portable Multitrack Sequencing Sampling Setup

[quote="Ashe37"]Actually, Android did do a serious move to fix latency issues. Android 5 has a new low-latency audio API, just not many applications using it yet because not many devices are up to Android 5. As I use a Nexus 7, I can speak to this, the fix android did for latency did not address aud...
by ian
Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Ultimate Portable Multitrack Sequencing Sampling Setup
Replies: 16
Views: 3461

Re: Ultimate Portable Multitrack Sequencing Sampling Setup

I agree that tablet and a usb interface might be a good bet... There s lot s of decent apps out there that can do what you are after plus you have the advantage of portability and updates. Apple seems to have the most dev's working on music related apps and as much as I prefer Android's open source ...
by ian
Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: When intrinsic value is surpassed by emotion... (EMS Gear)
Replies: 37
Views: 3416

Re: When intrinsic value is surpassed by emotion... (EMS Gea

. Remember.. a mathematically near perfect sawtooth is just that - mathematical ie. the same as any other by definition - ie. absolutely just the thing you don't want in a living breathing musical instrument. Its why I sometimes feel my blood boiling when I read some nerds going on about how they'v...
by ian
Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:44 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: When intrinsic value is surpassed by emotion... (EMS Gear)
Replies: 37
Views: 3416

Re: When intrinsic value is surpassed by emotion... (EMS Gea

Fetishization is a double edged sword; for sure. With something like an 808; all those exact sounds are available for almost nothing in software/newer and cheaper hardware form, but people crave the shiny box. Something like a Crumar Spirit; OK, I touch the Douglas for that. 1) because people tell m...
by ian
Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:17 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: When intrinsic value is surpassed by emotion... (EMS Gear)
Replies: 37
Views: 3416

Re: When intrinsic value is surpassed by emotion... (EMS Gea

I was thinking along the same lines recently and I find it frustrating. I think part of it is that synths have come to the forefront of popular music and their collective perceived value has become inflated (after being deflated, for the most part). Same thing happened with tube amps. Part of my fru...
by ian
Sat Jun 06, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Kawai K11?
Replies: 10
Views: 13076

Re: Kawai K11?

Thanks for the many replies. I checked out a bunch of the different Kawai's via video; they all seem to sound really good. Not many videos of people doing creative, deep patching however, but you can hear the possibilities hinted at. Could definetiley hear a Twin Peaks I Animal Collective vibe from ...
by ian
Thu Jun 04, 2015 4:19 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Kawai K11?
Replies: 10
Views: 13076

Re: Kawai K11?

OK, thanks for the comment.

I wonder if something like a Behringer BCF2000 & BCR2000 would work well with a Kawai. Anyway, seems like an inexpensive way to get into wavetable architecture. On my list with a million other things :D An oscilloscope may rank higher.
by ian
Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:05 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Kawai K11?
Replies: 10
Views: 13076

Re: Kawai?

Thank you.

I looked up the specs online but I've never heard either in person. I'm also a little weary of a newer model of gear being sold as an improvement on a previous model; sometimes things look good on paper but are not so in practice.

How 'fun' are Kawai's to patch?
by ian
Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:10 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Alesis HR16
Replies: 3
Views: 4956

Re: Alesis HR16

This was the first drum machine I really used, and it was good to learn on, but editing/sequencing is slow (lot's of squinting at a tiny LED screen), the sounds are dated to that era ( very clean and cold), no way to send an individual sound out for processing. What I do remember being cool about it...