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by gs
Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:58 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: getting too caught up in tech
Replies: 35
Views: 2308

Re: getting too caught up in tech

My personal experience and reading about the experiences of others here, tells me that musicians become obsessed with new tech and GAS when they have reached a point of stagnation in their creative abilities or musical social lives. It's just another place to focus the mind. But, as with most things...
by gs
Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:20 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Manikin Memotron
Replies: 14
Views: 3334

Re: Manikin Memotron

I find it odd too, what exactly all the fuss is about this instrument. What exactly does it do differently than any digital board that contains Mellotron samples or allows you to import them? Seems to me this is all about presentation (appearance, controls, color). Seems like a mighty steep price es...
by gs
Thu Nov 04, 2010 9:13 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Kawai K3M: first impressions
Replies: 0
Views: 174

Kawai K3M: first impressions

I thought I'd share my thoughts about my new toy, the Kawai K3M rackmount hybrid synth - which I just acquired, and for the purpose of getting that warm VCF polysynth sound back into my arsenal after having sold my DSS-1 recently, and having sold my JX-10 a year or two before that. Needed to do it o...
by gs
Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:37 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Any need for VA gear still??
Replies: 45
Views: 2550

Re: Any need for VA gear still??

As long as keyboardists like me are around, there will be a need for VA's. I'm not exactly touring, but I AM gigging, and when you are playing a spot in a festival or a little late getting to a club for your gig, you need to set up fast and I don't want to be dealing with hooking up laptop, sound ca...
by gs
Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:02 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Juno106 = half of a JX8P?
Replies: 12
Views: 1553

Re: Juno106 = half of a JX8P?

Original Juno's, Alpha Juno's, and JX's all sound quite different to each other, and the JX3P is sort of in a grey area of its own. The sound becomes generally more refined as the evolution goes along, although the normally softer JX8P/10/MKS70 is quite capable of raw aggressive sounds when programm...
by gs
Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:23 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Sooo I sold a bunch, and ended up buying an Alesis ion...
Replies: 14
Views: 831

Re: Sooo I sold a bunch, and ended up buying an Alesis ion..

Ry-Fi wrote:IMMENSE modulation capabilities (30+ sources and 70+ destinations :shock: !)
That's probably the most modulation options on a VA short of the Korg Z1, which has 49 sources and 300+ destinations :shock: but lacks the knobby interface.
by gs
Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What was the first digital-analog hybrid?
Replies: 56
Views: 4900

Re: What was the first digital-analog hybrid?

What was the first digital-analog hybrid synth? Define digital-analogue hybrid synth first, and then someone can answer your question. I was thinking more along the lines of what keyboard/s started the digital analog hybrids of the 80s. Digital Waveforms, but Analog Filters, Evelopes, Etc. It sound...
by gs
Thu Oct 07, 2010 3:09 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Rank synths based on best presets
Replies: 51
Views: 2247

Re: Rank synths based on best presets

On very complex synths like the Z1 or Matrix 12 or Andromeda, it often helps to have a lot of presets showing off unusual settings or routings that create sounds you might not have ever thought of. I normally browse through ALL of a synth's presets and then pick out the interesting ones to see how t...
by gs
Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:35 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Why we're we given synths sooner?
Replies: 28
Views: 1418

Re: Why we're we given synths sooner?

I often wonder why the tech was historically so out of sync with the musicians. If only it had been sooner. Art does not need to be in sync with technology. Usually it never is. The priorities were just different back then. Once the interesting and new ideas had gone stale, there was not much left ...
by gs
Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:48 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: If software synths had occured BEFORE hardware synths ...
Replies: 39
Views: 1642

Re: If software synths had occured BEFORE hardware synths ..

"Knobs" and knob-like behavior on a software interface is irrelevant and completely unnecessary. If you cannot grasp it with your fingertips and twirl it, it's downright stupid. It makes mouse movements twice as hard and glitchy. As was said, it only makes sense for replicating the look of real hard...
by gs
Sun May 16, 2010 7:52 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Rant: No more microkeyboards!!
Replies: 107
Views: 4980

Re: Rant: No more microkeyboards!!

To address the concern of mini-keys, and the idea of packing as much synth power in a little box as possible, I find it kind of disheartening. Since I'm probably one of those dinosaurs who still think of a synth as an actual instrument instead of a box full of spaceship noises, I look to the control...
by gs
Sun May 16, 2010 7:38 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Rant: No more microkeyboards!!
Replies: 107
Views: 4980

Re: Rant: No more microkeyboards!!

Who needs all those keys on each synth anyway. I've one 88-key master keyboard which controls everything. How many keyboards does one need? Over the past couple of decades as a live keyboardist, I have pondered this idea -- even trying it at numerous gigs -- and have always come up wanting. For me,...
by gs
Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:01 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: New universal patch editor for Roland JX series
Replies: 8
Views: 1152

Re: New universal patch editor for Roland JX series

If it can be used for as many boards as they claim, how can it be a "dedicated" editor? There are parameters on the JX's that are not on the DW's, and vice versa. If it really is nothing more than a gussied-up generic Sysex editor, then that's an extremely steep price for one. Yeah, it's got the con...
by gs
Mon Nov 23, 2009 12:00 am
Forum: Samplers
Topic: Serious Korg DSS-1 Mod!
Replies: 12
Views: 1621

Re: Serious Korg DSS-1 Mod!

I haven't seen it on too many DSS-1s but, supposedly a filter mod can be done on them similar to the Poly-800 and DW8000. So they say over at Circuitbenders.co.uk Can't remember which synth it shares filters with tho DSS-1 shares the same filter (NJM2069) with DW6000/8000 and Poly800, and their rac...
by gs
Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:01 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: DWGS vs "normal" Samples OSCs
Replies: 9
Views: 1248

Re: DWGS vs "normal" Samples OSCs

the thing about DWGS that makes it so much fun in the DW-8000, MS2000, etc. is that you can string the different cycles together to create really complex/interesting waveforms.. a bit similar to casio's PD or even closer - vector synthesis, but without an x/y/z morphing envelope/mixer. Don't think ...