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by gs
Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:18 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Close as it comes to CS-80?
Replies: 38
Views: 3006

Re: Close as it comes to CS-80?

To be successful, it doesn't have to be a 1:1 CS80 though. If people praise the CS80 for being so lively and organic, then you only need to program your emulation or clone to be lively and organic as well in a comparable fashion. So what that the random values and the tonal fluctuations are a tad d...
by gs
Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:07 pm
Forum: Samplers
Topic: waveform looping
Replies: 20
Views: 1640

Re: waveform looping

You might want to try Wavosaur, it's a free windows wav editor that does looping/crossfading quite well. I've used it and it does as good a job as Soundforge at a far less footprint and cost.
by gs
Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:35 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Close as it comes to CS-80?
Replies: 38
Views: 3006

Re: Close as it comes to CS-80?

For a huge CS-80 type of sound (not speaking of Blade Runner sound in particular, but maybe for the lush brass & string pads found on classic 80s recordings), if you can't afford an Andromeda or similar, try combining a cheaper DCO or hybrid polysynth (JX10, JX8P, ESQ1, DW8000 for instance) with a s...
by gs
Sun Jul 12, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Korg Rompler Horn Patches - Why are they so painfully awful?
Replies: 15
Views: 841

Re: Korg Rompler Horn Patches - Why are they so painfully awful?

I generally agree - any Korg brass patches on their all-digital synths are fairly awful. When it comes to brass sounds on keyboards, I prefer good old fashioned analog brass, with a pair of detuned sawtooth waves and an analog filter. Older Korgs like the DSS-1, DW-8000 or PolySix do these kinds of ...
by gs
Wed May 27, 2009 12:05 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: New DSI Prophet '08 POT EDITION
Replies: 56
Views: 3936

Re: New DSI Prophet '08 POT EDITION

Are there any modern synths that have the option to flip off the presets? It's one of the features of my Prophet 600 that I really enjoy; just hit the preset button, LED goes off, and all you knobs and switches are now what-you-see-is-what-you-get. There are a lot of old synths that do this. For th...
by gs
Tue May 19, 2009 10:57 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Bob Moog on the Minimoog
Replies: 16
Views: 13415

Re: Bob Moog on the Minimoog

If you follow the story of the Minimoog from an article at Sound on Sound, it says the actual idea came from Gene Zumcheck, a Moog employee, who built his own portable monosynth called the Sonic 5. He showed it to Bob and the team, Bob didn't like the idea, and the rest of the team that included Hem...
by gs
Mon May 18, 2009 6:55 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Polyphonic aftertouch?
Replies: 26
Views: 12183

Re: Polyphonic aftertouch?

Can you imagine using a PA keyboard with the Arturia's CS80V - now that would be a very intriguing experience and about as close to the expressive power fo the orginal CS80 as would be possible these days. The poorman's way to get poly-AT is to just use two different synths as controllers, this wou...
by gs
Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:17 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synth UI Classification
Replies: 10
Views: 459

Re: Synth UI Classification

My suggestion: Collapse items IIIa, IIIb, and IV into one category. They are all essentially the same thing, one-parameter access, but with very minor differences in the way the params are displayed or selected.
by gs
Tue Apr 28, 2009 6:32 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: How well would JX-8P patches 'translate' to the D-50?
Replies: 8
Views: 566

Re: How well would JX-8P patches 'translate' to the D-50?

How accurately you can duplicate these sounds on a D50 depends on the complexity, or lack thereof, of these patches -- and how much they rely on the 8P's analog filter or x-mod cross-sync modes, a sound that may be very hard to match on the all-digital D50. Not to mention less overall analog warmth ...
by gs
Tue Apr 28, 2009 4:18 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Hardware Floppy Disk Drive Emulator
Replies: 55
Views: 26623

Re: Hardware Floppy Disk Drive Emulator

This is very cool. I have a Korg DSS-1 that would have its lifespan greatly extended with a floppy drive replacement. Ya, same here. I am holding out for the HxC standalone flash card, as I don't see the benefit of having to hook up to a PC to load sounds. Might as well just use the floppies for no...
by gs
Sat Mar 21, 2009 6:04 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Korg DW8000 are they that good ? (4.7/5 rated) ?
Replies: 29
Views: 2294

Re: Korg DW8000 are they that good ? (4.7/5 rated) ?

nbellum wrote:I was looking for something with multiple timbres as well as a hybrid synth like the ESQ-1. The buttons on the front to switch from mono to poly are also really great features of the DW-8000.
The DW-8000 is monotimbral.
by gs
Tue Mar 17, 2009 3:10 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Korg DW8000 are they that good ? (4.7/5 rated) ?
Replies: 29
Views: 2294

Re: Korg DW8000 are they that good ? (4.7/5 rated) ?

The aftertouch on Korgs like the DW8000 and DSS1 seem to last forever, and it's also a very good implementation: lots of resolution and depth in the 'down-press' -- compared to a lot of modern synths where AT is practically like an on/off switch. The AT on Korgs was built into the rubber domes, not ...
by gs
Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:04 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: MKS80 control sysex etc
Replies: 10
Views: 1684

Re: MKS80 control sysex etc

If I could find a basic sysex help or tutorial I might get somewhere...any ideas? Here, I'll cut & paste a section from my sysex tutorial for the DSS-1. The same procedure can apply to you except to make sure you change the bytes that identify your synth. -------------------------------------------...
by gs
Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:02 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Free EX800/Poly800 raw samples
Replies: 6
Views: 373

Re: Free EX800/Poly800 raw samples

No, I didn't, it's probably just C3. I didn't think it would make much different for such simple waveforms. Does it? Depends on the use. In general, it does. Simple waveforms work best with samples every fifth, or at least every octave, C1-C6. This is true. Without re-sampling at intervals like thi...
by gs
Sat Feb 28, 2009 1:50 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: TG/SY77 High Contrast Blue Replacement LCD Module
Replies: 120
Views: 40345

Re: TG/SY77 High Contrast Blue Replacement LCD Module

Any info on replacing the disk drive would be much appreciated. I got a replacement for my DSS-1 a couple years ago from these guys: Route 66 Studios . They're a little pricey but they are configured properly for the unit, and they make sure the color/size is correct. Supposedly you can use an old ...