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by gs
Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synths aint ship
Replies: 13
Views: 1866

Re: Synths aint ship

Also check out the Kurzweil PC3 line (PC3, PC3K, etc.). They have all the usual workstation sounds as well as a separate VA1 synth engine, and a separate organ modeling engine too! Pretty kick a*s board. Not cheap but worth every penny.
by gs
Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:34 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: cool synth videos Joe Zawinul synthesizer set
Replies: 12
Views: 1947

Re: cool synth videos Joe Zawinul synthesizer set

Glad I got to see the Zawinul Syndicate live, about a year before he passed. What a guy! A total influence on me.
by gs
Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Your lifelong equipment list
Replies: 84
Views: 13526

Re: Your lifelong equipment list

Hmmmm... well, this thread looks like as good a place as anything to count up all the synths I've owned (and sold) since the beginning... completely from memory. Not counting drum machines, software, and peripherals. * = still in possession of. ------------------------- 1986 Korg DW-8000 1987 Korg P...
by gs
Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:41 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?
Replies: 27
Views: 4163

Re: Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

This is another one I don't like. http://www.hypersynth.com/ion-editor/alesis-ion.jpg What is bad about the knobs/layout of the Alesis ION? Not only are those some of the best feeling knobs on a synth I've ever twiddled, but they are laid out in a completely logical fashion... similar to a Minimoog...
by gs
Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: AN1X vs Alesis Ion: Advice needed
Replies: 17
Views: 4086

Re: AN1X vs Alesis Ion: Advice needed

I'm sure AN1x and Ion are both excellent synths... Which one you end up liking more is probably just a matter of preference, or non-experience with the other synth, etc. I am an Ion owner, and I do have to say, I love it to death. One of the prized possessions in my keyboard rig. Whichever SOUND you...
by gs
Fri Sep 02, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The 10 Most Widely Influential Synths Ever
Replies: 17
Views: 3174

Re: The 10 Most Widely Influential Synths Ever

CS-80 should have been on the list. Very expensive and not widely used, but some notable musicians have made some very memorable music with this beast.
by gs
Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Initializing a patch on a Jx10
Replies: 6
Views: 1154

Re: Initializing a patch on a Jx10

Don't forget that on the JX10 you have to create both a "tone" INIT and a "patch" INIT. The "tone" is a conventional JX8P patch, and the "patch" is the memory location for two JX "tones" layered or split on the JX10. Then, insert the two INIT tones into the single INIT patch, and you should be all s...
by gs
Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Universal Freeware Midi-SysEx Utility
Replies: 19
Views: 4050

Re: Universal Freeware Midi-SysEx Utility

I am a big Bome fan myself, I use both SendSX and MIDI Translator. Just backed up all my important custom patch banks the other day... I feel a lot better now! About a couple years ago I had a blast using MIDI Translator which allowed me to use a JD-800 to control CS-80V software. The JD-800 sliders...
by gs
Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: On the importance of using "hot" gear
Replies: 19
Views: 4949

Re: On the importance of using "hot" gear

There may be times where having a "hot" piece of gear is important... if you are doing a big gig (festival, etc.) and you want to make an impression appearance-wise, or the festival is being sponsored by Korg or Nord, or whatever. But if you are an average "Joe Weekend Warrior" type (like me), the o...
by gs
Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:52 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Would the Korg M1 be a decent synth for darker music?
Replies: 20
Views: 4700

Re: Would the Korg M1 be a decent synth for darker music?

I couldn't tell you whether or not the Korg M1 is good for dark/industrial stuff... but, if you have one and want to sell it for good $$, the biggest users of M1 on the planet right now are Tejano musicians from around the Texas/Mexican border (both sides). They LOVE the M1 to death, and will pay up...
by gs
Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:22 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Roland Super JX programming tips
Replies: 4
Views: 1705

Re: Roland Super JX programming tips

I am a former owner of JX-10 and the PG-800 programmer. For sure it was a very nice analog, very good 76-key keybed action, nice build quality, and the PG-800 made creating new tones dead easy. But it had that characteristic Roland "politeness" in its sound... you could never really get it to sound ...
by gs
Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:38 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Korg Z1 -How to save Multi Set from a PCMCIA card to synth?
Replies: 2
Views: 767

Re: Korg Z1 -How to save Multi Set from a PCMCIA card to syn

I had to save a whole bank of programs from a card over to the internal ram, a few months ago. The synth has an internal utility to do that. I'm pretty sure there are options that let you save programs only, or both programs and multi's. But you have to be sure you are OK with overwriting everything...
by gs
Tue Jun 02, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Roland Jupiter 8 and 8a
Replies: 24
Views: 6714

Re: Roland Jupiter 8 and 8a

Wow, that's not a lot of units. No wonder these things go for (IMHO) some 2 or 3 times their otherwise vintage market value. I wonder how many Prophet 5's, Poly-Sixes, or OBXa's (or other competitor polysynths) were produced. Got to me more than ~3200. I mean, only a few years down the pike, hundred...
by gs
Thu May 28, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: What synth should I buy for funk and prog?
Replies: 30
Views: 5855

Re: What synth should I buy for funk and prog?

For classic Funk and Prog, almost any VA (virtual analog) will do the job. I know a lot of people insist on "trying before buying"... but there's very little risk involved in snagging a used VA synth off eBay for like $400 to $600, and trying it out... if you don't like it, just sell it and move on....
by gs
Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:56 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: MS2000 can program a Microkorg
Replies: 17
Views: 3029

Re: MS2000 can program a Microkorg

Hmmm... I wonder if it would be possible to edit the VA section of a Z1 with the MS2000, since the MS2000/MK essentially has the same VA engine. I have a feeling the answer is "no", since all the other parameters and oscillator models in the Z1 probably get in the way, or have other CC/NRPN assignme...