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by gs
Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:30 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: why would anyone own 3 moog voyagers?
Replies: 22
Views: 2404

Re: why would anyone own 3 moog voyagers?

Just the other day I saw Bill Gates and Donald Trump walking down the street happily discussing stuff, while there was a homeless guy just 15 feet away from them trying to dig a peach-pit out of a dumpster. Gates and Trump didn't even notice the guy. What's up with that?
by gs
Wed Sep 24, 2014 5:21 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Reminder: it is still about the player not the gear ....
Replies: 53
Views: 6405

Re: Reminder: it is still about the player not the gear ....

Learning a whole new synth architecture every 6 months just so I can have bragging rights that I own the latest gear... NOT for me. Griffin has indeed slayed this idea with his excellent clothes analogy, but it is still worthy to note that once you learn how the basic filter controls work, how enve...
by gs
Tue Sep 23, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Reminder: it is still about the player not the gear ....
Replies: 53
Views: 6405

Re: Reminder: it is still about the player not the gear ....

I've observed that western culture seems to obsessed with doing the least with most. And eastern seems to be doing the most with the least. I think it has less to do with the cultures themselves... This is likely because there is simply more $MONEY$ in the West than the East, thus the West can affo...
by gs
Wed Sep 17, 2014 2:52 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: On the hunt for another synth
Replies: 7
Views: 1609

Re: On the hunt for another synth

If it's mostly analog sounds you want, also look into getting a 2nd hand Alesis Ion. That was the choice I made when I was in a similar situation as yours... looking for a good lead synth, also one good for pads, analog strings, etc. Definitely has more of a 'vintage feel' (and sound) than a D50 or ...
by gs
Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:33 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: How often do you use hardware live, if at all?
Replies: 62
Views: 7542

Re: How often do you use hardware live, if at all?

I suppose the question really ought to be, "do you use softsynths live, if at all?". Because if you do use software, you still need hardware to run it (your laptop), and usually a controller to control it. That's hardware. So, both softsynth/DAW users (on stage), and hardware synth users, are all us...
by gs
Tue Sep 16, 2014 4:55 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Reminder: it is still about the player not the gear ....
Replies: 53
Views: 6405

Re: Reminder: it is still about the player not the gear ....

I suppose we could debate the "gear vs. the player" thing forever... But the way I see it, whatever style of music you're into, or want to be an artist in, the combined availability of gear on the current market - both cheap and expensive, new and used - means that we're running out of excuses for "...
by gs
Wed Sep 10, 2014 5:56 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: So... Why no love for Jordan Rudess?
Replies: 48
Views: 15787

Re: So... Why no love for Jordan Rudess?

Sure, as far as technique and speed, Rudess could probably eat my lunch, as well as most of the rest of us here. From my perspective, I value musical knowledge from ANY musician beyond the usual 3-chord, 4/4 paradigm. But for me, the real value lies in continued learning of new and interesting harmo...
by gs
Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:37 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Roland JD800
Replies: 16
Views: 11373

Re: Roland JD800

Had one for about 6 years, really enjoyed it. For sure this synth is the KING of silky string pads. I had a lot of fun using it as a controller for CS-80V (using MIDI translation software to convert the Sysex code into CC's). I also did some restoration on the keybed (removed the red glue, installed...
by gs
Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:25 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Ebay scam risk? EDIT: EBAY higgity HACKED!
Replies: 38
Views: 4309

Re: Ebay scam risk? EDIT: EBAY higgity HACKED!

Also, in the Seller Account Settings, you can have your eBay account automatically block users with zero or negative feedback.
by gs
Sat May 17, 2014 2:04 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: American Airlines Wurlitzer
Replies: 21
Views: 3138

Re: American Airlines Wurlitzer

Very cool.... it even has ashtrays on both sides of the keyboard.... just the thing for your cool, hip jazz pianist with the obligatory cigarette dangling from the mouth.

Now both smoking AND piano playing are banned on airlines. Sad days these are..
by gs
Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:37 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Name some underrated/hated synths that you like
Replies: 116
Views: 17489

Re: Name some underrated/hated synths that you like

Although I don't own one anymore, I always felt the Korg DSS-1 was one of the most underrated synths out there. It's way more synth than sampler, it has fantastically warm analog filters, the unison mode is a monster, you can use the sampling engine to put any waveform in there you want.... if only ...
by gs
Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:53 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: does the MicroKORG's filter sound EXACTLY like the MS2000s
Replies: 9
Views: 2873

Re: does the MicroKORG's filter sound EXACTLY like the MS200

I am also open to suggestions for an alternative VA or poly analog with a Kb for up to $700, especially one that would compliment the Blofeld's sound. Almost everything in my gear list fits into that category. I would also add the M-Audio Venom to that list (which I also own). But if you want to av...
by gs
Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:24 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Why can't they make a new sub- $500 analog synth.....
Replies: 32
Views: 3274

Re: Why can't they make a new sub- $500 analog synth.....

Okay it's a joke thread, but...

Here's 3, not quite sub-$500 but pretty damn close:

- Arturia Minibrute
- Korg MS-20 Mini
- Moog Minitaur

Just put up the extra $150 or so, and be happy.
by gs
Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:11 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The Mini-est Synth ...
Replies: 7
Views: 1254

Re: The Mini-est Synth ...

Somebody please confirm that it has 3 analog oscillators, 2 multimode filters, osc-sync, ring-mod, 6-stage envelopes for both filter and amp, and is fully patchable using sewing needles on a tiny pin-matrix. And costs $30. PLEASE!......

Ummmmm......

Nah, just another bleep-and-blip maker.... :roll:
by gs
Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:58 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Korg DW-8000 and its envelopes.
Replies: 18
Views: 2569

Re: Korg DW-8000 and its envelopes.

Also a former DW8000 owner here. As far as I could tell, it just gives you another envelope segment to work with, between the Decay and the Sustain stages, so you could conceivably have the sound "swell up" a bit after the initial decay, then slope off again during the Sustain/Release stage. I never...