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by gs
Tue May 22, 2012 2:14 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: New JX-10 Pros/cons/tips?
Replies: 15
Views: 1757

Re: New JX-10 Pros/cons/tips?

I had the JX-10 and PG-800 for about 5 years, it's definitely the king of Roland analog pads and strings for sure, although for my tastes it's been somewhat outclassed in this department once I picked up a JD-800 and thus ended up selling the JX and PG combo. BTW I am a bit miffed by the slagging on...
by gs
Fri May 18, 2012 11:57 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Blade Runner on a JX-8P?
Replies: 17
Views: 1823

Re: Blade Runner on a JX-8P?

There is one synth that can do the Blade Runner sounds easily... Yamaha CS-80 the there is Roland JD800/990...and lots of work! But yes I can do that sound on my JD Yes I agree JD can do it with some tweaking, and the benefit of the JD800 is that tweaking it is easy! Also I can double up on authent...
by gs
Wed May 16, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Blade Runner on a JX-8P?
Replies: 17
Views: 1823

Re: Blade Runner on a JX-8P?

I once created a patch for the Korg DSS-1 that pretty much nailed this sound; the sound library disk I created (with this patch) is still available on my DSS-1 Resource web site. Too bad I don't have that synth anymore, and I do miss it. And as mentioned, it's true that it's more about the subtle re...
by gs
Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:59 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Alesis are making the first ever MIDI Keytar
Replies: 44
Views: 2933

Re: Alesis are making the first ever MIDI Keytar

Hey c'mon give the guy a break, he may not be familiar with the history of keytars. Yes, with the exception of the Moog Liberation (the one that started it all), ALL 80s and beyond keytars were just MIDI controllers (not counting yamaha's toyish ones or the recent Roland one with the synth built in)...
by gs
Sat Nov 26, 2011 8:35 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Korg EX 8000 just arrived
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Re: Korg EX 8000 just arrived

Congrats on your good deal for this synth. The DW8000 (keyboard version of this) was my first synth way back when it was new. It could deliver analog as well as digital DX-like sounds (very popular at the time) quite well. However my favorite Korg synth from this time period was the one that followe...
by gs
Wed Nov 09, 2011 3:38 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: calling good digital sounds "analog"
Replies: 12
Views: 1126

Re: calling good digital sounds "analog"

Does anyone have good examples or thoughts about people calling good digital sounds "analog?" An example I have is when people buy analog synths for digital nintendo sounds. Its kind of funny that nintendo sounds should probably be made with a really cheap digital synth that would cost a fraction o...
by gs
Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:22 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What's the deal with the Roland JD-800?
Replies: 31
Views: 3733

Re: What's the deal with the Roland JD-800?

No one has bothered to mention that for a digital synth, especially of its time, it can sound pretty damn warm, and that may be mainly due to its unparalleled (for the time) digital filter and use of particular op-amps and D/A converters. It will always lack the bottom-end girth of analog, but damn ...
by gs
Sat Oct 08, 2011 1:49 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: digital junk
Replies: 44
Views: 2361

Re: digital junk

There is some digital gear from 25+ years ago that seem virtually indestructible. For instance, I have never come across a dysfunctional DX7 in all my years, and I have seen a LOT of them in studios and on stages. So, yes, what breaks easy and what doesn't does not come down to analog vs. digital. E...
by gs
Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:36 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Roland HS-60 VS. Korg DW-8000
Replies: 13
Views: 1560

Re: Roland HS-60 VS. Korg DW-8000

The MIDI knob box sounds like a cool add-on that could make that easier, but wouldn't you have to assign the knobs manually? For most MIDI controller knob/slider boxes, somebody has already done the work for you. You just go to an internet discussion group for that device (like Yahoo groups) and so...
by gs
Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:24 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: What synth used to make these acid house stabs?
Replies: 20
Views: 6289

Re: What synth used to make these acid house stabs?

Gawd I hate the Hoover sound. :x

But thanks for taking me down a memory lane (where I often opt to take a detour). ;)

HOOVER SUCKS (literally)
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by gs
Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:01 pm
Forum: Synth Shootouts
Topic: Roland HS-60 VS. Korg DW-8000
Replies: 13
Views: 1560

Re: Roland HS-60 VS. Korg DW-8000

As someone pointed out you can get a DW for cheaper than that price, so ask him to come down on the price. If you go with the DW, you can turn it into an instant-gratification synth by adding a MIDI knob box like the Behringer BCR-2000, Peavey PC-1600, Kenton Control Freak, etc. This was my first sy...
by gs
Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:49 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: vintage synth samples
Replies: 1
Views: 573

Re: vintage synth samples

If you are after specific types of programmed sounds on those vintage poly's, particularly one-time event synth-stabs or bass notes, then you could do this; otherwise, it's a waste of time especially if you expected to have the programming flexibility over those sounds. I spent a good number of year...
by gs
Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:29 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Have a VA...Would like analog too!
Replies: 6
Views: 453

Re: Have a VA...Would like analog too!

Most of the old analogs may have some knobs but they won't have anything near the modulation capabilities of your Miniak, even if they are hard to get at. Truly bizzarre sci-fi sounds are barely capable on the majority of analog polys from the 80s; you'd be better off with a semi-modular monosynth o...
by gs
Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:00 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Time for a new analogue synth
Replies: 15
Views: 1130

Re: Time for a new analogue synth

Does it have to be analog? Your options (both in availability and in affordability) really open up if you check out some VA's. Besides, I think some of the VA synths are actually more suited to this type of sound, like the supersaws of the JP-8000.
by gs
Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:16 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Differences in saw waves between synths
Replies: 31
Views: 1510

Re: Differences in saw waves between synths

If I had any programming skills, I'd try to put my efforts into making EDITABLE oscillator shapes There's quite a few softsynths that let you draw your own waveforms. And a few hardware synths as well....... heck the old Korg DSS-1 that I sold a couple of years ago let you do this to its proprietar...