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by gs
Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:27 am
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Please Suggest an early Roland digital synth....
Replies: 14
Views: 965

Re: Please Suggest an early Roland digital synth....

The world of early digital synths (affordable 1-piece units of the mid-80s, not the ultra-early sampling and digital behemoths like Fairlight or Synclavier) largely split into three areas at once: the purely digital FM world of Yamaha DX; the sampling world of Emu and Ensoniq; and the hybrid world o...
by gs
Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:39 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: JX10 loading & dumping patchs via SYSEX.(not working)
Replies: 7
Views: 1058

Re: JX10 loading & dumping patchs via SYSEX.(not working)

Be sure to check various MIDI settings in the menu-driven system itself, not just the hardware switches on synth and cartridge. I used to have a JX10 and successfully wrote the patch bank to sysex (and restored back to synth), but it's been a long time and I can't remember the exact steps. Also make...
by gs
Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:01 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Steve Winwood and the Multimoog
Replies: 9
Views: 5276

Re: Steve Winwood and the Multimoog

The lead sound never sounded anything like a sax to me (maybe Steve's articulation on pitch-bending makes it seem that way).... In any case I remember nailing that sound on my Korg DSS1 some years ago before selling it. I get a reasonable fascimile on my Roland JD-800. I play a number of Winwood cov...
by gs
Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:51 pm
Forum: Buyer's Guide
Topic: Korg Z1
Replies: 14
Views: 1134

Re: Korg Z1

It is an indispensable performance synth in my setup. I use it for lots of different sounds -- organs, analog leads, basses, pad textures, and one of my signature sounds: horn modeling (very breathy, quali-realistic sax/trumpet/flute sounds with XY pad to add breath-dynamics). I'd be lost without it...
by gs
Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:47 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: A MYTH?
Replies: 34
Views: 1598

Re: A MYTH?

The only reason IMO that the Jupiter is so prohibitively expensive is that Roland produced SO FEW of them. Only a few thousand units if I'm not mistaken. As a polysynth, it never sounded anything special to me. I'd much prefer a classic vintage American polysynth like a Prophet 5 or Oberheim OBXa. I...
by gs
Wed May 11, 2011 5:49 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Another New/Classic OBERHEIM!!
Replies: 41
Views: 3967

Re: Another New/Classic OBERHEIM!!

I'd rather Tom go to work on a new OB-1. I'd rather have a good Oberheim mono than a re-issue of the TVS. Why would I need a 2-voice synth? For a bi-timbral keyboard split maybe, but then it better have at least 49 keys.
by gs
Wed May 11, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synths that store patches through a cassette interface
Replies: 56
Views: 3275

Re: Synths that store patches through a cassette interface

I used to use a recording walkman to store the patch banks from my DW8000 back in the day. Worked okay. But, when the 90s arrived and suddenly there was tons of windows-based MIDI freeware available over the net (first Usenet, then the Web), and I got my free DW8000 editor/bank organizer, then I sai...
by gs
Mon May 09, 2011 4:38 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Which year had the most synths/samplers produced?
Replies: 15
Views: 748

Re: Which year had the most synths/samplers produced?

The way the question is worded leaves too much to interpretation. If we're talking specifically about synths and samplers (which were still fairly distinctly separate concepts back in the mid 80s), then I'd go with 85/86 as the period of most units produced. Remember that this was the period that Ko...
by gs
Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:28 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: aftertouch
Replies: 8
Views: 754

Re: aftertouch

Roland JX-10 and Korg DW-8000 are two NOT to get...the aftertouch goes out soon after you take it out of the original box. In my experience, this is true of the Rolands, but definitely not the Korgs. Before I sold my DW-8000 a few years ago, the aftertouch worked as good as day one as in its 20th y...
by gs
Mon Jan 03, 2011 3:43 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Billy Jean
Replies: 11
Views: 1244

Re: Billy Jean

Poor Michael Jackson, he died too young. I miss him so much. We have to get to the bottom of what killed him. We need to bring his doctor up on trial. How could a constantly anesthetized, drug-addicted, noseless skeleton have slipped away from us so suddenly?!?!? :( Sorry, I needed to get that off m...
by gs
Sat Dec 25, 2010 1:01 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Kawai K3 - Opinions?
Replies: 19
Views: 3259

Re: Kawai K3 - Opinions?

Two Qs...Is it easy to use a midi controller with it? I'v got a kenton control freak. Yes - As I've explained above, I use the BCR2000, so you can certainly use a Control Freak (I used to own one and used it on a DW8000). Do a search in the K3 user group on Yahoo, and chances are somebody's already...
by gs
Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:26 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Kawai K3 - Opinions?
Replies: 19
Views: 3259

Re: Kawai K3 - Opinions?

I love the K3 sound so much, I got a K3M rack to accompany the K3 board, which when you hook them up you can get a 12-voice polysynth out of it (using the 'overflow' programming option) -- in much the same way that Roland put together two JX8P's to create the JX-10/MKS-70. And the K3 sounds similar ...
by gs
Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:35 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Pro One keyboard membrane restoration (super easy)
Replies: 3
Views: 1266

Re: Pro One keyboard membrane restoration (super easy)

Congrats on your P1 restoration project. I had the J-Wire version myself a number of years back, and did my own restoration on it - involving replacing all the rubber key bushings and cutting new end-panels from oak. Enjoyed the h**l out of it while I had it, but the economy combined with having to ...
by gs
Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:23 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Just How Picky Should We Be With eBay Items Recieved?
Replies: 22
Views: 1017

Re: Just How Picky Should We Be With eBay Items Recieved?

A general rule-of-thumb that I follow on acquiring used synths: The older the synth, expect more problems. Unless the seller says it's been refurbished. Lots of sellers will try their best to describe the item in less-than-honest terminology, to make the sale. Beware of any vintage synth not claimed...
by gs
Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:42 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Midi patch bay = combined synth sounds
Replies: 10
Views: 2756

Re: Midi patch bay = combined synth sounds

I have a Digital Music Corp. MX-8 as well, and it's an indispensable tool in my hardware setup. Yes I also use that velocity curve programming for certain keyboards (like my Yamaha Clavinova) that don't go all the way to 127 velocity. I believe that function is called the 'compander'. It's also grea...