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Anyone else tired of the Analog revolution?

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:12 am
by Hyde
How long does it take before everyone has a blue, a red, a green, a yellow & a rainbow colored analog synth? Don't get me wrong, I think they can produce some really amazing sounds but, seems like everyone is building 10 of them. One something for every price range & visual pallet. Anyone else longing for a not so analog sounding offering w/ polyphony & some fun bells & whistles?

You can call me crazy, i don't really care :roll:

Re: Anyone else tired of the Analog revolution?

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:33 pm
by madtheory
I hear ya- but IMO that desire is extremely well served by plugins. Take a bit of time to assign a controller and it's loadsa fun. Reaktor has a myriad of stuff, and Alchemy is still fab even if it is locked in to Apple.

Re: Anyone else tired of the Analog revolution?

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:36 pm
by clubbedtodeath
I’m no fan of continual regurgitation of the past, but Interesting things are still being done with analogue. Just look at the DSI/Sequential stuff, or Arturia.

You say analogue as if it’s a binary choice. There are synths out there that happily blend analogue circuitry with DSP, to great effect. It’s simply a question of innovation and utility, not category.

Re: Anyone else tired of the Analog revolution?

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:22 pm
by madtheory
clubbedtodeath wrote:You say analogue as if it’s a binary choice. There are synths out there that happily blend analogue circuitry with DSP, to great effect. It’s simply a question of innovation and utility, not category.
Excellent point indeed: MatrixBrute, DSI Evolver. Two amazing synths that could not be done purely "analogue".

Re: Anyone else tired of the Analog revolution?

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:57 pm
by Ashe37
and the Peak... and the new Arturia...

Re: Anyone else tired of the Analog revolution?

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:12 pm
by commodorejohn
What a silly thing to say.

Re: Anyone else tired of the Analog revolution?

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:17 pm
by meatballfulton
I'm tired of it simply from the perspective of boring instruments, hobbled by compromises from the low price points. The worst part is people believing that analog is somehow more "real" than digital. They are all just electronic devices not biological organisms.

However, I'm an old guy who experiecned the original analogs and the digital revolution. I love the stuff DSI/Sequential have come up with, I still think the Evolver is the most groundbreaking instrument of this century. I appreciate that modulars are more widely available than ever for those that want them, but I think people will soon enough learn (like I did after using them for years) why modulars faded away in the first place. CV is a step backwards, especially when it comes to playing pitches.

Re: Anyone else tired of the Analog revolution?

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:12 pm
by madtheory
meatballfulton wrote:CV is a step backwards, especially when it comes to playing pitches.
Ya, but it allows plenty of time for growing the beard.

Re: Anyone else tired of the Analog revolution?

Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:17 am
by Hyde
Yeah, maybe it's the whole "Look at my ten modules that do almost nothing" movement that really is driving into me. I really like any keyboard that does something interesting, & has a good amount creative versatility, be it analog or digital.