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Help me find a synth that meets these criteria..

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 8:15 am
by cartesia
OK so far I've had no luck finding something that fits these criteria, I signed up here hoping someone can help me:

1) Digital. . not bothered what type of digital. FM, virtual analogue, whatever...
2) Multitimbral (at least 3 timbres at once, not layered together but rather each playing a different pattern / on a different midi chan.)
3) DC power supply input (so something with an external power supply that could be replaced by a battery) - or something that is natively battery powered.
4) No more than 37 keys, preferably no keys at all.
5) Doesn't sound s**t

The closest I can find is the korg R3 which is only 2 timbre multitimbral. I guess it may have to do though - perhaps I could use an R3 and a micro modular since that wont really add any extra size/weight to the setup.

So, any ideas? :roll:
thanks in advance.

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:15 am
by xpander
a softsynth running on a laptop.

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:21 am
by Taxidermy
The Micron covers all those bases other than the battery. The X-Station covers all those bases other than the timbres. The Microkorg covers all those bases except the doesn't sound s**t one. Oh yeah, the Microkorg also only has one timbre.

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:30 am
by cartesia
yep its a difficult one..

and xpander I already have a laptop but this is for a specific idea of mine which will not involve a laptop.

someone has just said they think the nord rack 2x has a suitable power supply (i previously assumed it was the same as the 2 which has an internal power supply), can anyone confirm this? I can't find any details online or in the nord 2x manual

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:41 am
by CS_TBL
FM has endless possibilities .. -> FS1r

Vast, and cheap to find on the 'net -> JV1080

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:19 pm
by Alex Mnemonic
Taxidermy wrote:the Microkorg also only has one timbre
You fail.

-1

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 4:36 am
by crystalmsc
the Yamaha QY70/100.

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 4:49 am
by MrFrodo
Why should it have to be able to run on batteries? Do you wish to play it while you're driving? :lol:

That being said, can't the Yamaha TX816 be programmed so that each 16-voice section can produce a seperate sound? If that's not 8-part multitimbral, I don't know what is.

And, you can hardly go wrong with the 6-operator DX sound. But, I'd also suggest you look into the Korg 05r w, if you don't want any keys.

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 1:37 pm
by JSRockit
Would a virus of some sort fit the bill?

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 6:02 am
by cartesia
JSRockit wrote:Would a virus of some sort fit the bill?
I think all the models of virus have an internal power supply. . . but if one of them happened to have an external power supply. . that would be freakin awesome
Why should it have to be able to run on batteries? Do you wish to play it while you're driving?
I'm building a micro setup, which doesn't include a laptop..

The main controller / sequencer will be a nintendo DS, and I'm looking for a nice compact synth to go with it - but multitimbral if possible. . .

e.g. I think that yamaha that was mentioned is a little bit too big ;)


Looking at Waldorf's up & coming section - the Blofeld looks like a good choice. . anyone know when that is due for release?

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 6:40 am
by synapsecollapse
how do you control and sequence with a nintendo ds? is there a cart. out that i haven't heard of?

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:35 am
by synapsecollapse
also, waldorfs new box wont be around for a bit yet (no scheduled release date) but there is no reason the micro q wouldn't fit your bill. also the nord modular rack is really versatile as well.

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:43 am
by pour_furets
cartesia wrote: I think all the models of virus have an internal power supply. . . but if one of them happened to have an external power supply. . that would be freakin awesome
I know that the Virus B/Classic has an external power supply. I always assumed that was the case for the A and C models as well. I think just the Kb/c, Indigo and TI versions have internal ones.

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 3:48 am
by cartesia
synapsecollapse wrote:how do you control and sequence with a nintendo ds? is there a cart. out that i haven't heard of?
Hey . . . well . .I'm still trying to get it to work - but it has been done before,

basically somebody (natrium42.com) has made a Serial connector that plugs into the DS cartridge slot - you need to wire this up to a midi socket yourself, then you run the homebrew apps from something such as a SuperCard which plugs into the gameboy advance slot at the front.
(programs such as DStar, a sequencer - although I'm going to write my own eventually)

And pour forets that would be. . . amazing if a virus has an external power supply - I'm going to look into it right away! :D