JUGEL wrote:Sorry about the diss 23 ... what I'm guessing at is that you don't really ever "play" monosynths ... so maybe the difference isn't as obvious
No, actually I do. And oddly enough, I'm sitting around 6 monosynths that I currently own right now.....there's 7th (XS) on the way around December. That's leaving out an additional the MS-10 and 101 that I've owned in the past. As stands, like I said, the 777 is my favorite synth....has been for practically the past decade, and despite it having a sequencer, I don't at all view the sequencer as my sole means as playing it. It's not rare at all for me to play it via keys.
However, I also am one of those that on occassion has taken my poly's and gone "Nope....for this patch you should be mono". The choice came in the difference of how the two act in regard to voice retriggering, portamento, etc.
When it comes to a poly, you essientially need one monosynth per voice...and so I was being quite literal when saying that I poly can become mono (it arguably already is) but not the other way around.
The biggest difference I've noticed between mono and poly synths is that if you're dealing in the analogue realm, unless you're jumping into the realm of VA, you're not likley to run into a poly that features more than 2 Oscs....you're even less likely to find a poly that features more than 2 Oscs and hits or goes beyond the 6 voice barrier.
In any regard, I look at 6 as my baseline on a poly because at 6 voice, I figure, "O.K., I can squeeze a bit more than a base line chord out of you without having to immideatly turn to sampling"; which is cool I think. But to that same end, I still have some mono-synth capability there.
When poly's get multi-timbral, that's when it's most interesting I think, as it's just like having a spread of monos, monos and polies, or just one poly...it's a cool option to have at your disposal.
Moog seems to have caught on to this same thinking....thus their whole thing with "Hey, you can start building a poly out of our stuff" capability.
I mean really, only problem with their route is it's not as cost efficient as if they just built an actual fully self contained poly rather than forcing someone to have to by an entire case and controller for each individual voice.