Poor mans synths

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Post by severen » Mon Nov 05, 2007 4:20 am

Dane_Xoth wrote:ER-1 poor man's Waldorf Attack.
Rackattack - poor man's 909 and 808
ER1 - beggar man's 909? :)

sooooooooooo cute!

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Post by gs » Mon Nov 05, 2007 3:55 pm

Dirk wrote:CS-80
Poor man's GX-1
Now that is what I call.... "relatively speaking" :shock:

Better worded as:
CS80: Rich man's version of an impossible-to-obtain dream machine.
Kurzweil PC3, Yamaha MOX8, Korg Z1, Alesis Ion, Alesis QS8.2, Kawai K3M

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Post by gs » Mon Nov 05, 2007 4:08 pm

My "poor-man's studio" pretty much breaks down as follows:

JX10 w/PG800: Poor man's Jupiter 8
DSS1: Poor man's Emulator
Z1: Poor man's VL1
QS8.2: Poor man's Motif
Pro-One: Middle-income man's Minimoog/Odyssey
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Post by spookyman » Mon Nov 05, 2007 4:56 pm

I'm simply a poor man...after i bought all the synths in my set-up.

So what is the Polysix, the poor man OB-8 ?
I only have poor man synths too, but i don't consider them as "poor" sounding, or cheap instruments. I take care of them and try to obtain the maximum from theses machines.
It is much easier to be a good equipment purchaser than to be a great musician.

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Post by Mpresev » Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:00 pm

the ppl at the Guitar Center claims the Alesis ION is a cheap mans Mini Moog.

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Post by idiotboy » Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:44 pm

This thread, over at KSS, has some pretty good info about "bargain basement synths....

http://acapella.harmony-central.com/for ... ht=bargain

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Post by sequence » Tue Nov 06, 2007 1:00 am

Microkorg is a poor man's MS2000 which is a poor man's MS-20 :roll:

(wait, that's not right....) :lol: so howzaboot this?

An A-Station is the poor man's Supernova :D
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Post by Entropy Farmer » Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:45 am

spookyman wrote:So what is the Polysix, the poor man OB-8 ?
No, poor man's rev 1/2 Prophet 5, what with the SSM chips.

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Post by Entropy Farmer » Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:48 am

carbon111 wrote:Ensoniq VFX/SD1 = Poor Man's Kurzweil K2600 (the VFX and SD1 are dirt-cheap programmer's dream synths)
I thought that was the K2000/2500, with the VFX being the poor man's 2500.

Unrelated griping: KDFX is ten bitches to install.

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Post by carbon111 » Tue Nov 06, 2007 7:19 am

I'm working on a little webpage as an homage to the Ensoniq VFX right now. Its one of those "overlooked gems" I think, especially at todays prices. . Each voice has up to six oscillators - each with their own filters, envelopes, ect...and even with all oscillators on, you still get 21 voice polyphony.

...And it does wavetable synthesis as well :D

...And a keyboard with polyphonic aftertouch. :shock:

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Post by severen » Tue Nov 06, 2007 8:17 am

carbon111 wrote:I'm working on a little webpage as an homage to the Ensoniq VFX right now. Its one of those "overlooked gems" I think, especially at todays prices. . Each voice has up to six oscillators - each with their own filters, envelopes, ect...and even with all oscillators on, you still get 21 voice polyphony.

...And it does wavetable synthesis as well :D

...And a keyboard with polyphonic aftertouch. :shock:

Fun Stuff!

Is it possible to wavetable start point modulation?

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Post by mirt » Tue Nov 06, 2007 3:36 pm

crumar trilogy - poor man's ob-x

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Post by zmd » Tue Nov 06, 2007 4:27 pm

casio rapman= destitute mans roland dj

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Post by carbon111 » Tue Nov 06, 2007 4:51 pm

severen wrote:
carbon111 wrote:I'm working on a little webpage as an homage to the Ensoniq VFX right now. Its one of those "overlooked gems" I think, especially at todays prices. . Each voice has up to six oscillators - each with their own filters, envelopes, ect...and even with all oscillators on, you still get 21 voice polyphony.

...And it does wavetable synthesis as well :D

...And a keyboard with polyphonic aftertouch. :shock:

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Is it possible to wavetable start point modulation?
Yes. You can set start position and then modulate the wavetable with any of the available modulators, LFO, Envelopes, etc. Each wavetable is composed of a 100 single cycle waves.

There aren't as many tables as the Fizmo and there are no user-definable ones but it does add a powerful synthesis capability to an already powerful machine.

There are a few things about the VFX that are rather dated now, like the 80s cliche' drum samples, but its still an interesting machine worth looking into, especially at today's prices.

I discuss plusses and minuses on the page I'm working on. I'll let you guys know when its ready :)
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Post by severen » Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:09 pm

thank you carbon.
your fizmo fix page was great help.

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