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Just bought an Alesis Andromeda

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:56 pm
by Architecture
hey everyone, looks like im going really deep into hardware here. I just bought myself an Alesis Andromeda for 2000 bucks from Rogue Music.

Im really excited, this is my first major analog synth ever, outside of an AX-60. with 16 parts multitimbral, I can basically write whole tracks with this analog beast. I can't wait to get it.

The next thing I need to buy is a 3 tier stand, and maybe down the road get an MPC.

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:15 pm
by nadafarms
I would advise getting a mono to go along with it like a Moog LP. Thats heaven baby.

A6 is too beautiful sounding for me. If I had one I would just get baked and listen to pads all day... had to sell it so I would get busier on bass with a mono synth.

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:32 pm
by Architecture
How about an Evolver? Thats dirty and nasty enough. I was either going to get an PEK or the A6, I opted for the A6 due its high poly count and multitimbrality.

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:53 pm
by Bitexion
Hehe, I couldn't sleep for 2 nights before I got my Andromeda. It is a mega monster synth, but quite scary with all those knobs and functions at first. It's like you feel "I'm not worthy" when you browse presets. But it's when you get down and dirty with programming yourself, that you really get the feel of how huge this synth is. You can use the "New prg" button to reset a patch to basics, but there are still modulations present. They're easy to find and remove though. The filter EG is set to a plucky sound, and some modulation routes on the VCOs. Quickly removed though and you got the raw oscillator sound through the filter.

See the little grey buttons around each main module as CV inputs on a modular system. You insert modulations into the module when you pick from the long list.

There are some very helpful files on this site:

Not to mention a huuuuuuge archive of patches you can import into the synth or listen to MP3's.
Mike Peake's "Using the A6" is a nice document to tell sound designers how the synth works.

And the hints'n'tips file is awesome.

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:12 am
by Architecture
Compared to everything else, its going to outclass just about everything I have! The only thing I wish I Had with me is my Reel to Reel deck so I could record and produce completely analog! That would be the ultimate as far as analog goes.

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:49 am
by Bitexion
I recommend that you do the "new prg" reset of a sound, remove all the modulations and set the EG's to normal ADSR (it defaults to ADDSR for some reason). You remove the mods to the VCO's etc by double clicking the little knobs that are lit up. Remove the second Decay phase by turning the little D2 level knob all the way to the left. Turn off the EG Amount on the filters too so you have full control of the cutoff with the knob. Also the VCO has all waveforms active at once, turn the others except saw off.

Another important issue is that the filter is always set to +50 offset. Turn it back down to 0 so no offsets are present, and the filter cutoff will respond to the full motion of the knob.

Then store the patch as "Init Patch" at the front of the user bank. Then you can always go back to that if you want to program something from the very beginning of raw oscillators and nothing else. You can create amazing stuff without even touching the submenus.

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:07 am
by synapsecollapse
thats awesome, congrats.

im currious if you will feel the need to pick up some of your other gear back home with this in colorado.

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:08 am
by xpander
Architecture wrote:How about an Evolver? Thats dirty and nasty enough. I was either going to get an PEK or the A6, I opted for the A6 due its high poly count and multitimbrality.
the PEK is multitimbral as well, although 4 parts max.

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:28 am
by Architecture
I figured 4 vs 16 parts, the one with 16 parts win.

Even though the Evolver is a whole different beast on its own, I want something that sounds more analog for the price.

But I will get an Evolver down the road.

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:34 am
by baschyn
I was going to get the A6. Went with getting 3 PEK's. Someday I'll grab one. I've been on a Dave Smith kick after I found a P5 Rev2 in November. Congrats!

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:17 am
by xpander
Architecture wrote:But I will get an Evolver down the road.
i encourage you to check out the Prophet VS when that day comes, i simply think it sounds better, is more unique, and interesting to program than the PEK; the Evolver is just more subtractive synthesis.

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:50 am
by Mr. Black
Architecture you stole my ANDROMEDA!!!!!!! :D,I'm just kidding of course i didn't even put a hold on it or anything I was going to check it out tomorrow, cause according to there website it's still there ( poor update's) Anro's are red hot right now,I hope your's is in great shape,do it up :thumbright:.

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:26 am
by pangmaster
Congrats! You will not be disappointed.

Have fun with that giant ribbon controller! It's one of my favorite parts... makes that little thing on the JP-8000 look rather silly. 8)

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:40 am
by 9mm
congrats! roommate had one years ago i got to play with for awhile. amazing machine(if a bit over my head at the time). that and the MEK i been wanting to get my hands on for along time now.

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:04 am
by Stab Frenzy
Hang on, you just spent $2000 on a ridiculously complex and flexible synth and people are telling you what you should buy next? :shock: Are you people insane?

Architecture: Don't even think about what you're going to buy next until you've gotten fully into the Andy and made a few tracks with it, and really gotten to know how it ticks. You actually make music with your gear unlike a lot of people here. Don't turn into one of those people who ends up with a room full of synths they don't fully understand how to use and don't have any tracks to show for it.