Thoughts on the Sequential Split-8

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Thoughts on the Sequential Split-8

Post by baschyn » Sat Jun 07, 2008 12:16 am

I just traded for one and a Roland CompuRhythm CR-5000. The CR looks new and the Split-8 needs a pad replaced. I don't do trades but the guy was local and I had a extra JP-8000.

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Post by hfinn » Sat Jun 07, 2008 1:06 am

Honestly, my opinion is eh. I personally would've kept the JP, although the 5000 is cool.

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Post by baschyn » Sat Jun 07, 2008 1:21 am

I just got the extra JP-8000 for $350 in a record store?. I'm not a big fan of the one I already got.

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Post by Mixolydian » Sun Jun 08, 2008 1:16 am

The Split 8 is related to the SixTrack, MultiTrack, and Max. They all use the same single oscillator CEM 3394 chips, only the Split 8 has 8 instead of 6.
The Split 8 can be split with upper and lower having different voices, or layered with two separate voices per key.

Akai's AX60 and AX73 use the same chip as well, and they all sound similar.

I have an AX73 and really like the bass sounds it makes. Bjork used an AX60 on her first two albums - mostly on basslines.

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Post by MrFrodo » Tue Jun 10, 2008 2:52 am

The Split 8 is one of a few low-budget Sequential instruments I've thought of over the years. I held off on getting it, only because I've read some negative reviews of it, the Six/Multi-Trak and MAX series.

Would any of you think it worth the energy to save up for the P600, instead? That's what I've decided to do.
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Post by code green » Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:54 am

i played a six track intensively for a few months and i really, really liked the sound. if the split eight has essentially the same sonic character, i'd say you've got a nice machine to play with. same filter? i really liked the filter on the six track.

as for saving for the p600 instead of the 6 track...well, i had the 6 track on loan when my p600 was getting repaired (interminably--not the machine's fault...just that a tech shared by 3 stores went on vacation), and as much as i liked it, i was very happy to get the p600 back.

it of course depends on what you want it for. the 600 has a really big sound and do some gorgeous things, but it also can induce a certain amount of headaches sue to certain limitations.

imo, do not get it for:

-the sequencer
-the arpeggiator (just doesn't do it for me)
-the lfo (limited in range)
-punchy bass

do get it for:

-a big, analog sound; a fat, pleasing unison mode
-fullly hands-on control
-some excellent sound-scultping capabilities (w/in old-school analog parameters, of course)
-2 separately tunable oscillators
-some outlandish sounds, some really pretty ones...classic synth tones and crazy alike.

it's a great bargain for a 2osc, vco analog. and i wouldn;t be scared away by the "stepping" issue on the filter and the other controls...there are ways around this. but check out some samples if you can (pm me if you want some, frodo) and if you know what you're getting into and can find one in fine shape for ca. $600, you won't be disappointed. oh, and watch for issues with the touch screen...it's an easy fix for a tech with a replacement part available on-line, but it is the synth's achilles heel and if you buy one with the screen already on the fritz (missing pieces of the led, etc.) your probably looking at a $100-$250 repair in the next few months.

as for the split eight, yeah, if someone can confirm that it has the same filter as the 6 track, i'd say you could do some cool things with it.

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Post by Altitude » Tue Jun 10, 2008 11:46 am

*fixed*
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Post by code green » Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:31 pm

Koa wrote:He was talking about the P600.

Multitraks and Split8 have a different filter than 6Traks.
ah. well, there it is...

sorry for the confusion--yes i was talking about the p600 above, in response to mr. frodo's question.

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Post by baschyn » Wed Jun 11, 2008 12:46 am

After a couple of days with it, it's a really a good board. I've got the P5 & P600 and those it's not. The battery is dead so when it's off, goodbye. I don't mind that though, it makes you dive into it deeper the next time you turn it on. This thing is a bass machine too!

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Post by hageir » Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:55 pm

all this talk makes me miss my Multi-Trak, it's being fixed :(
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Post by MrFrodo » Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:29 am

Any dea how long it'll be until you get the Multi out of the shop, Hagier?
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Post by code green » Thu Jun 12, 2008 5:00 am

Koa wrote:Paint those uglyass woodpanels if you get a P600. A glossy black finish makes the black-cased Sequentials look so much prettier.

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y'know, that's a good idea. but i'm thinking sparkle paint. i'm gonna do this!

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Post by hageir » Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:01 pm

MrFrodo wrote:Any dea how long it'll be until you get the Multi out of the shop, Hagier?
nope, it's been there for ca. 5 months :lol:
We made an agreement; no stress.
I just got a job (finished school) so I can probably go pick it up soon!
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Post by Mixolydian » Sun Jun 15, 2008 11:15 pm

Mixolydian wrote:The Split 8 is related to the SixTrack, MultiTrack, and Max. They all use the same single oscillator CEM 3394 chips, only the Split 8 has 8 instead of 6.
I looked it up, and found one site that concurred with what I said above. Then I checked another site, and it said that the Split 8 has 8 3340s and 8 3372s.

Actually, I'm not sure which it is.

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Post by fingerbib2000 » Wed Jun 18, 2008 5:16 pm

I've got the Pro-8 which is the same synth i think...
I use it as a pad machine, envelopes aren't too fast on it. it's one osc per voice but you can mix 3 different waveforms which is kinda cool. the filter steps which a bit of a shame but sounds nice enough. fairly thin sounding synth but quite warm with that, unless it's in unison mode, then you get a fairly heavy sound from it. programming it is really sweet, matrix of buttons and one data knob. biggest let down for me is the midi/sysex implementation. i suspect it can handle sysex control, but no one on the internet has any info on the sysex codes :(
it's a nice, unique sounding (at least in my setup) little synth and i wouldn't sell it.
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