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Crazy Synths

Post by Analogue Crazy » Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:15 pm

By crazy i mean synths with a mind of thier own which can be hard to keep complete control of. My crazy synth is my beloved Jupiter-4. Its voice cards NEVER sound exactly in-tune, the arpeggiator runs up whatever notes are above the ones you hold and reacts to what order you play em. And in general its a really wild synth with a mind of its own.

What synths are really wild and crazy?
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Re: Crazy Synths

Post by sam » Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:23 pm

My OBX is always wild and crazy...The tuning is all over the place but i do love it and it is very usable ..

Next year i will restore him...till then it's as mad as a bottle of chips.
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Re: Crazy Synths

Post by Carey M » Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:00 pm

From the self-contained synths I've had or played, the Jomox SunSyn is definitely the craziest. Sometimes playing it, I got the feeling I was in the movie Grudge...

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Re: Crazy Synths

Post by soundxplorer » Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:24 pm

Octave Cat.
It seemed to have a mind of its own sometimes, and the filter at high res will destroy your speakers.

I imagine an Arp Odyssey would be similar, though I've never owned one.

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Re: Crazy Synths

Post by clusterchord » Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:31 pm

crazzziest, most unpredictible, and hardest to have repeatable results were Polyvoks, ARP Odyssey mk1, and Axxe mk1 and 2. and Formant modular. MS-20 to an extent.
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Re: Crazy Synths

Post by Jabberwalky » Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:58 pm

Not a synth, but a sampler, the Ensoniq Mirage. It never ends up sounding like you were trying to make it sound, the sequencer has no quantization and mine tends to veer off into it's own compositions sometimes.

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Re: Crazy Synths

Post by OriginalJambo » Fri Dec 19, 2008 2:05 am

soundxplorer wrote:It seemed to have a mind of its own sometimes, and the filter at high res will destroy your speakers.
Yes! That resonance slider is really sensitive.

The Polivoks likes to do its own thing.

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Re: Crazy Synths

Post by hfinn » Fri Dec 19, 2008 2:50 am

analog, a fun trick I did with my old Jupiter 4 and CR-78 is that when you used the CR-78 to sync to the arpeggiator if you use the voice cancel buttons on the 78 it will cut voices from the JP4. Neat trick.

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Re: Crazy Synths

Post by griffin avid » Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:05 am

I'm hearing a swooshing noise every so often. I ignored it because I get interference from radio signals every so often. This was different because it was showing up in my recordings!

Let's see after taking apart my entire studio, checking every single connection; soundcards, speakers, mixer etc- I realized the intermittent swooshing sound was from the newly aquired Roland RS505. It's alive I tell you.
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Re: Crazy Synths

Post by Stab Frenzy » Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:28 am

Everything I have at the moment is pretty easy to control, but the craziest I've used was my friend's MS-20. The filters would do weird stuff like lock together and then jump apart when you tweaked them to get the to stop. Dunno if this is normal of if it's just her one. They'd also try to explode the amp with resonance, but that was quite fun. :)

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Re: Crazy Synths

Post by OriginalJambo » Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:28 pm

griffin avid wrote:Let's see after taking apart my entire studio, checking every single connection; soundcards, speakers, mixer etc- I realized the intermittent swooshing sound was from the newly aquired Roland RS505. It's alive I tell you.
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Re: Crazy Synths

Post by Happyman » Sat Dec 20, 2008 1:00 am

No way! How does that even happen?? When I had a CD walkman my mobile would pause it every time someone calledif it was in the same pocket- Don't know how that happened. My crazy synth was a Siel mono. I loved it, wish I'd never sold it: ( as I've seen another since. When you set some of the switches between their positions you could heard what sounded like radio signals and I swear, even voices sometimes. It was very odd. The same also happened when I circuit bent a Yamaha DD10. I was genuinely picking up AM or SW radio quite legibly. I could hear voices and interference. I'm not mad- I added a switch to trigger it. I'd love to know how this was even possible.

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Re: Crazy Synths

Post by Pighood » Sat Dec 20, 2008 2:11 am

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Re: Crazy Synths

Post by iProg » Sat Dec 20, 2008 12:03 pm

My Pro-One has got a life of its own, though it is 100% functional. The PolySix also sounds very different due to how warm the oscillators are and for how long it's been turned on. Temperate...

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Re: Crazy Synths

Post by filtermod » Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:50 pm

My MG-1 will occasionally flip out and start modulating the pitch at random speeds.
Sometimes it ends up as a happy accident, sometimes it's a train wreck.
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