hyphen nation wrote:The sampling paragraph of the "about" press release says there is one gig of memory on the machine that is expandable to two gigs...as well as an SD slot, and a usb port [drag and drop samples]meatballfulton wrote:Didn't see mention of memory card format... is he sticking with SM (bad)?
Zamise, you have a Spectralis, right? I am not familiar enough with it [though I have looked at it on and off for years] what do you think about this? Is it really a big change into the MKii? Is it something you would bother upgrading to?From everything I have ever heard by people who can rock these things, they have consistently sounded pretty amazing...
There is a whole lot to the Specki, almost any one of which is enough to justify its price in my book. The deal is, Jorg and Radikal isn't a massive company, its amazing he gets as much as he has done on it. I'm not sure I have the latest OS on mine. I believe I have the Arpocolips version, thinking there is one or two versions after it still, not 100% sure. I've got all I want on that version, and I'm the type to worry a bit when updating OSes, I like to hold off a while. There is a menu or submenu select here and there that would be nice to have if and when implimented, and I don't think the onboard instruction or help is on my version. Don't really really need that stuff, can get along fine without it. The Arpegiattor was the big thing I was waiting for forever, and it turned out not to be that big of deal. I consider it a completed OS, what OS is ever fully complete? Always something for someone to complain about, and it makes me happy that Jorg and his crew will be continuing on.
The Specki II, from what I'm gathering, will not be much difrent than the first other than the obvious visual appearence buttons and color etc.. The sound demos on the page seem like the same ones used from the mkI (as I'm calling it now). It looks like it'll have one SM card slot, but it seems like we'll be able to use a usb flash or thumb to store too perhaps instead as well(?), the usb will support usb2 (not exactly sure the dif but assume it'll be faster transfers) and you can also get adaptors for other types of cards that arn't outdated. I think subtle OS changes will be due to some other outdated or discontinued chips or electronic parts on the inside that users will likely not notice any difrence, probably a big change for manufacturing them tho. Also, the 1 to 2 gig internal memory will be for non-volitle data storage and sample storage, the volitle memory seems like it will still only hold 128meg, that means you can't have a sample over 128meg or so still. I hope I got that right, thats still a lot for a hardware sampler. The OSs will vertually be the same, one will say .9x the Specki 2 will be 1.0. 1.0 usually means a whole and completed version, I think its a milestone for Radikal to have it say 1.0. And, my hope is that any future OS changes or updates featurewise made to the mkII will be paralleled on the mkI. There sounds like there will be a hardware update package for the mkI as well, if its just a memory expansion for storage and what else I don't know all the details, but if you have it hooked through USB to your computer it will prob be uneccessary like the SM slots once USBed up.
What else can I say without knowing all that much really... It looks like they've geared their web site up to be selling them soon, if they are in production I don't really know. They don't look like something if you have mkI you will need to sell it and get the mkII. If your thinking of getting a new one though, may want to wait for the 2 to be on the shelfs. Or, if you want to keep up with Joneses. Looks like he will have one for at Winter NAM. Man, I wish I could go to one of them someday.
Anyhow, I'm not sad that my spectralis will be relegated to a mkI status, its a great machine, hard to understand at times, its not for the weak minded and synth noobs, its worth it for the Hybrid Analog Synth part alone, yet you get all these extras with it too you won't see on other high end VAs and performance synths. I consider it more like a performance modular in a groovebox form then a workhorse production sequencer. I do need to spend more time on it, but it is hard sometimes when I'm so use to making the majority of my tunes on another great machine that I'm a lot more familar with, RS7000.
Enough for now, and keep in mind what I say could be totally wrong too and probably causing more confusion than helping to understand, lots of thoughts on it, but I've got to get my butt off VSEF now.