Your Favorite Arpeggiator In A Synth?

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Your Favorite Arpeggiator In A Synth?

Post by chordmemories » Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:18 am

Did a search and this didn't come up. So I hope I, the newb, am not posting a redundant thread.

Anyways, I am curious as to what you think?
I know there are a lot of different ways to integrate an arp in a synth, so, if your experience allows, mention both easiest and deepest, or come up with your own category!

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Re: Your Favorite Arpeggiator In A Synth?

Post by Char-El » Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:37 am

until I got my Emu VK6, I always thought the Sequential Prophet VS had the coolest arpeggiator ever. The VK 6 has 16 seperate arpeggiators that can all be synched together. It's so deep and programmable i have yet to even explore it's depths.

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Re: Your Favorite Arpeggiator In A Synth?

Post by stephen » Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:54 am

The nova has a wicked arp.

And don't discount the microkorg's either.
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Re: Your Favorite Arpeggiator In A Synth?

Post by Analogue Crazy » Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:55 am

The Jupiter-4's arpeggiator is stunning! many complain about it having no range control and running up all 4 octaves BUT actually it runs up whatever notes are left above the ones you hold. And if that aint unique enough it works differently depending on the order you press and hold the notes. This can result in some amazing stuff, which sounds more like a sequence than an arpeggio. Its amazing, the range limitation makes it so special.
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Re: Your Favorite Arpeggiator In A Synth?

Post by Stab Frenzy » Fri Jan 02, 2009 2:22 am

The E-Mu modules based around the Proteus 2500 (XL-7, MP-7, etc.) have pretty amazing arpeggiators. The V-Synth programmable one is pretty awesome too, almost more like a little loop sequencer than an arp.

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Re: Your Favorite Arpeggiator In A Synth?

Post by Dr8Ve » Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:40 am

Roland V-Synth

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Re: Your Favorite Arpeggiator In A Synth?

Post by chordmemories » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:28 am

V Synth wins in almost every thread I start. I wish I could afford it.

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Re: Your Favorite Arpeggiator In A Synth?

Post by Pilot352 » Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:38 am

Stab Frenzy wrote:The E-Mu modules based around the Proteus 2500 (XL-7, MP-7, etc.) have pretty amazing arpeggiators. The V-Synth programmable one is pretty awesome too, almost more like a little loop sequencer than an arp.
Isn't a programmable arpeggiator also called a "sequencer"???

What's the difference? An arpeggiator plays arpeggios. Play the notes on the keyboard and the arpeggiator cycles the notes. What's to program? Please help an old fool understand!! :? :?

Edit: I should have read your full post. You even said it's like a sequencer!! :mrgreen:
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Re: Your Favorite Arpeggiator In A Synth?

Post by Stab Frenzy » Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:45 am

Pilot352 wrote:
Stab Frenzy wrote:The E-Mu modules based around the Proteus 2500 (XL-7, MP-7, etc.) have pretty amazing arpeggiators. The V-Synth programmable one is pretty awesome too, almost more like a little loop sequencer than an arp.
Isn't a programmable arpeggiator also called a "sequencer"???

What's the difference? An arpeggiator plays arpeggios. Play the notes on the keyboard and the arpeggiator cycles the notes. What's to program? Please help an old fool understand!! :? :?

Edit: I should have read your full post. You even said it's like a sequencer!! :mrgreen:
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The programmable aspects mean instead of just having up/down/whatever and choosing 16ths/8ths/etc you can program different intervals and have more interesting rhythmic variations in the arpeggiator. It also can work polyphonically if you want. If you set it to latch and not transpose though it is like a sequencer, but that's not the most fun way to work it.

A lot of other synths have arpeggiators that are as powerful as the V-Synth's but I think the reason it's so good is because editing it on the touch screen works really well. It's much easier than editing the arps on the XL-7.
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Re: Your Favorite Arpeggiator In A Synth?

Post by polardark » Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:16 am

The microKorg arpeggiator is really good. It offers a lot of different synchronization modes. At least it blows my Little Phatty out of the water.

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Re: Your Favorite Arpeggiator In A Synth?

Post by hyphen nation » Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:47 am

did we determine if it is a sequencer or an arp if the root note of the sequence changes based on key press? if it is an arp, the Evolover has a pretty lovely, complex arpeggiator...

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Re: Your Favorite Arpeggiator In A Synth?

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Re: Your Favorite Arpeggiator In A Synth?

Post by killedaway » Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:38 am

i choose the microKORG's arp right now, since it's so easy to program and it's fun. also, it's not an arp, but sure i miss the MS2k's mod sequence function. wish they'd stuck a trimmed down version in mK.
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Re: Your Favorite Arpeggiator In A Synth?

Post by Johnny Lenin » Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:09 pm

I gotta say, I'm not enjoying the Little Phatty 2 arpeggiator. Apart from a few options, it is not programmable at all, and I am annoyed that, set to one octave, it goes to the octave of the lowest note (A3-C4-E4-A4) rather than playing within the octave. It's probably too much to ask, but I'd love Moog to add some more programming possibilities in the next firmware rev.

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Re: Your Favorite Arpeggiator In A Synth?

Post by Solderman » Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:25 pm

Of my own gear, the Virus b is the best, having two dozen or more variations programmed, then it also has the random, as-played and chord functions. Beats any Roland Jupiter for sure, not to mention, JP8's have this timing issue that causes random latency on new notes while others are held.

Now I want to check out the arpeggiators of the V-Synth, MicroKorg and Emu's mentioned.
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