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Synths that drone

Post by 4SAKEN » Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:16 pm

Hi,

I write a lot of drone, ambient and noise music, and love how I can override the VCA on my evolver to enable it to drone.

Does anybody know of any other synths that have this capability?

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Re: Synths that drone

Post by masstronaut » Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:35 pm

Sell-o-tape?

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Re: Synths that drone

Post by divineaudio » Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:21 pm

while it doesn't have the override feature, the nord lead is great for ambient droney bits.
turn the release up all the way and notes will sound for days...

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Re: Synths that drone

Post by Joey » Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:26 pm

the microkorg/ms2000 can drone by using the arpeggiator, simply activate all the steps and set it to gate mode, instant drone
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Re: Synths that drone

Post by 4SAKEN » Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:50 pm

Joey wrote:the microkorg/ms2000 can drone by using the arpeggiator, simply activate all the steps and set it to gate mode, instant drone
Hi, thanks for your reply. I can get a similar effect also on my Xiosynth, with the arpeggiator running, I put the gate setting to max and adjust the attack and release unitl there's no audible difference between notes. :D

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Re: Synths that drone

Post by modulator_esp » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:35 pm

Of the synths I own the Matrix 12 has a 2nd VCA you can use to get drones, the Moog Voyager has an Env/Gate switch to turn keyboard control of the envelopes off, so they stay open without a gate, the Andromeda has an envelope release time that sustains forever, the Nord G2, Korg Mono/Poly and SH-101 have hold buttons that hold the envelopes at the sustain stage, the Ensoniq Fizmo has an arpeggiator mode that holds all notes played
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Re: Synths that drone

Post by 4SAKEN » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:39 pm

Awesome.

Thanks very much :D

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Re: Synths that drone

Post by hageir » Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:37 pm

The Monomachine has an infinite hold+dec function
AND of course the parameter-lockable sequencer, you can get some pretty crazy stuff with that ;)
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Re: Synths that drone

Post by pflosi » Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:29 am

ms20 8)

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Re: Synths that drone

Post by OriginalJambo » Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:15 am

The Octave CAT and Polivoks both offer this capability. So does the Little Phatty if you stick a dummy jack in the CV gate in.

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Re: Synths that drone

Post by Pighood » Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:22 am

My Andromeda can hold infinitely (small R2 level knob on envelope 3). Q takes a VERY long time to fad out when release is cranked all the way clockwise. There's even a patch which NEVER fades out....I still can't identify which parameter is responsible.
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Re: Synths that drone

Post by Analogue Crazy » Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:06 am

My A6 certainly does drones and so does my Jupiter-4. I overload the VCA on my Jupiter-4 too, to achieve a phat distorted unison sound.
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Re: Synths that drone

Post by hfinn » Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:58 am

Of the synths that I have the ones that can actually do drones (without using arpeggiators or tape ;) ) are EMS Synthi A, EMS VCS3, EML 101 and Prophet 10.

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Re: Synths that drone

Post by widdly » Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:38 am

If you connect an latching foot switch to the sustain pedal socket, just about any synth can do this. Roland FS-5L is a latching pedal. Or if you are DIY inclined, just solder a toggle switch to a 1/4" plug and use that instead.

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Re: Synths that drone

Post by cornutt » Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:48 am

The Matrix-6, 6r, and 1000 can have an envelope retriggered by an LFO.
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