ive noticed your findings after single listening. also, the resonance aint as smooth and powerful when cutoff goes way down. and bass lines seem quite a bit more organic, wobbly/drifty on the vintage SEM.nvbrkr wrote:Especially after repeated listenings, I really don't know how anyone can seriously say what's presented on the left and right channels of that clip would sound the same. Does it sound good? Yes. Is the sound "spot on"? No.
that being said, im not making any decisions yet based on a single demo. also, at least partly, im guessing it just may be the difference in how they were set. if they ain't calibrated the same way, the same position of a resonance knob, for example, doesnt mean youre actually getting the same ammount of resonance. so, at this stage, i am intrigued why did the differences i noticed occur. so far, i still think the new one sounds great. but in a ever so slightly more FutureRetro XS kind-of-way than vintage 70s.
i'm eagerly waiting for more demos from ppl who got one.. im thinking of picking up the barebones version, put it in my 5U modular case, and bring out all the patch points on a double MOTM panel.. creamy white of course. 8)
PS i dont buy the "aging compoentns" argument thats constantly being called upon. i had several vintage boards completely refurbished with new capacitors, psu, whatnot... they still sound unmistakeably vintage, compared to any "new analog" i happened to have arround. magic is in the way they are built, the circuits and components choice/tolerances, not the age of components itself. there are some, not all, modular manufacturers today, who managed to get the 70s character in some of their circuits ..right here, right now with currently available components.