I was wondering when the MEK supporters would chime in
Thanks for your replies. Do any you (Stab Frenzy, greyhound_flyer, de raaf) or anyone else out there use the MEK in live performance situations? Just curious to hear peoples thoughts on how it integrates in the live format for you.
I've been gigging with my MEK since I got it about 2 years ago, first in addition to the V-Synth I was gigging before that and then just with the MEK as our set changed/I programmed replacement patches to the V-Synth ones I was using.
It's great for playing live, it sounds fantastic (especially in stereo on a big PA), you can have a huge range of sounds saved so only have to bring one synth and it's small and light. Also the fact that you've got velocity, aftertouch, two pedal inputs and a mod wheel means it's really expressive to play. I have had one encoder go funny and I'll give it a clean when I have some time, when I turn it too fast it jumps to 0. I still prefer encoders to pot for playing live cause I hate parameter jumps when you go to tweak something and the pot isn't lined up to the current value, and if that screws up live you don't get another chance at doing it right. One little annoyance about using the MEK live is that the encoder you use to change patches would be much better if it was a stepped one like on the Desktop. I don't use the encoder to change patches on stage, it's too easy to overrun the one you want. I use the increment and decrement buttons, more accurate. I'd love it if it had something like the patch recall buttons the V-Synth has, they're really great for playing live. The MEK is still great to gig with though.
Also looks cool on stage!
enomis wrote:Again, the intent of my post was not to start a MEK/Evolver bashing thread. Just interested in hearing people's thoughts. For sure the MEK has a tremendous ability at creating sound. But, just as in all relationships in life there are personalities that you jive with quirks and all and others that you don't.
kuroichi - thanks for the info on the FR XS. I think you hit the nail on the head. I'm primarily a keyboard player so the XS's lack of keyboard makes it a little less appealing. I have been looking at the Moog Voyager OS as another different option, though the price tag certainly makes me think twice... thrice... if not more.
Speaking of the Voyager... I have had a few occasions to try it but all have been within the context of a store environment where it is difficult to sit at length with it. My question: is it possible to coax some edgier/raw sounds from it?
I've heard some really gnarly sounds from the voyager in some demos Amos from Moog posted a while ago, I think with a semi-modular the world is your oyster.
Personally I think the XS would be a really good match for the Evolver, I'm considering getting one for my studio. I recently got a CS-15 which is great, but I always find myself wanting to modulate one thing with another which can't be done on the CS, I think the Evolver has me spoilt for routing choice and only a semi-modular is going to satisfy me from now on.