Synths and Numbers

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Synths and Numbers

Post by Arturo00 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:45 am

I've always had this affinity towards numbers. I notice numerical patterns, I always smile when the clock says 8:08, 9:09, 12:34, etc., I excelled at math.

I recently moved and was forced to set my synths up differently. I added some new friends to the fold (SH 101 and a Prophet 5), got a new line mixer and hooked everything up with no real thought or plan. I then came to the realization that all of the main synths or drum machine I use have their own number. Each number is present from 1 to 9 and each number only occurs once.

With this new revelation, I decided to repatch all of my synths:

Channel 1: SH-101
Channel 2: Multimoog
Channel 3: Multimoog Gated Out (because it's a multi it requires multiple outputs ;))
Channel 4: Jupiter 4
Channel 5: Prophet 5
Channel 6: Juno-60
Channel 7: TR-707
Channel 8: TR-808
Channel 9: TR-909

Also,
Aux 1: MPX100
Aux 2: RE-201

I have to admit, I was pretty thrilled when I came to this realization! Almost made me want to play them even more!!!

Yeah, I know I'm a geek! But in the end, don't we all have a bit of geek in us ;)
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Re: Synths and Numbers

Post by Solderman » Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:52 am

Sorry, I wasn't clear, did you do this by accident? I like the numbers aspect of synthesis. Functions, ratios, non-linearities; it's all there in a synthesizer voice, digital or analog. Music is math, whether it be sonically, rhythmically or composition-wise.
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Re: Synths and Numbers

Post by Arturo00 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:01 am

Oh yeah, I guess I should clarify. I didn't plan for that at all! It just sort of happened.
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Re: Synths and Numbers

Post by Byrthfood » Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:13 am

yeah, reminds me of my setup:

Channel 1: Moog Voyager [it only has "1" voice]
Channel 2: Moog Source [it is "2" times better than the Voyager]
Channel 3: Prophet 08 [it has 4 LFOs and 4-1 = "3"]
Channel 4: Roland Fantom [Fantoms are ghosts and there are "4" ghosts in pac-man]
Channel 5: Polyevolver [there are "5" vowels in "DSI Polyevolver"]
Channel 6: Yamaha RM-50 [R is the 18th letter of the alphabet and M is the 13th letter of the alphabet. 18/13= 1.38465 and 1.38465-50=-48."6"1538]
Channel 7: MFB Kult [the only channel left]
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Re: Synths and Numbers

Post by pflosi » Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:14 pm

I work in a market research bureau and i study social sciences. you know how many 303s, 606s, 808s and 909s i see every day? ;)

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Re: Synths and Numbers

Post by Cumulus » Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:33 pm

Even though I am much more of a math-head than I used to be, I tend to organize my equipment by colors - not necessarily the actual color of the piece of gear but the perceived color.

The Yamaha CS-50 is yellow, partly because "Yamaha" and "yellow" both begin with "Y". Also, some of the buttons and sliders are yellow.

Roland products are alway red in my mind (maybe for the same reason, although some of them actually are red.)

Korgs are always a bluish-green (because the logo on my first Korg product was that color and my Electribe ES-1 is green.)

My Mini Moog is either orange or red, I'm not sure why.

My audio and MIDI cables are various colors and I find myself using certain ones for certain pieces of equipment.

Casios are usually silver in my mind.



That reminds me, I used to work on my own car (when I was poor and it was possible to work on your own car)
I had a '69 Dadge Dart and my girlfriend would help me fix it sometimes. I would ask her for a 7/16 or a 1/2 inch wrench and she could never figure out which one i meant until I named them. I laid them all out for her and told her the 7/16 was Steven, The 1/2 was Henry and the 9/16 was Norman. All three wrenches were different brands and looked very different from each other, Norman, for instance, was old and a bit rusty while Steven was really bright and shiny. Henry was kind of chunky looking and short.

i would just say "Hand me Norman" or "let me have Steven" and she would get it right every time.

Sorry to digress....I'm getting old and that's just waht old guys do...Did I ever tell you about the time I nailed your grandmother in the back of her dad's '48 Hudson? It was a nice spring day and we had just gotten bacck from the Knights of Columbus dance and cmjfw kkeog was on jisf over ground llkgu,, ... ,,... .. .....,... ,_ __ _ _

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Re: Synths and Numbers

Post by balma » Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:57 pm

Cumulus wrote: Roland products are alway red in my mind
Korgs are always a bluish-green
Casios are usually silver in my mind.
that is what I call "Synthnesthesia"


SYNTHESTHESIA imagining your synths in colors
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Re: Synths and Numbers

Post by Gianni » Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:27 pm

balma wrote:
Cumulus wrote: Roland products are alway red in my mind
Korgs are always a bluish-green
Casios are usually silver in my mind.
that is what I call "Synthnesthesia"


SYNTHESTHESIA imagining your synths in colors
Sounds like color blindness to me, actually. :D




On topic, I am a freak too with numbers and order. Numbers for routing, sizes for location, matching colors for cables and synths...

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Re: Synths and Numbers

Post by cartesia » Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:20 pm

I have always noticed the number 9:11 on clocks.. this is simply due to a coincidental approximately 18 hours where i looked at a clock only a few times, and every time it was 9:11..

This was before the terrorist attacks, so I guess i'm not insane or I would've constructed some kind of secret-machine-messages conspiracy.

I was a little amused when I realised the date it happened.. a friend of mine who I'd been with during that time when I kept seeing 9:11 on the clock - was pretty crazy about it for a while... poor insane bugger :P .

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Re: Synths and Numbers

Post by guitarsandsynths » Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:33 pm

You're all crazy! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Synths and Numbers

Post by Villi » Sun Feb 14, 2010 4:07 am

Gianni wrote:(...) matching colors for cables and synths...
Yes!

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Re: Synths and Numbers

Post by alspacka » Sun Feb 14, 2010 4:18 am

Haha. I have my s**t setup like this on the mixer: 101, 303, FX return, Cat, JP-4, 707, 909.

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Re: Synths and Numbers

Post by cornutt » Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:22 am

Hmm. I wonder if this means I need to rearrange my modular with all of the modules in model number order. :lol:
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Re: Synths and Numbers

Post by I12 » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:26 am

how about programming some sounds based on number patterns.

imagine if you program 303303303303303.... on the sh101 and it sounds like a 303 ! !!!
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Re: Synths and Numbers

Post by tekkentool » Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:23 am

i agree that sounds like synaesthesia, do you associate colours with everything, you mention you were quite good at maths.

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