Primal Drive wrote:The Kronos and the Jupiter 80 are both the future of performing synthesis and if it's too much for you then crawl back into your caves and live in the past.
The Kronos is a different beast than this Roland thing. Its a workstation... a close relative of what was probably the pinnacle of keyboard workstations. With several built-in synthesis engines for, you know, doing synthesis. It can be used for performance sure but its mean for composition even more.
Risk? What risk? Its just a simplified version of the current Fantom with most of the SuperNatural cards already inserted! There is no risk involved in removing a sequencer largely regarded to be seriously buggy and unusable by its owners (I.e. Fantom G owners.) OO A TOUCH SCREEN! Ready to compete with the Triton released by Korg in 1999!knolan wrote:I'm just delighted that in 2011 that the likes of Roland are prepared to take a risk and release such an instrument.
The Jupiwhosiwhatsis had three modeled engines (brass, piano, strings) and the rompler engine- Like they can't even be bothered with a VA synth anymore. Or, god forbid, they could have shipped it with an emulation of the original jupiter. But no- the synths are just sampled. So basically its a Fantom with no sequencer, four-way multitimbrality, and most of the (ARX?) cards in it. 256 voices that vary with DSP load (sounds like a Virus) and four parallel MFX channels plus one for drums.
But this is Vintage Synth Explorer, not Vintage Rompler Explorer, so we're going to appreciate synthesis features over the sample engine (that you can't load samples into) with an unknown sample ROM size. The sample engine- in fact the entire engine on the synth- is just what some feared it would be- a rehash of the Fantom engine. Mostly a rehash of the *original* fantom engine judging from the lack of sample memory. Oh yeah, it has the Supernatural stuff- but it does NOT have a VA engine, D-50 emulation, or anything else that might make it more tempting for us.