What's a good used tone generator in the $200 range?

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What's a good used tone generator in the $200 range?

Post by Lipson » Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:40 pm

Any recommendations on what used tone generators are good for the money in the $200 range. It will be used on a Yamaha Clavinova with midi. If it has a reverb unit built in, that would be great (if possible). I'm looking to upgrade from an Yamaha FB01. Thanks!!

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Re: What's a good used tone generator in the $200 range?

Post by CS_TBL » Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:54 pm

With a wee bit o' luck I think you should be able to find a JV1080 (a studio work horse from the 90's) for that money.. a JV880 is even cheaper than that but is a tad below the 1080 in terms of raw meat. But it also depends on the style you want to play/compose, though the 1080 is pretty generic.
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Re: What's a good used tone generator in the $200 range?

Post by revtor » Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:27 am

Korg TR rack!!

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Re: What's a good used tone generator in the $200 range?

Post by Lipson » Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:23 am

Do either have a reverb unit? which is better for a pipe organ?

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Re: What's a good used tone generator in the $200 range?

Post by CS_TBL » Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:38 am

Dunno about the Korg, but I assume every Roland synth since the D50 has a built-in effects unit, the JV1080 has a rather vast effects section. Just to make sure: you want the synth to have its own effects over its own synth sounds? Or do you want a line-in option to connect your Clavinova and run it through such an effects section? Because that's not what the JV does, and many other synths don't do that either.

As for a church organ, the answer lies in sound design. As long as you know that a church organ/pipe organ uses multiple pipes to build up its sound in an additive way, you should have a clue as for how to construct such sounds. With 4 tones per voice in the JV you could add 4 such pipes together and pitch them apart (for instance, -12, 0, +12, +24 for a stack o' octaves). Perhaps - can't remember - there are pipe organ'ish samples in the JV ROM, if so: you're practically there already. Still, adding four o' them together should give an even meatier organ.
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Re: What's a good used tone generator in the $200 range?

Post by garranimal » Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:41 am

+1 for the 1080. Fantastic sound, 64 voices, on-board chorus and effects and can be had $150-200 usd. 4- expansion slots w/ a large variety of cards available.

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Post by eucarya » Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:29 am

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Re: What's a good used tone generator in the $200 range?

Post by Lipson » Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:38 am

CS_TBL wrote:Dunno about the Korg, but I assume every Roland synth since the D50 has a built-in effects unit, the JV1080 has a rather vast effects section. Just to make sure: you want the synth to have its own effects over its own synth sounds? Or do you want a line-in option to connect your Clavinova and run it through such an effects section? Because that's not what the JV does, and many other synths don't do that either.

As for a church organ, the answer lies in sound design. As long as you know that a church organ/pipe organ uses multiple pipes to build up its sound in an additive way, you should have a clue as for how to construct such sounds. With 4 tones per voice in the JV you could add 4 such pipes together and pitch them apart (for instance, -12, 0, +12, +24 for a stack o' octaves). Perhaps - can't remember - there are pipe organ'ish samples in the JV ROM, if so: you're practically there already. Still, adding four o' them together should give an even meatier organ.
I'm running the midi out from the clavinova into the tone generator and from there into the amplifier. Nothing fancy. Will that work with both units? Nice idea on the pipe organ mixing. When I get it, I'll try it.

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Re: What's a good used tone generator in the $200 range?

Post by CS_TBL » Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:37 am

Peanuts.. that's what all modules and keyboard models do since the invention of MIDI. :lol:
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