Ponies that can walk on their tail

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Ponies that can walk on their tail

Post by Sir Nose » Sat Sep 29, 2012 5:24 pm

What are your favorite one-trick ponies? and WHY?

Yeah, they all can do some other things, but excel at that one particular thing. A robust instrument is useful, but I find much joy with devices that do a few things well. Feel free to include instruments that can do a lot more that you use in a very limited capacity, because it does that something so well.

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Re: Ponies that can walk on their tail

Post by Hybrid88 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 6:56 pm

Well hate to say it but 303, for obvious reasons. But what a trick it is!! :D

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Re: Ponies that can walk on their tail

Post by bouzoukijoe1 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:27 pm

MS-20, for general resonant growling and resonant formant-like sounds. that's the only reason I go for it these days. everything else it does, another synth can do just as well if not better. but it's slowly getting overshadowed by my eurorack modular. and I find less and less reasons to use the MS-20 by the day. in fact, I've thought of getting rid of it many times.

I don't really believe in using cliché synths to create cliché sounds, so I think that's the reason I'm using the MS-20 less and less. I'm always looking for other ways to get those full-bodied bandpass resonant growls that the MS-20 is so good at, all the better if it's not the same sound. I'm finding other equivalents in euro that are just as interesting and can replace the MS-20 part in a mix.

also, Supernova for softer, warmer digital polyphony. since I don't own any vintage analog polysynths anymore, this is my go-to for that sound. it's something that my Virus just can't easily do. Supernova isn't really a one-trick pony, but that's the one thing I use it for.

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Re: Ponies that can walk on their tail

Post by CS_TBL » Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:45 pm

Unless the synthesis model is really limited (303 etc.), there's no such thing as a one trick pony in my book. It's all up to the user to use a synth in a specific (or unconventional) way. With a good supply of external effects, even a 303 could be used in a totally unconventional way.
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Re: Ponies that can walk on their tail

Post by JJQ » Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:51 pm

The 303 isnt realy a one trick pony, but the closest Ive got. And I love it.
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Re: Ponies that can walk on their tail

Post by Z » Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:41 pm

I kinda miss my ARP String Ensemble. A one-trick pony, but, boy what a nice trick.

I didn't want to sell it, but was given a good offer thinking I could easily replace it.

I still have my Roland RS-505 which is nice with its own character, but there's something about the old Solina...

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Re: Ponies that can walk on their tail

Post by Alex E » Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:37 am

Juno 6/60/106.

I was going to say my old SH-101, but it really turned out to not be a one trick pony. Maybe a two or three trick pony? :)
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Re: Ponies that can walk on their tail

Post by garranimal » Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:19 am

A couple of more stringers I'm really into. Logan String Melody II has a lot of organ character but retains that brilliant triple-BBD ensemble sound. And the VP-330, dubbed the other Vangelis synth, is really a three-trick pony but when it seems so limited oh what sound it does have.

Dimension D, or the Boss DC-2 pedal which is what I have, are THE definitive one-trick-ponies of the effects world. What they lack in features is totally justified in their magnificent analog chorus processing. Let me add the Maestro Phase Shifter as the definitive effect with the biggest MOJO I have gotten my hands on to date.

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Re: Ponies that can walk on their tail

Post by ninja6485 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:48 am

Alex E wrote:I was going to say my old SH-101, but it really turned out to not be a one trick pony. Maybe a two or three trick pony?
More like a swiss army knife for me. Is the 727 fair game? I only use it when I want latin percussion sounds... :dontknow:
This looks like a psychotropic reaction. No wonder it's so popular...

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Re: Ponies that can walk on their tail

Post by analoglsd » Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:01 am

garranimal wrote:Let me add the Maestro Phase Shifter as the definitive effect with the biggest MOJO I have gotten my hands on to date.
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Re: Ponies that can walk on their tail

Post by zoomtheline » Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:22 am

Piano

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Re: Ponies that can walk on their tail

Post by Psy_Free » Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:07 pm

zoomtheline wrote:Piano
Not if your name is John Cage.
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Re: Ponies that can walk on their tail

Post by zoomtheline » Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:34 pm

True but I could stick my c**k in a bassoon but it will still be a bassoon.

Not suggesting that's what Cage did.

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Re: Ponies that can walk on their tail

Post by cornutt » Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:32 pm

zoomtheline wrote: Not suggesting that's what Cage did.
I wouldn't put it past him... :shock:

I had an Electro-Harmonix Mini Synth once upon a time. My impression was that it was good for one thing: Taurus-style bass, and that's what I used it for.
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Re: Ponies that can walk on their tail

Post by bhrama » Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:07 pm

zoomtheline wrote:Piano
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