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multitrak question, basses?

Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 6:14 am
by The Cancer Years
so I might get one, but I did some googling and the general consensus is you guys aren't fans. I played a sixtrak once and was going to buy it until the dudes from Metric bought it right out from under my nose.

I want it to do some analog (read: deep) basses, I was using an AX80 but just not achieving what I want. indirectly I am trading the ax80 for it, straight across.


So the question is Multitrak, good for bass?

Posted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 2:00 am
by Sir Ruff
er... I've never used the ax-80, but would have a hard time believing that the six-track/multi-track, etc. did bass better than that. Although the latter are VCO based, it's only one VCO/voice and not very big VCOs at that.

I had a multi briefly, and ended up selling it simply cos it wasn't anything spectacular. Also, the envs weren't real fast, so you're not going to get good blip bass or anything like that. I would stick with the ax-80 for overall utility-it certainly is (or should be) worth more than a multitrack.

EDIT: the one redeeming factor of the multi is that is responds to CCs for all functions. The review on bluesynths.com, while a little overzealous, gives a good idea how this could be used in multitimbral setting....

Posted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 2:17 am
by otto
Cancer, I think you want a mono.

Posted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:55 am
by wiss
if you like the SCI sound the mulitrack is a good board. Step up from the 6-track, better midi, indv outputs for the 6 tracks on the sequencer, better midi, and still retains STACK MODE. It's really good as a mono and duo.

Posted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 4:28 am
by The Cancer Years
Yeah I want a mono, but I can't afford a mono, so in my head analog(multitrak) is better than the ax80 for that.

I coudl be wrong though, we are doing a techno thing so mainly its just deep bass I am after.

I was also offered a Ks5 for it, but I am wondering with the Nord is that going to be redundant?

Posted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 1:15 pm
by Altitude
Sir Ruff wrote: EDIT: the one redeeming factor of the multi is that is responds to CCs for all functions. The review on bluesynths.com, while a little overzealous, gives a good idea how this could be used in multitimbral setting....
I am sorry but that is not correct, the Multitrak ONLY responds to sysex and only on a patch dump basis so you cannot individually control ANY parameters outside of editing software which will send individual patch dumps with said parameter changed. I think you are thinking of the sixtrak (there is no Multitrak review on bluesynths).

I owned one for about 3 years and you can get decent sounds out of it but personally I would go with a sixtrak having to choose between the two. The multitrak has the crappy CEM3394 built in filter which is pretty pretty weak while the sixtrak despite being also based on the 3394, uses a 3372 for the filter (like the P600). That and the fact that the Sixtrak DOES respond to CC's for most if it's parameters makes it a no brainer

Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 4:44 am
by The Cancer Years
the only review on bluesynths is for a sixtrak.

that could be where the confusion is.

Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 5:03 am
by immigrantboy
I tried one out in a local store. Its a pretty far out board! I don't know why, but the interface didn't seem so intuitive to me outside of editting. The patch banks, sequencer and arppegiator seemed akward, though I'm sure in time I'd learn.

The bass can be fairly fat in unison mode, though I'd say it best excels at those ghostly, stringy, creamy pads that other SCI gear is known for.

I would totally buy it, but the store has it listed at $350. I suppose that is a fair price, though I think they usually go on ebay for $300. I want that haunting SCI sound though...

Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 7:46 am
by nadafarms
the last thing I would ever buy a cheap analog poly for is bass...

If you want thin pads and cheesy electric pianos then multitrack is the way to go! :wink:

Kidding, I would buy one for some spacey pads but definitely not for bass. You could find a cheap mono for the price of a multitrak?

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 1:03 am
by The Cancer Years
buyers guide?