Xpander + VX600=superfluous?

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Xpander + VX600=superfluous?

Post by Sir Ruff » Sun Sep 28, 2008 7:57 pm

I've already got an Xpander which I love, but have also always wanted a VX600... something about the size/function ratio... I realize they are very similar on the inside, thought the Xpander sounds warmer, has more filters, etc... the only thing the VX appears to have it snappier envelopes and a different programming style. However, I am intrigued by using it in conjunction with my MnM...

I've found a reasonably priced one (800) in good condition, but am wondering if I would be committing GAS overkill by having both. Is it worth risking having two beasts overloaded with CEM chips that are going to eventually fail?
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Re: Xpander + VX600=superfluous?

Post by Z » Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:20 pm

The VX600 is very similar to the Matrix 6 in sense of sound and programmibility. I owned one briefly in the 90's but sold it to Taylor Dupree (he no longer has it) since my M-6R covered the same territory.

I think the VX600's charm is its ability to interface with wind controllers. Other than that, they're overpriced hype.

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Re: Xpander + VX600=superfluous?

Post by Sir Ruff » Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:32 am

Z wrote:The VX600 is very similar to the Matrix 6 in sense of sound and programmibility. I owned one briefly in the 90's but sold it to Taylor Dupree (he no longer has it) since my M-6R covered the same territory.

I think the VX600's charm is its ability to interface with wind controllers. Other than that, they're overpriced hype.
really? even with real VCOs, and more mod options like cross mod, more envs and LFOs?
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Re: Xpander + VX600=superfluous?

Post by Z » Mon Sep 29, 2008 2:04 am

Well, it was 14 years ago when I had one and I didn't dive too deep into its programming. I do remember it sounding very much like my M-6R, so I let it go. I think I kept the manual, so I'll see if I can dig it up and see if there is more to it than what I remember.

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Re: Xpander + VX600=superfluous?

Post by Z » Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:53 pm

OK, I found the manual. Here are some of its key or unique features:

6 voice (12 VCO) with Osc Sync & FM
37 key C-C Scale Keyboard
Control terminals for Akai EWI/EVI
2 EXT IN to modify tones of extrenal sources
Multi Voice Output via 13 pin VW-X6 DIN/Phone cable
40 Character x 8 Line LCD
2 LFO
3 AD1D2SR EG's
Matrix Modulation
Programmable Chord Memory
6 MIDI Channel "MULTI PLAY MODE" (one voice per channel)

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