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Any Decently Usable Half-Rack Synths?

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 2:21 am
by jufros
I've got a half-rack space left and it's buggin' me. Any recommendations?

Re: Any Decently Usable Half-Rack Synths?

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 2:28 am
by Alex E
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Re: Any Decently Usable Half-Rack Synths?

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 2:31 am
by chrisrnps
Ah, Empty Rack Space Syndrome...

What synths do you have already? JV1010, above? One of the several Yamaha FM modules (FR, TX, etc.) or a Yamaha VL70m? Or half-rack ROMplers like a Korg NS5R, if you must. Or a JoeMeek or FMR compressor to smash some audio with?

Re: Any Decently Usable Half-Rack Synths?

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 5:04 am
by crystalmsc
Roland XV-2020 or Yamaha MU100 which can be fitted with 1 PLG board like the AN/DX/VL.

Re: Any Decently Usable Half-Rack Synths?

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 5:42 am
by calyx93
The lovely and useful Akai SG01v - chock full of vintage goodness, and some pretty good digital filters too :)

Re: Any Decently Usable Half-Rack Synths?

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:12 pm
by tekkentool
Build a tube preamp :)

Re: Any Decently Usable Half-Rack Synths?

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:19 pm
by Rusty O'Hara
FMR Really Nice Compressor? (Yeah, I know it's not a synth, but it's cool, good, and 1/2 a rack)

Re: Any Decently Usable Half-Rack Synths?

Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:05 pm
by steveman
Rusty O'Hara wrote:FMR Really Nice Compressor? (Yeah, I know it's not a synth, but it's cool, good, and 1/2 a rack)
Actually, 1/3 rack ... :P

Re: Any Decently Usable Half-Rack Synths?

Posted: Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:05 pm
by Rusty O'Hara
steveman wrote:
Rusty O'Hara wrote:FMR Really Nice Compressor? (Yeah, I know it's not a synth, but it's cool, good, and 1/2 a rack)
Actually, 1/3 rack ... :P
Even better... :P

Re: Any Decently Usable Half-Rack Synths?

Posted: Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:21 pm
by polardark
Yamaha FB-01? It's a pretty nice 4 operator FM module and it comes chuck-full of usable patches (as usable as it gets with a 4-op synthesizer anyhow).

Re: Any Decently Usable Half-Rack Synths?

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:42 am
by Mr Knesh
Alesis Nano-Piano...
For when you want to get your John Cage influenced "prepared piano" going on!

Re: Any Decently Usable Half-Rack Synths?

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:44 am
by mao
chrisrnps wrote:Ah, Empty Rack Space Syndrome...
:lol:

ERSS

great ! that's by far worst than GAS !!! I was looking for something to fill my empty rack space... and avoided to buy a Matrix6R only because it's 3 rack unit while I have 2 units available. That's quite stupid, isn't it? well this is what happens when you are under "ERSS".

:lol:

Re: Any Decently Usable Half-Rack Synths?

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:58 pm
by ElGorilla
Not a rack but a Nord Micro Modular fits in a half space.

Re: Any Decently Usable Half-Rack Synths?

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:11 pm
by loungedumore
Mac Mini .

Re: Any Decently Usable Half-Rack Synths?

Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 7:18 am
by jufros
Can you actually fit a mac mini in a 1/2 rack space? It actually wouldn't be that huge of a deal to mount one in the rack case somewhere. I never really thought about doing something like that but I can see how it would work beautifully for me and replace some of my gear.

I'm running a live synth bass guitar rig right now. I could sell my pitch->MIDI converters, MIDI-controlled line mixer, and some other hardware and get the StringPort, which operates on USB 2.0 and offers much better latency, and a Firewire interface with comprehensive I/O's. I'd need to be able to run a few VST's but more importantly, mix live on the Mac by calling up preset mixes via MIDI instantly.

I'd also need to be able to route the inputs to different outputs and vice versa, mix signals together to certain outputs, and recall all of the settings with MIDI program change messages like I can with my AKAI MB76. I think it could be doable and I've got enough equipment to sell that it wouldn't be too much of a financial hardship for me.

Ideally, I'd like to be able to map program changes and CC's from my foot controller out to various other MIDI messages, but I think at that point I might be asking for too much live processing. I'd be fine sticking with the Nord Modular G2 Engine for things like that.

Having the opportunity to use the StringPort live would really change everything and probably get the tracking and latency in my system to completely usable performance levels.