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by meatballfulton
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:51 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Do you prefer to listen to your music through speakers or a headset?
Replies: 2
Views: 511

Re: Do you prefer to listen to your music through speakers or a headset?

I prefer listening over speakers, only using headphones when I must. That said, it's possible to get phones for under $200 that cannot be matched by speakers in audio quality until you're into well over $1000. The recommendation for the Sony 7506 is a good one, they are an industry standard for stud...
by meatballfulton
Tue Jul 20, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Casio CZ-101 - 5 seconds to live (boot/power up problem)
Replies: 2
Views: 1360

Re: Casio CZ-101 - 5 seconds to live (boot/power up problem)

First thing to try is put some batteries in it and see if it works.
by meatballfulton
Mon Jul 19, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Ensoniq ESQ-1 debugging help
Replies: 30
Views: 7286

Re: Ensoniq ESQ-1 debugging help

If the reset pin is at +5, then the CPU is out of reset. The 0.5V pulses shouldn't be tripping reset, the voltage would have to fall much lower, under 2V.

False alarm, back to the hunt.
by meatballfulton
Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Ensoniq ESQ-1 debugging help
Replies: 30
Views: 7286

Re: Ensoniq ESQ-1 debugging help

No, the reset pin on a CPU is an input. If it's stuck low, it never wakes up. Check the schematic to see where the reset comes from.

Looking at the image of the scope, what's the voltage of he reset signal...0 or +5?
by meatballfulton
Sat Jul 17, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Ensoniq ESQ-1 debugging help
Replies: 30
Views: 7286

Re: Ensoniq ESQ-1 debugging help

A steady stream of pulses on reset is suspicious. Reset is normally high when NOT in reset. In other words, if it's near zero all the time, it's stuck in reset. Should be close to +5V shortly after power on.
by meatballfulton
Tue Jul 06, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Rhodes 660 / Joy AND despair!!!!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 2771

Re: Rhodes 660 / Joy AND despair!!!!!!

Start with a factory reset and see how that goes. Maybe the sellers knew it wasn't working properly when they took $25 for it.
by meatballfulton
Sun Jul 04, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Jupiter 8 Ebay auction
Replies: 8
Views: 3071

Re: Jupiter 8 Ebay auction

Fools and their money...
by meatballfulton
Sun Jul 04, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Korg SQ-1 MIDI sync?
Replies: 14
Views: 23636

Re: Korg SQ-1 MIDI sync?

The problem with MIDI over USB is that USB is not a peer-to-peer protocol, but MIDI is. That means USB has a single master with multiple slaves which cannot communicate with one another. USB doesn't even support daisy chaining, which MIDI, Firewire and Thunderbolt all do. My MIDI life was pretty eas...
by meatballfulton
Wed Jun 30, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: NS3 - did I buy the wrong thing??
Replies: 2
Views: 2264

Re: NS3 - did I buy the wrong thing??

The Nautilus has some downsides for stage use...for starters, it takes over two minutes to boot! A real drag if there are power interruptions :oops: This is also true of the more expensive Kronos. It's a totally different instrument than the NS3 (I assume Nord Stage 3?). It's a full blown workstatio...
by meatballfulton
Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:47 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Juno 2
Replies: 2
Views: 4152

Re: Juno 2

Does it make sounds OK or not?
by meatballfulton
Tue Jun 08, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: Software Synthesizers
Topic: Best EMS VCS3 / Synthi software synth
Replies: 2
Views: 4884

Re: Best EMS VCS3 / Synthi software synth

I've used the XILS3 CM (similar to LE, free from Computer Music magazine). One thing I found interesting is it offers a traditional ADSR envelope as well as the actual Trapezoid EG of the VCS3. That makes it more usable for folks who find the trapezoid maddening, but also makes it sound less like th...
by meatballfulton
Mon Jun 07, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Buying a hardware synth advice
Replies: 7
Views: 5070

Re: Buying a hardware synth advice

Good Son, If you're after weird sounds, the effects can become more important than the synth itself. This simple example was done on a computer, but the three sounds all started with the same simple sound and were processed though a single effects processor with it's own filtering, overdrive, gating...
by meatballfulton
Sun Jun 06, 2021 2:07 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Buying a hardware synth advice
Replies: 7
Views: 5070

Re: Buying a hardware synth advice

Older synths (anything before about 1990) came without effects and it's easy to run modern synths through outboard effects when you don't like what's built in. Reverbs cover a wide range of sounds, from springs with the metallic halo (and yes, if you hit the Grandmother hard, you can even get the sp...
by meatballfulton
Fri Jun 04, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Which synth to choose?
Replies: 14
Views: 8110

Re: Which synth to choose?

KayBur wrote:
Thu Jun 03, 2021 8:48 am
I don't think you can get a quality synthesizer for $ 300.
For $300 , look at used equipment. The OP is already looking at a Korg X5D which is about 20 years old. A lot of older (90s) digital synths can be had for peanuts these days, you just have to put in the time looking for them.
by meatballfulton
Tue Jun 01, 2021 12:36 am
Forum: HELP!
Topic: Ensoniq Mirage DSK-8 novice
Replies: 2
Views: 3099

Re: Ensoniq Mirage DSK-8 novice

There are two manuals and you'll need both, along with MASOS floppies. The Advanced Sampling Guide is where all the detailed sampling info is.

Musician's Manual

Advanced Sampling Guide