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Synths, synths, synths, let us talk about all the synthesizers

DDD, Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:41 (seven years ago) link

They're great instruments.

DDD, Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:41 (seven years ago) link

SYNTH FACT OF THE DAY: Despite performing what is called "photosynthesis", plants are in fact NOT synthesizers.

DDD, Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:43 (seven years ago) link

do you a favorite synthesizer?

Are you an old school analog synth fetishist?

^ enlightening post (sarahell), Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:58 (seven years ago) link

Fave synth, that's a hard question. I like synths where every function has a knob you can twist, so let's go with that. The Yamaha CS-80 is my dream machine, though. The recent Dave Smith synths like Prophet 12 are good contenders for My Fave Synth as well.

Analog synths do sound great (I own a Microbrute) but some of the analog-fetishism (or rather digital hatred) can seem ridiculous for some. After all, it's the player that makes an instrument sound good, not the other way around.

Speaking of analog and fav synths, if I owned this synth I would be happy for the rest of my life:


DDD, Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:05 (seven years ago) link

I am interested in what envelopes and VCAs sound like, usually the first thing I do when I check out a synth is how "snappy" the envelopes can get, how nicely the VCAs and filters respond to it, the percussive qualities. Buchlas sound like "pk" then "pup" then "plup". ARP 2600s sounds like "clk" then "cluck". Rolands and new DSIs do not have any percussive qualities that are as useful as those synths.

Goblin Farrell (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:19 (seven years ago) link

I love the sound of FM synth + analog filters these days and have been tooling around with a couple of Mutable Instruments objects that are very interesting. Switchable tuning! turn a knob and it's real, it's Pythagorean, pretty cool stuff.

Goblin Farrell (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:22 (seven years ago) link

FM synthesis definitely needs a comeback

DDD, Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:28 (seven years ago) link

My first encounter with FM synth (outside of pre-pubescent .cmf programming, and I didn't really get what was happening) (ditto a DX7 in high school) was with a Nord Wave, where it was suddenly like oh! I don't need to artificially create an overtone series? I really love the pairing of FM oscillators and analog filters, the Mutable stuff has been super fun. A friend of mine has a... Wave, PPG? what is it. Something like that. The big one. I played around with it but again the envelopes were mushy, it was all tone and no snap.

Goblin Farrell (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:38 (seven years ago) link

A studio I worked in had a CS-80 and it's not all that. When it came time for futuristic polysynth it was always the Jupiter 8-- which at this point has an equally ridiculous price tag

Goblin Farrell (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:40 (seven years ago) link

I know the CS-80 is mostly associated with Vangelis sounds although it is capable of more and may be not that great after all... but just look at that design! It seems like no other synth that came before and after the CS series has the same looks/design influences. As far as reliability goes.. at least it's not the PolyMoog.

DDD, Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:47 (seven years ago) link

Actually, now that I think about it, the Polymoog DOES share some design similarities with the CS-80

DDD, Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:51 (seven years ago) link

The CS-80 is surprisingly difficult to get into "dialling in" a sound, its interface isn't as intuitive later synths. Also tbrr I need MIDI or CV/gate connectivity, have the computer play the line while I work with the sound, and I don't know if that's a possibility for CS-80s (or if any owner would go for it if it was)

flamboyant goon tie included, Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:52 (seven years ago) link

I don't have much use for MIDI to be honest, sitting at a computer and programming notes, I am unable to work like that (and I tried). It just doesn't give me the same kind of joy that touching a keyboard while twisting knobs does. But it's helpful when I need to synchronize several synthesizers.

You can also buy a MIDI kit for your CS-80 at a bargain price of 470 £!

DDD, Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:02 (seven years ago) link

Hmm, I get you. My process is this: typically I dial in a sound, record the take simultaneously as MIDI info and as audio, then save the patch (if applicable). When the song develops and suddenly I realize the synth is too glassy or too dark or whatever, or just wrong, I just feed the already-recorded MIDI info back into the synth and fix the patch in realtime. Not so fastidious, just an easy way to make changes.

A side note to this is that I've gotten so enamoured of my ARP 2600 that I rarely use any analog poly synths, I typically track each voice monophonically using MIDI-to-CV. The signal-to-noise on the ARP is so ridiculously low that you can track 10+ tracks of it and still have silence (provided you keep the spring muted). I love my ARP. I bought it with the money from a soul-destroying film gig several years ago, best decision ever-- though I'm told the Cwejman 2600alike is just as good/better (and cheaper and easier to service)

flamboyant goon tie included, Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:39 (seven years ago) link

I usually dial in a sound, play along to the track and slightly change the settings until it fits in well, record (often with a metronome) and hope for a good take or two. Sounds risky and not as professional as your method, but personally I don't like having all these "safety nets" while working on creative stuff. Having this slight tenseness helps me concentrate and evaluate certain synth sounds, mixes and parts more. Like, every part you record could be the last one of your life.

The ARP 2600 is awesome and I wish I could own one. In fact, I wish I could own every classic monosynth. I'm more of a poly guy anyway, although in our multi-tracking DAW age monophonic synthesizers work just as well for me.

Speaking of awesome monosynths, Soviet synthesizers are rarely talked about:




DDD, Thursday, 30 January 2014 13:12 (seven years ago) link

i was digital only for a few years but i'm getting into using analog synths more and more. it's baby steps, but i've been using a Microbrute (running straight audio) and i just got the Korg Volca Keys (controlled via MIDI).

i know a lot of dudes who are more into messing around with old gear and than they are into making records and i never want to be that, so i'm just getting hardware when i'm having a specific sound that i'm not satisfied with the digital version of.

speaking of, i really do think they both have their place...soft synths can sometimes cut through a mix much more easily.

haven't messed around with FM synthesis yet but i really want to, probably going to get NI FM8 to learn on.

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 30 January 2014 14:01 (seven years ago) link

"Always appreciate all kinds of synths and syntheses." - Synthfucius

Speaking of digital synths and new purchases - I'm about to get a Yamaha AN1x for 250 €. Way underrated VA synth in my opinion. And even if I don't need its sounds I can use it as a MIDI controller with velocity and aftertouch and whatnot.

Jordan, I agree with you re: creating music vs. farting around, but making bloopy shit can be fun and even cathartic sometimes.

DDD, Thursday, 30 January 2014 14:08 (seven years ago) link

Anyone get a Microbrute? Looks pretty sweet, especially for the price.

I use a Prodigy that someone in our practice space owns, and I love it, but the newer Moog stuff is $$.

I also just bought Korg Gadget for my iPad mini, which is pretty neat. I cannot find a software synth that comes close to sounding as good as the Prodigy, though.

schwantz, Thursday, 30 January 2014 17:41 (seven years ago) link

Whoops just saw your post Jordan. What do you think of the Microbrute? Can you get big, squelchy sounds out of it?

schwantz, Thursday, 30 January 2014 17:42 (seven years ago) link

i loooove it, and yes. mostly i've been using it for thick saw basslines and square-ish leads, and lfo chaos. it's very intuitive imo.

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 30 January 2014 17:44 (seven years ago) link

Awesome. I think I'm gonna get one. I wish it had another octave, and full-size keys, but other than that it looks sweet.

schwantz, Thursday, 30 January 2014 17:45 (seven years ago) link

Unfortunately my main keyboard (Nord Electro) does not have pitch/mod wheels.

schwantz, Thursday, 30 January 2014 17:46 (seven years ago) link

Also, I got to play a Jupiter 8 on our latest record, and DAMN that is fun to play.

schwantz, Thursday, 30 January 2014 17:48 (seven years ago) link

Does anybody want to recommended sites or tutorials for gaining a practical understanding of synthesis? All I do is play with free VST synths at this point and I get the basics but I want to have a better handle on it.

L'Haim, to life (St3ve Go1db3rg), Thursday, 30 January 2014 18:11 (seven years ago) link

Also own a Microbrute - it's brilliant. The minikeys aren't as shitty as on the MicroKorg, allowing you play quite smoothly. And it can do anything from exquisite to big and squelchy.

DDD, Thursday, 30 January 2014 18:13 (seven years ago) link

St3ve, check out the Synth Secrets series, should teach you a bit (start from the bottom): http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/allsynthsecrets.htm

DDD, Thursday, 30 January 2014 18:13 (seven years ago) link

Oh yeah, I had started in on those Synth Secrets articles but gotten sidetracked, thanks for reminding me.

L'Haim, to life (St3ve Go1db3rg), Thursday, 30 January 2014 18:39 (seven years ago) link

i've had the most luck looking on youtube for either the VST i'm working with or general synthesis tutorials.

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 30 January 2014 18:55 (seven years ago) link

what are your favorite synths for bass sounds? that's the #1 thing I'm lacking right now. I've got an Oberheim Matrix 6 (I finally got it fixed!) which makes some really lovely & mellow sounds, and I also recently bought an MS-20 Mini but haven't done anything too ambitious with it yet.

charitable remainder unitrust (crüt), Thursday, 30 January 2014 19:01 (seven years ago) link

the Matrix isn't very good for heavy tweaking on the fly though

charitable remainder unitrust (crüt), Thursday, 30 January 2014 19:02 (seven years ago) link

read that as heavy twerking on the fly

bilbo bobbins (how's life), Thursday, 30 January 2014 19:03 (seven years ago) link

uhm, I think your MS-20 mini should be able to produce some great bass sounds, although I personally don't like the KORG Sound, it's just too.. "crispy" and "defined" for my taste.

DDD, Thursday, 30 January 2014 21:04 (seven years ago) link

The MS-20 is a fabulous bass synth, probably the best currently-available combo going, in that regard? I always forget about it! So great.

tony...ahar...ding (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 30 January 2014 21:40 (seven years ago) link

yay for fixed matrix!

my fave bass machines are juno 60 & pro one

i'm in a snit with vintage machines at the moment though since my really fucking expensive prophet 5 hasn't worked at all since i got midi installed

föllakzoidberg (electricsound), Thursday, 30 January 2014 21:41 (seven years ago) link

Vintage synths can be so uncompromising, that's why I like them

DDD, Thursday, 30 January 2014 22:02 (seven years ago) link

Well, until they stop working of course.

DDD, Thursday, 30 January 2014 22:02 (seven years ago) link

ha. it wouldn't hurt so much if it didn't sound so incredible when it's working

föllakzoidberg (electricsound), Thursday, 30 January 2014 22:12 (seven years ago) link

Speaking of vintage synths, I just realized how much 70's and 80's library music has this sci-fi synth soundscape thing going on:


DDD, Thursday, 30 January 2014 22:41 (seven years ago) link

So many broken synthesizers. ;_;

emil.y, Thursday, 30 January 2014 22:45 (seven years ago) link

Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Synths

DDD, Friday, 31 January 2014 10:18 (seven years ago) link

Actually I'm wondering: Has anyone here played a Synclavier?

DDD, Friday, 31 January 2014 10:20 (seven years ago) link

no, but if i did i would make it say jammin on the one

föllakzoidberg (electricsound), Friday, 31 January 2014 10:55 (seven years ago) link

I am fascinated/curious about what makes people say this or that synth is good for particular applications, or how to to understand the different character of different synths besides the dry technical details about oscillators and such. e.g. electricsound says he likes the Juno 60 for bass sounds but for whatever reason I associate Juno 60s more with string pads and like mini Moogs or Korg SH101s with bass sounds? Maybe those are just more obvious cliches?

L'Haim, to life (St3ve Go1db3rg), Friday, 31 January 2014 15:27 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, it's interesting since I always thought synths to be sonic all-rounders, even with their various configurations and designs. But maybe some people like the sonic capabilites of, let's say, an ARP Odyssey more than the capabilites of a Minimoog in terms of bass/lead/pad?/... sounds.

DDD, Friday, 31 January 2014 15:37 (seven years ago) link

personally when i say the 60 is good for bass it is because it has nice snappy envelopes and very tight but not wooly low end. it can do string pads well too though, it it a p amazing machine tbh. i appreciate it even more now after five years than i did in my initial rushes of excitement when i first got it

föllakzoidberg (electricsound), Friday, 31 January 2014 22:22 (seven years ago) link

also i have never played a minimoog or sh101

föllakzoidberg (electricsound), Friday, 31 January 2014 22:25 (seven years ago) link

i need to step up my pad game

festival culture (Jordan), Friday, 31 January 2014 22:42 (seven years ago) link

One day I'll type out my synth adventures but not today. I own a lot of synths. Maybe I will type it. Here we go.

Juno-106 - great entry level synth. Start here and end here if you plan to own house or children. Only issue is that the oscillators like to burn out, and replacing them involves ordering chips and soldering.

Juno-Alpha - teeny tiny, the B is velocity sensitive, super light, super durable, mine got the shit kicked out of it and it still works. There is a cool fifth- and sixth-stage on the envelopes, it's like an ADADSR, so you can make stuttery sounds. It is a pain to program. I bought a PG-300 (the programmer) from a guy who was looking at me like I was a sucker and then I sold it to somebody and understood what a sucker looks like. This takes a little effort to program properly but it's easier than a DX-7. It's good if you're somebody who needs to travel light.

Juno-60 - I think it's this one that has the miracle arpeggiator. Any time I want to do something arpeggiated I borrow one of these guys. I have never owned one but I use them a tonne. It receives clock in so you can send it pulses from Logic using beat mapper to live drum takes and have the arpeggiation stay in time. It also has CV-out so you can double it up with an ARP or a Minimoog. The "ensemble" function is famous and it sounds good, I never felt comfortable using it because any time I turn it on it's like "oh, that sound". This is a great synth and I'd own one except that I own a Jupiter 8.

Jupiter-8 - a weird synth. It's hella expensive, I bought it with a film score budget for a sci-fi movie. It is heavy (a two-person lift, really) and runs hot. The envelopes are too mushy to be really useful for percussion but they are good for bass and pads. I was working on a film where the director hated synthesizers, and he came by the house and kept asking for any noodles to be removed, he just wanted lame-ass indie piano/ukelele plunky-plunks. The Jupiter was the one exception, he loved the Jupiter. It does sound otherworldly, like The Best Synth Ever! But its arpeggiator sucks, it can't be controlled without MIDIfying it (and the kits are poorly reviewed so I haven't done it), it's not particularly routable, and it's too heavy and expensive to really be useful in any home studio. Mine is out on semi-permanent loan to a friend's studio until I get my own space for it, which will probably never happen. I don't know what to do with it, it's kind of like having a convertible in the garage.

Nords - they sound bad. There is something in that frequency spectrum that drives me crazy. Their pianos and organs sound "realistic" without sounding good, and they never sound good in a band. Nord synths are slightly better but still bad-sounding. All that said, I travel with and play a Nord Wave because it's light, it samples, the FM synths sound good, it's got built-in delay and reverb. You have to wrestle hard with these synths to make them sound good but the lightness, durability and usability makes it work it.

Nord Modular - especially these ones. Capable of sounding unbearably good. This is a DSP-run synth where you built a virtual modular on your PC and upload it into the hardware. Like, you drag and drop your modules on to an environment and connect them with patch cords. Super steep learning curve and, like other Nords, sounds terrible 99% of the time, but it worth it for that 1%. I am a thief, not a programmer, I download other people's architectures and tweak them. I have a Memorymoog clone on mine that is so precise in its emulation that it's uncanny. My Nord Modular is my DX-7 and my drum machine, what a great synth. Any time I need to do a shitty film score real quick I turn it on and the score is done.

ARP 2600 - my favourite synth ever, and the only one I use on recordings that I want to be proud of. It never sounds bad. The envelopes are enormously flexible, the CV modulation is amazing, you can build anything and get absolutely lost in creating self-generating patches. Sometimes if I have a houseguest I make a seagull + seashore patch and put it in their room. The spring is noisy but is fun to route sound through it and then back into other things. I am sending mine in to a synth spa in Savannah to get the ring modulator repaired and the connections tricked out. There is no HPF so you have to figure that out if you want to make hi-hats. There is no MIDI, but I use a lightpipe-to-CV converter; the added control of the Silent Way plug-ins is miraculous. I wish I was at home playing with this synth right now. Todd Terje says that the Cwejman S1 is just as good, better in other ways, and less expensive and that he's been using that these days instead of his ARP.

Mutable Instruments - I have a Shruthi and an Ambika. They are both totally awesome but I haven't found a use for either of them just yet.

I have a modular, too. I've lost a week of my life into creating beautiful, useless music with it, but haven't cracked it yet, made it feel like an instrument. I'll type about it another time.

flamboyant goon tie included, Saturday, 1 February 2014 00:26 (seven years ago) link

the 106 is weird, i can't stand the results i get from playing one, but other people seem to be able to coax really nice things out of it

föllakzoidberg (electricsound), Saturday, 1 February 2014 00:33 (seven years ago) link

Nice to see the Timecops using a Volca Keys to monitor Loki! pic.twitter.com/FsiuVA9Yhq

— Matt Colville? (@mattcolville) April 5, 2021

na (NA), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 00:06 (five months ago) link

Must not have been able to borrow the Eventide rack unit from Contact.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 03:10 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

so i got a korg microsynth and it seems pretty rad so far but i need some insight from somebody who can put things into understandable language. it's my first experience trying to do anything with a synth so i've found other forums and help guides just add more confusion at this point because i literally don't know what some of the language means and the definitions don't help explaining the questions i have.

in a lot of the patches (which i don't even known if i'm using that term correctly), there's effects already on the sound and i've been able to navigate around and tweak fairly well but i've run into two issues:

1— sometimes the knobs indicate that they should control a parameter, but turning them does nothing. the display changes text, but the actual sound remains the same. in some banks, certain knobs don't do anything and they're not supposed to — fine. i'm referring to when all signs indicate the knob should change a parameter, but it doesn't. what gives?

2— on some patches, there seems to be like a filter running at all times. i'll play some notes and it'll be nice and booming and exactly what i want, but then it feels like it's cycling through a filter (or something?) and it'll reach the other end of the filter and everything just becomes weak and stunted. i've gone through all of the effects and tried to turn them off, or least set them to as subtle as possible. but it still does it! i mainly got the microsynth for basslines and that really sucks when i'm in a groove and then all of a sudden, it's like the volume got turned down and all of the dynamics are gone. until the filter (or whatever) cycles back around.

it was a floor model, so maybe i just need to do a factory reset?

kinda feel like a dumbass rn ngl

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 29 April 2021 00:17 (four months ago) link

2 sounds like a very slow LFO is modulating the filter

Joe Bombin (milo z), Thursday, 29 April 2021 00:20 (four months ago) link

1 - Sometimes if you have a big envelope modulating something (like the filter), changing the filter won't seem to work.

DJI, Thursday, 29 April 2021 00:48 (four months ago) link

Or maybe there is a very slight unison in place causing that very slow beating effect

covidsbundlertanze op. 6 (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 29 April 2021 01:17 (four months ago) link

*very slight detune I meant to say

covidsbundlertanze op. 6 (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 29 April 2021 01:17 (four months ago) link


Joe Bombin (milo z), Sunday, 2 May 2021 17:54 (four months ago) link

That guy's pretty annoying but I didn't think the Colossus actually existed for sale, that it was just a proof of concept deal for Analogue Solutions.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Sunday, 2 May 2021 17:56 (four months ago) link

26k pounds + 2k pounds for delivery to the US FYI

Joe Bombin (milo z), Sunday, 2 May 2021 17:57 (four months ago) link

that's a beautiful machine, but i am a dilettante who values the convenience of patch recall so i will continue to use the Zebra2 VST contentedly ^O^

davey, Monday, 3 May 2021 09:03 (four months ago) link

change display name (Jordan) at 12:58 17 Mar 21
I wonder if the best solution would be getting a Volca FM (or another small synth like a Yamaha Reface CS, or one of the other Refaces, or the Roland boutique series, a Minilogue or another Volca, etc) and controlling it with a cheap full-size midi keyboard? I think anything with a full-size keyboard (Nord, Sequential Circuits, etc) and serious onboard synthesis starts to cost $$$$$.
Although back a few generations I used to have an Alesis Ion digital synth that was full-size, it was ok, wish I still had it.
Ended up going this route, although with a Reface CP instead of a synth. Almost went with the CS because I did have visions of myself Wendy Carlosing my way through Minuet in G. Ultimately decided that having something with actual piano sounds would be much more tolerable for myself and those around me as I stumble towards those goals.

Did pair it a Novation Launchkey so there's room to expand if I do want to buy some synth modules down the line or make the switch to vsts.

Thanks everyone for your help!

peace, man, Monday, 3 May 2021 10:11 (four months ago) link

loving the new filters on the Hive2 update

davey, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 14:31 (four months ago) link

Cool! I've been loving the Reface CP too, it's just such a pleasurable sound for learning tunes. Haven't recorded it much, although it does record well.

I keep meaning to get more into the u-he synths since people seem to like them so much, but right now I'm still committed to getting as much as I can out of NI Razor (and will possibly dive into the user-created Reaktor rabbit hole and never come out, who knows).

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 15:04 (four months ago) link

I love how much everyone loves the Refaces. They're such a sleeper hit. I love my DX. It's like, they're all digital and they have these little keyboards and you'd think they'd be terrible but they did everything right. Just the right simple interfaces, great sound, great price, easy to use etc. They should make a super Reface with a normal keyboard and all 4 models stuck in it.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 16:40 (four months ago) link

been messing around with this li'l vocal synth from Klevgränd. good fun.


davey, Thursday, 6 May 2021 08:51 (four months ago) link

Ooh that looks fun, ty

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 6 May 2021 14:55 (four months ago) link

One of my early pandemic purchases was a Reface YC and I absolutely love it.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 21:53 (four months ago) link

NGL, kinda regret selling my Reface CS to fund the Microfreak...the MF is an excellent instrument and I love it, but the CS was incredibly useful for virtual analog sounds. Really nice keys for a mini-synth too. Oh well!

feed me with your chips (zchyrs), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 17:36 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Anyone have any good ideas for a drum machine? I don't care about having a sequencer (I just got an SL Mk3, which has a really good sequencer), just something that can load lots of sounds. I currently have a Drum Brute, but I just don't love the way it sounds. I'm thinking of waiting for the Circuit Rhythm, but wanted to get y'all's opinion.

DJI, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 16:19 (three months ago) link

Would be nice to be able to load loops into it too.

DJI, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 16:20 (three months ago) link


dan selzer, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 16:38 (three months ago) link

What about Voca sample?

DJI, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 16:44 (three months ago) link

Volca Sample

DJI, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 16:45 (three months ago) link

I like my Digitakt but a large part of that is the sequencing workflow. If you want analogue drums, the new DRM1 MKIV from Vermona might be worth a look.

Scampo di tutti i Scampi (ShariVari), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 16:46 (three months ago) link

I have a Volca Sample and it’s ok but I think the Volca Drum sounds better.

Scampo di tutti i Scampi (ShariVari), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 16:47 (three months ago) link

The new Volca Sample with USB file transfer hasn't really released yet I don't think (I've had one backordered with ZZounds since January).

Joe Bombin (milo z), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 21:46 (three months ago) link

That's the one I'm thinking about.

DJI, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 21:49 (three months ago) link

I also realized that the noise generator on my Drumbrute died. Apparently it's a known issue. Hopefully they will replace the voice board for me, even though it's a few years old.

DJI, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 21:51 (three months ago) link

Roland TR-8S maybe? Different price class but it can load samples plus you get the modeled Roland drum sounds.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 21:52 (three months ago) link

Looks cool, but yeah - I think I'm looking for lower-cost. I have my computer for more production-oriented stuff.

DJI, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 22:20 (three months ago) link

Preordered the Behringer 909 clone today

Joe Bombin (milo z), Thursday, 3 June 2021 01:03 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

speaking of roland X0X boxes, are there any software emulators that are nearly as good (and not as stupidly pricey) as D16's stuff?


davey, Sunday, 20 June 2021 23:10 (two months ago) link

The Roland cloud versions are all available cracked if you don’t mind piracy.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Monday, 21 June 2021 03:48 (two months ago) link

thank u milo.... i'm wary of the open web, and that's not on the private tracker i use, but plz do email me if u can recommend a site <3

davey, Monday, 21 June 2021 04:07 (two months ago) link

tbh, I live dangerously and just got the Roland Cloud stuff off of rutracker.org. The only one I kept was the JV-5080, which has made me thirsty for a late '80s/early '90s rompler.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Thursday, 24 June 2021 01:58 (two months ago) link

This is only synth-adjacent, and perhaps is better-suited to the VSTs thread, but: I just copped Koala Sampler for Android (it's also on iOS) and it's maybe the best $4 I've ever spent. It's incredibly immediate and rewarding, and it runs on my dinky Motorola phone. Truly we do live in the future.

feed me with your chips (zchyrs), Thursday, 24 June 2021 22:38 (two months ago) link

one month passes...


Joe Bombin (milo z), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 02:13 (one month ago) link

New tactile synth from Soma, I want one

Joe Bombin (milo z), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 02:13 (one month ago) link

me too. i love my Lyra and this would be a great companion

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 20:02 (one month ago) link

Ooh, that looks like so much fun, esp with midi or a controller. I'm scared to look at the price.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 21:07 (one month ago) link

Yeah that's outside the range of what I will allow myself to pay for a synth. Looks sick though.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 21:10 (one month ago) link

Yeah a friend of mine shared it last week and I was with him on it till I saw the price. I think I can do the same to a degree with my Dirty Electronics bits and bobs.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 21:24 (one month ago) link

Juno is listing it for £455, which seems pretty reasonable.

Scampo di tutti i Scampi (ShariVari), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 21:42 (one month ago) link

Ok, that's about a third of what it was listed at the beginning of last week.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 22:15 (one month ago) link

Got my MRCC this week, and so far, it's pretty nice. I can filter stop/starts to each device, only route certain gear to other gear, etc. Right now I have it basically used as a big MIDI thru/splitter for my SL MK3. Next I need to have a USB preset for use with the computer. And then maybe I'll go back and make a preset for controlling everything with my Circuit. I also think it will be fun to be able to record things from my various keyboards into the SL, rather than having to sit in front of the SL all the time.

DJI, Tuesday, 3 August 2021 21:28 (one month ago) link

in similar news, haven't read enough to see how this compares, but Kenton's got a MIDI patch bay/filter/splitter thing coming out:


dan selzer, Tuesday, 3 August 2021 21:36 (one month ago) link

I saw that! Seems like a ripoff :)

DJI, Tuesday, 3 August 2021 21:41 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

I'm borrowing a Microwave XT and it's so gnarly, born to make dystopian sci-fi soundtracks.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Friday, 20 August 2021 05:35 (four weeks ago) link

three weeks pass...

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