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by commodorejohn
Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Artist Discussion
Topic: Tull - Passion Play synth(s) ?
Replies: 16
Views: 252

Re: Tull - Passion Play synth(s) ?

Part of that's in the deployment, too, I think - they don't really use them for Floyd-style effects-'n-pads stuff or Wakeman-ey noodly solos so much as like specialty pieces in an orchestra, in my observation. Just something to accent what the rest of the music is doing in such-and-such a way, here ...
by commodorejohn
Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?
Replies: 21
Views: 279

Re: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?

Okay, good to know.
by commodorejohn
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:25 am
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?
Replies: 21
Views: 279

Re: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?

Thanks for the warnings ahead of time. Curious about the PCBs, though - as far as I can tell it pretty much looks like single-sided bare solder traces sitting atop the PCB, so I'm unclear on how it would be possible to "ruin" them (as compared to more complex boards where you can pull up the traces ...
by commodorejohn
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?
Replies: 21
Views: 279

Re: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?

Those 'wires' are actually Mill-Max .040 dia pins. They may be used with Mill-Max sockets designed for .040 pins. Just wanted to run this by you since you seem to have a little more familiarity with the subject than I do. Based on the datasheets, it looks to me like this socket and this pin should ...
by commodorejohn
Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?
Replies: 21
Views: 279

Re: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?

Well, I've already got Synthchaser's recap/mod kit, so I might as well do it the more conventional way. Nice trick, though!
by commodorejohn
Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?
Replies: 21
Views: 279

Re: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?

Thanks - I thought they seemed familiar, but having a name to put to it gives me something to go on - might have to have a look at Mouser. Pluggable would be good, although I'd also have to rig up some kind of little slip-in mount for the board on the bottom of the case. Room enough for it, though! ...
by commodorejohn
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?
Replies: 21
Views: 279

Re: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?

Well, having a quiet weekend with nothing on the docket thanks to ongoing world events, I started in on recapping the Omni this afternoon. Thing I like: single-layer PCBs with plain solder traces means it's much less nerve-wracking to work on than fancier boards. Thing I hate with the fury of a thou...
by commodorejohn
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Production Techniques
Topic: Thicker sounding attack on kicks (techniques)
Replies: 15
Views: 330

Re: Thicker sounding attack on kicks (techniques)

challenge yourself to make drums out of pure white noise. It's an excellent way to learn ALL the tools at your disposal - and which do the most. I'll second this, but I'd generalize and just say: learn to make drum sounds, period. Drum machines and pre-baked modules are all well and good, but at le...
by commodorejohn
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: SH3a CV issue.
Replies: 5
Views: 108

Re: SH3a CV issue.

Yeah, this was one of the reasons I gave up on using a Keystep as a cheap CV converter.
by commodorejohn
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Synthesis Techniques
Topic: Synthesizing a Sneeze
Replies: 4
Views: 176

Re: Synthesizing a Sneeze

Off the top of my head, I'd say the full-windpipe component (AHHH-HOOO) could be done pretty easily with white noise running through a resonant HPF -> LPF chain - both of them sweeping upward a bit during the attack phase, the LPF less emphatically than the HPF, and both decaying back down at about ...
by commodorejohn
Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Are VCFs better for percussive sounds than VCOs?
Replies: 37
Views: 2102

Re:

percussion is not all sine drum sounds. use noise for more variation (a noise module or synthesize it using multiple square waves) As long as we're reviving, this bears repeating. You can do so much more with synthesized drum sounds than just punching the listener in the eardrum with one single fre...
by commodorejohn
Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: opinions on SEM and Dark Enegery II as first desktop synth?
Replies: 15
Views: 1353

Re: opinions on SEM and Dark Enegery II as first desktop synth?

I've been kicking myself for getting rid of my SEM ever since I did it, so there's that. That said, it is a bit limited, and the patch-panel edition, while neat, really needs to be part of a more comprehensive modular setup if you want to do anything with it besides what you can do with the vanilla ...
by commodorejohn
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Moog Matriarch 70’s Stringer sounds?
Replies: 5
Views: 330

Re: Moog Matriarch 70's Stringer sounds?

Yeah, "saw + chorus" is just a first-order approximation - the waveform produced by even an ideal array-of-octave-dividers is a stepped sawtooth at best (limited by how many octaves you want to generate/gang up,) and most real stringers filter the result to one extent or another. It's all down to ho...
by commodorejohn
Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: What new booty did you buy?
Replies: 6972
Views: 553588

Re: What new booty did you buy?

mutierend wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:34 pm
Not sure about the Wavestate yet.
Be careful, I hear they collapse as soon as you open the box.
by commodorejohn
Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?
Replies: 21
Views: 279

Re: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?

After some consideration, I'm just gonna pick up the made-to-order replacements from Synthchaser. A look under the hood this afternoon showed that all the boards are in good shape, so there's no sense dropping an extra $80 on the LED/PCB upgrade kit, and the switches are all functional but dirty, so...
by commodorejohn
Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Moog Matriarch 70’s Stringer sounds?
Replies: 5
Views: 330

Re: Moog Matriarch 70’s Stringer sounds?

Pretty much any polysynth can do stringer-esque sounds when sawtooth waves are combined with a nice lush chorus effect, which is mostly what the vintage articles are anyway. That said, the Matriarch doesn't seem like an especially apt choice - if I'm reading the rundown correctly, it has only four V...
by commodorejohn
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: What new booty did you buy?
Replies: 6972
Views: 553588

Re: What new booty did you buy?

The RS-09 is a nice little machine, but the vibe is totally different; it doesn't have that ultra-thick, shimmery Solina chorus on the strings, it's more like a faint pre-echo of the Juno chorus or something.
by commodorejohn
Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?
Replies: 21
Views: 279

Re: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?

But I see that you can get those individually, so maybe it's more economical to just replace those and salvage the rest while I'm at it...hmm. ...he said, having recalled seeing that Syntaur stocked them but not what the pricetag was...jeezus. Yeah, at these prices it looks like I may as well eithe...
by commodorejohn
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?
Replies: 21
Views: 279

Re: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?

The plastic shafts are the main argument against bothering to clean/repair them, I think...at least one is already disintegrating, and none of the others feel too sturdy. But I see that you can get those individually, so maybe it's more economical to just replace those and salvage the rest while I'm...
by commodorejohn
Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?
Replies: 21
Views: 279

Re: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?

Yaugh! You ain't kiddin'!

Thanks for the info...gonna have to have a think on strategy here. At those prices, almost seems like it'd be cheaper to rig up a stripboard with modern replacements and compatible wiring...
by commodorejohn
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?
Replies: 21
Views: 279

ARP Omni 2 - slide pots?

So I picked up an Omni, which I'm quite happy with, but unfortunately it's seriously in need of TLC - all the sliders are damn near completely seized up, and some of the cheapo plastic shafts are breaking on top of that. Additionally, some of the switches are unresponsive. I'm considering strategies...
by commodorejohn
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: What new booty did you buy?
Replies: 6972
Views: 553588

Re: What new booty did you buy?

Sent my RS-09 on to a better home the other day and put the proceeds towards an ARP Omni. Looking forward to getting it :D omni.jpg Picked it up today after some wrangling with FedEx (signature confirmation is all well and good, but would it kill them to do those deliveries during hours when everyo...
by commodorejohn
Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Artist Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Electric Piano Tracks
Replies: 27
Views: 680

Re: Your Favorite Electric Piano Tracks

Funny for being off a bassist's solo album, but the part that sticks with me the most aobut this track is definitely the Rhodes riff:
by commodorejohn
Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Music Tech DIY
Topic: please delete
Replies: 20
Views: 770

Re: google claims ownership of intellectual property

Xomrys wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:02 am
the word doesn't stand for what's there, but stands in for what is not there.
Ahaha, well put.
by commodorejohn
Sun Mar 08, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: What new booty did you buy?
Replies: 6972
Views: 553588

Re: What new booty did you buy?

Sent my RS-09 on to a better home the other day and put the proceeds towards an ARP Omni. Looking forward to getting it :D

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