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by Blairio
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Korg Arp 2600 Arrival Date
Replies: 160
Views: 6295

Re: Korg Arp 2600 Arrival Date

Midi is not just about DAWs triggering parts. I never mentioned DAWs. My mistake, I took the 'robot' as in your comment " having a robot play a saxophone " to mean a computer program. I tend to think in a live performance setup. The Octatrack and Deluge are just computer programs I guess. I’m wrong...
by Blairio
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Korg Arp 2600 Arrival Date
Replies: 160
Views: 6295

Re: Korg Arp 2600 Arrival Date

Divinital_ wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:28 am
Blairio wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:26 am
Midi is not just about DAWs triggering parts.
I never mentioned DAWs.
My mistake, I took the 'robot' as in your comment "having a robot play a saxophone" to mean a computer program.
by Blairio
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Korg Arp 2600 Arrival Date
Replies: 160
Views: 6295

Re: Korg Arp 2600 Arrival Date

We are talking about two different things here: The reproduction of the classic 2600 and about the possibilities with the additional MIDI implementation as a “modern” bonus (to me a data protocol from 1983 is not something smoking modern, I’m prepared to consider 37 years old synthstuff as “vintage...
by Blairio
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Korg Arp 2600 Arrival Date
Replies: 160
Views: 6295

Re: Korg Arp 2600 Arrival Date

We are talking about two different things here: The reproduction of the classic 2600 and about the possibilities with the additional MIDI implementation as a “modern” bonus (to me a data protocol from 1983 is not something smoking modern, I’m prepared to consider 37 years old synthstuff as “vintage...
by Blairio
Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Korg Arp 2600 Arrival Date
Replies: 160
Views: 6295

Re: Korg Arp 2600 Arrival Date

I get that people want to use sequencers, and yes, Korg pandered a bit to the market by putting a sequencer and an arpeggiator in the reproduction... but you literally DO NOT get to demand or expect these aspects in a recreation of a vintage synthesizer, and you CERTAINLY do not get to decry a fait...
by Blairio
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: most beautiful synthesizers
Replies: 96
Views: 2171

Re: most beautiful synthesizers

Pretty funny. This thread is rapidly becoming a catalog of every synth ever produced!! I don't think the BeatThang or Mopho desktop have been mentioned yet so we're probably safe. Mopho Desktop!!! OK, Mopho Keyboard version. An underrated and very capable mono synth, with tank-like build quality.
by Blairio
Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: most beautiful synthesizers
Replies: 96
Views: 2171

Re: most beautiful synthesizers

My 40 year old Korg MS10.

After that, a CS80.

To be honest I can't regard a synth as beautiful unless it sounds as well as looks beautiful, and is a joy to program and play.

Hence my two choices.
by Blairio
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Background electric noise problem
Replies: 59
Views: 1508

Re: Background electric noise problem

How about using a converter box? Yes, but none of the ones you listed. The reason being that they are all designed for consumer level interfacing as evidenced by the RCA phono inputs. I have used an ART Cleanbox 2 for a few years now to solve a noise issue between a Nord and my mixer. The Cleanbox ...
by Blairio
Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:32 am
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: The Psychological Effects Of Modular(?)
Replies: 75
Views: 3028

Re:

There were military experiments in 50s/60s around using infrasound as a weapon. I even remember seeing the BBC documentary about it maybe 45 years ago - soothing theta waves not! I got told by someone who knew them that one of the KLF did experiments on this in a workspace unit and found it worked ...
by Blairio
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: BLM (Blue Lantern) Steiner Diode Filter: just plain noisy or noisiest damn module in your rack?
Replies: 12
Views: 299

Re: BLM (Blue Lantern) Steiner Diode Filter: just plain noisy or noisiest damn module in your rack?

Perhaps there is a dry joint somewhere, or a flakey component. So the noise has got worse, not because you moved the filter to a different rack with a different power supply, but simply because you moved it and disturbed some borderline connection or component? I have a module with my local tech for...
by Blairio
Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: What does rock solid build quality mean to You?
Replies: 22
Views: 760

Re: What does rock solid build quality mean to You?

Most products are built to a budget, and the product designer has to understand the requirements capture for the product. With modular, sound quality is paramount. Who is going to buy a crap sounding VCO or filter? After that may come ergonomics (ease of use, how intuitive the controls are). For me ...
by Blairio
Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Favorite 80s rack mount digital reverb?
Replies: 20
Views: 346

Re: Favorite 80s rack mount digital reverb?

Yamaha SPX90. It is a multi FX, with good reverb and delay capabilities. However, it does not have much in the way of front panel controls.

For the OP's budget a decent Yamaha Rev 7 could be had, also a number of Zoom multi fx, and finally a Roland SDE2000 (Delay).
by Blairio
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:19 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Korg Volca Sample woes
Replies: 14
Views: 633

Re: Korg Volca Sample woes

I had similar problems, and I had all drum sounds except for one short Amen. The memory is very limited. You need to wipe everything, there is some file in Korg's manual section that explains how to do this. Also your drum samples need to be cut as short as possible, don't add ambience or unnecessa...
by Blairio
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Still looking for my PPG...
Replies: 35
Views: 1519

Re: Still looking for my PPG...

The new (and soon to be released in the UK) Korg Wavestate has 2gb of wavetables and samples, plus layers of modulation to keep you going for days. The original Wavestation AD had 2mb of wavetables and sounded like nothing before. The recent Sound On Sound has a good review of the Wavestate.
by Blairio
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: What is Your Composition Strategy?
Replies: 36
Views: 1947

Re:

I was 40 years old (this year) when I first understood that melody + bass are not enough, you need melody + bass + chords to make actual music.? No. You don’t. Harmony is completely unnecessary. I love it, but it’s the least important element in music. Listen to Hildegard of Bingen, or any Indian c...
by Blairio
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Recommendations for wall mounting synths
Replies: 15
Views: 489

Re: Recommendations for wall mounting synths

I don't know how heavy your synths are, but make sure your shelves or whatever are well anchored to the wall, especially if the wall is stud-partition rather than brick. I used to use free standing A-frame keyboard stands that could hold 4 synths. You couldn't really play the top or bottom keyboards...
by Blairio
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Help with Juno 106 Dead VCA
Replies: 9
Views: 145

Re: Help with Juno 106 Dead VCA

It would be worth checking whether there is a decent Tech in your area. I have a lot of older kit, and I can do the basics (like reflow dry joints), but after that I rely on my local Tech to help me keep my gear working. It is great when you find a Tech who specialises in e.g. Roland synths, but mos...
by Blairio
Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...
Replies: 110
Views: 2744

Re: Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...

For £500 I would sell my immaculate Yamaha Motif ES7 with Prophet VS and DX cards, and 512mb of sample memory. It would take the lucky purchaser 2 months just to get through the manuals, plus about the same time to enhance their upper body strength enough to lift the thing. But once they do.... More...
by Blairio
Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Still looking for my PPG...
Replies: 35
Views: 1519

Re: Still looking for my PPG...

@oldgearguy Well, well, well!!! Just as I thought I would never see another PPG Wave 2.3 with all the updates, there was your PPG Wave 2.3 which I can now happily say I will be the new proud owner :). The great part is that since we live in the area it will be available if you need it for something...
by Blairio
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Mackie Profx12V3
Replies: 5
Views: 170

Re: Mackie Profx12V3

I have used a Mackie 1402 VLZ for 22 years now. I use it for mixing synths before recording them into my Mac mini via an MOTU M4 interface. The 3 band EQ is fixed but musical, there are 2 aux send & returns, the mic preamps are quiet and have a decent amount of gain, and the channels will happily ac...
by Blairio
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Kawai K Series
Replies: 13
Views: 558

Re: Kawai K Series

The K5 is a completely different architecture from the others... it's an additive synthesis machine, that gives you control over the individual partials. It's incredibly powerful. The UI is complex and rather difficult to learn -- you have to remember what all of of those little individual dots on ...
by Blairio
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: BEST VCF at the moment ??
Replies: 61
Views: 2638

Re: BEST VCF at the moment ??

Perhaps given the the OP has only 104 HP to play about with, a filter no more than 4HP wide might be useful. The last filter I bought was the Electrosmith 2144, which is based on the re-issued SSM2044 filter IC. I chose it because: It sounds very smooth, with not too much lower frequency drop off at...
by Blairio
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Tips for fitting 2hp modules next to each other?
Replies: 29
Views: 804

Re: Tips for fitting 2hp modules next to each other?

I guess if space was tight, and power connector congestion was a problem, you could intersperse active 2HP wide modules with passive 2HP wide ones. My passive 2HP modules comprise a dual LPG (Meng Qi) , mult, and dual attenuator. I guess there could also be 2HP wide passive filters, switches, and so...
by Blairio
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Tips for fitting 2hp modules next to each other?
Replies: 29
Views: 804

Re: Tips for fitting 2hp modules next to each other?

I have a number of powered 2HP wide modules, from different vendors. In the days when I used to organise them next to each other in my rack, there were times I have had to run insulating tape down the sides of these so that there is not unintended contact between the circuitry of each. These days I ...
by Blairio
Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:55 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: ROMplers with 90s samples
Replies: 35
Views: 937

Re: ROMplers with 90s samples

I still have my Emu Proteus 1 with the InVision Protologic card. It still sounds pretty impressive now, and back in the day it really raised the bar in terms of 'affordable' access to a really good (Emulator 3) sample library. It missed a filter, but made up for it in other ways, such as three pairs...

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