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by BenJBX
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:19 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Recommend Hardware Compressor
Replies: 57
Views: 3625

Re: Recommend Hardware Compressor

TL Audio C1 is a good sounding and flexible stereo valve compressor for tracking hardware into a DAW. Those blue/grey TL Audio units are a good deal on the used market here in the UK. You can get a C1 for a few hundred quid. They were like a grand and half when they were new. I'd be tempted to grab ...
by BenJBX
Thu Feb 04, 2021 2:31 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Sheesh....
Replies: 34
Views: 1905

Re: Sheesh....

grizzleb wrote:
Wed Feb 03, 2021 6:14 pm
you would be surprised how many extremely ignorant people have more money in their pockets than they would have any way to reasonably spend.
And this is the root of it. They see it, they want it, they won't wait, and they have money so they pony up.
by BenJBX
Wed Feb 03, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Yamaha FS1R: such a nightmare to program? Editors?
Replies: 53
Views: 4251

Re: Yamaha FS1R: such a nightmare to program? Editors?

TX816, but thats really very different since each card (up to 8) was a fully independent synthesizer with no relation to the other 7. I use to have one with 5 TF1s and would sometime load a different random bank to each TF1, send the same program change to each, and play them all as a 5 synth layer...
by BenJBX
Wed Feb 03, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Yamaha FS1R: such a nightmare to program? Editors?
Replies: 53
Views: 4251

Re: Yamaha FS1R: such a nightmare to program? Editors?

You can also layer up to four sounds which I don't think any of the 80s DX synths will allow. DX I'm not sure, but the TX802 can layer up to 8 parts (of course with 8 parts, you only have 2 notes of polyphony). Also the SY77 (1989), TG77 (1990) and SY99 (1991) can do 4 FM layers. Yes you're right, ...
by BenJBX
Wed Feb 03, 2021 3:37 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Yamaha FS1R: such a nightmare to program? Editors?
Replies: 53
Views: 4251

Re: Yamaha FS1R: such a nightmare to program? Editors?

I'd argue that you won't outprogram the Yamaha engineers, and if they only came up with a number of useful presets which fit on one hand, you won't even manage that. Just being realistic here. You know, I was going to write a knee-jerk ranty reply to this but on reflection I have a degree of sympat...
by BenJBX
Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Vermona DRM-1 MKIII in the year 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 4601

Re: Vermona DRM-1 MKIII in the year 2020

I think the trigger inputs would be worth it if you're feeding them from a modular, due to all the unpredictability and experimentation that would bring; but just to sequence them via more traditional means, you're not really gaining anything over just using midi. You are though, because you can't ...
by BenJBX
Tue Feb 02, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Vermona DRM1 MKIII --> MKIV ?
Replies: 40
Views: 5109

Re: Vermona DRM1 MKIII --> MKIV ?

Actually let's bump this old tread! It's coming! I'm a big fan of vermona. Me too, 100%, but they are bloody eccentric. Over the long lifespan of the Mk III, I think any other manufacturer would have had the bright idea of putting a TR style sequencer on it and selling it for £800 or so. They would...
by BenJBX
Tue Feb 02, 2021 6:47 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Your Favorite Acquisitions in 2020
Replies: 184
Views: 7367

Re: Your Favorite Acquisitions in 2020

Merino wool socks and decent hiking shoes were most definitely the best thing I got myself in 2020. I hear this! A covid inspired move from city to country (Wales in my case) means I've also been spending a lot more time in the great outdoors and feeling loads better for it. After buying a ton of s...
by BenJBX
Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:53 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Yamaha FS1R: such a nightmare to program? Editors?
Replies: 53
Views: 4251

Re: Yamaha FS1R: such a nightmare to program? Editors?

I'm leaving this here as a heads up to anyone searching the forum in future, it seems neater that starting a dedicated new thread. My FS1r had been in storage for a few years, and when I got it back it had a low battery warning and a seriously weird MIDI bug where it only responded to every other MI...
by BenJBX
Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Oberheim Xpander and modern analogue synths
Replies: 146
Views: 4683

Re: Oberheim Xpander and modern analogue synths

A bit more info. The problem is happening on voice #2. I opened the synth and I see that all six voices are on one large PCB (I had remembered incorrectly, thinking it had 3 PCBs with 2 voices per board). So it's not possible to do any kind of hardware voice swapping to try to troubleshoot. Darn it...
by BenJBX
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:15 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Oberheim Xpander and modern analogue synths
Replies: 146
Views: 4683

Re: Oberheim Xpander and modern analogue synths

MisterJ wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:15 pm
Xpander service manual, if you need one.

https://manuals.fdiskc.com/flat/Oberhei ... Manual.pdf
Thanks for this!
by BenJBX
Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Oberheim Xpander and modern analogue synths
Replies: 146
Views: 4683

Re: Oberheim Xpander and modern analogue synths

Sir Ruff_Oberheim Matrix-12 patches.zip Thanks for sharing these! Can anyone here explain me how to save patches from my Xpander? Mine has a ton of very decent and good patches from the previous owner and wouldn't want to lose them. But still I'd also love to try out what Sir Ruff has come up with....
by BenJBX
Sun Jan 10, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Oberheim Xpander and modern analogue synths
Replies: 146
Views: 4683

Re: Oberheim Xpander and modern analogue synths

I've enjoyed reading this thread, some great info here. I bought an xpander a few years ago having wanted one forever, it's the only vintage synth I've ever paid serious dollar for (the rest have been lucky barn finds). And I absolutely love it, love programming on it, love the way it sounds. No one...
by BenJBX
Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Cheetah ms6
Replies: 10
Views: 1588

Yeah, I am :nana:

Got the cubase device panel installed and communicating with the hardware now. Realising how much more I'm going to use and enjoy this synth now that I don't have to lie flat on my belly on the studio floor to program it :lol:
by BenJBX
Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Cheetah ms6
Replies: 10
Views: 1588

http://www.maad.net/ms6/firmware_upgrade.html Read it! I did, but it doesn't say how to tell if the V1.3 firmware is installed. As the coffee kicked in though, I realised I should just configure a MIDI control to CC#52, point it at the MS6 and see if it did indeed modulate the filter cutoff. And it...
by BenJBX
Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Cheetah ms6
Replies: 10
Views: 1588

Bump on this from me. This morning I woke up, had a strong cup of coffee and finally began the much delayed task of setting up a MIDI device panel in cubase to control my MS6. Does anyone know if Kristofer Maad is still selling the V1.3 firmware eproms from his site? I have emailed the address on th...
by BenJBX
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Today my small discovery was...
Replies: 1179
Views: 115679

I learned how to use a single channel of blinds to scale and offset LFO signals to use with unipolar modulation inputs. The previous method I used tied up 2 channels. I also learned that you can get a perfectly acceptable kick drum by putting an unprocessed clock pulse into a self oscillating filte...
by BenJBX
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Today my small discovery was...
Replies: 1179
Views: 115679

I learned how to use a single channel of blinds to scale and offset LFO signals to use with unipolar modulation inputs. The previous method I used tied up 2 channels. I also learned that you can get a perfectly acceptable kick drum by putting an unprocessed clock pulse into a self oscillating filter...
by BenJBX
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Monitors
Replies: 280
Views: 23365

I purchased a pair of PMC TB2s almost a decade ago and can't imagine needing another pair of main speakers, really. I'm so used to how they sound. At times I've been tempted by a pair of the floorstanding equivalent FB1s but not in any serious way. If I had an extra room and an extra grand cash flo...
by BenJBX
Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Synths for pads
Replies: 67
Views: 4036

The AN1x was one of the first generation virtual analogues but it is 100% digital and sounds like it. No one with ears will ever think it's an OBX or a memorymoog partially because it was modeled after a prophet 5 :hihi: Thanks, I didn't know that! I've never used a prophet 5, I have a pro one thou...
by BenJBX
Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Clocking/Slaving External Gear to DAW (Master Clock)
Replies: 8
Views: 706

I use a multiclock to sync my midi gear and a few bits of dinsync. It also controls the koma komplex via ERM's modular whip interface plug. After a bit of experimentation I got a RYO OR/NOR module to get the transport control signal in the right format for the komplex, now it works great. The big ad...
by BenJBX
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: What is the new modular spirit?
Replies: 178
Views: 14113

Apologies for dragging Noise Engineering into this - they design some super nice modules, and I want to get a few more of them eventually. But their naming conventions and panel design, while it's a format I really like, is quite likely intentionally confusing to the casual bystander. I got an atar...
by BenJBX
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Struggling to nail synth sounds I like - selling gear...
Replies: 4
Views: 664

Track your pad parts several times through delay and modulation fx, change the fx settings slightly between each take, then pan all the parts differently in your DAW and add more FX on the mix bus. You can automate levels of each part too. Overdrive a few of the parts when you record to get a harsh ...
by BenJBX
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Synths for pads
Replies: 67
Views: 4036

The AN1x was one of the first generation virtual analogues but it is 100% digital and sounds like it. No one with ears will ever think it's an OBX or a memorymoog. It's glassy synthetic vibe is part of its appeal IMHO. I almost never use it without putting it through some kind of analogue filtering ...
by BenJBX
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Synths for pads
Replies: 67
Views: 4036

I got a Cheetah MS6 for fairly reasonable money a few years ago and I use that a lot for pads, often layered up with an AN1x. outboard fx choice and mixing/layering can make good pads really shine. Not a massive fan of very digital sounding soundscapey pads from the wavestation etc. I am thinking of...

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