What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?

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Re: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?

Post by numan7 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:35 am

Slothrop wrote:
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:33 am
I don't really see how this applies to one person deciding to keep expanding their modular, unless there's a point where the system gets so complex that it starts ordering new modules for itself without human intervention...
:tu: i kind of suspect my system started doing that a while ago.


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Re: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?

Post by 3hands » Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:04 am

numan7 wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:35 am
Slothrop wrote:
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:33 am
I don't really see how this applies to one person deciding to keep expanding their modular, unless there's a point where the system gets so complex that it starts ordering new modules for itself without human intervention...
:tu: i kind of suspect my system started doing that a while ago.


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Re: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?

Post by Licudi » Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:01 am

cornutt wrote:
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Licudi wrote:
Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:04 pm
Maybe we should throw in 'mission creep' as well.
With modulars, "mission creep" comes with the territory. :guinness: Seriously, that's kind of what a modular is for...
I disagree but then I built my small eurorack for a specific purpose. I admit I sometimes lost sight of that objective along the way...

Apologies to the OP as I suspect this topic had drifted from what he wanted to discuss.

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Re: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?

Post by PhineasFreak » Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:22 pm

3hands wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:04 am
numan7 wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:35 am
Slothrop wrote:
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:33 am
I don't really see how this applies to one person deciding to keep expanding their modular, unless there's a point where the system gets so complex that it starts ordering new modules for itself without human intervention...
:tu: i kind of suspect my system started doing that a while ago.


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That’s a fantastic excuse if your significant other asks!!!

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this ties in with my suspicion that the generative setup is going to sue me for royalties on the music it composed...
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Re: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?

Post by StillNotWorking » Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:03 pm

PhineasFreak wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:22 pm
this ties in with my suspicion that the generative setup is going to sue me for royalties on the music it composed...
When it does tell it someone beat it to it
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Re: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?

Post by Slothrop » Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:17 pm

Pelsea wrote:
Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:15 pm
I guess I was unclear in my use of critical mass. I was using it in the business sense, not the nuclear physics sense i.e. : a size, number, or amount large enough to produce a particular result. I just thought it would catch your eye.
Ah, that makes sense, yes.

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Re: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?

Post by Slothrop » Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:24 pm

Licudi wrote:
Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:04 pm
Maybe we should throw in 'mission creep' as well.
Yeah, this is definitely a thing. I don't have a modular in the conventional sense but where I started off getting a few pedals to make a bass guitar sound funny, I now seem to have a sort of self-contained ambient / noise rig involving a bunch of delay / looper / granular type pedals, a piezo noise box, a contact miked kalimba and a three-channel multipath mixer / router thing. Every step in the evolution of this setup made sense at the time, but it's definitely not where I expected to end up when I set out...

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Re: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?

Post by 3hands » Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:58 pm

PhineasFreak wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:22 pm
3hands wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:04 am
numan7 wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:35 am
Slothrop wrote:
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:33 am
I don't really see how this applies to one person deciding to keep expanding their modular, unless there's a point where the system gets so complex that it starts ordering new modules for itself without human intervention...
:tu: i kind of suspect my system started doing that a while ago.


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That’s a fantastic excuse if your significant other asks!!!

:)
this ties in with my suspicion that the generative setup is going to sue me for royalties on the music it composed...
Haha that actually made me laugh out loud! Thank you!!
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Re: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?

Post by monads » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:35 pm

Critical mass start.....

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Re: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?

Post by gruebleengourd » Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:24 am

I imagine there are a lot of people here are "into synthesizers" as much as "into music."
Critical mass for someone who is mostly "into synthesizers" would likely be where they tried out everything that they were curious about and is now content with what they have chosen and see most new modules as just some variation on something they've seen before or a shortcut to doing something they can already do anyhow.

Critical mass for someone who is mostly "into music" is a basic system that lets them create sounds for their music that they enjoy using. It could be a very small setup that gets changed out often to keep things diverse when making new works, but it needn't be a do it all, having experienced it all giant modular.

I fall somewhere in between and have 3 different "large" cases (270-300 hp) designed to be complex and complete instruments with different character/styles, a small control case that I can use with anyone of them, and an even smaller minimal instrument case that's essentially a flexible monosynth. I have zero interest in anymore modular, but do still get my strings pulled by things that are very old and odd.

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Re: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?

Post by KSS » Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:09 pm

gruebleengourd wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:24 am
I imagine there are a lot of people here are "into synthesizers" as much as "into music."
Critical mass for someone who is mostly "into synthesizers" would likely be ..

Critical mass for someone who is mostly "into music" is a basic system that ..
Great post. Well said.
Very often see synths only being talked about as accessories to music making, while they have value outside of that narrow scope. Just as music itself has many different meanings and paths for an individual. Music is more than songs, and synths are more than music.

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Re: What is the critical mass of a synthesizer?

Post by PhineasFreak » Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:32 pm

KSS wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:09 pm
gruebleengourd wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:24 am
I imagine there are a lot of people here are "into synthesizers" as much as "into music."
Critical mass for someone who is mostly "into synthesizers" would likely be ..

Critical mass for someone who is mostly "into music" is a basic system that ..
Great post. Well said.
Very often see synths only being talked about as accessories to music making, while they have value outside of that narrow scope. Just as music itself has many different meanings and paths for an individual. Music is more than songs, and synths are more than music.
totally agree - unfortunately there's times when i fool myself into thinking i'm inly into music and try to reduce my setup to a minimmum [ending up punishing myself for nit just having a computer] and other times where i fully accept i'm into synthesisers and luxuriate into having lots of toys just cos they fun.
https://thomaswulfe.bandcamp.com/
http://www.soundcloud.com/ylem-records/
http://www.soundcloud.com/best-of-ylem/
http://www.soundcloud.com/waxcide/
http://thomaswulfe.muffwiggler.com/
http://ljunggrenaudio.com/
http://waxcide.bandcamp.com/
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