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Synthesizer Hangout Thread

offline Zephyr Twin from ΔΔΔ on 2019-05-05 05:52 [#02576692]
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This thread is for the synthetical syntheesisists, what few
may remain in the Xiltch.

There are so many options in the past 6-7 years with new
stuff coming out all the time. In moogland, the new
Matriarch looks and sounds great but has that steep Moog
price tag. I was just listening to demos of the Waldorf
Pulse 2, which seems to fly under the radar of most people
but has some neat sounds under the hood. In monosynths I'm
mainly interested in eurorack modular now, which is a
rabbithole that could probably do with its own thread. Plus
there's that whole "Aphex Twin is now partnering with Korg
and Novation to co-develop things"...thing. Interested what
you all make of that...

What are you playing around on right now? What gear is
catching your eye? Or do you prefer software? What's your


offline hevquip from megagram dusk sect (United States) on 2019-05-05 06:27 [#02576695]
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i have been jamming out on my microbrute today because i
like the step sequencer and i got an earthquaker devices
avalanche run delay pedal recently that i've been running it
through. after rearranging my studio, the cable for my ms-20
mini is too short to run to my mixer and my headphones are
shitty, so i haven't played it much recently even though
it's probably my favorite synth. i think a behringer crave
will be my next purchase; might replace my make noise
0-coast with it because i'm trying to keep my pieces of gear
down to a reasonable number. i was considering an ensoniq
vfx listed on craigslist currently for it's wavetable
synthesis, but i think i can go without a full-size synth. i
will probably be ordering a bastl kastle over the next few
weeks tho. mostly focused on finishing up a few old songs
this weekend, so not much noodling around at the moment.


offline hevquip from megagram dusk sect (United States) on 2019-05-05 06:29 [#02576696]
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i wasn't too partial to the arturia microfreak at first, but
i've been watching some videos on it lately and i guess they
started shipping recently and i could possibly replace my
microbrute with it. maybe once it's in the hands of some
more people and more videos come out, i'll consider it.


offline DADONCK from here on 2019-05-05 16:38 [#02576720]
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i bought a stereoping controller for my alpha juno.
i hope this thing comes out:



offline RussellDust on 2019-05-05 16:59 [#02576721]
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I think nearly everyone still here makes tracks.


offline glasse from Harrisburg (United States) on 2019-05-06 00:49 [#02576755]
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I recently purchased:

An Octatrack
A Yamaha Rm1x (in good shape)
and a TX81Z rack.

I got away from Ableton Live, mostly using IOS apps to
sequence and bounce around tracks.


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2019-05-06 00:56 [#02576758]
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korg monotron delay, korg wavestation ex, circuit-bent casio
w/midi control


offline pigster from melbs on 2019-05-06 01:26 [#02576759]
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i was using my 2010 macbook pro and ableton for awhile but
in ~2014 the graphics card on the laptop completely shat its
trousers and pretty much KO-d the laptop instantly. being
apple and the graphics card being so tied to the mother
board and needing 'expert level repairs', i never bothered
fixing it up or getting it replaced, and opted to try going
FULL DAW-LESS for music making. got a mixer, patchbay,
cables and cables, octatrack for sequencing, synths and
synths. was fun to jam on but also hard to compose on.

now i'm using ableton again, as a master clock to trigger
the octatrack, with gear going directly into a
patchbay/normalized and being routed directly into audio
interface without additional patching. having a DAW to flesh
ideas out and arrange songs has been tremendously good and i
don't think i want to go Full dawless ever again. what's
also good is, taking what i learnt from the DAWless setup
and being able to apply that more minimalist thinking to my
arrangements now.

Ableton also has MAX4Live MIDI Lfo which is my new favourite
thing ever. just making very mild automations triggering
things slowly without me needing to do any programming or
extensive thinking.

as for what synths i'm using atm, a lot of QY700 being
sequenced externally :-)


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2019-05-06 01:42 [#02576760]
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ableton is not a stnetheytheschnizer


offline pigster from melbs on 2019-05-06 01:57 [#02576761]
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no but it really has a big impact on how i work with
Syntezisers. i can now, for example... multitrack the same
instrument instead of needing to have multiple synths doing
each role live. it's mind blowing.


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2019-05-06 02:16 [#02576763]
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do u actually have synthesizer or just laptop?


offline pigster from melbs on 2019-05-06 02:23 [#02576764]
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i have a pc now, no laptop ;-;
i *want* a laptop but they expensive.. or, affordable
laptops all have mixed reviews all over the place and always
have reviews saying "the trackpad stopped working after 2
weeks, get what you pay for i guess".

I have moog sub37, korg monologue, novation peak.
Also have blofeld, micromonsta, preenfm2, but can't find
room for them atm so they're sitting in time out. Had a
tx81z but sold it, had an sh101 but sold it.
Also have a digitone which i use atm exclusively for midi
filtering, and once i find a midi solution there for what
i'm needing, i plan on selling that one too cos i don't
really like or use it much.


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2019-05-06 02:28 [#02576765]
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i was so sad to sell off my sh101 in 2014. that is top on my
want-bank list. i liked to joke i was one of the top 100
sh101 players in massachusetts, because there are probably
about 73 contenders


offline pigster from melbs on 2019-05-06 02:29 [#02576766]
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haha. i love the sound of the sh101 but the inconveniences
of it being old and needing to be tuned up got annoying for
me. also, putting in CV/gate cables killing the keyboard was
annoying too. can get bass sounds from moog synth just fine.

but yes. the sh101 is very good and still better i think :-)


offline mermaidman on 2019-05-06 09:24 [#02576767]
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when you’re using ableton as master clock aren’t you
having midi jitter problems


offline BlatantEcho from Portland, OR (United States) on 2019-05-07 02:20 [#02576843]
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I have a matrix brute (first synth), which I dearly love.
Just got a grandmother, semi modular.

I can twiddle knobs for hours.

I fear I am going to head into the abyss of modular/euro
Worse things happened I guess


offline mermaidman on 2019-05-07 10:22 [#02576848]
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matrixbrute is dope


offline pigster from melbs on 2019-05-07 13:55 [#02576856]
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i’m no expert but it seems fine on my end. ableton as
master, midi out from focusrite audio interface into
octatrack, octatrack or ableton for sequencing. i haven’t
really done tests to say it’s “rock solid”, but it
sounds fine and i’ve never has issues. it’s handy too
for i can hit record on ableton and record parts totally in


offline mermaidman on 2019-05-07 14:09 [#02576857]
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if it sounds fine then no problem really


offline umbroman3 from United Kingdom on 2019-05-08 17:26 [#02576969]
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Been playing with a roland d110 and atari ste recently. The
d110 has a mostly shitty rompler section and a pretty sweet
8 part multitimbral polysynth section along with inbuilt
drum sounds.


offline umbroman3 from United Kingdom on 2019-05-08 17:30 [#02576971]
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I used to have 3 sh101s. I got the last two out of my
bitcoin money. I sold one last christmas to get a korg pe
1000 . I'd like to get the 1000 midified but it's hard to
find a qualified person.


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