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« Reply #165 on: May 18, 2017, 05:10:38 PM »

arp desktop module

http://www.korg.com/us/products/synthesizers/arpodyssey_module/

Looks interesting. From what I've read online it is possible to process audio via this unit.

I find myself liking tabletop synth's more and more. The short time I spent with the ARP Odyssey at my local synth store left me a bit frustrated with it when it comes to producing harsh sounds. I found it less obvious to handle than say some Korg stuff (MS20 obviously, or Mono/Mini-logues), or even Moogs. I just got myself a Minitaur and it sounds great. I already used it live to drill the audience's ears at our last gig and I can also get killer bass sounds that allow me to pretend I'm Klaus Schulze once I control it with an arpeggiator. Can't complain. But I do plan to get an Arp Odyssey at some point.
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« Reply #166 on: May 18, 2017, 10:41:13 PM »

arpeggiator.

What kind do you use? Software, table top device or synth? I am looking for this kind of software for mac. Recommendations are welcome.

For grit, violence and punch to your sound I would look at Metasonix modules or pedals. The recent F1 and F2 efx comes highly recommended.
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« Reply #167 on: May 18, 2017, 11:25:33 PM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6oV6-shZpI

GUYS

forget monotron and all the rest of the toy synth
this is the KING of small synths.
79 euro
semi modular
it can become really nasty even without effects... but hey, if you put effects it turns to a real beast

wil try to do a demo we all may enjoy
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« Reply #168 on: May 22, 2017, 11:46:22 AM »

arpeggiator.

What kind do you use? Software, table top device or synth? I am looking for this kind of software for mac. Recommendations are welcome.

For grit, violence and punch to your sound I would look at Metasonix modules or pedals. The recent F1 and F2 efx comes highly recommended.

I use an Arturia Keystep, which is a keyboard you use to control your tabletop gear and sync stuff. I'm not too satisfied with, I find it difficult to use and I don't know if it's because I'm not  savvy enough or because the synth fucks up at time. I wanted to use it to sync my MS20 and my Drumbrute but I never managed to do it so far, and it's driving me nuts. Between the different cv format Korg uses, the wiring, the midi control centre/software to change the Keystep settings, etc, it's doing my head in. I didn't even mention the aftertouch issue with the MS20 (notes play when you release the keys, not when you press them, aaaarrgghh.) But the Minitaur works with the Keystep at times.

I also have an SQ1 but it doesn't work with the Drumbrute and I can't seem to manage to change the Minitaur's midi settings so that I can control its pitch like some do on Youtube. I think it's a calibration issue but I don't get what they say on forums about it.

Regarding DAWs, I don't know anything about them. I use Audacity and some VSTs (or 4/8-track tape recorder) but I wish I knew how to control my gear through softwares, being able to sequence them and record. And unfortunately I use Windows and not Mac so I can't help you there...

Tl,dr, sorry...
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« Reply #169 on: May 24, 2017, 04:03:30 AM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6oV6-shZpI

GUYS

forget monotron and all the rest of the toy synth
this is the KING of small synths.
79 euro
semi modular
it can become really nasty even without effects... but hey, if you put effects it turns to a real beast

wil try to do a demo we all may enjoy

Ive had one for a minute and I'm in love with it. Incredible little guy with very, very interesting possibilities. I'm super excited to hook it up with my new modular rig!
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« Reply #170 on: May 24, 2017, 04:31:02 PM »

arpeggiator.

What kind do you use? Software, table top device or synth? I am looking for this kind of software for mac. Recommendations are welcome.

For grit, violence and punch to your sound I would look at Metasonix modules or pedals. The recent F1 and F2 efx comes highly recommended.

I use an Arturia Keystep, which is a keyboard you use to control your tabletop gear and sync stuff. I'm not too satisfied with, I find it difficult to use and I don't know if it's because I'm not  savvy enough or because the synth fucks up at time. I wanted to use it to sync my MS20 and my Drumbrute but I never managed to do it so far, and it's driving me nuts. Between the different cv format Korg uses, the wiring, the midi control centre/software to change the Keystep settings, etc, it's doing my head in. I didn't even mention the aftertouch issue with the MS20 (notes play when you release the keys, not when you press them, aaaarrgghh.) But the Minitaur works with the Keystep at times.

I also have an SQ1 but it doesn't work with the Drumbrute and I can't seem to manage to change the Minitaur's midi settings so that I can control its pitch like some do on Youtube. I think it's a calibration issue but I don't get what they say on forums about it.

Regarding DAWs, I don't know anything about them. I use Audacity and some VSTs (or 4/8-track tape recorder) but I wish I knew how to control my gear through softwares, being able to sequence them and record. And unfortunately I use Windows and not Mac so I can't help you there...

Tl,dr, sorry...
I don't know about the keystep but the sq1 converts midi into cv so I think that is possible to sync the ms20 to whatever you want
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-vjCIiZ0Og
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« Reply #171 on: June 20, 2017, 08:21:54 PM »

and everybody is getting crazy for this

https://www.roland.com/global/promos/roland_boutique/
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« Reply #172 on: June 20, 2017, 10:26:22 PM »

and everybody is getting crazy for this

https://www.roland.com/global/promos/roland_boutique/


The price isn't as high as I expected on the new Roland. Those Boomstar's look cool but prices are ridiculous.
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« Reply #173 on: June 21, 2017, 02:41:54 AM »

The price isn't as high as I expected on the new Roland. Those Boomstar's look cool but prices are ridiculous.

Looking a bit pricey down here but I'll wait a few months, the prices usually drop.
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« Reply #174 on: June 22, 2017, 10:49:31 PM »

Aren't the Roland Boutique synths limited? I think they are, or at least the JP-08, JX-03 and JU-06 were. I remember when I asked my local synth store whether they had them or could have them they said it wasn't possible because of that. So I'd suggest you guys to act fast on that one...
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« Reply #175 on: June 23, 2017, 01:59:21 AM »

They may be limited in production but the shop I get them from (https://www.storedj.com.au/studio-gear) tends to have them in stock for a while, often putting prices down in order to shift them (I see for example the vocoder synth is on special at $400 local dollars). I think what happens is they get a flurry of interest when the things are introduced which then dissipates and they end up with more stock than they need. Anyway, a lot of these units are bound to be sold second hand once the fashion lease expires on this trend. The doof crowd will move on leaving their former favourite things for everyone else.

Personally I'm not going to lose sleep if I don't get one of those. I've got enough desktop synths now to satisfy me to the end of life. Perhaps the only thing I'd aspire to now is a mini MS-20, and even then I'm in no hurry.
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« Reply #176 on: August 08, 2017, 08:37:51 PM »

Haven't tried the Beats yet.

Has anyone had any luck using the Volca sampler with a computer? You need to download a programme from Korg to synch with the unit to get samples onto it. I'm told it's possible.

You don't need to use a computer - just download the Audio Pocket app onto your phone and it's super easy from there to record and load (via 1/8th cable from headphone jack) any sample you want into the Volca Sample.  You'll need to erase a few of the pre-loaded sounds to make room for slightly longer samples.  Also, the app has the original sounds/drums so you can reinstall them at any time.  The app is either made by Korg or for Korg and there are instructions in the app as well. 

Lots more manipulation possibilities with Volca Sample (pitch, attack, length, decay, etc...) than the Beats which I found rather limiting.  This thing has some serious possibilities.
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« Reply #177 on: August 09, 2017, 04:44:09 AM »

You're right, but the reason I asked whether anyone's done it with a computer is that I hardly use my phone and would rather have it done with a computer. Just a personal affectation, that's all.
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« Reply #178 on: August 09, 2017, 05:15:07 PM »

You're right, but the reason I asked whether anyone's done it with a computer is that I hardly use my phone and would rather have it done with a computer. Just a personal affectation, that's all.

Ah, ok.  I haven't seen anything on how to load samples from a computer.  I think the app sends certain signals unique to the app into Volca that then get translated into the recorded sample.  As opposed to simply loading a sample directly, as you would into an old Electribe ES-1.  

(I just found this as a possible computer solution) .  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPmHhwkKmfg


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« Reply #179 on: August 14, 2017, 09:13:21 AM »

Thanks for that link, I got that programme, let's see if it works. I should have gone to YouTube first instead of ask here I realise now.
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