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« Reply #15 on: December 01, 2011, 03:47:24 AM »

IFOTS makes a good point. Whenever I look for something small to replace my CS15 or MicroMoog for live use I either end up with a piece of shit, something very overpriced or something so user unfriendly it's not even funny. Or all three. It seems near impossible to find something that size to really replace the proper gear.

Not small either but rack versions exist of the Poly's and DW.
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« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2011, 04:14:40 AM »

Analog modelling rack such as Roland Sh-32 with small midi keyboard.
Carriable and cost-effective. Works for me but of course it's not comparable to real Analog Synths.
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« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2011, 09:49:24 PM »

Thanks for all that. I'll slowly check them.
Of course travelling and doing gigs like a man is good, but instead of having tons of equipment with me I prefer premade sounds on 4-track and so on and some small (in size) additional sound generators to add sounds to live so no need for me to pretend being MJ Jarre.
As for software VSTs - they are ok I suppose, but somehow I don't have patience to click with my mouse here and there, to scroll something and do all that sort of things. If I feel the thing with my fingertips - that's quite another story.
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« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2011, 10:28:36 PM »

I have a Dark Energy and really like it. Very powerful monophonic synth, with a bunch of functions like an arpeggiator, etc. I also have a Sequential Circuits 6 Trak which while not as small is pretty compact for a polyphonic analog synth.
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« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2011, 09:24:48 PM »

One should also consider MFB synths. True analog and very cheap. There's new one coming from them soon called Dominion X and it seems very promising. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXXAC8DOMZI
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« Reply #20 on: December 07, 2011, 10:26:54 AM »

MFB is known for cheap.....and allways heard the build-quality isn't that great. .......now this one looks pretty solid (other type frontplate, other knobs,  eh it has wooden sides!).......best things is they integrated Schippmann for the filter, his 1200euro-filter is simply a best.

looks promising, shitty demo (as usual with new analog gear)
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« Reply #21 on: December 11, 2011, 12:47:50 AM »

korg monotribe is great.

Yes, and even better now with the firmware update (available on Korg's website) that adds a sample & hold option. Would be more comfortable using it live than an MFB or Monotron as far as build quality goes. Also like how the flux button can be used like an instant synth-noise sampler.
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« Reply #22 on: December 12, 2011, 04:06:40 PM »

I am using this:
http://www.nazzilla.com/lep-loop/

It is very small and light (about an A5 size).
Check Chris carter attempts on that. Most of the next wertham loop/background stuff will be done with this.

There are plenty of videos on youtube, but featuring soft/dance sounds; trust me it does much more.

It is self produced in Italy. First run 40 copies.
Really worth the value.
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« Reply #23 on: December 12, 2011, 08:19:17 PM »

korg monotribe is great.

Yes, and even better now with the firmware update (available on Korg's website) that adds a sample & hold option. Would be more comfortable using it live than an MFB or Monotron as far as build quality goes. Also like how the flux button can be used like an instant synth-noise sampler.

thanks for info on update. even more for me to learn now ;)
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« Reply #24 on: December 13, 2011, 12:19:02 AM »


been looking at this one as of late good to hear it can make more "unconventional" sounds not just techno bullshit
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« Reply #25 on: December 13, 2011, 05:11:49 AM »

http://www.nazzilla.com/lep-loop/

Really like the looks of that sucker.
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« Reply #26 on: December 13, 2011, 06:00:43 AM »

http://www.nazzilla.com/lep-loop/

Really like the looks of that sucker.

Looks very nice indeed. I found one pretty cool video which was recorded with a prototype version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFxOzVXm2AI&feature=related

At the beginning that kick sound reminds me of some of the newer Whitehouse tracks.
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« Reply #27 on: March 29, 2012, 09:52:08 AM »

A lot has happend since, most notable I guess the MiniBrute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7O946lG7Ik&feature=related and the new Moog http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NXrSPQ7aHY as always horible demos

The Leploop looks so fucking good, but it's simply beyond me why it dosen't have CV control. The Dark Energy has been discontinued, due to lack of a certain chip. But theres a new one coming, said to include a hi-pass filter option aswell
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« Reply #28 on: March 29, 2012, 12:10:18 PM »

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« Reply #29 on: April 02, 2012, 02:06:34 AM »

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Novation Bass Station seems truly nice.

All out great synth. Would recommend it over any of the other ones you listed. Maybe underrated in the Industrial/PE scene due to the flimsy design. Even if you need it mostly for live, it's analog nature really shines and have more punch than you will ever get from a MicroKorg. Weights next to nothing and even runs on batteries(No I don't work for Novation heh)

I only know it as a popular imitation of the 303 during the hight of the 90's techno hysteria. Not even a cheap or particularly good imitation either. So it offers more than that? Compared with MS10 or CS15? It's very reasonably priced and I'm curious.

EDIT: After reading IFOTS post. Totally agree, maybe worth contemplating is getting a Roland SH-101, sure it's costly and not MicroKorg small, but it's lightweight enough to bring around and you could use it greatly in the studio

Seriously overpriced IMO. You pay more for that than a CS15 and get less for your money. Considerably less! Price wise it's up there with the MS10. If you haven't bought one already I advise against it.
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