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« Reply #225 on: June 15, 2019, 02:39:05 AM »

The other JMT I was considering is the UNVO-1 but now I'm seriously thinking about the Trogo 669cv b/c of the input & he just replied to my email with very detailed answers to my questions. Plus his synth is a little more affordable than the JMT.

I'm not sure I've checked out the Trogo 657 yet...

That's the other JMT synth I had - wasn't really in love with it the whole way. Although, there were some interesting sounds.

What was it about the Unvo-1 you did not like?

Although there was some potential with the synth, I felt like it was very limited. Most of the sounds I got out of it were no different than those one-trick "drone boxes" a lot of people make and sell on eBay. I think the addition of the noise generator and the filter was one of the better parts of it though.
I really wish I didn't get rid of the SNB-2b JMT made, and it has a 3 band EQ. I felt like I got more sounds out of that than the UNVO-1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6UjAObapDk
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« Reply #226 on: June 17, 2019, 11:56:24 PM »

So I've had the Behringer Neutron for 2 days. It is very versatile. Tonight I patched the noise out to LFO in and hooked up my Volca Kick - instant drum machine insanity.

Fun!
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« Reply #227 on: June 21, 2019, 05:11:02 AM »

Been eyeballing the IK UNO Synth. I know it was mentioned previously on this thread, but not a lot of talk about it. Looking at the features that it has makes me think it's way more friendly compared to them Korg Volca synths.
Seeing them go used for roughly 150 bucks. Has anyone here used this synth?
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« Reply #228 on: August 22, 2019, 11:34:38 PM »

Seen this advertised the other day - seems like a worthwhile piece of gear.

FM Synth

https://outerspacesounds.com/mostro/
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« Reply #229 on: August 23, 2019, 01:35:39 PM »

Seen this advertised the other day - seems like a worthwhile piece of gear.

FM Synth

https://outerspacesounds.com/mostro/

Looks beautiful, right up my alley and a great price point. FM synthesis is something I'd love to get into at some point but simply haven't made the dive. I've been looking to upgrade to the new Organelle but this is tempting in its simplicity.
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« Reply #230 on: November 07, 2019, 11:50:57 PM »

Has anyone fooled around with the Elta Music Polivoks Mini Analog Synthesizer? It looks good, well-built, has features I think are necessary (noise & an input). It's a little expensive; I'm still thinking on one of the Trogotronic synths as they are a bit more affordable but the Polivok seems to be closer to a traditional synth while the Trogo's would
suit best for sheer noise...? I'm thinking on these for the future once I get past the medical b.s. I plan on getting back to live performances so variety in sounds along with
being small is good.
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« Reply #231 on: November 08, 2019, 12:03:43 AM »

Has anyone fooled around with the Elta Music Polivoks Mini Analog Synthesizer? It looks good, well-built, has features I think are necessary (noise & an input). It's a little expensive; I'm still thinking on one of the Trogotronic synths as they are a bit more affordable but the Polivok seems to be closer to a traditional synth while the Trogo's would
suit best for sheer noise...? I'm thinking on these for the future once I get past the medical b.s. I plan on getting back to live performances so variety in sounds along with
being small is good.

can only speak to the polivoks in general (had some hands on time w an OG that was recently serviced) and the filter alone is worth the price of admission. glorious piece of kit.
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« Reply #232 on: November 13, 2019, 02:39:57 PM »

Has anyone fooled around with the Elta Music Polivoks Mini Analog Synthesizer? It looks good, well-built, has features I think are necessary (noise & an input). It's a little expensive; I'm still thinking on one of the Trogotronic synths as they are a bit more affordable but the Polivok seems to be closer to a traditional synth while the Trogo's would
suit best for sheer noise...? I'm thinking on these for the future once I get past the medical b.s. I plan on getting back to live performances so variety in sounds along with
being small is good.

can only speak to the polivoks in general (had some hands on time w an OG that was recently serviced) and the filter alone is worth the price of admission. glorious piece of kit.

i kinda want one, but then at the same time i wish it was semi-modular. i recently bought an ms-20 mini (finally) and the patch bay is magnificent, i don't know if i want a monosynth without one anymore
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« Reply #233 on: November 13, 2019, 11:55:02 PM »

Has anyone fooled around with the Elta Music Polivoks Mini Analog Synthesizer? It looks good, well-built, has features I think are necessary (noise & an input). It's a little expensive;

Thought about buying one for some time, as it seems to be one of the cheaper ways to get a decent synth with a Polivoks filter, good for fat squelchy bass and gritting distortion. But then there was this problem I also had with the Arturia Minibrute, it only has one oscillator. Yes you also have a sub (which I think is a bad excuse for not having a second osc to be honest), yes you can dial in an extra oscillator through the external input, but it will never sound as fat or ripping as a synth whereby you can detune two oscillators independent of each other. If it had 2 osc I would by it in an instant.

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I'm still thinking on one of the Trogotronic synths as they are a bit more affordable but the Polivok seems to be closer to a traditional synth while the Trogo's would
suit best for sheer noise...? I'm thinking on these for the future once I get past the medical b.s. I plan on getting back to live performances so variety in sounds along with
being small is good.

Another good option is to look at the recent Behringer synth line-up. Behinger is cloning (old) synths like crazy and morality of their business aside, their synths do look really good for a sharp price and the quality is a lot better than their cheap mixers and effect pedals.
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« Reply #234 on: November 14, 2019, 03:22:42 PM »

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i kinda want one, but then at the same time i wish it was semi-modular. i recently bought an ms-20 mini (finally) and the patch bay is magnificent, i don't know if i want a monosynth without one anymore


In some cases you do. Not all patchbay-free monosynths have the same architecture or internal routing. I'm just saying so because I have one of such synths whose way of making sounds I have never found anywhere else (and it sounds killer too.) And as far as I am concerned, the MS20 patch bay is illegible and makes no sense at all. I don't want to remember how to make the same 3 or 4 patches by heart, I want for the patchbay to seem logical and help me develop my creativity or inspire me, which it doesn't. But that's just me I guess.
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« Reply #235 on: November 14, 2019, 03:43:19 PM »

i kinda want one, but then at the same time i wish it was semi-modular.

elta also has a eurorack version of polivoks: https://www.eltamusic.com/polivoks-pm-02

And as far as I am concerned, the MS20 patch bay is illegible and makes no sense at all.

i, on the other hand, never had any problems with it
maybe that's because it was my first patchable hardware synth, so i had no preconceptions regarding what makes sense and what doesn't :)
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« Reply #236 on: November 14, 2019, 06:50:25 PM »

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i kinda want one, but then at the same time i wish it was semi-modular. i recently bought an ms-20 mini (finally) and the patch bay is magnificent, i don't know if i want a monosynth without one anymore


In some cases you do. Not all patchbay-free monosynths have the same architecture or internal routing. I'm just saying so because I have one of such synths whose way of making sounds I have never found anywhere else (and it sounds killer too.) And as far as I am concerned, the MS20 patch bay is illegible and makes no sense at all. I don't want to remember how to make the same 3 or 4 patches by heart, I want for the patchbay to seem logical and help me develop my creativity or inspire me, which it doesn't. But that's just me I guess.

it has it's own internal logic, but yeah i've never really used any other modular or semi-modular synth so learning modular patching with the ms-20 has probably helped me get to grips with it. it hasn't been easy tho!  i used to have a minitaur and my bandmate has a moog model D, so i'm familiar with other great monosynths. now i fear i'm headed towards eurorack, hah.

part of my why it seems so esoteric is because there's little to no actual visual information on the synth itself, just the name of the different ports. i don't want my synth to look like this so i haven't bought one, but checking these overlays while patching helped me understand the logic more:


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« Reply #237 on: November 14, 2019, 07:00:29 PM »

I have both the MS20 Mini and the Minitaur. I LOVE the Minitaur and hate Moog for releasing the Sirin. I'm sure their arguments about the hardware inside the Minitaur being limited after a  certain pitch is marketing bs.

And the MS20 is my first semi modular synth as well but I had to get into full modular and buy modules with dedicated functions to understand how to use them in the context of the MS20. That was too much too quick for me.

And Erica Synths also has released Polivoks filters for eurorack before.
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« Reply #238 on: November 14, 2019, 07:09:35 PM »




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« Reply #239 on: November 14, 2019, 07:14:50 PM »


ugly as fuck, hah! he's got a bunch of different ones and they're all as ugly: https://www.oversynth.com/blank-page
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