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  1. #2726
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    I WANT A VOYETRA 8!!!

    And not UVIs lame attempt.
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  2. #2727
    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Well hell, all the cool kids are doing it, might as well too



    Not weird at all! We all have our "holy grail" gadgets that we long to own and luckily yours might be on the horizon in the not-too-distant future
    Yes, you are right. I just love real knobs to play with. Of cause if Cherry Audio would come up with the SH-5, I would buy it immidiatly, while I still have to hope for some extra money, to buy the Behringer. One adventage is, that I might be able to combine it with my old Roland.

  3. #2728
    Reading this thread has (almost) made me want to become a gearhead. Which I can hardly afford… I seem to have my hands full with my MPKmini and hybrid… and an old Yamaha electric piano.
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  4. #2729
    Makes total sense! For me it was the Yamaha CS-80...and when the Black Corp Deckard's Dream became a reality I decided it was worth it. Wasn't cheap (but still WAY cheaper than the real thing) but I've never regretted it
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  5. #2730
    I had the opportunity to compare many different piano sounds and the Yamahas had the edge. That was back in 2006. I just stick with it.

    These little MPK minis are killer along with the free hybrid synth plug in. More than I will ever use in a lifetime.
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...ard-controller
    Last edited by Nijinsky Hind; 05-14-2024 at 04:22 PM.
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  6. #2731
    I have to admit that the Chroma is probably the most attractive synthesizer Cherry Audio has released after I have bought the package deal.

  7. #2732
    Quote Originally Posted by Nijinsky Hind View Post
    I had the opportunity to compare many different piano sounds and the Yamahas had the edge. That was back in 2006. I just stick with it.

    These little MPK minis are killer along with the free hybrid synth plug in. More than I will ever use in a lifetime.
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...ard-controller
    Nice! I haven't used many Akai devices but they look to be sturdy little workhorses

    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    I have to admit that the Chroma is probably the most attractive synthesizer Cherry Audio has released after I have bought the package deal.
    It's pretty deep and for me, the UI is fairly unfamiliar. But I'm looking forward to discovering what it can do.
    If you're actually reading this then chances are you already have my last album but if NOT and you're curious:
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    Also, Ephemeral Sun: it's a thing and we like making things that might be your thing: https://ephemeralsun.bandcamp.com

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  9. #2734
    Quote Originally Posted by markwoll View Post
    Nice. Interesting way to work with a hurdy-gurdy.

  10. #2735
    That's fun!! Love it

  11. #2736
    Quote Originally Posted by Nijinsky Hind View Post
    Reading this thread has (almost) made me want to become a gearhead. Which I can hardly afford… I seem to have my hands full with my MPKmini and hybrid… and an old Yamaha electric piano.
    I'm defenitly a gearhead. My computer is loaded with VST-instruments and besides that I have a Nord G2 Engine, an Akai Z4 sampler, a Yamaha TX81Z, a Kawai K1rII, a Proteus/1 (which has some problems), a Waldorf Blofeld and a Nord Electro. And I still have my old Roland System 100 Model 101.

  12. #2737
    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    I'm defenitly a gearhead. My computer is loaded with VST-instruments and besides that I have a Nord G2 Engine, an Akai Z4 sampler, a Yamaha TX81Z, a Kawai K1rII, a Proteus/1 (which has some problems), a Waldorf Blofeld and a Nord Electro. And I still have my old Roland System 100 Model 101.
    Having all that stuff maybe you could tell me what makes the most realistic sounding saxophone and trumpet sounds? I just started putting brass sounds to my songs and I’m close but not exactly right on. I’d like to find a way to do this.

    Also what is your ‘go to’ hardware and VST when you make a song?
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  13. #2738
    Quote Originally Posted by Nijinsky Hind View Post
    Having all that stuff maybe you could tell me what makes the most realistic sounding saxophone and trumpet sounds? I just started putting brass sounds to my songs and I’m close but not exactly right on. I’d like to find a way to do this.

    Also what is your ‘go to’ hardware and VST when you make a song?
    I often use my sampler for saxophone and trumpet sounds. An alternative for some brass sounds (minus saxophone) is Ionica Sketch in Cubase.
    When I make a song, I use Cubase and the instruments I want to use for it. The piece I'm currently working on has:
    Cherry Audio PS-20
    Cherry Audio CA2600
    Cherry Audio Mercury-4
    Cherry Audio DCO-106
    Arturia B3
    Arturia ARP 2600
    Arturia Modular
    Cherry Audio Miniverse
    Steinberg Groove Agent SE

    And as an input-device I an Arturia Keystep. I'm basicly a composer, not much of an instrumentalist.

  14. #2739
    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Giant View Post
    I WANT A VOYETRA 8!!!

    And not UVIs lame attempt.
    Is that so bad? It seems to have an endorment from Jordan Rudess.

  15. #2740
    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    I often use my sampler for saxophone and trumpet sounds. An alternative for some brass sounds (minus saxophone) is Ionica Sketch in Cubase.
    When I make a song, I use Cubase and the instruments I want to use for it. The piece I'm currently working on has:
    Cherry Audio PS-20
    Cherry Audio CA2600
    Cherry Audio Mercury-4
    Cherry Audio DCO-106
    Arturia B3
    Arturia ARP 2600
    Arturia Modular
    Cherry Audio Miniverse
    Steinberg Groove Agent SE

    And as an input-device I an Arturia Keystep. I'm basicly a composer, not much of an instrumentalist.
    So many options would literally confuse me and put me out of business quick. I’m lazy and the exploration and study of these instruments seems daunting. Here’s what I’ve used so far.

    About 3 different electric guitars
    MPK mini with HYBRID VST only
    Yamaha YPG-625 electric piano
    behringer UM2 interface
    KMISE Drum Pedal
    VOX AD50VT amp
    SHURE SM58 Microphone
    And finally it’s all put together on NCH Mixpad (purchased) version.

    I have yet to add bass guitar to any of my songs. I rely on a slow drone for low end in some cases. I need to start adding bass and I don’t mind using a keyboard to do it. But I won’t use a ‘program’. I have a friend who is willing to lay down bass lines for me. Hopefully that will pan out.


    I intend to eventually buy more gear and that’s why this thread is interesting me now.
    The sax and trumpet I do now are from the Yamaha’ pianos stock sound bank. Compressed with reverb, distortion and slight echo. They seem to be close when I’m finished. But I wish I personally knew some real players lol. I don’t.
    Last edited by Nijinsky Hind; 05-16-2024 at 01:33 PM.
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  16. #2741
    Quote Originally Posted by Nijinsky Hind View Post
    So many options would literally confuse me and put me out of business quick. I’m lazy and the exploration and study of these instruments seems daunting. Here’s what I’ve used so far.

    About 3 different electric guitars
    MPK mini with HYBRID VST only
    Yamaha YPG-625 electric piano
    behringer UM2 interface
    KMISE Drum Pedal
    VOX AD50VT amp
    SHURE SM58 Microphone
    And finally it’s all put together on NCH Mixpad (purchased) version.

    I have yet to add bass guitar to any of my songs. I rely on a slow drone for low end in some cases. I need to start adding bass and I don’t mind using a keyboard to do it. But I won’t use a ‘program’. I have a friend who is willing to lay down bass lines for me. Hopefully that will pan out.


    I intend to eventually buy more gear and that’s why this thread is interesting me now.
    The sax and trumpet I do now are from the Yamaha’ pianos stock sound bank. Compressed with reverb, distortion and slight echo. They seem to be close when I’m finished. But I wish I personally knew some real players lol. I don’t.
    That's why I prefer analog, or analog-like synthesizers. At least I know a bit what to expect when I turn certain knobs. I would love to have musicians to play my music, but because I don't know those, I have to do everything using Cubase.

  17. #2742
    Wow!!

    If you're actually reading this then chances are you already have my last album but if NOT and you're curious:
    https://battema.bandcamp.com/

    Also, Ephemeral Sun: it's a thing and we like making things that might be your thing: https://ephemeralsun.bandcamp.com

  18. #2743
    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    That's why I prefer analog, or analog-like synthesizers. At least I know a bit what to expect when I turn certain knobs. I would love to have musicians to play my music, but because I don't know those, I have to do everything using Cubase.
    I agree with you there. My biggest unintentional surprise was my drum pedal that only cost 40 bucks new on eBay. When I heard it plugged directly into my DAW I was blown away by the sound. Not perfect but so easy to use and manipulate. I’m working on learning to do more fills alongside and in between the steady beats. I know drummers but they are not interested and I couldn’t record them properly anyway… there’s just no room in my little workspace and to be honest, I don’t know how. This is a perfect winter hobby for me though when I can’t do much outside. But summer is here and I have to get out there now.
    Still alive and well...
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  19. #2744
    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Wow!!

    Interesting, but I still wonder how to work with this polyphonic.

  20. #2745
    Quote Originally Posted by Nijinsky Hind View Post
    I agree with you there. My biggest unintentional surprise was my drum pedal that only cost 40 bucks new on eBay. When I heard it plugged directly into my DAW I was blown away by the sound. Not perfect but so easy to use and manipulate. I’m working on learning to do more fills alongside and in between the steady beats. I know drummers but they are not interested and I couldn’t record them properly anyway… there’s just no room in my little workspace and to be honest, I don’t know how. This is a perfect winter hobby for me though when I can’t do much outside. But summer is here and I have to get out there now.
    Well, most stuff is on my computer. I have a 19"-rack with my hardware, a keyboardstand for my M-Audio Pro 88 keyboard and a stand holding the Nord Electro and my mixer. I'm mostly at home, so composing is a year-through hobby for me. I would miss it if I couldn't do it for some months.
    My main instruments, if you can call it that, is piano. I've had 2 years of piano-lessons after which my teacher told me I could better study composing, which I never really did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nijinsky Hind View Post
    Having all that stuff maybe you could tell me what makes the most realistic sounding saxophone and trumpet sounds? I just started putting brass sounds to my songs and I’m close but not exactly right on. I’d like to find a way to do this.

    Also what is your ‘go to’ hardware and VST when you make a song?
    I'd give SammpleModeling a try: https://www.samplemodeling.com/
    Very controllable and versatile.
    My Progressive Workshop at http://soundcloud.com/hfxx

  22. #2747
    Quote Originally Posted by hFx View Post
    I'd give SammpleModeling a try: https://www.samplemodeling.com/
    Very controllable and versatile.
    Thanks. I will be looking at the link today. I appreciate the suggestion.
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  23. #2748
    Some other suggestions that might not be too overwhelming AND are effectively free are some of the Spitfire offerings:

    Labs is a big assortment of pretty good to excellent samples of all sorts of things. The full set is several gigabytes large, but you don't HAVE to take everything. I started with just one or two. Also, Spitfire's interface is pretty straightforward with a big knob that controls the 5-6 parameters total.

    Spitfire also offers a really great BBC Symphony orchestra VST for free, and it includes both sax and trumpet.

    Both of the above can be found here (the first two of the three links): https://www.spitfireaudio.com/discover-sounds

    Happy hunting!
    If you're actually reading this then chances are you already have my last album but if NOT and you're curious:
    https://battema.bandcamp.com/

    Also, Ephemeral Sun: it's a thing and we like making things that might be your thing: https://ephemeralsun.bandcamp.com

  24. #2749
    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Some other suggestions that might not be too overwhelming AND are effectively free are some of the Spitfire offerings:

    Labs is a big assortment of pretty good to excellent samples of all sorts of things. The full set is several gigabytes large, but you don't HAVE to take everything. I started with just one or two. Also, Spitfire's interface is pretty straightforward with a big knob that controls the 5-6 parameters total.

    Spitfire also offers a really great BBC Symphony orchestra VST for free, and it includes both sax and trumpet.

    Both of the above can be found here (the first two of the three links): https://www.spitfireaudio.com/discover-sounds

    Happy hunting!
    researching... thanks guys
    Still alive and well...
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  25. #2750
    Quote Originally Posted by hFx View Post
    I'd give SammpleModeling a try: https://www.samplemodeling.com/
    Very controllable and versatile.
    Looks a bit like Steinberg Ionica. No saxophones.

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