Thread: Synthesizer Gear Porn ;-)

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    Dude looks like he's trying to form a cult, but it's kind of cool/clever/quirky early synth stuff

    It got me trainspotting the possible gear used, so that's always a win too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Dude looks like he's trying to form a cult, but it's kind of cool/clever/quirky early synth stuff

    It got me trainspotting the possible gear used, so that's always a win too!
    http://elektronmusikstudion.se/about/history
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    The modular synthesizer Frank Wyatt is currently working with: https://frankwyattmusic.com/modular-synthesis

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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Dude looks like he's trying to form a cult, but it's kind of cool/clever/quirky early synth stuff

    It got me trainspotting the possible gear used, so that's always a win too!
    Hey John!

    Going back a few pages...the ASM Hydrasynth...have you a strong opinion on it? I sort of feel pulled to it.

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    I think it might be THE most versatile keyboard synth on the market right now, and the ONLY traditional synth with an actual keybed capable of polyphonic aftertouch. The desktop is also amazing even sans the keyboard/ribbon/wheels.

    So yeah...I don't really have a strong opinion either way
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    Ha! I love it!

    Thank you, John!!

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    Some of the Moog iOS apps are free though some have in-app purchases (extras, I guess, most are inexpensive). Here's an article about that.

    Here's a link to go for the actual apps for iPhone, iPads.

    Some of this stuff is time limited, so if you're interested you might look into it pretty soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    I think it might be THE most versatile keyboard synth on the market right now, and the ONLY traditional synth with an actual keybed capable of polyphonic aftertouch. The desktop is also amazing even sans the keyboard/ribbon/wheels.

    So yeah...I don't really have a strong opinion either way
    John, you bought the Hydrasynth, too? I thought you were merely endorsing it.

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    Oh yeah, I got the Hydrasynth when it was first released. An actual new keyboard with polyAT, a ribbon and more? And for less than $1500? That was an absurdly easy purchase And then they upgraded the OS to support MPE so now it plays well with all my weirdo controllers too.

    It's a fabulous synth.
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    So where's the orchard with all the money trees? I'm sure there's plenty of fruit to pick!

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    It's called having no other life
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    Shoot, I don't smoke, I don't drink, I don't go out. Roku has been a revelation, though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Oh yeah, I got the Hydrasynth when it was first released. An actual new keyboard with polyAT, a ribbon and more? And for less than $1500? That was an absurdly easy purchase And then they upgraded the OS to support MPE so now it plays well with all my weirdo controllers too.

    It's a fabulous synth.
    I started looking at all the current offerings a few weeks ago since I decided my birthday present needed to be a new synth. There were lots of interesting modules but nothing looked as cool, innovative, and “new” as the Hydrasynth. I was leaning towards it but John’s rousing review put me over the edge. The MPE controller and the ribbon really looked expressive. (I very much enjoy the long ribbon on my old Kurzweil so I was pleased to see one on the Hydra.)

    Sweetwater has sent it off!!!
    Yippee!

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    Ribbon, shmibbon! That $1399 price tag is the most attractive thing about it!

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    Ay yi yi!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dropforge View Post
    Ribbon, shmibbon! That $1399 price tag is the most attractive thing about it!
    Wow...that (the new Jupiter 8 clone from Black Corp**) DOES look lust-worthy.

    My ASM Hydrasynth arrived! First impressions are very favorable. So expressive!



    **I meant to quote battema’s post about the Jupiter 8 clone
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    Congratulations!!! It's a beauty.
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    In the “Old Business” (old synths) category, I’d like opinions on this:

    My old synth buddy wants to finally let go of his remaining modules and a board. The latter is a Roland JX-8P. I already own his old Super JX (JX-10P). So do I snag it? And if so, what is a good “buddy price” to offer him?

    The 10P covers most anything in that realm, but the 8P is such a classy “looker.” While only 6 voices, it would layer up (or split) so well with the 10P. I know this because when I first met him in 1987 or so, the two were what made him look like a god in my eyes (ha). And they did sound great together.

    Naturally, my 3080 module does most of all that (with more polyphony), but there is nothing like the real thing. And the keyboard version just looks so good and feels so good.

    (And yes, I hear you say: “just buy it and sell it on Reverb for a PROFIT!”)

    Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmotron View Post
    In the “Old Business” (old synths) category, I’d like opinions on this:

    My old synth buddy wants to finally let go of his remaining modules and a board. The latter is a Roland JX-8P. I already own his old Super JX (JX-10P). So do I snag it? And if so, what is a good “buddy price” to offer him?

    The 10P covers most anything in that realm, but the 8P is such a classy “looker.” While only 6 voices, it would layer up (or split) so well with the 10P. I know this because when I first met him in 1987 or so, the two were what made him look like a god in my eyes (ha). And they did sound great together.

    Naturally, my 3080 module does most of all that (with more polyphony), but there is nothing like the real thing. And the keyboard version just looks so good and feels so good.

    (And yes, I hear you say: “just buy it and sell it on Reverb for a PROFIT!”)

    Thoughts? Thanks in advance.
    I would say buy it, but defenitly not say, sell it again for a profit. If you feel like buying it, buy it.

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    Hmmmmm...looks like prices these days float around $600-800 for a decent condition JX-8P. If he's a great buddy and it's in excellent shape...$300-$350 maybe?

    Also, not to compound the expense but you might want to know, this exists: http://www.dtronics.nl/pages/dt800.html

    I have their PG-300 clone for the MKS-50 and think it's fabulous


    (PS: haven't forgotten about a certain velocity question asked offline...been a bonkers week, need to spend a few with the HS and figure it out )
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    Thanks John!! I was thinking the same thing as far as price.

    That DT 800 looks fab. I do have the original Roland controller but of course I use it for the 10p. It would be great to have the DT for the 8p.

    (Thanks for your work on the velocity issue… please check my latest PM for an update about what Ashun said)

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    Minor update from a while ago...thanks to a big ol' assist from one of the guys who helped reverse engineer the Elka Synthex into the Xerxes synth, I've got a fully working Xerxes again In less than 12 hours he reseated the chip and gave the entire unit a spa day, calibrating and confirming everything was working as desired. Arrived back home yesterday and is working like a charm. Now I can get back to pretending I'm Jean-Michel Jarre circa 1984 and riff on the lazer harp preset for hours on end

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    Rockin’ Good News, Jean-Michel, um…John!!

    I am glad you are back up and running on it!

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