February 24, 2006

Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday!!!

by Chris Randall
 



If you were ever curious as to the studio that lives in my head, when I think about what my studio should be, instead of what it is, above is a picture of it. Of course, it doesn't have Michael Hoenig in it, hardly ever. And I imagine I could probably come up with a better storage medium than the mass quantity of 5.25" floppies he has. And I almost certainly wouldn't have a DX7 in it. But otherwise, yup, that's it pretty much exactly.


For the full-size, click here. This is taken from the Santuarios site, which consists, by and large, exclusively of scans of semi-famous synth players sitting in front of their rigs from 80s-era Keyboard magazines. The early 80s were kind to neither fashion nor hairstyles, but there's some pretty fly-ass synths to be had. All the usual suspects are well-represented, and you can easily spend an hour getting your monitor all sticky-like going through the photos. The rest of the site is in some language that isn't English, and is thus completely oblique to an American such as myself.

 
 
 

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Feb.24.2006 @ 2:20 PM
cacealian
"Nowadays, there are people using the DX7 that are creating some sounds you swear comes from some abuse of a modular synth"

There's some truth to this. I've programmed sounds on a DX7 that fooled Steve Roach - he thought I was using a Matrix12. Of course the flipside of this is that it sounded good because it *didn't* sound like a DX7.

 
 

 
Feb.24.2006 @ 2:22 PM
Chris Randall
w00t! We got ourselves a Death Match going!

I never said in the above comments that FM sucks. I said, and most anyone who owns or has owned one would agree, that the DX7 itself has some major issues that take it out of consideration for any sort of "cool." And, no, there is really no way you can program a DX7 to sound anything resembling good, in my oh-so-humble opinion, assuming you'd want to take the time.

The Casio PD series are much better for that type of sound, and the FS1R is the bomb. I'm referring specifically to the DX7, not FM in general.

-CR

 
 

 
Feb.24.2006 @ 2:42 PM
cacealian
"...assuming you'd want to take the time"

I had to - the DX7 was all I had! I totally agree otherwise. It's biggest problems are the lack of lfos and flexible routing thereof, and the absence of a post oscillator audio processing. There are lots of synths available now that fix these problems.

 
 

 
Feb.24.2006 @ 3:38 PM
Suit & Tie Guy
"the DX7 itself has some major issues that take it out of consideration for any sort of 'cool.'" - CR

yeah. however, the DX5 is pretty damn sick. it has the interface the DX7 should have had and a better analogue output section.

here's an example of how the DX5 is an instrument you can _jam_ with:

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it's mainly one take, DX5, some sub bass out of an alpha juno later on, and a couple other voices. all the DX5 twaking is in real-time.

here's the edit layout for reference:

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Feb.24.2006 @ 4:07 PM
Chris Randall
Well, that bears a striking resemblance to Digital Native Dance, which brings the conversation full circle back to the D50. Congratulations.

-CR

 
 

 
Feb.24.2006 @ 4:58 PM
D' MacKinnon
I have DX21 that I picked up on the cheap. I've been able to get some Wumpscut-ish sounds out of it but that's about it. Complete pain in the ass to program on, I used it mostly as a controller until I got another 66-key synth that use for a controller now.
 
 

 
Feb.24.2006 @ 5:31 PM
inteliko
"anyone who uses a 303 today ... should be shot!"

..someone call sweetwater on this guy and tell them hes givin away freeware..after all the # is everywhere!!!!!

 
 

 
Feb.24.2006 @ 7:36 PM
giantm
I like to think that there is no such thing as a bad synth.

However I do have 2 Yamaha FM boxes sitting here in front of me that I have never managed to get a good sound out of (FB-01, DX-100). Hmm, I can't really go too much farther into this thought without self-deprecation...

303's however are definitely overdone. Some people manage to do some interesting things with them (Ritchie Hawtin). But the majority that are doing overdriven high res bass lines are making me hate the 303 left and right.

 
 

 
Feb.25.2006 @ 4:48 AM
Suit & Tie Guy
"303's however are definitely overdone."

yeah i was just thinking there were way too many records with Hammond organ on them.

let's line all of the organists and the acid house live PA guys up and shoot them in sequence.

 
 

 
Feb.25.2006 @ 9:10 PM
RexRhino
Hey, when I said that people using the 303 should be shot, it was a joke. I don't believe in the death penalty, let alone for making a poor choice in synth. I apologize to anyone who mistook my humor for a death threat.

But, speaking of the DX7 and 303... I remember back in 89, asking the guy in the music shop about the 303, and like all the people who were seriously into synthesizers back then, they would insist the 303 was a peice of crap. I have heard of people purchasing them for $20 back then. Now the same people despise the DX7, but love the 303. I seriously think that the DX7 will be the next 303.

The only thing that might not make this true, is that the DX7 or even more complex FM synthesis stuff is just so easy to do in a plugin (One of the reasons that FM became the first mass-produced digital synths is because the computation used is so little), and hopefully modern day plugin writers would know a little bit more about ergonomics than Yamaha in the 1980s. A DX7 plugin (or more complex FM - no reason to limit to 6 ops nowadays), but with every parameter as a slider or knob or something, would be awsome.

 
 

 
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