March 10, 2006

Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday!!!

by Chris Randall
 



I'm one of those kinds of people that make lists. I make lists in notebooks, in really small handwriting. I have lots of notebooks. It's the sort of thing you'd see in a David Fincher movie, where he would use the large quantity of notebooks full of really small writing by way of illustrating that the person in question was, by any normal standard of measurement, completely batshit insane.


That obvious fact aside, I have two synth lists. One is called "The Big Three" or sometimes "The Holy Trinity." It looks like this:


1. Memorymoog

2. Prophet 5

3. Jupiter 8


That should be pretty obvious to anyone who knows anything about fuck all. My other synth list is mainly comprised of synths that, while not part of the Holy Trinity, are quite nice, and each and every one is Something I'd Like To Have At One Point Or Another. In the studio pictured above and below, you can basically see that list. This joint belongs to REwire, and not only does he/she/it (the site is not clear on that fact, so I'll be vague) have two of the Big Three, but a pretty fair portion of my other list as well.



There's an OSCar, a VCS3, a 2600, an MS20, and a Voyager. Dude (et al) has a pretty fucking nice collection. Nords are still giving me hives after last week's adventure, so I won't bring those up. And whatever with the Crackie mixer. But otherwise, it's a nice little space I wouldn't mind sitting in for a bit.


So, go visit his/her/their site. There are a couple more pics and a complete gear list in the "studio" section.



 
 
 

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Mar.10.2006 @ 3:43 PM
dm
I think the G2's filters are "meh" at best, but the oscillators themselves are very usable. Next time I'm home I'll post up a piece I did last week with the a square wave of the G2 going out into a Blacet Final Filtre and Time Machine. Its really undistinguishable from the similar pieces is did with my Dotcom last year. Actually, switching from the Dotcom to Blacet filter has waaaay more of an effect on the sound than say switching from the square wave on the G2 than Dotcom.

I had initially wanted to get an engine too, but you need to carry a computer around to switch patches which makes it pretty unuasable for live settings. (unless i completely misinterpreted the specs of the engine).

 
 

 
Mar.10.2006 @ 3:57 PM
cebec
no, you're right. you'd need a computer to switch patches, i believe.

have you tried any of the DIY filters by Rob Hordijk? many of his patches at the electro-music.com nord modular forum are just what's needed. his DIY four-pole, chebyshev, and amplitude-compensated ladder are better than the stock filters. best way to get good filters on the G2 is to roll your own or use feedback with the stock ones.

 
 

 
Mar.10.2006 @ 4:01 PM
Chris Randall
You can change patches with MIDI commands, I'm given to understand. Since my live rig (which hardly gets used anymore) requires two computers, it's not such a big deal for me. I do like the big keyboard, though.

-CR

 
 

 
Mar.10.2006 @ 9:07 PM
synthetic
I'm also working on an SSL Buss Comp. I'm hoping to pass audio this weekend. (Hah!) Next I order the box and jacks, followed by the Sifam meter and collet knobs.

Does the real nord sound better than the free G2 download? Because... yikes.

 
 

 
Mar.10.2006 @ 9:39 PM
cebec
well, were you running the demo at 96 kHz, and what are your soundcard's converters? and did you try any patches besides the ones included? i don't hear any difference between the demo on my emu 1616m and the hardware but do hear a difference when i run the demo on a dell optiplex with 'soundmax' or whatever.
 
 

 
Mar.11.2006 @ 1:10 AM
Chris Randall
Just a stab in the dark, but I'm gonna guess that Jeff (synthetic) is using a Tascam FW-1804 for conversion duties, which is certainly as good or better than a Soundblast... errr... Emu 1616m.

That said, I've been having good fun with the standalone since it was first released, and I find it to sound pretty good. As was noted, I think the filters are kind of "eh," but the rest of it is pretty slick. I have good fun running it through my Blacet/CGS stuff, which is what gave me the first desire to get a G2 Engine.

-CR

 
 

 
Mar.11.2006 @ 6:57 AM
space_monkey
I like the nord modular, for what it is. I've never used a lead. My personal preffered designation for entities of indeterminate gender and species is

s/he/it

 
 

 
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