September 29, 2006

As if I didn't have enough shit...

by Chris Randall

Those of you that are quick like little bunnies might have noted that there was an MKS-80 for sale on Analogue Haven's used page for a minute today. I say "was" because I bought that bitch. I've been wanting one of these for nigh on 20 years, and I finally knuckled down and got one. Now I need to scare up an MPG-80, I guess. I can live without it, of course, but it'd be nice to have. (Oh, it's a Rev 5, for those of you curious about such things.)



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Sep.29.2006 @ 7:30 PM
Nice. My rev 5 is probably my favorite synth. Unfortunately, the programmer cost me just as much as the synth did. (I didn't use mine very much until I got the programmer. You absolutely need one.)

Mine doesn't have an AES/EBU output though, you must have found a special model. ;)


Sep.29.2006 @ 7:31 PM
Chris Randall
Heh. You're funny.

Is there a recommended software programmer in lieu of the MPG80?



Sep.29.2006 @ 7:45 PM
awesome. congrats. i have one too. w/the mpg-80. every once in a while i think of selling it but then come to my senses.

the mpg-80 is cool but not totally necesary. the resolution of the sliders is kind of limited. they. have a very short throw. it can be tedious.

the motu unisyn editor is really simple and fast.


Sep.29.2006 @ 8:59 PM
Chris Randall
Unisyn is good and all, but it's OSX only. I need one that is for PC, as my music computer is same.



Sep.29.2006 @ 9:37 PM

there's a patch editor somewhere for PC. i couldn't find it. there's these two places though in case you need a pdf of the manual etc.

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Sep.29.2006 @ 10:17 PM
midiquest mks-80 editor:
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jealousy consumes me...

but, i do have a pair of A7s here for the weekend. :-)


Sep.29.2006 @ 10:43 PM
I have had nothing but bad luck with editor/librarians since Opcode stopped making Galaxy Plus Editors. I miss Opcode, the integration between Galaxy and Vision is still unsurpassed.

There's a freeware editor for Windows, I'm sure you can find it with a search. I could never get it to work, see above.


Sep.29.2006 @ 11:11 PM
Aenemone Carbuncler
the mpg isn't what it should be, it just doesn't feel like it's part of the synth, like you'd expect. Actually, I prefered the sound of the Jup 6 or 8 also. It's a great box, i just never used it enough so ended up selling, sold the Jup 6 as well, but often miss that one. Sold an Xpander also... never missed it, but of course it has it's place. Come to think of it, I traded the jup 6 + other gear to Rogue for the xpander, prolly why I missed the jup 6 so much, just never cared for the Xpander.
sorry rambling... Somehow, i got the Jup 6 shipped to me for $250 from some place in Oregon, in like new condition. what a deal! the mks+mpg-80 was like $800. '96-'97. hard to find deals anymore, thanks to ebay mostly.

Sep.30.2006 @ 1:31 AM
Congrats! I've got one w/mpg that I bought off a guy in '89. He wanted a Korg M-1 so I gave him 400 for the pair before he traded it in! I love it and the programmer is cool...however I have a difficult time recording and editing the SysEx data that it spits out. For one thing, you need to filter everything except sysex on the midi output of the MKS or you will get crazy data loops that crash the thing. I use Logic as well, which unfortunately doesn't really allow you to edit sysex very easily. So I think you might be better off with a software editor anyway.

Sep.30.2006 @ 1:56 AM
Try Midiquest or Soundiver (if you can find a copy of it ,apple discontinued it when bought emagic)

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