June 11, 2007

Evolution Redux...

by Chris Randall

Okay, it's official. This box isn't doing it for me. I liked it a lot at first, but now that I've had it a couple months, I don't really care for it. I can't really enumerate my reasons for this, except to say that it just doesn't fit in to my workflow very well. I'm moody as hell when it comes to gear, and my equipment has a fairly high turnover rate (except for the ?ber high-end stuff, which I tend to keep forever) so it should come as no surprise to those of you that know me.

So, anyone want an Evolver Desktop? Essentially like-new condition; it has sat on my desk for the last 4 months. I'm looking to trade for something interesting; an analog mono synth of some sort. Bonus points if it's rackmount and has MIDI, but neither feature is that important. Drop me an email via the "Contact" link above if you've got something you'd like to trade.



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Jun.11.2007 @ 4:33 PM
i love the evolver. maybe i'm evangelical about it. i finally sold the dekstop and bought the keyboard version. it's a +/- thing. i miss having the whole synth in one hand and everthing being a pinky/thumb press away. the matrix can be really fast once you get it.

the KB is dope though. i've managed some really nice spongey basses w/weird transients/portamento

the soundtower editor is great for patch creation. i love the patch genetics function. it's amazing. i understand all the reasons people get sour on the evo but it always suprises me what comes out of it. it's capable of some great tones.


Jun.11.2007 @ 5:12 PM
Jinsaai: I personally find it interesting that anyone is that impressed with the Ion. I have one, and I want to sell it and get an evolver or something. I think the interface on the Ion is for the most part fine, but all the sounds lack balls IMO. I use my microcon way more than the ion, even though it's really simple, just cause it sounds so much better.

Jun.12.2007 @ 8:54 AM
I'll be sticking with my Prophet VS rack



Jun.12.2007 @ 9:28 AM
penzoil washington
the only new synths that don't sound like melamine baby food to me are made by Macbeth and Moog. Anyone selling early Korgs? I have a 700 and it's enormous-sounding, would like one of the others...

Jun.12.2007 @ 9:37 AM
Jeremy Cox
i think it sounds horrible.

Jun.12.2007 @ 11:12 AM
mike kiraly
it's got character for sure, but it needs some finessing - the biggest problem is getting past the presets - they don't do the unit any justice

Jun.12.2007 @ 11:29 AM
first, blank the entire machine out and make your own sounds. do the presets really get you that much further ahead if you already have an idea in mind? at the point where it frustrates, start to recreate it from a blank patch. you should know what's going on in your patch at that point. i never got anywhere w/ presets on any machine after i got the hang of synthesis.

second, read the manual and learn how to set the osc volumes so you aren't clipping it all the time. they don't like to all be set to 100 or 75 even. 50 is usually the max depending on how many you are using at once. dave explains this well in the manual.

it doesn't hand it all over to you nice and neat but i like that. i can certainly see the sound not being for some people's style of music but if the patch is a pretty standard mono it sounds great. the pwm bass is killer. but if you just want a "standard" monosynth why do you have an evolver? well because it can do all that shit. and everyone knew exactly what the interface was right when they bought the thing. if it made you discover you don't like matrix interfaces then say hello to the used market.



Jun.12.2007 @ 11:52 AM
I like the interface.

One thing about the Evolver, I wish more gear was like it:

- small
- capable
- cleverly designed
- makes good use of hybrid technologies
- and at a really good price point

Other gear that served you like an Evolver but didn't always sound like an Evolver would be cool in my book.


Jun.12.2007 @ 3:32 PM
I keep trying to talk myself into one, but I've never liked the sound. I can't say why, I just don't. "Why does this taste weird?" Who cares, it just does.

Of course, my trade offer is still on the table. ;)


Jun.12.2007 @ 6:14 PM
See, I'm loving my new evolver. I just used as it the synth bass in a new project, the analog panned mostly to the left, the digital to the right, which I doubled on bass guitar. It's a great first hardware synth for me: rather than just plinking out stupid melodies while randomly twisting virtual knobs (I exaggerate), it sort of forces me to really get to grips with it. Of course the soundtower editor is pretty much essential, but I'm really trying not to rely on it. But it's pretty easy to tweak the sequencer, at least in a basic way, and find useful stuff. I'm a little surprised by the comments about the presets. Yeah, a lot only are useful only for hearing "oh, it can do that sound." But there's some really amazing programming in there. There's one in there that is this gentle lapping melody of soft bell-tones that I can listen to for hours. What slays me is that the sequence itself is pretty simple and it's mostly built on, from what I can tell, PWM. And that I can send audio through it is just icing.

Anyway, if someone is looking to further their understanding of synth programming definitely contact Chris. I can see how it might not be the most useful tool for someone who already has a lot of experience with hardware sequencing and/or synths, but for a project studio jockey its a steal.


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