August 14, 2007

Busy, Busy, Busy (Open Thread)...

by Chris Randall

Sorry for the lack of posting, but I have 26 plates spinning right now. So this is a Tuesday Open Thread. What's on your mind? Anything new on the horizon you're slobbering over? (Obvious candidates include Tenori-On and this new thing from Dave Smith.)


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Aug.15.2007 @ 3:32 PM
"the real one is up now at matrixsynth. It looks quite a lot like the original, with some additional knobs."

matrixsynth now says that was photoshopped. Too bad. I'm sure it will have the typical DSI sticker front panel and cheapo knobs.


Aug.15.2007 @ 9:26 PM
Yeah, I saw that. What a bummer. I'm wasn't impressed with the construction of the Polyevolver I used to own (sounded great though). Not that it was bad, just not what you'd expect. I have an aversion to circuit board mounted pots, they seem flimsy (I'm talking to you, Korg). And what's with the pointer knobs on endless rotary encoders? That just doesn't make sense.

Aug.15.2007 @ 11:35 PM
Up until about 1978 most Japanese gear was super robust. Plastic and miniaturization came in pretty quickly after that.

Aug.16.2007 @ 12:45 AM
Roland still makes solid stuff these days. I got a handsonic as soon as they came out in america, which must be six or seven years ago now, and it has been constantly subjected to untold abuse since then and it still works great.

Aug.16.2007 @ 1:50 PM
i had a Moog Rouge and a Liberation. The Rogue, though it had the sound, was too simple to do a lot with, but the Lib and even more so the Multimoog were amazing instruments in terms of real time performance (as long as you didn't strap 'em on). Yamaha & Moog did really cool stuff with aftertouch ("force"), ribbons, etc., but then tossed it all aside (ie: memorymoog, source, and the lousy keyboard in the DX7).

Aug.17.2007 @ 2:52 AM
Ooh, the real picture is up and it actually looks quite nice!
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