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Old 09-05-2012, 03:38 PM   #21
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Re: What kind of hardware synth to buy

Question about the Minibrute - can it work as a synth without the software?

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Old 09-05-2012, 03:49 PM   #22
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Question about the Minibrute - can it work as a synth without the software?
Ya, it's fully analog. There is no software.

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Old 09-05-2012, 03:50 PM   #23
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Re: What kind of hardware synth to buy

Minibrute is an analog synth, so yes, just plug in your headphones and tweak away!

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Old 09-05-2012, 03:53 PM   #24
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... all for like $700. ...
Sounds like a lot compared to here in the netherlands... only 380 for a brand new one

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Old 09-05-2012, 03:56 PM   #25
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Re: What kind of hardware synth to buy

I love how they posted some patches on Arturia's website, check this bass patch out!

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Old 09-05-2012, 04:00 PM   #26
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Re: What kind of hardware synth to buy

Cool about the Minibrute. It seems pretty neat.

Although I'm still not sure what use I would have for a monophonic-only keyboard.

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Old 10-05-2012, 03:40 AM   #27
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Re: What kind of hardware synth to buy

Your headed straight down a rabbit hole from which there is no return with this hardware business.

My next synth is going to be a Nord Rack 2. Four part multitimbral, no efx but, it sounds like no other VA out there.

Edit: You can get one, if you look hard enough, for $500 usd.


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Old 10-05-2012, 04:14 AM   #28
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Re: What kind of hardware synth to buy

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Cool about the Minibrute. It seems pretty neat.

Although I'm still not sure what use I would have for a monophonic-only keyboard.
Bass.

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Old 14-05-2012, 12:14 AM   #29
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I'd also like to give a plug for the Waldorf Blofeld module. Talk about a beast! I recently purchased another one after trading my first one away a couple of years ago. The reason I bought another one is simple: ever since trading, I missed it in my set up.

$ for $, I don't know if there is a better value than the Blofeld. The sonic possibilities on that thing are incredible. It's got your basic subtractive synthesis, coupled with wavetable and some FM synthesis, and the modulation matrix is basically like having an entire modular system at your fingertips - it has 16 fully programmable modulators that can send and receive any parameter to any other parameter. The arp is powerful and intuitive, 3 OSC per voice, 25 voices, 16 part multi, 2 great filters, and 2 f/x tracks, all for like $700. It's also very easy to program thanks to the large screen, and even though it only has 7 knobs, it is a breeze to move through.

It's also small enough to put in a small backpack, and built like tank.

A few complaints: it only has MIDI in - no out or through. No audio in. It can be a bit buggy, but Waldorf has been supporting it since it's release, and the newest OS seems very stable.

Also, for an additional $99 you can unlock it's sampling bank, and then have space to load your own samples which can also be used as wavetables in OSC 1 or 2.

Anyhow, that's the Blofeld. And no, I don't work for Waldorf!
I second this. I've been considering buying one. Will be selling my k2600XS and some other old gear for the Biofeld and a Machinedrum MKII.
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Re: What kind of hardware synth to buy

^Good call on the MD, I have the other one that's grey but not the one thats black.

I love those Elektron boxes.

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Old 14-05-2012, 02:26 AM   #31
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Re: What kind of hardware synth to buy

the Mini Brute does look nice. It's a great alternative to the Slim Phatty, if it existed when I got my Phatty it would've been some serious competition.

Yes be warned- once you get some hardware, you'll only want more. Next thing you know you'll need 6 poly evolvers.

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Re: What kind of hardware synth to buy

I'd say just get something purely analog. Maybe a minibrute, or maybe some old synth you can get you hands on. For the most part I don't think hardware digital synths provide enough of a contrast to the sounds of softies to warrant their purchase. That said the virus ti sounds amazing (especially since they added 'analog drift' in the mod matrix) but its expensive as hell.

and it really you dont need hardware, but it can be reallly nice. I find that I can get software to sound organic and sweet, but it usually takes MANY more steps.
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Old 15-05-2012, 04:25 AM   #33
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Re: What kind of hardware synth to buy

I really want the minibrute too OMG....but I heard it doesn't save patches???? I see you guys posted patches up there, where the crap did I hear that it saved no patches?

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Re: What kind of hardware synth to buy

doesn't save pactched. those are diagrams that tell show you the values to turn the knobs to.
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Old 15-05-2012, 10:18 AM   #35
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the Mini Brute does look nice. It's a great alternative to the Slim Phatty, if it existed when I got my Phatty it would've been some serious competition.

Yes be warned- once you get some hardware, you'll only want more. Next thing you know you'll need 6 poly evolvers.
This is SO TRUE!!! It's an addiction. I have a pretty nice little studio set-up here in my apt. I use Live and my array of VST's borders on fucking ridiculous! Meaning I have a LOT!! (Soft-ware is another addiction.)

I went through a MIDI controller addiction, and bought, sold traded a ton of shit and ended up w/ my current set-up, APC40, Launchpad, AXIOM25. I'm pleased with that set-up although I've been checkin' out the QuNeo and I think I'll be grabbing one of those

My hard-ware synth addiction began about a year ago when I bought a Micro-Korg. I loved that little fucker but circumstances (bills,) forced me to part w/ it. I haven't gotten over it yet. I still want to get another one cuz I loved that thing. Anyway, I recently found a Roland GAIA super cheap on Craigslist. I bought it and I must say I'm a tad disappointed w/ it. Don't get me wrong, it's super fun to make patches with because the controls are basically one for one. Every thing has a slider or a knob of it's own, so the interface is amazing!!! It's got 3 OSC's, filters, LFO's, Pitch and Amp ENV. Also, global effects and it's fucking 64 voices! That said, it's sound just doesn't really do it for me, and the modulation options leave much to be desired. but I'll probably keep it just because it's so much fun to program. Also because w/ all those knobs and slider it makes a sick ass controller.

ABout 2 weeks ago I found an Alesis Micron on E-bay. I bid on it and ended up getting it for $150.00. This little thing is awesome! Yes it is a bitch to program but I figured it out pretty quickly and as far as VA goes, this thing sound AMAZING!!!! There's literally only 6 controls on the whole thing including Pitch wheel but I'm telling you it is suchh a dope lil' synth and so much fun to play. I don't think I'll ever part w/ this one and if it dies I'll probably get another.

I had a DX-7 for awhile but that thing is just way too hard to program. I figured it out but it's not fun at all.

I'd love to get an Access Virus of some sort but I just don't have $$ like that. But, my addiction is in full swing at this point. Sometimes I spend hours scouring e-bay and just reading about different synths on the old inter-webz. I honestly don't need it because I own and have pretty much mastered a bunch of softies but there's just something sexy and fun and different about a machine dedicated to creating sounds and tweaking the shit out of them. I've extensively mapped a lot of my soft synths so as to have physical control but there's just something different about a dedicated synth. I can sit in bed and fuck around and write melodies and patches and then go into the studio later and use it in a song. Lately, I've had my eye on the Novation Ultra-Nova and the Mini-brute. In fact I may sell the GAIA to fund the Mini-Brute. I really need (ok, want) an Analog Synth.

OMG. I just wrote a fucking novel!! Sorry about that, it's 6 AM, guess I'm up now. Anyway, be careful w/ this endeavor. Your rent will be late. GET A MINI BRUTE!!!

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I really want the minibrute too OMG....but I heard it doesn't save patches???? I see you guys posted patches up there, where the crap did I hear that it saved no patches?
What's the big deal with no patch saving?
Sample your patches and off you go!

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What's the big deal with no patch saving?
Sample your patches and off you go!
RIGHT!!!! It is 2012 after all!

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Old 15-05-2012, 02:50 PM   #38
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Re: What kind of hardware synth to buy

Building your own modular would be the most fun and best way to get exactly what you wan't. The learning curve is of course more flat than buying a Korg, Nord, Virus, DSI or what ever, but in the long run, you won't regret it... And it looks beautiful in your studio/livingroom/bedroom
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Re: What kind of hardware synth to buy

Same problem here. started out with a miniak, then an ax60, kawai k3, evolver, tempest, machinedrum, blofeld. i kept the last 4 units. when I bought the miniak, i thought it would be a One time purchase of hw synth. boy was i wrong they have a name for this disease, it's called GAS.

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What's the big deal with no patch saving?
Sample your patches and off you go!

Sounds like a lot of extra work to me, but I've never done it so maybe it's easier then I think...

It just seems like not being able to quickly save a patch would add a significant amount of time to the production process which I don't like...all of my hardware already does that, but it is worth it for the most part.

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