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Old 18-12-2017, 05:07 AM   #41
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Why not make it real simple? Primary oscillators/Sound sources must be single cycle waveforms only (sine, tri, saw, pulse). That’s what most hardware is, anyway. No granular synths. Also, VST jocks, unless you pony up in excess of $8,000, your hardware synth is rather unlikely to have more than 12 voice polyphony with more than pitch, amp, filter, and maybe two utility envelopes, two LFOs per voice.

Also, keep in mind that a popular production technique with hardware is to record sessions and then sample/loop the best parts. You know, when there is that fleeting alignment of resonances that gives you goosebumps and you later spend hours to try to recreate until you give up in frustration. You’ll be happy you had your reel running (virtual or a real Reel-2-Reel, you lucky bastard).
To your first point, that is why I suggested just going with a literal virtual analog synth. While I'm 110% willing to admit some clarification was needed initially, if a person can't figure what is acceptable and what isn't at this juncture, don't submit. If one has to ask, "does this crazy ass 1280 voice 27 oscillators of god soft synth OK?" kindly see yourself out.

I'm also happy to restrict this further if needed and tell people they can only use one hardware synth or one software version of a hardware synth (there are plenty of free/common-inexpensive ones out there).

As for your second point. People are free to use their DAWs and FX vsts as they choose, which hardly makes this a "challenge" at all in my mind. Chopping and arranging audio on the time line of your DAW is pretty much like getting to use the most complicated sampler/multi track recorder ever.

And as for SampleTank in your MPC as mentioned earlier--we already ruled out samplers. (again, using your DAW is basically like a giant super mutant sampler anyway).

I know you get it liquid_air and I appreciate the suggestions. I am admittedly frustrated (in general, not by you) and that isn't anyone's fault but mine for being vague in the OP.

I hope everything is clear now for everyone. But if you really do have a question, anyone at all, I'm happy to keep answering and clarifying.

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Old 18-12-2017, 05:33 AM   #42
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: I'm just pulling your leg.

Now, if someone pulls this off using an additive synth as the only synth, (s)he is welcome to use as many sinewave oscillators as needed. That'd be more like the 1028 oscillator synth from hell - well, to me at least.

EDIT: oh, and, fuck you for not allowing me to use my Avalon as a second synth. Unfair!

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Old 18-12-2017, 06:25 AM   #43
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Haha. Right on. :p

Just use the Avalon only!!!

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It kind of doesnít do percussion. Like, at all.

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Old 18-12-2017, 06:24 PM   #47
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Thank you! I think these may help clarify. When I get the chance I'll edit those into the OP.

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Old 18-12-2017, 06:29 PM   #48
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: So it's OK of we use more than one mono-synth for the challenge?

I suppose the rule wouldn't apply to mono-synths, - since they're not really synths if you think about it. I was actually beginning to fear we would only be allowed to use one mono as well, so I really appreciate that you found these examples!

They should probably change the name of the competition though, since it kind of makes it look like you can only use one synth.
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Old 18-12-2017, 06:33 PM   #49
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: So it's OK of we use more than one mono-synth for the challenge?

I suppose the rule wouldn't apply to mono-synths, - since they're not really synths if you think about it. I was actually beginning to fear we would only be allowed to use one mono as well, so I really appreciate that you found these examples!

They should probably change the name of the competition though, since it kind of makes it look like you can only use one synth.
You can only use ONE synth. You can record as many sounds as you like from it. It can be a poly synth. You can record 1,001 patches/sequences/sounds from your ONE synth. Whatever it takes to get your song done. All sounds must come from a single source, the synth you choose.

Also, how in the actual fuck is a monosynth "not really a synth"?

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Old 18-12-2017, 06:39 PM   #50
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: So it's OK of we use more than one mono-synth for the challenge?

I suppose the rule wouldn't apply to mono-synths, - since they're not really synths if you think about it. I was actually beginning to fear we would only be allowed to use one mono as well, so I really appreciate that you found these examples!

They should probably change the name of the competition though, since it kind of makes it look like you can only use one synth.
Not gonna touch the mono synth thing since that's absolutely absurd.
But you didn't watch the videos? They are all made with one synth, tracked out to make all the sounds.
And you could layer a mono synth to make it a poly in a sampler.
Just a really odd comment imo.
Not trying to be harsh or anything I just don't understand where you are coming from on this one.
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Old 18-12-2017, 06:44 PM   #51
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Also, how in the actual fuck is a monosynth "not really a synth"?
I couldn't resist pulling your leg. Sorry. I think the rules have been made thoroughly clear at this point
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Ok, so we can only use one single monophonic synth as the sole sound source for any and all sounds. And it must be hardware or an emulation thereof.

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Ok, so we can only use one single monophonic synth as the sole sound source for any and all sounds. And it must be hardware or an emulation thereof.
Polysynth will be fine too, nothing against chords.

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As I understood, it doesn't have to be a hardware emulation. Any VA synth is cool , as long as the synths' possibilities are similar to 'classic' hardware synths. No granular oscillators or smt like that.

Seems like there'll be quite a few people using the A4^^

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As I understood, it doesn't have to be a hardware emulation. Any VA synth is coom , as long as the synths' possibilities are similar to 'classic' hardware synths. No granular oscillators or smt like that.

Seems like there'll be quite a few people using the A4^^
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Couple more tracks. this time polyphonic.
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iím gonna do my best to submit something for this even tho i dont have a work space to work on. but if i get a good result iíll submit!

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Btw, how do people get this neat 'IDMf Artist' banner under the user name?

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Btw, how do people get this neat 'IDMf Artist' banner under the user name?
Very good point.

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