Small synths

Started by Levas, November 30, 2011, 03:17:24 PM

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U235

There is another small and very aggressive digital synthesizer inspired by the SID called Therapkid by Twisted Electrons, by the same French manufacturer of MEGAfm. I exchanged it last week for a jomox filter and I don't regret it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BRfGb4kaqU

skyloop

I justt bought a Microfreak and it's definitely the core of my set up now, It has a wide variety of things you can do with it with full control from the device over what preset I have on. I like that I can also organize presets for fast switching so I'm not noodling around when I'm playing looking for the right one. If I want it's all right next to each other with names I recognize cause you can customize those too. Stack on a bunch of pedals and you can make the original sound of it almost unrecognizable often. The only thing I wish I could do with it is add my own sounds.

Atrophist

I decided to give the SoMa Rumble of Ancient Times a go.

I was a bit sceptical because this whole chiptune, 8-bit video game sound thing is not my cup of tea at all. But there are certain types of explicitly digital sounds I do enjoy, and based on the YT demos it seemed capable of those too. Further on the plus side: small and very lightweight unit, affordable too.

However the unit is rather unpredictable, which is not usually a bad thing, but it strays too easily into the dreaded chiptune Pocket Operator territory. Also you cannot save any sounds or settings, every time you turn it on you'll be starting from zero all over again. In the end I sold it after a couple of days of messing around with it.


Into_The_Void

Quote from: Cementimental on August 25, 2022, 12:36:26 AM
OK this looks pretty great

https://www.moffenzeefmodular.com/store/knucklebuster

That´s a little beast! It´s a pity that it is so limited and expensive.

I recently have the chance to hear pretty cool things made with Volca Kick, used not to create kicks but some very interesting Vainio-ish "zaps" instead.
https://sabruxa.bandcamp.com/ (Industrial / ambient)

JLIAT

Re Big Synths. I've had a Behringer 2600 for a few months. 450 UKP. And more features than the original, 3 VCOs + LFO, Ring Mod, Voltage processor Sample and Hold etc. Plus fully integrates with Euro Rack. 

And like the original being semi modular and fully patchable not overtly 'musical', which maybe is the downside if you want tunes straight out of the box.

OK so the coloured lights on the faders are a bit OTT, but you can turn them down / off.

Cementimental

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Quote from: JLIAT on August 27, 2022, 06:57:19 PMRe Big Synths. I've had a Behringer 2600 for a few months. 450 UKP. And more features than the original, 3 VCOs + LFO, Ring Mod, Voltage processor Sample and Hold etc. Plus fully integrates with Euro Rack. 

And like the original being semi modular and fully patchable not overtly 'musical', which maybe is the downside if you want tunes straight out of the box.

OK so the coloured lights on the faders are a bit OTT, but you can turn them down / off.

Still looking out for one of these cheap... people on ebay all seem to be trying to get 2x the new price for 2nd hand ones even tho there's no shortage of new ones in stores!?

I read up about the different models, the blue and gray ones have real spring reverb but I don't know if that even matters or if mediocre digital reverb might be better for noise anyway :) and people's comments/reviews suggest there's a slight difference in sound with the original christmas tree lights version being more 'harsh' maybe

tiny_tove

Not a real synth, but a midi controller that is turning any machine in a drone machine via midi:

"The MIDI DRONE is basically a kind of 2-note arpeggiator, and allows you to control the speed and note of both until you obtain drones with any hardware or software synth, thanks to the possibility of MIDI USB or classic MIDI DIN output. The knob controls are playing speed of each voice, pitch of each voice, pitch bend and 5 Control Change ( from cc 23 to cc 27, fully assignable and customizable on request ), while the buttons control are power on/off , slow or fast mode, panic, program change down and up."

MIDI DRONE & MICROKORG, THE FULL VIDEO :

  https://youtu.be/AkcHBi34Z2g



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searchofexit

The Knucklebuster was definitely special. I got to use one on a trip to Portland once at Control Voltage on some other Moffenzeef synths they had there. Definitely still something worth tracking down

Penon

I am really thinking about getting my hands on Sonicware LIVEN MEGA Synthesis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9S2krHn83w

Yes it is intended as SEGA-inspired synth for retro video game soundtracks, but the range of sounds is quite amazing, I would love to try and run it through distortion...
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tiny_tove

Quote from: Penon on February 08, 2024, 09:20:50 PMI am really thinking about getting my hands on Sonicware LIVEN MEGA Synthesis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9S2krHn83w

Yes it is intended as SEGA-inspired synth for retro video game soundtracks, but the range of sounds is quite amazing, I would love to try and run it through distortion...

I want this as well. I have the liven 8bit and is fantastic and after fiddling a bit I was able to come out with structured industrial/aggressive patterns which was not the reason I bought it for ahah this seems even better!!!
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