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Post by mackerelmint » Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:08 am

I finally bought the microkorg I've been thinking about buying forever. Should be a good time.
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Post by Maggieo » Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:57 am

mackerelmint wrote:
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I finally bought the microkorg I've been thinking about buying forever. Should be a good time.
I got one for Xmas, and it's a fucking blast. Have fun!
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Post by mackerelmint » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:53 pm

Well, the problem with used synths is no manual and it's not like it's got one knob per feature. I'm looking forward to learning this thing, though.
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Post by redchapterjubilee » Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:40 am

Google is your friend.

https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http ... 2Fpdf%253B

When I'm bored at work I often track down synth manuals and read them for fun.

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Post by mackerelmint » Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:50 am

Yeah, I found it pretty easily on my own, but thanks for that.

Reading synth manuals is kind of an odd hobby, but so are a lot of things and learning is fun, eh?
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Post by redchapterjubilee » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:12 am

Even with the manual I find the Microkorg isn't really that fun to figure out how to deep dive program it. But that thing is a staple and has seen so much action in the time it's been on the market. Easily the synth I've seen the most on stages in the past 15 years. Pretty much every one with some degree of interest in electronic music has had one at one point or another (including myself).

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Post by mackerelmint » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:46 am

Even with the menu diving and 4 voice polyphony, that thing can do a LOT. It's kind of incredible, really.
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Post by Zork » Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:28 pm

Not only can it do a lot, it also sounds really good, even after 15+ years. I don't use mine all that often anymore but when I do I'm always having a blast. This thing is incredible indeed.

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Post by tdbajus » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:06 am

While we are on the subject, the Novation MiniNova is around the same price point and has, IMHO, comparable flexibility and a wonderful, less strident sound.

Though now you make me want to get another microkorg...

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Post by StevenO » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:09 am

I quite like the Microkorg but I do find it always sounds like a Microkorg... For better or for worse. It has this chewy (I don't know how else to describe it) sound to it and I never know if I love it or hate it.

I want one, though!

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Post by StevenO » Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:53 am

A part of me really wants the Modal Skulpt polysynth. It's the same price as the Microfreak, but for the 3 seconds I spent with that one... No thanks.

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Post by Jaguar018 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:28 am

Got a Roland Juno Alpha 1. It is 80s to the core. Still trying to figure out if I like it, or if it will mostly be a MIDI controller.

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Post by StevenO » Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:26 am

Those are wonderful synths. But that all depends on if you like the sounds, though, I guess. If you have an iPad, I think there's an app to control/program it...?

Play it into some spacious reverb and :-*

I've wanted one for awhile now as a more travel friendly alternative to lugging around my Juno 106. I hope you end up digging it. :)

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Post by mackerelmint » Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:20 am

There's this controller for the alpha juno, and it looks rad as hell. I mean, it costs a lot, but it's skookum hardware and being able to control 2 junos simultaneously to effectively have a 2 oscillator juno is pretty awesome. Especially since you could set a patch across both and then tweak it a bit for some really cool sounds.

They also do one for the JX 8/10P.
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Post by tdbajus » Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:14 pm

ANyone out there know if there are swappable curtis chips out there?

I'd love to replace the filter on my prophet with a Moog-style ladder(?) filter.

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