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Post by StevenO » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:19 am

They're shockingly close, but they make you want the real thing.

I owned the JX-03 for a bit and I liked it a lot but for a little over twice the price I got a Juno 106 and it doesn't feel like a toy.

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Post by Maggieo » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:35 am

StevenO wrote:They're shockingly close, but they make you want the real thing.

I owned the JX-03 for a bit and I liked it a lot but for a little over twice the price I got a Juno 106 and it doesn't feel like a toy.
Looks and sounds like the waveforms are the same. https://youtu.be/t-bD0M_e4iM
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Post by StevenO » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:15 am

For sure. They did a great job of modelling the synths. They're I think 4 voice rather than 8, but meh!

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Post by Maggieo » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:52 am

StevenO wrote:For sure. They did a great job of modelling the synths. They're I think 4 voice rather than 8, but meh!
Well, that sucks. I've got access to a full 88 MIDI keyboard, after all.
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Post by Maggieo » Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:32 pm

Holy cow, check out this awesome Juno-60 solo.
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Post by eggwheat » Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:45 pm

StevenO wrote:For sure. They did a great job of modelling the synths. They're I think 4 voice rather than 8, but meh!
The original Juno is 6 voice. But yeh 4 sucks. I had a Jupiter 4..never liked it. The 4 is better(imo) as a mono in Roland ProMars form which is a amazing sounding synth. Really for a chord machine you need 6 poly minimum if you don't want to get your note tails cut off all the time.

The Juno 6/60/106 is one of the nicest sounding cheaper(used to be!) vintage polysynths you can buy.

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Post by StevenO » Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:30 pm

Ooof, yes. 6 voice. I got confused because I reading up on the modules and I read that you can daisy chain them for 8 voices. Which is pretty cool, I guess... I'd still rather have the big ol' Juno.

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Post by OffYourFace » Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:22 am

Maggieo wrote:Any opinions on the Boutique Juno?
I've had one since they came out, along with the little keyboard attachment. I only use it when i travel so I have something to play with. It's small enough for me to play with on a long flight if I'm bored. Other than that, I don't use it for recording or anything. It's a great toy that borderlines as a tool.
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Post by dezb1 » Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:28 pm

My new awesome £20 synth

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Post by StevenO » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:49 pm

Anyone have any thoughts on the new Roland SH-01a? Kind of interested in it, personally.

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Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:46 pm

In the quest for that classic Sci-Fi Moog sound (and more!), I finally started on the path to Eurorack. Tonight, with some of the money I had saved from some of the guitar gear I've sold in the last week or so, I bought a power supply, power supply buss board, and a set of Tip Top Audio Z-Rails, so I can make my own Eurorack case 8)

It's gonna be awhile before I get the modules I want, but I've got the first few planned. Here's the overall plan (haven't decided on which ADSR module, and not sure about the two modules at the right end at all either):
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I'm planning on one VCO, the filter, and the VCA to start with, and then go from there.

For the case, I was really inspired by the slight-tilted, almost-upright classic Moog modular stuff (as shown here being played by Hans Zimmer) where I could slide the controller/keyboard underneath when not playing:
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Maybe something simple like this:
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Re: The Synth Thread...

Post by tdbajus » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:09 pm

Pleasantly surprised to find this here! I feel stupid for having not looked before.

I just bought my first big boy synth, a Prophet 6. It has, unfortunately made me now hate all my old synths. My poor MiniNova- such an amazingingly powerful little guy- gets no love. I had a Roland boutique Juno and Jupiter, and a subPhatty. All sold.

Here's the super weird thing though- with all the other, cheaper, far more flexible modern synths, I could get exactly what I wanted, easily.

The Prophet, though... man, it's frustrating. When I turn on a subOsc, I do it because I want a clean octave below for bass notes, not because I want to significantly change the timbre the mids and highs. I'm almost certainly describing this badly, but I know it can be done they way I'm trying to describe it, because I could do it on both Juno, the Jupiter, and the MiniNova.

The thing is, I had trust in the 9 bazillion people who swear it's amazing. I mean, there's also the matter of the 9 bazillion amazing records with Prophet all over them.

So, I just sort of assumed that i was still dealing with user error.

Also, it was not lost on my that when I was trying to design sounds I was frustrated, but when I listened to the recordings of solo synth/gtr/drum machine jams, I absolutely loved it.

There is something so incredibly 3D in the patches you can build. There's an option to pan the individual notes- you can go from mono all the way to full ping pong. A lot of stuff I listen to now sounds so small. It's gotten me obsessed with wide, detailed stereo fields with minimal instrumentation- basically a variety of modified Jazzmasters, played pretty clean, swimming in this dense soundchowder.

And I'm not talking that tomatoey Manhattan clam chowder, either, bub.

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Post by gusman2x » Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:30 am

My boutique d-05 arrived yesterday. But it's a Christmas present! Aaarrgggg

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Post by StevenO » Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:43 am

I stopped by a music store yesterday and saw a Prophet 12 set up, so I decided to go over to it. Plugged some headphones into it and started to play. THANK GOD I could not get any sound out of it, because I'm not entirely sure I could handle enjoying a 3k+ synth.

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Re: The Synth Thread...

Post by StevenO » Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:28 pm

I played a Prophet 8 and a Prophet 12 today and left feeling so "meh" about them. I bet they're fantastic and need a lot of digging deep into them to get the best from them, but right now I'm happy with my Juno.

My Prodigy on the other hand... :-/

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