The Synth Thread...

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Re: The Synth Thread...

Post by Telliot » Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:05 pm

It’s been awhile since I contributed to this thread, but in the last 9 months I’ve had my Rhodes refurbished by a well sought after tech out here in LA...
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...and added a Sequential Prophet-6 to the mix.
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It’s been a good year. :-*
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Re: The Synth Thread...

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:45 pm

Damn Todd! That is amazing!!! Your music room is always the first thing I think about when I think about how classy and cool I want mine to look :) 8)
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Re: The Synth Thread...

Post by StevenO » Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:36 am

Woah, J and Todd. Amazing stuff!

J, glad you got the Matriarch. It seems like the perfect synth for you. There's so much available there for you to work with. A lot of synth lines are surprisingly, and thankfully, easy to play so you'll have a relatively easy time getting something truly musical out of it, for sure . Effects definitely help as well, mostly reverbs and delays, but see what you can get out of the synth without at kind of external modulation too!

Todd, so glad you got the Prophet 6! The perfect songwriter synth. I'm positive you'll put it to good use! Excited to hear what you end up doing with it.

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Post by Telliot » Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:21 am

Thanks, guys! :-*

I’m suuuuper anal about cord management. I’d rather not see anything that is avoidable, so it forces me to keep things tidy and easily managed.

As far as the Prophet is concerned, I think it’s the nicest piece of gear I’ve ever owned, from a build quality standpoint. I can’t believe how solid the thing is. The pots, buttons, and key bed all have solid, tactile feedback that feel precise and expensive. Very different from the synths I’ve played over my lifetime, let alone owned. It’s an expensive instrument for sure (I bought it used, in mint condition), but I don’t regret it whatsoever.

I spent a lot of time vacillating between the P6 and OB6, and finally just picked one. I love both and I don’t think there’s a wrong decision to be made here. I felt the OB6 leaned more towards the Blade Runner/soundtrack side of things, which is great, but not what I’m going for. The Interwebz are full of debates on the subject, but I’m not gonna spend any time second-guessing myself. This synth is incredible.
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Post by tdbajus » Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:52 am

Have you found the envelopes to be weirdly lagging? They are a log curve, I believe, rather than linear, but the result is when you turn the attack way up, you can hold a chord for a good 3 seconds before any audible sound.

Maybe I should have gotten the OB8.... Blade Runner is what I'm after, I guess.

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Post by Telliot » Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:25 pm

I have noticed a couple of the preset patches have quite a long envelope on them, but I haven't had enough time with it to speak with any sort of authority.
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Post by Maggieo » Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:32 pm

Shadoweclipse13 wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:51 pm
For the first time, I can finally post that I have a proper (or in the case of the Eurorack stuff, completed) synth!! It came yesterday :?

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I have a Grandmother, and yet, I covet your synth! :-*
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Post by mackerelmint » Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:28 pm

Ohhhhh... I never get too much of Todd's Tidy Keyboard Korner (tm). That really is a nice space full of nice things arranged nicely. Seeing that lovely Prophet perched atop the Rhodes like that just made me think of Matt Johnson, the guy who plays keys for Jamiroquai. He makes very nice videos playing and demonstrating his various keyboards, and he did one a few days ago of Rhodes and Moog. Just some really nicely played, soulful jamming. Worth a watch, as is his Moog one video.

The Prophet... man, what a great synth. If it's good enough for Hall and Oates and YMO... Happy new synth day, Todd.
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Re: The Synth Thread...

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:51 pm

StevenO wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:36 am
Woah, J and Todd. Amazing stuff!

J, glad you got the Matriarch. It seems like the perfect synth for you. There's so much available there for you to work with. A lot of synth lines are surprisingly, and thankfully, easy to play so you'll have a relatively easy time getting something truly musical out of it, for sure . Effects definitely help as well, mostly reverbs and delays, but see what you can get out of the synth without at kind of external modulation too!
Thanks Steven! It may just be the perfect synth for me. I'm definitely trying to get used to it on its own before adding a ton of stuff, but from everything I've heard, it seems that Moogs need a reverb at minimum to get that really epic sound. Though I might try a fuzz on it tomorrow :ph34r: I do eventually want to get into Eurorack properly (random modules as opposed to a specific sound like I was attempting before), but what might be fun is to have modules that work as effects or modulation for the Matriarch. AJH makes a 12-stage phaser called the Next Phase which sounds killer. But for now, I'm just trying to see how the Matriarch works on its own. That will probably take a while :D

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I have a Grandmother, and yet, I covet your synth! :-*
Thanks Maggie! It's been a lot of fun to play with so far. Every time I turn it on, I'm just blown away by how much it can do and the variety of sounds, even from changing just the oscillators a bit.

I don't know if you saw this when I posted it a couple days ago, but Moog/Lisa Bella Donna posted a video where she plays a Grandmother AND a Matriarch and they sound GLORIOUS together.
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Post by Maggieo » Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:33 am

mackerelmint wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:28 pm
Ohhhhh... I never get too much of Todd's Tidy Keyboard Korner (tm). That really is a nice space full of nice things arranged nicely. Seeing that lovely Prophet perched atop the Rhodes like that just made me think of Matt Johnson, the guy who plays keys for Jamiroquai. He makes very nice videos playing and demonstrating his various keyboards, and he did one a few days ago of Rhodes and Moog. Just some really nicely played, soulful jamming. Worth a watch, as is his Moog one video.

The Prophet... man, what a great synth. If it's good enough for Hall and Oates and YMO... Happy new synth day, Todd.
What Megan said, like, times two. :-* :-* :-* :-* :? :? :? :? :?
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Post by Telliot » Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:41 am

Maggieo wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:33 am
mackerelmint wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:28 pm
Ohhhhh... I never get too much of Todd's Tidy Keyboard Korner (tm). That really is a nice space full of nice things arranged nicely. Seeing that lovely Prophet perched atop the Rhodes like that just made me think of Matt Johnson, the guy who plays keys for Jamiroquai. He makes very nice videos playing and demonstrating his various keyboards, and he did one a few days ago of Rhodes and Moog. Just some really nicely played, soulful jamming. Worth a watch, as is his Moog one video.

The Prophet... man, what a great synth. If it's good enough for Hall and Oates and YMO... Happy new synth day, Todd.
What Megan said, like, times two. :-* :-* :-* :-* :? :? :? :? :?

Thank you! I'd literally just finished watching that Matt Johnson video before reading Megan's comment. :D

I'm having a blast with the Prophet. I think it's going to take me some time before I fully understand it, but I LOVE the fact there's no menu diving and every function has a respective knob or button out in the open to better help visual people (like me) understand what's going on. In the meantime, I've uploaded the OMOM soundset from the DSI site, and purchased a couple others I thought might be good jumping off points.
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Its not much but its a start :)
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Post by StevenO » Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:48 am

As much as I just want Behringer to release their OB synth, their new Korg MS-20 clone looks really interesting!

https://youtu.be/A-tyaZgx3Ao

Between that and the new Roland JU-06a? Gas is brewing but also *shrug*

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Post by redchapterjubilee » Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:11 am

You guys have much cooler rigs than me!

Pulled these out of the closet this weekend. A friend asked me to come up with a "Aldo Nova/1984"/EV150/Holy Diver" sort of intro for one of his songs so I spent the better part of yesterday morning trying to come up with something. I'm getting somewhere but it's not quite there yet. On my desk I have the rig run through an Echo Park and an Alesis Ineko.

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Post by Maggieo » Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:44 am

redchapterjubilee wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:11 am
You guys have much cooler rigs than me!

Pulled these out of the closet this weekend. A friend asked me to come up with a "Aldo Nova/1984"/EV150/Holy Diver" sort of intro for one of his songs so I spent the better part of yesterday morning trying to come up with something. I'm getting somewhere but it's not quite there yet. On my desk I have the rig run through an Echo Park and an Alesis Ineko.

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That's a pretty cool rig in my book!

Say, got and favorite settings or patches for the Grandmother?
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