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Re: The Synth Thread...

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:23 pm
by StevenO
I haven't really kept up to date with new stuff because... Mortgage. But, Arturia released a pretty cool little synth, the Micro Freak. It's retailing in Canada for around $399. Might have to pull the trigger on one of those in the future, if nothing else that is cheap and interesting comes out.

https://www.moogaudio.com/en/arturia-microfreak

Still considering getting yet another Keystep as well, but we'll see about that.

Re: The Synth Thread...

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:05 am
by Maggieo
StevenO wrote:
Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:23 pm
I haven't really kept up to date with new stuff because... Mortgage. But, Arturia released a pretty cool little synth, the Micro Freak. It's retailing in Canada for around $399. Might have to pull the trigger on one of those in the future, if nothing else that is cheap and interesting comes out.

https://www.moogaudio.com/en/arturia-microfreak

Still considering getting yet another Keystep as well, but we'll see about that.
I am right there with you, my brother! Especially since I scored a Model D for $200. The keysptep is amazing.

The Micro Freak looks like loads of fun.

Re: The Synth Thread...

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:33 pm
by Zork
Oh, there's this new Behringer Crave synth. Maybe it's just me but I think it sounds incredibly boring: https://youtu.be/U0sI8DtxSPU

The new stylophone looks like a lot of fun but all the demoes I've seen only showcase very distorted and nasty sounds: https://youtu.be/a26vQDkcwBs I wonder if it can do nice as well?

Also Waldorf put out a new va synth with 10 oscillators per voice and 8 part multitimbrality which is kind of overkill but also awesome: https://youtu.be/DUviCAy6hmU

I'm absolutely not in the market for another synth, but the new Arturia looks like fun indeed.

Re: The Synth Thread...

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:37 pm
by mackerelmint
Zork wrote:
Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:33 pm
Oh, there's this new Behringer Crave synth. Maybe it's just me but I think it sounds incredibly boring: https://youtu.be/U0sI8DtxSPU
Hard to tell from two and a half minutes. I suspect the usefulness is really in its semi modularity and that it could be patched in to a larger setup.

The demo was a sonic bore though, for sure.

Re: The Synth Thread...

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:47 pm
by StevenO
I'm a big fan of reverb on synths and, frankly, a lot of synths sound super boring without it. So I won't knock it until I try it. I will say, I love the compactness and yet usefulness of a lot of these synths that are coming out. No annoying banks and whatnot to go through. I'm a knob-turning/slider-pushing guy. if it doesn't have that, a yaaaaawn and a hard pass. Even my electric 2 will never get much use because while it's got knobs, it's control screen and bank-heavy.

Re: The Synth Thread...

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:52 pm
by StevenO
Maggieo wrote:
Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:05 am
StevenO wrote:
Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:23 pm
I haven't really kept up to date with new stuff because... Mortgage. But, Arturia released a pretty cool little synth, the Micro Freak. It's retailing in Canada for around $399. Might have to pull the trigger on one of those in the future, if nothing else that is cheap and interesting comes out.

https://www.moogaudio.com/en/arturia-microfreak

Still considering getting yet another Keystep as well, but we'll see about that.
I am right there with you, my brother! Especially since I scored a Model D for $200. The keysptep is amazing.

The Micro Freak looks like loads of fun.
Oh yes, nice! I think you'll love the Model D and the Keystep is easily one of my favourite purchases

Re: The Synth Thread...

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:46 am
by panoramic
mackerelmint wrote:
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:37 pm
Zork wrote:
Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:33 pm
Oh, there's this new Behringer Crave synth. Maybe it's just me but I think it sounds incredibly boring: https://youtu.be/U0sI8DtxSPU
Hard to tell from two and a half minutes. I suspect the usefulness is really in its semi modularity and that it could be patched in to a larger setup.

The demo was a sonic bore though, for sure.
this was tedious without a doubt.

Re: The Synth Thread...

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:11 am
by StevenO
When I've had a chance to play music, I've been primarily playing synths... Guitars have kind of gone by the wayside. No ambition to play or GAS for anything guitar-related. It would be nice to have someone who is also into synths to make some music with. Playing on my own, sequencing everything with midi, has been really nice and rewarding. More than guitar has, really, in a long time.

Hoping to pick up another Keystep and a bunch more midi cables when I can justify some spending. Also hoping to pick up some more stereo in/out pedals, like a delay, chorus, and phaser when some cheap ones come up for sale.

Re: The Synth Thread...

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:49 am
by redchapterjubilee
I walked into the Moog factory store Saturday and spent an hour playing with a Grandmother and walked out with one. Did not want to be that impressed with it but I was. It is taking the role in my solo synth rig formerly held by a Mono Lancet, which will then replace my ailing Monotron for making fun atonal noises and drones. My current dilemma will be whether I keep using my Microbrute for simple sequenced bass and occasional melodies or instead use the Keystep/Model D combo I've also got. These days I've been feeling less the keyboard + module thing and more wanting to have it all in one box for simplicity's sake, less setup time at a show, and less space on a power strip. I'm pretty comfortable on the 'Brute but still learning my way around the Model D's architecture and really don't know my way around the Keystep at all yet. Luckily no one's got a gun to my head and the fate of the world does not hinge on making this decision immediately. These are good problems to have.

Re: The Synth Thread...

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:46 pm
by StevenO
Well I'll never own anything like this ($$$$) but it sounds beautiful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1le-af ... gs=pl%2Cwn

Re: The Synth Thread...

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:16 pm
by Telliot
StevenO wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:46 pm
Well I'll never own anything like this ($$$$) but it sounds beautiful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1le-af ... gs=pl%2Cwn
Wow! :?

$3,749 is a bit out of my price range... :unsure:

Re: The Synth Thread...

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:15 pm
by mackerelmint
StevenO wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:46 pm
Well I'll never own anything like this ($$$$) but it sounds beautiful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1le-af ... gs=pl%2Cwn
Oh! You can get them already built now! I remember coming across some kind of page at some point where you could order a partial kit. Which is cool, if you have the patience and skill for that kind of thing.

Re: The Synth Thread...

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:01 am
by StevenO
Yeah, kit or pre-built, outside of my price range. BUT, I totally get it, too. It sounds really glorious.