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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I ended up ditching my Virus KC for cash and a Minilogue, over the summer. I'm not a keyboardist but the slim keys on the Minilogue still managed to annoy the shit out of me and the way the envelopes cycled made it not play nice with the rest of my gear, so I ditched that for a DSI Mono Evolver Keyboard, which I am starting to like more and more, now. I don't have any polys anymore. I've come to accept that I am not a poly kind of guy.
I love the idea of the minilogue but I'm gonna need to spend a little more time to see if it'll be useful to me or more of a gimmick. I've played it and don't mind the key size too much, not like a microkorg.

GC also has the akai timbrewolf for $199 for labor day now. One trick pony yes, but still a $200 new analog polyphonic synth seemed like a pipe dream a few years back.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't heard much about the Timberwolf, after it's disastrous Anderton's NAMM demo. Hopefully they got the tuning issues worked out.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I haven't heard much about the Timberwolf, after it's disastrous Anderton's NAMM demo. Hopefully they got the tuning issues worked out.


Lmfao had never seen that, explains the price point. That demo should be used as an example of how not to represent your product when training these spokespeople. "Oh hey it works how neat" lol
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. That looks like a spoof, it's so bad.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel so bad for the dude that did that demo. It's not his fault that the synth sucks so hard.




...and yet, LOOOOOOOOOLE
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Yes and no. It's really not an intuitive synth nor does it have a lot of features, but any average keyboard player who has spent at least 5-10 minutes with it should be able to show off 2 minutes worth of sounds that don't suck. I still felt bad for him though but a little more time and hands on practice with the product would've saved his ass.

My favorite part I think is the awkward exchange about the animals comment.
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Thomas wrote:
If you go rack mounted that's where all the real bargains are. Things like the Waldorf Pulse or Oberheim Matrix 100, fully analogue and only around 150. If you don't mind VA synths things like the Novation A-Station rack are great. It even has an FM control so that you can dial that tone in. They're found for sub 100 and you can dial in just about any sound on it


D'you mean the Matrix 1000? If so those have shot up, they tend to go for 350-400 now.

Agreed on rack cheapness, I got a TX81Z for about 80 (that 'LatelyBass' patch is so great). Slightly cheaper 4op option is the Yamaha YS100/200- dirt cheap and with a bit of overdrive you can get some really useable loopy nerd synth tones, like Six Finger Satellite type stuff. A Matrix rack is definitely on my list at some point, along with maybe a few non-fashionable options like a Korg M1R or Kawai K1R if they were ultra cheap.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah I meant to type 1000. I'm after one too.

There's someone on the Facebook music sale page selling a Korg Mono/Poly for 900. Bloody amazing synth but I can't afford it. Anyhoo that's a ways away from what the OP is looking for.
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Well I just bought another casiotone on eBay, a CT-701. It came with a hard case and is missing some slider caps but is in otherwise great shape from the listing. I figure the 202 is just no frills good for stage use and the 701 will probably be a more creative tool. For what I paid for each I'm sure I can get most of my money back if I decide to only keep one. Casiotone purchases were in part influenced by their use by Florist and Tele Novella and countless youtube videos.

I've been doing research into the DX and SY Yamahas....trying to decide best features and value for me. The SY22 looks very cool and they're pretty cheap BUT i don't think you can save patches. The SY35 fixes that I think but is also more expensice usually. Probably either gonna be one of those or a DX21. Or I could just get an FB01 for $50 and plug my micron into it but I like keyboards, modules to me are kinda like a brain in a jar.
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Well I found a DX21 on craigslist, picked it up for $120. The lowest two keys are somewhat intermittent so I might have to open it up to clean the contacts.

So I think I'm at the point I can just start saving for a minilogue Laughing Cool
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Laughing Good choice!
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Well fuck this....I took it apart today to try to fix some of the issues with the keys and give them all a good cleaning. It was all going well and I was able to reset some of the bent keys. Doing this part on my sofa, and my stupid dog got upset when we yelled at him for barking at some joggers outside and sat on the circuit for the upper keyboard triggers and snapped it in half.

$32 from Syntaur later, I should have my keyboard back together soon. Some bargain now.

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Taking this thread back to it's roots I can now thoroughly recommend the Yamaha PSS 470 as a great "shitty synth" picked one up for 20 at a charity shop earlier this week... Like a ghetto DX.
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Taking this thread back to it's roots I can now thoroughly recommend the Yamaha PSS 470 as a great "shitty synth" picked one up for 20 at a charity shop earlier this week... Like a ghetto DX.

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dezb1 wrote:
Taking this thread back to it's roots I can now thoroughly recommend the Yamaha PSS 470 as a great "shitty synth" picked one up for 20 at a charity shop earlier this week... Like a ghetto DX.


Was this an agreement or just a comment on my review?
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Was going to say there was some, possibly useful, information on the PSS 470 on Vintage Synth Explorer until I came to:

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At the end of the day, the PSS-470 seems like a pretty advanced synth-toy, but still one that no real musician would consider using.


You've let yourself down Dezb Laughing
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I'm just going to smash it in with a hammer and hope it works. Tone is all in the fingers anyway.
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Was going to say there was some, possibly useful, information on the PSS 470 on Vintage Synth Explorer until I came to:

Vintage Synth Explorer wrote:
At the end of the day, the PSS-470 seems like a pretty advanced synth-toy, but still one that no real musician would consider using.


You've let yourself down Dezb Laughing


Never claimed to be a real musician... we all know musicians are bellends

Besides this is that comment is the keyboard equivalent of behringer are shite compared to my klon.
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Trew dat.
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Got the new ghetto synth cleaned up and ready to go into the studio. It's in pretty much mint condition... and the kids love it.




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looks cool as hell, great find!
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