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Got a Hydrasynth desktop recently and now I'm considering getting rid of a couple of my other synths and getting a second one. The interface is fantastic, really clever and I love the sound of it. Capable of some surprisingly analog sounds in addition to the icy digital wavetable stuff.

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On 26/07/2022 at 17:50, Blunted said:

Got a Hydrasynth desktop recently and now I'm considering getting rid of a couple of my other synths and getting a second one. The interface is fantastic, really clever and I love the sound of it. Capable of some surprisingly analog sounds in addition to the icy digital wavetable stuff.

 

I'm really tempted by the Hydrasynth Deluxe. Basically I want a decent sized keyboard so that I can both do synthy stuff and also learn piano. I'm torn between the Hydrasynth Deluxe and just a decent MIDI keyboard with aftertouch (as I'm primarily producing in Ableton Live at the moment), maybe a Novation SL MKIII 61.

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Got a Roland SP404MKII coming tomorrow. Looks like a nice way to make some bedroom beats. Like, literally in bed, that's where I like to play with my music machines, well, sometimes anyway.

 

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11 hours ago, amc said:

Got a Roland SP404MKII coming tomorrow. Looks like a nice way to make some bedroom beats. Like, literally in bed, that's where I like to play with my music machines, well, sometimes anyway.

 

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Ha, I managed to flukily get one of these a couple of weeks ago before they started magically being in stock everywhere - I thought I'd struck gold!

 

IT. IS. AWESOME.

 

Never had an SP-404 before, though, so I'm a big noob when it comes to the workflow. Do let me know what you think when it arrives, we can compare notes.

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Pretty immediate result of this crashing pound shenanigans, Qubit announced a new euro delay module yesterday (Nautilus), listed at $399 on their site, UK shops listing preorders at £439 😭

 

For comparison purposes, their reverb module (Aurora) released a few months back is listed at $359 and I bought one for £339.

Looks like I’ll only be buying stuff from UK companies… Or not at all in reality seeing as non-essentials are off the table for a while.

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On 04/11/2022 at 13:25, DeciderVT said:


Very nice, what did you make of it? I'd love to have a Pulsar but I can't imagine spending that much on myself in one go.


It does sound really beautiful - really punchy and rich sounding - but I don’t think I could spend that much on myself in one go on a drum machine either. I haven’t spent much time with it, though, since there's an Oberhiem here! Perhaps it’s modulation capabilities / routing mean it can do extraordinary things that make it worth it even beyond the sound quality. The Moog One is lovely distraction from it too (though it does actually have a note hanging issue / bug over MIDI that really surprises me - for a poly analog costing over seven grand!) The last few years I've mainly been deep in software, which is more than good enough, but visiting a hardware heavy place does remind me how inspiring that can be. It's sad not to be able to do loud volumes with that gear due to sound sensivity, though. (Look after your ears!)

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On 04/11/2022 at 13:37, CS2x said:

The Moog One is lovely distraction from it too (though it does actually have a note hanging issue / bug over MIDI that really surprises me - for a poly analog costing over seven grand!)

 

Ridiculous that this hasn't been fixed on a synth of that calibre.

 

I'd be all about the Obi too tbh @CS2x.

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18 hours ago, Exit Chamber said:

 

Ridiculous that this hasn't been fixed on a synth of that calibre.

 

I'd be all about the Obi too tbh @CS2x.


I learned something interesting about this from the engineer here when asking about the MIDI issues - that with more companies now (even “esteemed” ones), there’s no full staff programmers anymore; it’s all project-based. So this means firmware updates are less likely, because the hired programmers will have gone on. Maybe this should have been obvious to me, but it was new info and made sense of some software issues I’ve come across on hardware that take ages to get resolved. 

 

So glad you’re with me on the Oberheim! It’s creamy af and as good at a number of things as it is the brassy hyper modulated pads. More exciting than most things here. But weirdly it is the Juno 106 that we’ve resorted to a lot. I got one when it was cheap (but its voice chips died and didn’t bother repairing.) It’s only while here I’ve realised afresh what a wide sweet spot it has and how great it is for thick bass antics…I know everyone thinks it’s good and it’s a popular choice, but I had still underestimated the thing due to its apparent simplicity/limitations.

 

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