Im a momentary hater!
Analogia;7701629]To address the "slow envelope" moniker which
has amused and mildly irritated us over the years. First, people want presets.
Presets is what destroyed the music industry!
Second, the software envelope routines we use fire with the same initial timing as a hardware envelope. The difference is the added circuitry needed for programmability. Even when done well, it puts a subtle "veil" over the sound.
The SE1/X having an actual Moog VCA is darker than the ATC1/X which uses a different VCA incorporating a 13600 transistor array. With the Omega we improved the fidelity of the supporting circuits and used a different, and more accurate exponential routine. The result was a more open and clean sound. A hardware envelope presents itself with more snap due to the natural discharge of the capacitors and the "realness" of the circuit.
Snap is understandable but what is "realness" of the circuit.? Are there "real circuits" and "unreal circuits"? Something like analogue transistors and digital transistors? (i'm listening to a Devo record as im writing this!) Besides there is nothing wrong with the LM13600 if implemented properly. You will get a different sound if envelope is expo and the VCA is expo rather envelope expo and VCA linear.
ed software envelopes lack that element. We can get the software envelope to be instant, but we have to slow them down ever so little to eliminate unpleasant popping and ticking anomalies from the VCA. Prior to 2004, we played it too safe with the starting attack time. Now we are reckless, ha. This just scratches the surface of all the interacting elements, pcb layout, parts selection, signal level, power supply, etc., that affect the presentation of the analog sound.
The VCA click phenomenon is a hardware issue, don't matter much if the envelope are generated by software muxed out or by dedicated analogue hardware the click will be there anyway when times are short and VCA not balanced well or the CV rejection figures not handled accordingly.
We are still having fun doing this, so for the grumpy ones out there that are offended by our over the top product hype, please remember that. We are very excited about the BoomStar, it's our first new synthesizer in a long time.
Im in grumpy mode now!
But im sure the Boomslang will sell well thanks to that outrageous marketing hype!
There is nothing between the circuits and the output. The "veil" is lifted.
.... I demand hand macheted transistors inbetween, NOW!
Anyhow i never understood peoples complaints about the original SE1
didn't sound exactly like the ModelD, i thought it sounded great.
Products should be reviewed on their own merits.