I Have been playing my Prophet 5 all week. Left it on for 3 hours today. Good lord it sounded like a different synth. So perfect. Almost like plugin with all the benefits of warmth and fatness of analog. It was crystalline. Incredible. It never sounds that great when i dont use it often. I guess you need to constantly use this old gear. I mean constantly. Anyway have you guys ever noticed similar experiences with your old synths? night and day!
i wouldnt say it needs it. It holds a tune after a 1 minute warm up an. sounds fine. but for some reason today and a few times before, it seems to be sounding great. I mean perfect. The sounds are very stable in an almost digital perfect way. its hard to describe.
Strangely enough, the only synth I ever needed to warm up for more than 15 minutes is the Moog Slim Phatty. My first unit took 2 hours to stabilize, but Moog were kind enough to replace it with a new unit that takes approximately half an hour. All other synths I own/have owned, vintage or new, are good to go after 10-15 minutes tops.
The Jupiter 8 manual says to wait 4 minutes and then press the tune function to get it in tune. From my experience that is about right. I put mine on and wait 5 minutes while I do other stuff then hit tune and don't have any issues after that.
It definitely does not sound right if you try to tune it immediately after you turn it on.
Let me clarify. It holds a tune and sounds great after 1min of warm up. My p5 had been serviced up the a$$. Seems a few times it sounded super special. That it all.
Depending on where you live the quality of main power might be different throughout the day. It tends to be best during the night when overall consumption is lowest. It's not totally absurd to assume a possible connection there.
Probably 15-20mins for the Andromeda, then I hit autotune once and leave temp tuning and background tuning off. Im ok if it falls out a little bit over time. I dont have anything ancient at the moment, but I think it depends on the synth. I had an old Arp Odyssey that was real finnicky, didnt like staying in tune for long, had a couple techs look at it/tweak it but she was just a moody synth, actually thats one of the reasons I eventually sold it.
I think its more of an issue during winter when the studio gets cool at night, during the summer its a pretty stable 75F, maybe it goes up around 80F when I turn off the AC for the day but Im in a basement now so its fairly stable down here compared to some spaces Ive been in.
Some vco based synths require a 'warm up" time until they are stable. I'm wondering eether playing a synth before the warm up is over - would actually "screw up" the proccedure or have no effect what so ever.
I often play a chord and use hold on my polysix when i first switch it on as I like the sound it makes when everything drifts into tune (the closest the P6 gets to portamento - haha!) - kinda like the THX sound - "ready to go sir" it suggests to me as it's last VCO sorts it's self out.
Polysix, if a good unit, is really quick to get in tune and once there is very stable.
It's often useful to play a VCO analog synth right after it's turned on, and then 15-20 minutes later, in order to check the difference in intonation.
Of course, you should tune it 'after' the warm-up period, otherwise it could drift again in a short time.
The warm up time is different by different analog synths, normally 10-30 minutes.
Also consider that temperature of the environment where the analog synth is located affect the tuning - analog oscillators are sensitive for temperature (therefore they must warm up a little bit). Fore some synths it's not so dramatic (eg my Xpander) but for other just a slight difference in the temperature mess up the tuning (eg one oscillator of my former Minimoog model D).
The SH101 seems to be good to go straight away but the Mono/Poly is a little wonky for the first half hour or so. Generally if I know I'm going to be using it I'll leave it on for days at a time.
Odd, My Mono/Poly tunes up in 5 minutes, it's crazy how much time and drift you can get rid of with a service, recap, and some part replacement. Though you don't need to, warming up is half the fun of Analogue isn't it?
Yeah the M/P really does need a service. The 101 was serviced right before I bought it off my local tech so it makes sense. I think when Midi/Poly comes out I'll get him to install and service it all at once.