Originally Posted by maisonvague
all those Matrix-1000s
I didn't really ADD matrixes. I just replaced various other machines, step by step, with one single machine I know and master. Keeping 5 identical modules just gives me on-the-fly allocation to various keybeds, layering and splitting.
That was the mental process.
I created some 25/30 patches on the matrix which "sound just like me", they work fine, layer fine on each other, sit fine in a split next to each other, solve everyday's problems (a fretless bass, a clavinet bass, the usual suspects [brass, horms, strings, couple of percussive comp sounds,]),
while every time I had to reprogram a different synth I came to the point where...
"what the heck, why am I wasting all this time? Just call up that matrix horns sound and play it one octave down, dammit!".
So I finally reverted to matrix as my standard bread-and-butter poly synth for comping, pads and "analogue orchestrals".
In case I need something "new and different", I work on the prophet which has extensive routings and controls. I am in fact thinking of switching to the prophet12: it would give me even more "oddity" when needing to "move" a pad.
My go-to comping sound is: the prophet08 doing a quasi-rhodes with plenty of life and modulation, on top of two layered matrixes which give me the "oompf" I need to keep the groove running.
Different considerations for the LEAD synths, melodies, solos, counterpoints.
There, some variety of tools [the ARP filter in the ATCx, the moogish SE1, the vocoders, the vl70m] is in order.
That's more or less the story