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Old 1st April 2020 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by chrisso View Post
You brought up x0x not me, that's why I mentioned the 303.

Why not? It replicates 808 and 909, plus any other drum sample you care to throw on it. Most techno long departed the pure 808 and 909 sound.
For ideal setup? I prefer the original always over a clone, somehow everyone managed to overlook the actual machines techno was made, and I found it strange.
Old 1st April 2020 | Show parent
That's only because Techno isn't stuck in the 90's, it has evolved.
Very little pure 909 drums in modern Techno.
Old 1st June 2020 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Wild Eye View Post
Obviously one can ask all sorts of things, but out of curiousity...

Why one sequencer? Is there not something good about being able to create different types of sequences with different types of sequencers?

Do you really need one polysynth, let alone two?
Agreed, if you are making modern techno a sampler is uber important, polysynth less so. Mono synths can both provide sample fodder (kicks and sound effects for example) and be used within the performance. I am addicted to acid lines so for me a 303 clone is essential (I have two). The compromise with kit is to have enough to keep your performance interesting while still maintaining the ability to control it all.
Old 2nd November 2020
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In my situation the perfect techno platform would finally be the waldorf blofeld keyboard + digitakt version + any 303 machine.

With these 3 machines I can do all the techno without any problem.


We all know what it offers, it is a great machine to control other machines and with blofeld we have 16 multi-parts to control 8 with digitakt.

waldorf blofed keyboard:

this beast is insane, samples, multi-samples, wavetables and user presets, multi-presets, everything is customizable, you can use your own samples and wavetables, it is a 16 part multitimbric synthesizer, if you use phrases or samples of your voice with blofeld, you can encode using its 2 stereo comb filters, it is an esoteric synthesizer, with an editable 16-step arpeggiator, ideal for use with elektron machines, with 25 polyphonic voices and polyphonic aftertoutch.

behringer TD-3: a clone much criticized and despised by many, for me personally, the extras like the random in the sequencer can make it something more interesting than having an original.

undoubtedly this feature is ideal for live shows and to invent lines in the recording studio, to generate an invoking techno.
Old 7th November 2020
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I’ve played many laptop free gigs over the last 20 years.

Recently using an Octatrack, Analog 4 and Novation Bass station. That was a good compact setup. The ideal setup though? Hmm

How about an MPC-3000 as the main sequencer and sampler? Great timing. Great sound. Loads of separate outputs, loads loads of midi.

Or alternatively go all CV gate and use a 909/727 combo for drums. 101, 303 for bass lines. Add poly synth to taste. A recallable digital mixer would be handy.

Surely Orbital have already perfected the hw setup? I’d just go with whatever they have
Old 8th November 2020 | Show parent
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Kurzweil K2000, Keystep Pro, and a cassette recorder.

Anything beyond that is just lazy and excessive.
Old 9th November 2020 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Coleman Young View Post
Kurzweil K2000, Keystep Pro, and a cassette recorder.

Anything beyond that is just lazy and excessive.
I think everything with piano keys is over excessive. Real techno guys turn knobs!
Old 1 week ago
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TC Electronics Fireworx, MPC Live, Eventide Space, Blofeld, Mixer and anything else is just icing on the cake, say a monosynth like a bass station or monologue.
Old 1 week ago | Show parent
MPC2000XL and a Novation Bass Station

Can have multiple outs on the MPC going to FOH or your own mixer (Mackie LM3204 maybe ) and it can have all the drum machine samples, voices, synth stabs, and orchestra hits you want. Bass Station can do a good impression of a lot of other synths and it's compact.
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