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Old 30th April 2019
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Yes -- figuring out how to install these beasts is the surprise challenge ... especially if you haven't got much space. I'll add another shelf over the Sledge for my short-term solution -- mindful that a certain teenager's room should become available in a few more years

Current setup/solution included ... hmmm. I thought we could drag/drop photos into posts, but evidently not-- an attachment will have to do.

*Yamaha MX61 not included, because it's off in a rehearsal room.
The MX61 is one of my favorites. Is that a MiniNova I see? Nice gear!
Old 30th April 2019
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Those Publison effects! For those that don’t know, these are as rare and high end as the synths in this studio. Way to go oldgearguy!
Old 30th April 2019
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The MX61 is one of my favorites. Is that a MiniNova I see? Nice gear!
IMHO the MX61 does most of what I need in one machine (which is why it gets out, while the rest stay home).

No MiniNova at this time -- my current boards are all listed in my signature. I'm already pretty close to "one in, one out" -- and there's still the Peak, the DM12, and the UB-Xa to consider ... and the longer I wait, the more I'll have saved up ... and the more opportunity to find one at a lower price ...

At this point, I think it's fair to ask a non-slutty question: nice gear, but what purpose is served by a dozen boards if I mostly manage with one (e.g., the MX61)? So each one has to justify itself in terms of what the MX can't do (#1 is usually that the interface is less frustrating ).

Eventually I'll weed out those whose unique functions I can't make use of ... as I told my wife, either I'll be making great music, or I'll be having a big synth sale ... but if I did, what would I want to use the money for?? (hint: )
Old 1st May 2019
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IMHO the MX61 does most of what I need in one machine (which is why it gets out, while the rest stay home).

No MiniNova at this time -- my current boards are all listed in my signature. I'm already pretty close to "one in, one out" -- and there's still the Peak, the DM12, and the UB-Xa to consider ... and the longer I wait, the more I'll have saved up ... and the more opportunity to find one at a lower price ...

At this point, I think it's fair to ask a non-slutty question: nice gear, but what purpose is served by a dozen boards if I mostly manage with one (e.g., the MX61)? So each one has to justify itself in terms of what the MX can't do (#1 is usually that the interface is less frustrating ).

Eventually I'll weed out those whose unique functions I can't make use of ... as I told my wife, either I'll be making great music, or I'll be having a big synth sale ... but if I did, what would I want to use the money for?? (hint: )

I agree, the MX61 is hard to beat, yet seems to be ignored by a lot of folks as a serious keyboard. Another favorite of mine which gets even more sneers if the Korg MicroArranger.

Life is short so we might as well enjoy a little along the way, right? I spend more time tinkering with gear than making music with it, but I see no harm in that.

Haha, the only synths you'll ever regret are the ones you don't buy or the ones you sell. Thanks for sharing your photos and thoughts; enjoy!!
Old 1st May 2019
  #16175
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@ jeffd , nice setup... I like how the Alesis midiverb and bricasti are in the same rack :-D
Old 1st May 2019
  #16176
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I agree, the MX61 is hard to beat, yet seems to be ignored by a lot of folks as a serious keyboard. Another favorite of mine which gets even more sneers if the Korg MicroArranger.
The MX61 is easy to beat; its essentially a cut down MOXF, which itself is a cut down MOTIF XF. For not much more (used) than the MX61 you can just get the MOX6 or MOXF6 and get a vastly superior keyboard in every way. But people tend to consider (among other things) the actual keys when opining whether a keyboard is 'serious' or not. And on that basis neither the MX nor the MOX/MOXF earns the nod in my opinion... They're serious synths for sure, but I wouldn't call them serious keyboards.

The MicroArranger is essentially the 386th repackaging of the Triton synth engine. Like those above, it's also an excellent ROMpler; so the reason people sneer is likewise not due to the sound engine...
Old 2nd May 2019
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The MX61 is easy to beat; its essentially a cut down MOXF, which itself is a cut down MOTIF XF. For not much more (used) than the MX61 you can just get the MOX6 or MOXF6 and get a vastly superior keyboard in every way. But people tend to consider (among other things) the actual keys when opining whether a keyboard is 'serious' or not. And on that basis neither the MX nor the MOX/MOXF earns the nod in my opinion... They're serious synths for sure, but I wouldn't call them serious keyboards.

The MicroArranger is essentially the 386th repackaging of the Triton synth engine. Like those above, it's also an excellent ROMpler; so the reason people sneer is likewise not due to the sound engine...

I stand corrected, thank you.
Old 2nd May 2019
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100% otb ... 4th studio in 3 years, this time around the second Xtramix and bigger rack is helping keep the cables somewhat reasonable, new entries for this studio include a Moog One 8 voice.

From left to right:

SE CODE 8, API 500-6B Lunchbox #1 with 2 x API 565, Elysia Karacter, 2 x API 525, API 500-6B Lunchbox #2 with 2 x Moog 500 stereo linked delays, 2 x API 550a, 2 x Moog 500 stereo linked ladder filters, Zoom Q8 camera + Tentacle sync E #1 , 2 x GAP LA3A, Moog Minitaur, Korg MS20M, Moog DFAM, Vermona Retroverb, Korg SQ1, Furman PL-PLUS C #1, Speck Xtramix #1 , GenoQs Octopus, Analogue Solutions Oberkorn, Moog CP-251, VX-351, VX-352, Voyager, TTSH, Jomox 999, Oberheim TVS, Moog D reissue, Moog mf-104z, mf-107, 2 x Sound devices usbpre2, GAP LA2A, Middle Atlantic 28U rack, Future Retro XS, Analogue Solutions Red Square, Moog mf-105m, mf-102, mf-108, mf-103, mf-101, mf-104m, Elkorus, Speck Xtramix #2 , API 2500, API 5500, Presonus Central Station, Furman PL-PLUS C #2 , Sound devices usbpre2 #3 , Zoom F8, Zoom Q8 camera + Tentacle sync E #2 , 2x Genelec 8010A, KT-1176, Korg Oasys 88, Moog One 8 voice, Midi Solutions Quarda thru, Rode NT2A.
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Old 3rd May 2019
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It's been a while since I posted an updated pic (or two). Lots of changes - sold the Jupiter-8, Synthex, one of my 480L reverbs, Cirklon, Spectralis, Octatrack, Fizmo, Lex 300, and a few other odds and ends. I'm actually happy with what's here and how it all works. A bunch of simple dedicated tools that can all sync to a master clock with 1 button press or can just as easily be standalone. Removing the complex gear means I can control how simple or how complex things get via configurations and patching rather than having to dive in deep every time I wanted to do something quick.





Hey that’s a beautiful setup oldgearguy! Congratulations!

In the top picture, blue thing all the way left, what is that?
Old 3rd May 2019
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Latronic Notron mkII
Old 3rd May 2019
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Wow! What a studio!

I don't know how many Koma sequencers you have there, but I'm pretty sure it's illegal for civilians to possess more than two of those, or at most three with a special permit
Old 3rd May 2019
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[QUOTE=oldgearguy;13940790]It's been a while since I posted an updated pic (or two). Lots of changes - sold the Jupiter-8, Synthex, one of my 480L reverbs, Cirklon, Spectralis, Octatrack, Fizmo, Lex 300, and a few other odds and ends. I'm actually happy with what's here and how it all works. A bunch of simple dedicated tools that can all sync to a master clock with 1 button press or can just as easily be standalone. Removing the complex gear means I can control how simple or how complex things get via configurations and patching rather than having to dive in deep every time I wanted to do something quick.


I've always enjoyed seeing your studios over the years OGG. Glad to hear you've found an ergonomic setup. A few questions: Are all the sequencers ( not just the same model types) linked? How has that worked out? Is the Kurzweil K250RMX seeing any use these days? Thumbs up on the RSP-550, totally underrated unit. A midiverb ? Just a hang on from days gone by or do you use it for something specific ?
OOOps, Forgot: What is the Roland synth in the effects rack? 2 Bricasti.....yummm.
Thanks for posting...

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Old 3rd May 2019
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It's been a while since I posted an updated pic (or two). Lots of changes - sold the Jupiter-8, Synthex, one of my 480L reverbs, Cirklon, Spectralis, Octatrack, Fizmo, Lex 300, and a few other odds and ends. I'm actually happy with what's here and how it all works. A bunch of simple dedicated tools that can all sync to a master clock with 1 button press or can just as easily be standalone. Removing the complex gear means I can control how simple or how complex things get via configurations and patching rather than having to dive in deep every time I wanted to do something quick.
I've always enjoyed seeing your studios over the years OGG. Glad to hear you've found an ergonomic setup. A few questions: Are all the sequencers ( not just the same model types) linked? How has that worked out? Is the Kurzweil K250RMX seeing any use these days? Thumbs up on the RSP-550, totally underrated unit. A midiverb ? Just a hang on from days gone by or do you use it for something specific ?
OOOps, Forgot: What is the Roland synth in the effects rack? 2 Bricasti.....yummm.
Thanks for posting...
Thanks for the compliment. Rack unit is a trusty MKS-20. So - dedicated boxes for piano, organ (HX3), Mellotron stuff (Memotron).

Every time I think about unloading the Kurzweil, I play it and then it stays. One of the best things is the way it responds to velocity, etc. You can get nuanced drums, horns, etc out of it. It still may go one day, but for now it's the best sounding ROMpler I've ever heard. The OS is still fairly obtuse for me, but for basic playback, it's beautiful sounding. When Paolo (Synthmania) was here last, playing the sounds of the K250RMX inspired him to pick up a K250 himself.

Bought the MIDIVerb II (again) after selling off a II, III, and Quadraverb back in the early 2000's. yes, I fell for the hype, but again - for some things, it just sounds right. SH-101 through it - beautiful. Same for some of the other analog monos.

Love the RSP phasers/flangers and delays.

All Komas being driven from the E-RM Multiclock either direct connect or default patch in MIDI patchbay.
Old 3rd May 2019
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Keep me in mind if you decide to ditch the Kurtz and I’ll come pick it up. Can’t believe I didn’t recognize the MKS-20. I put an OLED in mine and I guess I got used to the way it looks now rather than originally. FWIW much of your advice informed my purchase decisions over the years. You haven’t let me down yet. Tip of the hat to you sir !
Old 4th May 2019
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I’ve got at least 100+ Mix channels in my room via numerous sub mixers feeding into a Mackie 32/4 main mixer. Even in my Eurorack I’ve got about 25 mix channels via sub mixers feeding a WMD maxed out Performance Mixer.
I like your style.
Old 5th May 2019
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It's been a while since I posted an updated pic (or two). Lots of changes - sold the Jupiter-8, Synthex, one of my 480L reverbs, Cirklon, Spectralis, Octatrack, Fizmo, Lex 300, and a few other odds and ends. I'm actually happy with what's here and how it all works. A bunch of simple dedicated tools that can all sync to a master clock with 1 button press or can just as easily be standalone. Removing the complex gear means I can control how simple or how complex things get via configurations and patching rather than having to dive in deep every time I wanted to do something quick.





[faints]

[gets back up]

Every time I look at your studio after a few months of absence, I see you keep refining it and getting more and more very interesting gear!!

I have two questions - you had the Synthex and didn't sell it tomeeeeeee??????
Where is the Two-Voice and if no longer there you didn't sell it tomeeeeeee???

Old 5th May 2019
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This is all a hobby/therapy that is supposed to be fun for me. I rarely save anything on any machine these days. Just start with whatever settings are there, play around, have some fun, maybe record it, maybe not. Yes - recall on a step sequencer (even though you can save the configuration info) is basically impossible w/o writing it down or taking a picture. Even on the Delta CEP A with memories, since it has patch points, you still have to note those to fully recall a sound. The QY-700 makes it easy to save the MIDI output of a Koma so that's an option of course.

The JP-8 (and other stuff) was fun for the 30 years I had them, but over time it was going to require even more maintenance and a full overhaul to keep it in tune when you used the left hand sliders, cross mod, and other stuff. Really the goal is to get some fun sounding machines that can be powered on and played. Every day I had to pull something off the stand and onto the workbench meant a day (or more) that I wasn't just playing. I did the whole 'collect every rare analog ever made' thing for a number of years and now I'm done w. it.

I'll get some sounds up eventually for the Kijimi. I like it quite a lot actually. It's exactly what I was looking for. Analog poly with some modulation possibilities, sounds good with just 2 oscillators, filter works well, sounds musical.

I saw some people compare it to the DSI OB-6/P-6 stuff. No real way for me to directly compare, but I think the Kijimi sounds better; the filter on the Kijimi is nice. Does it sound exactly like I remember the Polykobol sounding when I had it? Not exactly. It's really hard to duplicate that original SSM filter, but the oscillator waveform morphing and the other modulations give it a nice alive sound and this filter doesn't break up or get all screechy when pushed.

re: Komas - using all 4 16 step sequencers in 1 Koma for cv/gate notes and controlling the start/stop/sequencing of them via the cv.ocd trigger box is one easy way to add variations. Similarly, using 1 of the 4 (or a second Koma) to do things like transpose, change the start point, number of steps, repeats, gate length, etc means a 16 note sequence can sound very un-boring. The control over what happens on each sequencer was well thought out by the Koma folks. That one machine can get very complex/varied with just a few patch cables. This is what I always wanted the original ARP 1613's to become.
None of that old stuff is worth the maintenance risk ...

Except the PPG
Old 5th May 2019
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[faints]

[gets back up]

Every time I look at your studio after a few months of absence, I see you keep refining it and getting more and more very interesting gear!!

I have two questions - you had the Synthex and didn't sell it tomeeeeeee??????
Where is the Two-Voice and if no longer there you didn't sell it tomeeeeeee???

You're always welcome to cruise up and check out whatever happens to be here.
I'll send you an email about the gear. You know I ping you for vintage stuff when there's an option to do so.

re: maintenance - old gear is certainly worth the extra attention when it fills a unique role in your sonic palette. However, I have in the past given up some extremely rare/valuable items because they were very very difficult to keep running 100%.

What's the most important feature of any piece of gear? The most important feature is that it works the way it was designed when you need it. Everything else is secondary. If it's not tracking or if the filters are out of calibration or a voice is dead or whatever, then it's falling into the not acceptable category. It needs to be working 100% when you want to use it.
Old 5th May 2019
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Made a gallery of my setup alongside some work flow notes about its daw-less approach:
https://zazou.live/studio-2/
Old 5th May 2019
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Made a gallery of my setup alongside some work flow notes about its daw-less approach:
https://zazou.live/studio-2/
Just a point on your pics, it says it’s for analog experimentation but the majority of your synths are digital. Don’t mistake digital with being synonymous with computers! Even your mixer is digital.
Cool setup tho.
Old 5th May 2019
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[...]the majority of your synths are digital. Don’t mistake digital with being synonymous with computers! Even your mixer is digital.
Nord Modular G2 is analog, so is the Moog Minitaur.
The Rack1 is virtual analog (at least that's what Nord claims), so are the Strymons with analog paths. Analog Rytm (not in the pics) is analog, so are my guitars, bass, compressor and pre-amps, and well the Analog Heat.
The Deluges are digital, but I only use them for sequencing samples anyway.
Please do your homework before you try to teach me basics about my gear.
Old 5th May 2019
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lol
simmer down now
Old 5th May 2019
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Nord Modular G2 is analog, so is the Moog Minitaur.
....
FYI the G2 is digital, running on a handful of Motorola 56k DSPs... <ducks>. Not that it matters for either sound or 'cred' - it's a great synth, and it's DSP based.

Anyway, nice rig you have there
Old 5th May 2019
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FYI the G2 is digital, running on a handful of Motorola 56k DSPs... <ducks>. Not that it matters for either sound or 'cred' - it's a great synth, and it's DSP based.

Anyway, nice rig you have there
Cheers, and sorry for my gnarliness.
Old 6th May 2019
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^The Strymon effects are digital, running off shark dsp chips. Only the bypass is analogue.
Your guitars and bass are electro mechanical, not analogue.
Old 6th May 2019
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Your guitars and bass are electro mechanical and analogue.
They're definitely analogue, too.
Old 6th May 2019
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They're definitely analogue, too.
The analogue electrical components are already covered in the “electro” part of the “electro mechanical” description.
Old 6th May 2019
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The analogue electrical components are already covered in the “electro” part of the “electro mechanical” description.
Oh, I see what you're saying. Okay.

Joke forthcoming: but what about Electro tracks made with digital synths and DAWs?

:D
Old 6th May 2019
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Electro mechanic? Digital? You guys are all behind the times. The cool kids make tracks with pure hydraulic gear these days.
Old 6th May 2019
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Electro mechanic? Digital? You guys are all behind the times. The cool kids make tracks with pure hydraulic gear these days.
Eventually vape pens will have an integrated DAW.
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