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suggestions for warming synths ! Keyboard Synthesizers
Old 30th August 2007
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suggestions for warming synths !

Hey,

I'm on the look out for something to run my synths through before they go to PT LE

Any good suggestions for something lowend - I'm looking for abit of obvious colour really rather than transparent, basically looking for something to round off those harsh highs in LE. As at the mo the tracks go straight in using the mbox pre's and AD

thanks
Old 30th August 2007
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Indian blankets are warm and colorful.
Old 30th August 2007
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Hey,

I'm on the look out for something to run my synths through before they go to PT LE

Any good suggestions for something lowend - I'm looking for abit of obvious colour really rather than transparent, basically looking for something to round off those harsh highs in LE. As at the mo the tracks go straight in using the mbox pre's and AD

thanks
I get good results using good DIs. ( transformers and tubes)..I'm not going to PT, but still the synths sounds good thru the DIs!..
Old 30th August 2007
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We run our 16 outputs (Kurzweils) to our DAW inputs --with channel editing on each (ROLAND VS)
Old 30th August 2007
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tubes.
Old 30th August 2007
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Yeah, tube DI, compressor, eq or at least transformer based DI.
Old 30th August 2007
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how cheap are you looking to go?

The Groove Tubes Brick is cool.
Just remember: Not all tube preamps are created equal, so if you cheap out on the pre, don't expect anything less obvious than lots o' distortion when you crank the input stage.

In the DI realm, the Radial J48mkII is pretty sweet. And it really does make a sonic difference.
Old 30th August 2007
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1+ for tubes

Anything that is designed for the sole purpose of providing more warmth is going to be your best option.
Old 30th August 2007
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The reddi into a nice warm sounding comp ( just going through the circuits of an la2a with no compression works for me ) can work wonders.

In the plug in world the cranesong phoenix, sans amp and voxengo tapebus all work well to give cold sounding synths a little attitude and warmth.
Old 30th August 2007
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How bout something like a JoeMeek channel?
Old 30th August 2007
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It might sound crazy, but I tryed running my Yamaha DX 21 into a boss sp 202 sampler, and using filters on it, and that gave me a lot warmer sound that I really liked.
I actually think that any kind of filter box will give you "warmth". Electrix made a good eq/filter combo a while ago
Old 30th August 2007
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germanium pre?
Old 30th August 2007
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sounds like you're using external synths? But in case you're using virtual, I find that running them out my Apogge coverters, thru my UA 2-610 (any good pre would do here), thru a comp (I use the Fatso, but my FMR RNLA is great too) an dback thru the Apogees does wonders for how it sits in the mix.
Something about .wav files instead of internal virtual synth bouncing seems to make it gel much better. Even using decent converters out, thru a decent pre and back in again will make a huge difference.
good luck!
Old 30th August 2007
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"Electrix made a good eq/filter combo a while ago"

Just a touch of the Electrix Filter Factory "warms up" my Roland D-50, more extreme settings turn it into a completely different sounding "analog" machine!

"germanium pre?"

I plan on getting the Chandler Tone Control for bass and a few other applications, but I will certainly try running my synths through it and cranking that Germ a little!
Old 30th August 2007
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OK ! cool, thanks for all of these suggestions by the way ! x

I'm in England, think I'm gona go for something in the £ 500'ish range....
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