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The thing I like most about being a synthesist, is that no one ever asks you to play “Stairway to Heaven”
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A great article on a standard all electronic musicians have benefited from - though there is a debate as to when we should serve the birthday cake…
For all the criticism, MIDI works without asking too much in the way of configuration (for basic functionality and compared to, say, USB) and is fairly robust (as long as you don’t chain too many devices and push through too much data). Sure it’s “Dumb” and “Slower” than new technology, but it works every time I switch on my hardware…can’t always say that about USB.
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A Brute of a Different Sort…
While Hurricane Sandy lashed us (well, more like gently pushed…) I was dealing with another sort of brute, having picked up my “long-ago-ordered” Minibrute Synth.
First impressions: The build quality is much better than I had imagined or heard (maybe 2nd gen?), though the toggles do feel a little “plasticy”; keyboard is at least comparable to those synths of yesteryear (not a good thing for everyone); really requires you to step out of the (computer) box and think about the way the signal is routed; sound is nice…has its “own” signature sound - somewhere between a Moog and an ARP (a MARP), though that statement would be quite inflammatory to some…
Overall, I am happy with it so far…looking forward to working with it some more…
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Modular synthesizers would seem to make the perfect candidate for software modeling…in hardware they are expensive, take up plenty of space, and have no (sane) patch recall system.
There a couple of great emulations, including the Moog Modular by Arturia, but I am especially liking RUHR, a Reaktor Synth by Herwig Krass.
This synth is a monster, taking a long time to open on an I7 with 12 gig of RAM, but once it does open it really gives a nice taste of a modern patchable modular… and just like the real thing you can easily lose a couple of hours playing with it!
Monkeys + Synthesizers - The next time someone throws you the old “Electronic music is not really music because all you do is press a button” argument (for some reason it always seems to be a family member?), show them this video. Since this should (presumably) be easier than typing out the works of Shakespeare, I would have thought that the monkeys would have faired better…