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keep getting obsessed over a new audio interface but the number of nice interfaces with thunderbolt 3 out right is really small... so i've been looking at the apollos but it's a whole can of worms there. someone stop me!

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Op-1 back in stock for 1400 euros

Loooolooo

Who wants it?

 

 

Yeah just saw that new retail price... I thought they were producing the OP-1 again because of the crazy 2nd hand market prices but they're selling it even more expensive.

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keep getting obsessed over a new audio interface but the number of nice interfaces with thunderbolt 3 out right is really small... so i've been looking at the apollos but it's a whole can of worms there. someone stop me!

 

Maybe you have another interface that can work in tandem via-ADAT?

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keep getting obsessed over a new audio interface but the number of nice interfaces with thunderbolt 3 out right is really small... so i've been looking at the apollos but it's a whole can of worms there. someone stop me!

I sold my Eventide Eclipse for an Apollo. Have actually never used it as an interface, just got it for UAD stuff. It was open box so cheaper (got lucky there) and it came with the legacy version plugins of really good mixing tools, like the Pultec eq, 1176, and also a $75 coupon for my first plugin (ended up getting the EMT 140 plate reverb, really love that thing). I already had an interface, an Audient iD14. It was less than $300 and I really like the converters, sounds awesome to my ears, haven't used the inputs on the Apollo once. Should prolly try, though, it might sound better. 

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yeah i keep reading everywhere they sound great and i like the idea of the plugins.. i have some Waves plugins that are comparable for some things but recently realized this upgrade scheme they've been running and i'm not buying into that at all. I've been running a TC Konnekt 48 for the last 10 years, and they dont support the software side at all or even seem to make audio interfaces anymore. that being said it does work but I dont have a lot to compare it to. :| 

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keep getting obsessed over a new audio interface but the number of nice interfaces with thunderbolt 3 out right is really small... so i've been looking at the apollos but it's a whole can of worms there. someone stop me!

 

Why do you need thunderbolt 3 though? I think it only matters when you have a huge number of tracks coming in.

I got a MOTU Track16 a while back, which quite obviously wants to be something like an Apollo Twin except without the plugins and the super great preamps.

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I'm also in the market for an audio interface. I'm leaning towards usb 2.0 just because of how compatible it would be between my mac and windows machines.

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right, looking at the motu one as well. I've got a new-ish iMac and it's got a couple thunderbolt 3 ports. Currently my situation is that is going to a thunderbolt 3 dock with firewire 800 outs and then there is another adapter for the firewire 400 port on the Konnekt. I figure that whatever interface I get now, I'm probably going to have for another 10 years so I'd rather get in a situation where it's using the most current port. If I get something that needs a thunderbolt 2 adapter, I'll be living with that for a long time. The motu 16 looks nice, and I had a 828mkii back in the day so I'm familiar with them. However that interface has been pretty been around for a good while now. I was kinda hoping NAMM2019 would bring a wave of refreshed interfaces but i've just seen this line of Presonus toy interfaces. :\  

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The more demos I hear of the Kyra the less impressed I am, so that's good.  As appealing as it is to jsut sell off all of the weird old 90s rack stuff I have and replace it with one modestly sized, powerful desktop synth, I don't think Kyra is the one.

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I'm still learning how to use this properly, but I can confirm the Bastl Thyme is fucking dope. Though I get the feeling this box doesn't really shine until you start sending CC messages to it.

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I'm still learning how to use this properly, but I can confirm the Bastl Thyme is fucking dope. Though I get the feeling this box doesn't really shine until you start sending CC messages to it.

 

Interesting, I read mixed reviews of the SoftPop synth and watched a couple of videos that made it seem overly complicated and glitchy.  Like, its fine making glitchy sounds but you want some degree of repeatability with it. 

Thyme looks like they threw in a load of effects - hope you learn to tame the beast

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Yeah Thyme seems like a really sweet delay, I love the multiple heads thing and it seems like just a really attractive object to play with. I wonder how the CV control compares to the MIDI control in terms of e.g. resolution. I loved the idea of the SoftPop but all the demos just sounded like wet farts. Like taking the most cliche, boring aspects of modular and boiling it down into one (very cool-looking) little box.

 

Also Enrique Martinez seemed to indicate in his most recent video that the Dude isn't being made anymore? wtf? I need to grab 1 or 2 more of them. These guys are so good at making comfy but tiny gear.

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I'm still learning how to use this properly, but I can confirm the Bastl Thyme is fucking dope. Though I get the feeling this box doesn't really shine until you start sending CC messages to it.

 

Interesting, I read mixed reviews of the SoftPop synth and watched a couple of videos that made it seem overly complicated and glitchy.  Like, its fine making glitchy sounds but you want some degree of repeatability with it. 

Thyme looks like they threw in a load of effects - hope you learn to tame the beast

 

I own a softpop, it is quite difficult to tame but can be very lovely.. especially trough some reverb 

 

rn im gasing over a 0-coast man... thinking of selling a few bits and bobs i own that i rarely use n actually figure out a setup that works for me proper..

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The OT is a forever instrument for me, so I can't really give unbiased advice.. How long have you had it for? If you're just not feeling it, it may be time to move it on, but if you haven't explored what it can do, you should probably give it some more time.

 

I've had it for just over a year, but have spent much more time with my eurorack stuff than programming anything with the OT.  It's powerful, but I haven't given it the time it deserves to be comfortable with it and not have to think about the process to achieve what I'm trying to do while using it.

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Put myself on the list for one of these:

 

https://www.tindie.com/products/Kasser/dafm-synth-genesis-ym2612-ym3438/

 

OT sequencer + DAMF YM2612 = Megadrive-style music in hardware without messing with an actual megadrive (although realistically I'd probably sequence it all from a tracker because it's just better that way for this sort of thing)

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Seriously considering getting a Digitone to pair it with TidalCycles. I absolutely love u-he Bazille for all my synths needs, but it'd free up some nice amount of CPUs and would certainly help playing sample-free full live sets (as I plan to).

 

Are you guys still happy with yours?

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The OT is a forever instrument for me, so I can't really give unbiased advice.. How long have you had it for? If you're just not feeling it, it may be time to move it on, but if you haven't explored what it can do, you should probably give it some more time.

 

I've had it for just over a year, but have spent much more time with my eurorack stuff than programming anything with the OT.  It's powerful, but I haven't given it the time it deserves to be comfortable with it and not have to think about the process to achieve what I'm trying to do while using it.

 

I have all my modular stuff running through the OT, and it works like a dream. I often don't even bother with analogue vcas anymore; just run a quantised signal straight in, and use the gates, effects and lfos of the OT to make the magic +of course sampling capabilities to take it to the next level.

 

My guess is if you combine the OT with your euro stuff, getting to know the machine will feel less like hard work.

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Speaking of hard to tame gear, my Kastle is again gathering dust somewhere and I think the main reason is that I do not really have a good source of melody->CV so I have to depend on the internal step sequencer which is really unsuitable for making controllable melodies that make sense & feel nice to me.

 

Maybe there is a way to make it sound something similar to how Acid Mothers Temple uses the Roland SH09.

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Seriously considering getting a Digitone to pair it with TidalCycles. I absolutely love u-he Bazille for all my synths needs, but it'd free up some nice amount of CPUs and would certainly help playing sample-free full live sets (as I plan to).

 

Are you guys still happy with yours?

Yep! I'm in a bit of an off phase with mine at the moment, mostly due to spending the past few weeks getting deeper with the OT, but I definitely want to pick it up again soon, especially after the crazy stuff I made with it earlier this year.

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I have all my modular stuff running through the OT, and it works like a dream. I often don't even bother with analogue vcas anymore; just run a quantised signal straight in, and use the gates, effects and lfos of the OT to make the magic +of course sampling capabilities to take it to the next level.

 

 

 

That's a really good idea.  I don't have a Eurorack setup but I do have a few things that could fill a similar role (Mother 32, Wasp clone, Mutable Anushri), going to have to mess with this soon.

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Maybe there is a way to make it sound something similar to how Acid Mothers Temple uses the Roland SH09.

 

 

I've seen AMT a few times and played a show with them a while back.  At the one where I opened, the SH09 had broken in NYC the night before and they were using a Monotron taped to the top of it and to be honest the way they use it there was hardly any difference.

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Maybe there is a way to make it sound something similar to how Acid Mothers Temple uses the Roland SH09.

 

 

I've seen AMT a few times and played a show with them a while back.  At the one where I opened, the SH09 had broken in NYC the night before and they were using a Monotron taped to the top of it and to be honest the way they use it there was hardly any difference.

 

 

Yeah the way they use it is really you can put any other thing with some cutof knobs there and play with it the same way. It just takes skill and time to know your instrument.

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