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Just acquired severe gas for a Drumbrute. Its in my price bracket and i some some guy using one last night and it was RAD

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Copped a Hydrasynth module ... selling some other stuff to fund

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YT recommended me a bunch of modular videos today and I actually tried to watch them and 2as just like fuckthisfuckthisfuckthis

Loving the inappropriate things the Bastl Thyme I picked up in Dec does to my little PO posse.

Trying to understand SC pattern sequencing for like the 5th time. Wish me luck. I hope it clicks because I can hardly fucking stand using other sequencers anymore and I can't be arsed with developing genuine musicianship.

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I think my modular experiments are coming to an end. I decided at some point last year that I should either keep expanding in order to be able to make full tracks in a modular environment, or downsize to maintain a concise, single voice and/or effects/filter rack. I decided on the second option. It's about half the size of what it was at its peak and now I'm considering downsizing even more, maybe even to just my Intellijel palette case. Dealing with MIDI to CV has been the bane of my existence the whole time as well, and I'm getting a bit sick of it tbh. 

I think I'm just generally more inspired by the potential to exploit fixed architecture synths.

(I still want the Wavestate, but I've cooled off a little)

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Wavestate2 with a screen 4x the size and i'll be down.

 

Watching that cuckoo vid with him scrolling endlessly did my head in

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Yeah that's why I'm holding off for a while. I have a feeling that with a synth that deep, even with its extended interface compared to its predecessor, I'd probably end up relying on presets and/or my own patches wouldn't be very complex.

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On 2/6/2020 at 8:13 PM, sweepstakes said:

Trying to understand SC pattern sequencing for like the 5th time. Wish me luck. I hope it clicks because I can hardly fucking stand using other sequencers anymore and I can't be arsed with developing genuine musicianship.

I think it's finally starting to click this time. The P-syntax is a lot more verbose than Tidal, but I'm finding it easier to wrap my head around. Also abstracting, cross-referencing, and redefining streams live is much cleaner than I remember Tidal being. Already making some half-decent primitive techno. The source code is also much clearer so I can study those to make some of my own streamers (for e.g. reversing streams).

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On 2/6/2020 at 7:35 PM, Stickfigger said:

Copped a Hydrasynth module ... selling some other stuff to fund

 

On 2/7/2020 at 1:47 AM, Stickfigger said:

Wavestate2 with a screen 4x the size and i'll be down.

does one need both? obviously different machines but i'd think there's a lot of overlap in terms of sound and use-case between them

 

 

this isn't fuckin' gearslutz mang

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Korg will never put a proper sized screen on their synths tho 

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Just ordered an ex-demo Volca Drum for £109.  I love ex-demo bargains.

Can't justify a drumbrute or anything more substantial right now.  I actually really miss my Volca Kick since selling it.

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I'm starting to miss having a fkn OP-1, argh. I sold it two years ago for around half the price of what they are now 😕 

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On 2/12/2020 at 10:29 PM, modey said:

I'm starting to miss having a fkn OP-1, argh. I sold it two years ago for around half the price of what they are now 😕 

Its kinda the ultimate portable synth.

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2 hours ago, acid1 said:

Its kinda the ultimate portable synth.

The only thing I don't like about them is you have to be good with a keyboard because of its lack of step sequencer; I've never actually used one though.

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It's got sequencers and an arpeggiator. Not quite a TR/Elektron style sequencer, but you can definitely make auto-playing patterns with it. That said, it's basically temporary pattern storage rather than something where you can store hundreds of patterns. 

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9 minutes ago, modey said:

It's got sequencers and an arpeggiator. Not quite a TR/Elektron style sequencer, but you can definitely make auto-playing patterns with it. That said, it's basically temporary pattern storage rather than something where you can store hundreds of patterns. 

Oh... Right. Really only see guys on youtube jamming on the keys.

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Well, I took a risk and just bought a really clean looking, powers-on-but-not-tested Fostex Model 80 on eBay for about 20% of the usual price (not quite Volca Beats price but pretty close). There was a good photo of the head stack and the wear is really low, so even if it's broken I can flip that and some other parts and make a good profit (but I bet it works fine).  An old friend of mine had one of these and they're tiny for what they are, smallest 1/4" multitrack I've ever seen, so I've been GASing for one for like 10 years (nearly had one for next to nothing when I got my $20 Otari back in 2009 but the guy decided to keep it at the last minute), and ESPECIALLY since I sold my old Tascam 388 to a friend I play with a lot.  We were doing some recording on it last night and it was just so much better than working on a DAW when I saw this thing I couldn't resist.

 

Also got a free Tascam Porta02 MKII last night that I'm going to mod with an erase head bypass switch and use for lo-fi cassette loop fuckery, and another friend is going to trade me a working mid 80s Tascam 8x4x2 mixer of unknown model soon that should pair with the Fostex well, so all in all it's shaping up to be the best gear week I've had since I got that entire small home studio (a couple preamps, an 80s reverb, a 60s 1/4" tube deck, and a couple nice cassette decks - everything but the portastudio the guy had done his tracking on on) for free a year or so ago.

 

Pretty psyched.

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Found a new rabbit hole in tracking on the MSX. Think; 

Bought a music module + fm pac cartridge and a MSX2+ , nerding outta control 😉 .
 

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Now that I am waiting for a M-Audio Profire 2626, it is the time to think about all the cables I will also need to buy to make all the connections I can make, which is basically just to get dedicated stereo inputs for all my super amazing gear. I am completely sure that This Time it will be good not like all the Other Times when I have bought gear that I later regret. I suspect this time it could be that I need features which are only available if I connect it to my old laptop and I also need some obscure adapter cable that is 50€ because apple. Also there will be a ground loop.

The good part (if everything works out) is that I get 8ins 8outs hooked up over ADAT to my existing interface.

 

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It was really seamless setting mine up as an ADAT expander when I got it, although I DEFINITELY needed to install it as a Firewire interface so I could use their editing software to do the initial configuration (just turning off the master volume control completely and setting up the ADAT sample rate and routing I wanted).  Was a one time thing, I've never plugged a Firewire cable into it since but that's the one roadblock I could see coming up with one of these, if there was some kind of compatibility issue with a modern OS and it came to you with some kind of weird routing setup saved in it.

 

That and the breakout cable for MIDI and S/PDIF can be a bit hard to find if it didn't ship with one (mine didn't). Only relevant if you need those features.

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So Elektron are releasing something this week. Speculation is rife on elektronauts but conjecture is converging around it being a Models format digital drum machine.. @modey what inner circle gossip do you have?

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15 hours ago, TubularCorporation said:

It was really seamless setting mine up as an ADAT expander when I got it, although I DEFINITELY needed to install it as a Firewire interface so I could use their editing software to do the initial configuration (just turning off the master volume control completely and setting up the ADAT sample rate and routing I wanted).  Was a one time thing, I've never plugged a Firewire cable into it since but that's the one roadblock I could see coming up with one of these, if there was some kind of compatibility issue with a modern OS and it came to you with some kind of weird routing setup saved in it.

 

That and the breakout cable for MIDI and S/PDIF can be a bit hard to find if it didn't ship with one (mine didn't). Only relevant if you need those features.

I got it off Reverb and the listing promises all the cables and drivers I will ever need so hopefully fingers crossed it will be OK.

It would be extremely nice to be able to send MIDI stuff through the optical ADAT too so I could gain a physical MIDI out that way, but I doubt this is how it works (even though the data overhead would be almost nothing).

However, now that I have 3 pieces of Rack Gear, it may be time to think more seriously about getting an enclosure or something.

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11 hours ago, Stickfigger said:

So Elektron are releasing something this week. Speculation is rife on elektronauts but conjecture is converging around it being a Models format digital drum machine.. @modey what inner circle gossip do you have?

My expectations are really low! 
MD, Mnm... never again! 

M:S? Remember?!
 

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13 hours ago, Stickfigger said:

So Elektron are releasing something this week. Speculation is rife on elektronauts but conjecture is converging around it being a Models format digital drum machine.. @modey what inner circle gossip do you have?

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