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Studio showoff thread!

Yidam
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Posted : Dec 30, 2016 07:24
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On 2016-12-08 05:27, OzMike wrote:
Cleared out all my unused Synths, speAkers, amps, guitars, drums & dj gear and have started with a small 104hp skiff. Currently:



Doing a live idm/breakcore show with it tomorrow night.

Christmas is bribing me the intellijel Polaris, MI Warps & a MakeNoise MMG as well as Doepfer Dark Time before I start on my second skiff next year.



Wow, that's a sweet rig! How are those Pico modules? Have only used the drums which were amazing. Have also been lusting for the Rubicon after hearing its through-zero capabilities. There's a much cheaper and slimmer Doepfer A-110-4 out there so also waiting to hear the comparison between the two.
OzMike
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Posted : Dec 30, 2016 15:07
Pico's are great. I've sold a few though. Mainly due to just personal taste. The VCO's are being replaced with two Intellijel Dixie II+ & the filter with the Intellijel Polaris.

The space is very tight & these larger modules will helps me space the Picos out more.

Rubicon is lovely, I got a great price second hand so it's all good.

          Revisiting the past.
Nectarios
Martian Arts

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Posted : Dec 30, 2016 15:53
Quote:

On 2016-12-30 07:24, Yidam wrote:
Quote:

On 2016-12-08 05:27, OzMike wrote:
Cleared out all my unused Synths, speAkers, amps, guitars, drums & dj gear and have started with a small 104hp skiff. Currently:



Doing a live idm/breakcore show with it tomorrow night.

Christmas is bribing me the intellijel Polaris, MI Warps & a MakeNoise MMG as well as Doepfer Dark Time before I start on my second skiff next year.



Wow, that's a sweet rig! How are those Pico modules? Have only used the drums which were amazing. Have also been lusting for the Rubicon after hearing its through-zero capabilities. There's a much cheaper and slimmer Doepfer A-110-4 out there so also waiting to hear the comparison between the two.



I have the A-110-4 and love it. Its quite unique as its sine core, instead of tri core but bare in mind sine and cosine are the only outputs.

I did not need the extra outs of the Rubicon as I have a lot of VCOs and only wanted the TZFM. There are demos on muffwiggler threads of both VCOs in TZFM.

This is one of them: https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=150378&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
          
http://soundcloud.com/martianarts
Yidam
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Posted : Jan 6, 2017 17:57
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On 2016-12-30 15:07, OzMike wrote:
Pico's are great. I've sold a few though. Mainly due to just personal taste. The VCO's are being replaced with two Intellijel Dixie II+ & the filter with the Intellijel Polaris.

The space is very tight & these larger modules will helps me space the Picos out more.

Rubicon is lovely, I got a great price second hand so it's all good.






Love the Intellijel stuff but it's just way beyond anything I can afford at the moment. Pico on the other hand seems to have all the plusses at the moment - affordability and mobility. 42hp for the whole system blew my mind. But yeah it definitely could use some added zing like a TZFM osc, a digital osc (micro-braids) and maybe one interesting envelope generator (maths). and possibility later an ornament and crime if there's space.

that would be my idea of a perfect small system under 84 hp.
Yidam
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Posted : Jan 6, 2017 18:10
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On 2016-12-30 15:53, Nectarios wrote:
Quote:

On 2016-12-30 07:24, Yidam wrote:
Quote:

On 2016-12-08 05:27, OzMike wrote:
Cleared out all my unused Synths, speAkers, amps, guitars, drums & dj gear and have started with a small 104hp skiff. Currently:



Doing a live idm/breakcore show with it tomorrow night.

Christmas is bribing me the intellijel Polaris, MI Warps & a MakeNoise MMG as well as Doepfer Dark Time before I start on my second skiff next year.



Wow, that's a sweet rig! How are those Pico modules? Have only used the drums which were amazing. Have also been lusting for the Rubicon after hearing its through-zero capabilities. There's a much cheaper and slimmer Doepfer A-110-4 out there so also waiting to hear the comparison between the two.



I have the A-110-4 and love it. Its quite unique as its sine core, instead of tri core but bare in mind sine and cosine are the only outputs.

I did not need the extra outs of the Rubicon as I have a lot of VCOs and only wanted the TZFM. There are demos on muffwiggler threads of both VCOs in TZFM.

This is one of them: https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=150378&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0




Checked out in depth after your post. From what I heard it looks like it's about how much you're ready to pay for this. Doepfer A-110-4 does not have the wide steady fm range as the Rubicon which does not have warm sounding oscillators like the Birdkids which is nowhere close to the perfect through zero fm capabilities of Modcan.

Maybe I'm wrong about this but eventually going to go with Doepfer when I can. Am inclined towards sine core stuff anyway since I'm planning to run it through the RYO vactrol gate... it does beautiful things to sine waves.
OzMike
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Posted : Jan 12, 2017 08:57
Yes it's easy to get sucked in by so many options. I guess it's all about what sound you're after. My system will eventually be 3 VCO (2xDixie II+) 9u x 104hp system.

I could have more voices but I want to have some tasty modulation options, there's 4 filters I want & the bottom row will be some Audio Damage fx units with a Metropolis and the WMD Performance Mixer.

Despite having a few MakeNoise modules planned (Maths & Wogglebug) I also plan to have the 0 Coast & any other semi modular they announce at NAMM this year as well.

Semi Modular is wonderful for holidays.

My Pico Drums will eventually be replace by some Mutant modules, they offer a lot more in terms of modulation.

Pico is good at what it does, but that's it. It doesn't go beyond or add any wow factor. It's like the Korg Volca series of euro. Cheap & effective but personally after 8 weeks I want more.           Revisiting the past.
OzMike
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Posted : Jan 12, 2017 09:01
Here is my plan

          Revisiting the past.
Nectarios
Martian Arts

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Posted : Jan 12, 2017 14:33
Quote:

On 2017-01-06 18:10, Yidam wrote:
Quote:

On 2016-12-30 15:53, Nectarios wrote:
Quote:

On 2016-12-30 07:24, Yidam wrote:
Quote:

On 2016-12-08 05:27, OzMike wrote:
Cleared out all my unused Synths, speAkers, amps, guitars, drums & dj gear and have started with a small 104hp skiff. Currently:



Doing a live idm/breakcore show with it tomorrow night.

Christmas is bribing me the intellijel Polaris, MI Warps & a MakeNoise MMG as well as Doepfer Dark Time before I start on my second skiff next year.



Wow, that's a sweet rig! How are those Pico modules? Have only used the drums which were amazing. Have also been lusting for the Rubicon after hearing its through-zero capabilities. There's a much cheaper and slimmer Doepfer A-110-4 out there so also waiting to hear the comparison between the two.



I have the A-110-4 and love it. Its quite unique as its sine core, instead of tri core but bare in mind sine and cosine are the only outputs.

I did not need the extra outs of the Rubicon as I have a lot of VCOs and only wanted the TZFM. There are demos on muffwiggler threads of both VCOs in TZFM.

This is one of them: https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=150378&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0




Checked out in depth after your post. From what I heard it looks like it's about how much you're ready to pay for this. Doepfer A-110-4 does not have the wide steady fm range as the Rubicon which does not have warm sounding oscillators like the Birdkids which is nowhere close to the perfect through zero fm capabilities of Modcan.

Maybe I'm wrong about this but eventually going to go with Doepfer when I can. Am inclined towards sine core stuff anyway since I'm planning to run it through the RYO vactrol gate... it does beautiful things to sine waves.



Wait before you get anyhting. This is coming out soon.

http://www.doepfer.de/A1106.htm           
http://soundcloud.com/martianarts
Yidam
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Posted : Jan 12, 2017 21:56
^ Whoa cool, thanks a lot for the headsup Nectarios!
OzMike
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Posted : Jan 12, 2017 23:36
I've never had any pleasure from Diepfer. I find the timbre of the vcos very raw sounding & require a lot of filter, fx etc. to get really nice sounds. I'd go the WMD/SSF range instead if I couldn't afford Intellijel.

Intellijel for me have a beautiful sound, very warm & pleasant musically, plus their oscillators track better than any brand I've tried (Doepfer, WMD/SSF, Erica, Endorphins, AJH or Make Noise).

It's all wonderfully individual of course but yeah Intellijel is the only oscillator for me. It's very hard not to add a shapeshifter to my plans for the digital sound, but the Akemie's Castle also intrigues me.           Revisiting the past.
Yidam
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Posted : Jan 25, 2017 09:23
Well Deopfer is definitely gives of the impression of being cold, especially in their designs but isn't that part of what modular synths all about? The sum of modules always being greater than their parts? Warm up a VCO by running it through a filter or LPG?

As nice as a VCO sounds, if it doesn't invert when FM modulating you get that brick wall kind of sound when things hit zero... good for glitch but not so much when you're doing smooth drones and melodies.

I'm totally digging the A1106 concept. EMS type trapezoid waveforms with thru-zero capabilities... theoretically that means a whole new world of sound.

I've always got an analog oscilloscope connected when doing the modular stuff, so maybe it's also because of that visual component.

That being said Intellijel Dixie II+ sounds amazing.
Nectarios
Martian Arts

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Posted : Jan 27, 2017 12:50
LPGs, VCFs and VCAs play a massive part in the sound. Some filters and LPGs shave off some of the top end, even when fully open, so this makes things sound "warm".

I like Doepfer, mainly for their utility modules and because they are cheap, especially in the EU.

Dixie 2+ is very nice and the octave switch makes it a great modulating VCO. I had the Atlantis which was two Dixie VCOs. Nice sound.

Generally speaking Intellijel sounds clean and "generic" but of course its all down to how you'll patch things and what VCFs/VCAs you'll go through.
Good thing nowdays is that there are many demos of many things.

Tried the Malekko Osc2 recently, right next to a Sputnik VCO and Verbos Complex Osc and was blow away by the MAlekko VCO. It does phase modulation to which yields similar timbres to FM, but the carrier VCO's pitch, does not get detuned as the phase modulation index, goes higher.           
http://soundcloud.com/martianarts
OzMike
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Posted : Jan 30, 2017 07:24
sorry if I came off as a Doepfer hater. I'm so not. I didn't put a picture up but I do have a Dark Time & Dark Energy II which I use in conjunction with my DrumBrute to do live minimal techno gigs. It's perfect for this & easy to transport. I plan once my 6u is finished to also add a 0-Coast, Dreadbox Erebus & Hades and an Arp Odyssey desktop module to this setup in the studio. I enjoy a break from full modular with semi-modular.

I like the clean sound of Intellijel in my dedicated eurorack simply for the pleasure of taking that clean sound & modifying it through all the other utility, fx & modulation I have.           Revisiting the past.
Nectarios
Martian Arts

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Posted : Feb 1, 2017 09:34
Dunno why I never bought a switch all these year. Just got a cheap Doepfer A-151rev2.

Now I understand how handy they are.






          
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OzMike
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Posted : Feb 2, 2017 03:22
Well here is a shitter of a lesson. I left a cheap external PSU on by mistake on my desk & it shorted and caught on fire. As the smoke detector is my basement studio was right up the opposite end by the time I got down the following are damaged beyond repair:

All eurorack
Mackie ProFX12 mixer
JBL LSR305 monitors,

All I have left (because I was using them upstairs):

Korg Volca Bass, Beats, Keys & FM
Doepfer Dark Time & Dark Energy

Currently trying to sort insurance.

Luckily a mate has some brand new cheapie monitors & also an old but working Behringer Eurodesk MX2442a.

So make sure you turn power off & I think this may be a sign to get out of the euro game           Revisiting the past.
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