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  • Blofeld prices

    Is it really cheaper to buy a blofeld from the UK and have it shipped to the states than it is to buy one here? I really want the black blofeld keyboard, but right now the only places I can find it are ebay, amazon and Europe. The usual suspects of online music stores are all sold out right now.

    US $1199.95
    UK
    lots of gear and not a computer in sight.

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    • #3
      Thanks again. It's ordered.
      lots of gear and not a computer in sight.

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      • #4
        I can get it new for 970 USD here.

        Though the shipping would defeat the purpose so... not much point.

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        • #5
          I ended up getting it for about a grand with free shipping here in the states. Pretty happy with the deal, now I'm just waiting for it to show up.
          lots of gear and not a computer in sight.

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          • #6
            I can get it new for 970 USD here.

            Though the shipping would defeat the purpose so... not much point.


            Out of curiosity, where is "here"?
            lots of gear and not a computer in sight.

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            • #7
              Out of curiosity, where is "here"?


              Finland.

              They go for same price or less all over europe though, some place even less as we have quite high VAT. Without vat it is 23% less.

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              • #8
                I've been reeeeeally tempted by these. I really need a synth capable of sample playback, but I'm still unsure of how far 60MB will get me...... damn they're sexy though.....
                Formerly known as sausagefoot.

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                • #9
                  Yeah they are. I was on the fence about getting one too and then I saw that the black ones were coming and decided that if I was going to get one, it had to be the black one. I'll post up how I like it.
                  lots of gear and not a computer in sight.

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                  • #10
                    Yeah they are. I was on the fence about getting one too and then I saw that the black ones were coming and decided that if I was going to get one, it had to be the black one. I'll post up how I like it.


                    Could you post an example of one sample frequency modulating another? I really want to know how sonically useful that sort of thing might be, as the Blofeld seems to be one of the only hardware synths that allows for that to happen. I'm hoping to try it on both melodically mapped sounds coupled with percussive sounds (think a Tibetan throat singer and a drum), as well as two similar melodically mapped sounds (maybe a pitched plane engine in the distance and a Tibetan throat singer) just to see if I can blur the lines between sounds in a way that doesn't just involve simple layering of "found sounds".

                    Still don't know how far 60MB will get me though...... 5 or 6 sampled instruments mapped across the board maybe? I have no context.....
                    Formerly known as sausagefoot.

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                    • #11
                      Still don't know how far 60MB will get me though...... 5 or 6 sampled instruments mapped across the board maybe? I have no context.....


                      That's a joke, right? Back in the 80s samplers like the Mirage made do with only 64KB of sample RAM. It all depends on how tightly you want to loop the samples.

                      60MB is about 12 minutes of mono sample time at 44/16.

                      More important to think about is the max size of a single sample.
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                      • #12
                        That's a joke, right? Back in the 80s samplers like the Mirage made do with only 64KB of sample RAM. It all depends on how tightly you want to loop the samples.

                        60MB is about 12 minutes of mono sample time at 44/16.

                        More important to think about is the max size of a single sample.


                        It's not a joke. As I stated above: "I have no context". I meant that. I have never had a synth that can play samples, so I really have no idea how far that would get me. It sounds like the answer to that is "pretty damn far", or "more than 5-6 sampled instruments mapped across the keybed"

                        I don't know the max single sample size on the Blofeld either, but I'll research that now.
                        Formerly known as sausagefoot.

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                        • #13
                          Just checked and my DSS-1 only has 256k of sample memory. 60 megs should be a pretty good amount. I'll have to play around with it to see how far it'll go.
                          lots of gear and not a computer in sight.

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                          • #14
                            Could you post an example of one sample frequency modulating another? ...(think a Tibetan throat singer and a drum),


                            Hey i just recorded a bit of a rough example using the blofeld: tuvan throat singer sample in Osc 1, fm source as Osc 2 with amount at 127. Osc 2 sample is a ****************ty drum loop, with no key tracking, so i played a little melody (patch set to mono) and drums kept pitch while throat singer sang. The demo starts with throat singer being fm modded and slowly turn up osc 2 so you can hear the drums which are modulating it.

                            Another example: sweeping 24db lowpass filter
                            , which is fm modulated by Osc 2 drums (which can also be heard), from low to hi. Osc 1 with strings is turned up and 2nd time through riff the fm mod amount by osc 2 is turn to 127 (affects the pitching kinda). (this example had the clocked delay on it to make the drum sample sound less pants!). Then i just play with the fm mods and levels a bit.

                            Hope that gives you an indication of some possibilities.... crappy sounds probably but its just a quick demo
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                            • #15
                              Hey i just recorded a bit of a rough example using the blofeld: tuvan throat singer sample in Osc 1, fm source as Osc 2 with amount at 127. Osc 2 sample is a ****************ty drum loop, with no key tracking, so i played a little melody (patch set to mono) and drums kept pitch while throat singer sang. The demo starts with throat singer being fm modded and slowly turn up osc 2 so you can hear the drums which are modulating it.

                              Another example: sweeping 24db lowpass filter
                              , which is fm modulated by Osc 2 drums (which can also be heard), from low to hi. Osc 1 with strings is turned up and 2nd time through riff the fm mod amount by osc 2 is turn to 127 (affects the pitching kinda). (this example had the clocked delay on it to make the drum sample sound less pants!). Then i just play with the fm mods and levels a bit.

                              Hope that gives you an indication of some possibilities.... crappy sounds probably but its just a quick demo


                              Wow, thank you SO MUCH for actually going ahead and recording those. That did more to explain the sample manipulation possibilities of this synth than any amount of typing. And btw, the second example could easily become a solid track

                              You don't know how long I've been asking someone to create an example of this type of functionality from the Blofeld. The Blofeld, oddly, has deeper functionality that any other synth capable of sample playback (this includes the Nord Wave and the Korg Kronos). I was always wondering how useful that extra functionality would actually be in practice and not just on paper. The answer appears to be "very"!

                              Can I ask you one more small favor? Is there any way that you could combine two sound sources that would be great for pads? I'm thinking that Throat Singer sample and perhaps an Airplane Engine sample (this is a perfect example: http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=41143). Would FM between the two samples be useful? I'd imagine that at the bare minimum it would be useful to have an LFO increase the FM amount between the two. Anyway, thank you very much for posting what you have, and if you do find the time for that last request I'll be in your debt man!
                              Formerly known as sausagefoot.

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