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  • Best Arpeggiator on a synth

    I've been posting too many 'Best' threads when I do post, but let this be one of the last few.

    What synths have the best arps on them? Any superior? What ones allow you to choose the note order (like a sequence)?
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  • #2
    mono-poly gets my vote... but maybe that's just cause you can cycle through all four oscillators, does that count?
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    • #3
      Korg Z1 gets my vote as one of the most flexible polyphonic arps on any synth out there. It has assignable notation, assignable gaps, gate adjust, and can be used multitimbrally in combi mode. Best thing about it: it sends the notation out as MIDI data (not just MIDI clock, as on most synths of that age), indispensible for arpeggiating my other synths that lack built-in arps or sequencers.
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      • #4
        I was going to mention the Z1 if no one already had, so I'll offer the Quasimidi Raven's Motifator. It's not the arpeggiator, but it's powerful, immediate and musical.
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        • #5
          I really like what the Micron has to offer

          ... In fact, I'm thinking of bringing it out of hibernation (or displacing the X-Station) to arpower my Juno 106 ... among the things I like about it is the arp octave range can go positive AND minus ... I don't know why they're not all like that ... the mini sequencer is really the best and most simple to use I've ever experienced ...

          I really need to get a third tier on my A-frame and get that Micron back into action ... (but then I keep saying I'm going to get the Europa upgrade for the JP-6 and that will take care of it ... apparently it does quite a bit to the Jupiter 6's arpeggiator ... )

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          • #6
            The JP-8's arp is a delight to use, an assertion buttressed, no doubt, by the fact that the synth in question is a JP-8.
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            • #7
              V-synth? It has a pretty kick ass interface for programming your own arps, as well as a modulation sequencer...

              edit: ooh, I forgot about the monomachine, it has a crazy arp on it also, it allows trigs of specific parameters.

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              • #8
                V-synth? It has a pretty kick ass interface for programming your own arps, as well as a modulation sequencer...

                edit: ooh, I forgot about the monomachine, it has a crazy arp on it also, it allows trigs of specific parameters.

                cheers
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                Strangely ... I haven't gotten into the arp possibilites of my V-Synth yet ... though, admittedly, some of the arp preset patches are lovely ...

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                • #9
                  what does "best" mean?

                  ease of use, functionality etc etc...
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                  • #10
                    The arp is one of my favorite aspects of my V-Synth. Some fairly intricate sequences can be programmed into it and the touch screen interface makes it easy to change the octave range, gate time, shuffle, and volume.

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                    • #11
                      Rolands arps are nice. I use my MC-909, V-Synth and Fantom XR arps all the time. Another synth with cool arps is the Virus. You should check out the time signatures a Virus offers.

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                      • #12
                        The EmaxII was pretty special. At the time it had one of the most feature-laden arps. If you find the manual online you'll see what I mean.

                        On top of that the sampling was good, the SE synth engine was cool, and the special features like transform multiplication allowed morphs that were unique.
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                        • #13
                          since the v-synth has already been covered...

                          kawai k5000s has 2 user assaignable arp pattern locations that rival the v-synth's in the ability to program sequences and have them arp back with key changes.

                          the ms-2000 has the motion sequencer which can be used aside from the onboard arp to "arpeggiate" control data for the filter or amp or osc waveform or pitch etc... 2 of em per patch plus the standard arp.

                          the novation supernova and supernova II have polyphonic user programmable arps and each arp pattern is saved to the synth independant of the patch so you can have up to 256 arp patterns plus have up to 8 of them running in a multi patch. if you assign the same preset in the multi 8 times you can override each preset's arp pattern so you can have a very complex arp pattern playing in multimode.
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                          • #14
                            Oh, and each patch on a V-Synth is saved with its own arp settings, which is very cool, although there are times when one would really like to have the option of being able to have an arp that is not patch specific and you could move through different patches while the arp continues to play...

                            Not sure if there is some sort of performance mode workaround or not.

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                            • #15

                              edit: ooh, I forgot about the monomachine, it has a crazy arp on it also, it allows trigs of specific parameters.


                              O, hell yeah, excellent arps. Good call.
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