09-06-2013 02:18 PM
I've been having GAS for a few weeks recently but the problem is that nothing out there is igniting it!
Korg Kronos nearly did, I would love Karma just for the inspiration it might bring but 2 things
1) Its orchestral sounds fall well below what I have already in software
2) People complaining of fan noise really makes me think twice, nay thrice.
I have the money, I have the GAS but I have come to the conclusion I have everything I need already and ought to get on making music!
What if anything is fuelling your GAS, did you buy it? Didi it fulfill your expectations?
09-07-2013 07:10 AM
shambler wrote:What if anything is fuelling your GAS, did you buy it?
- I am seriously GASSING for a Jupiter-80. I have the Jupiter-50, and, as such, have realized how awesome the 80 is. But 80 prices remain out of sight for me, which is why I didn't buy one in the first place.
- I have major GAS for a new computer. My current iMac is an Intel Core 2 Duo from 2007. It still runs Digital Performer great, and I can run a few softsynths at the same time, but the screen is going bad. I lust for a new iMac that can load eight sounds into Omnisphere without breaking a sweat.
09-07-2013 10:24 AM
09-07-2013 03:34 PM
I've made some demo videos of the sounds in the Jupiter-50, which are also in the 80 and the Integra-7.
As you know, the Integra contains a bazillion other sounds from the Roland library, many of which are indeed rather dated.
09-07-2013 06:07 PM - edited 09-07-2013 06:08 PM
i've hovering over new hardware synths for a while...like the integra7 and the korg volcas...most probably going to wait a while longer and just update my mac o/s and then get logic pro x and see how far 'in the box" can go for me! i have a few hardware synths already so need to think what would really be the best next step.
09-08-2013 11:03 AM - edited 09-08-2013 11:42 AM
09-08-2013 01:51 PM
They should have made the integra7 a Jupiter 80 in a box with the same poly count.
I have the Jupiter-50, which has 128-voice polyphony, like the Integra-7.
This is one reason why I'd really like to have the Jupiter-80 instead.
Yesterday I was playing a big, layered "registration," with a big live set (made with four tones), a bass part, and a piano layered into the mix. I started running out of poly if I played more than five notes at the same time.
So, I edited the live set, turning off two of the tones (a synth brass program), and that allowed me to play full, two-handed chords.
The 80 takes the polyphony to 256, and adds the ability to play two live sets simultaneously, along with a lower tone and a solo tone.
09-08-2013 04:13 PM
A Jupiter 50 and an Integra could make a nice combination, too. 256 poly, a bunch of extra SN and PCM tones, and compared to a Jupiter 80, a lot easier to move around if you're gigging.
I am not playing in a band now, but because I tend to play with as small a rig as possible, the ability to change patches quickly has always been very important. I like the Yamaha Motif and MOX boards because you can create a user bank and have one-button access to up to 16 sounds right from the front panel. When playing covers, it's not unusual to use 3-5 sounds in one song, and to have to change sounds in the space of an eighth note.
The Jupiter-50 provides one-button access to the four sounds that are in the bank that is currently loaded.
Additionally, you have one-button access to whatever preset is attached to the colored front panel instrument buttons, i.e. piano, organ, strings, synth lead, etc.
All in all, this isn't too compelling for live performing. And this is also where I have had issues trying to play gigs with rack synths. How do you quickly switch between four different sounds in an Integra? Perhaps there's a MIDI controller out there that has buttons that can be configured to call up specific patches in a rack synth. I dunno.
If you're gigging with a Jupiter-50 and just toggling between your favorite piano, EP, and organ, for example, this is easily done. But anything more complicated probably requires arranging sounds into banks where up to four sounds are arranged on a per-song basis.
This is probably why lots of keyboardists end up gigging with four keyboards.
09-08-2013 04:38 PM
I I like the Yamaha Motif and MOX boards because you can create a user bank and have one-button access to up to 16 sounds right from the front panel.
Perhaps there's a MIDI controller out there that has buttons that can be configured to call up specific patches in a rack synth. I dunno.
The Motif and MOX will do that. Use Master Mode, and those 16 patch select buttons can be used for internal sounds, external sounds, or any combination. (And you can create 8 sets of 16, and switch among them easily.) The Casio PX-5S will do it too... quick access to ten combinations of ten. Kurzweil PC3 series gives you quick access to 16 combinations of ten. Kronos Set List Mode would be good for this too.
Unfortunately, plain controllers have lacked this kind of facility in recent years, as they are more oriented toward studio/DAW work than live performance.
But the best solution for this today is probably to use an iPad (or even an iPhone or iPod Touch) for patch selection, using a program like Set List Maker. You get named buttons for the sounds you want to recall.
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