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  1. To say the Elektron octatrack has a deeper 'learning curve" would be the proverbial understatement of the century. "Cheap and dummy proof" don't come to mind either. it will seriously mangle crap in ways that defy belief - I love mine but 6 months in and I still scratch my head some days and i've been using lectronic hardware for over 20 years now.
  2. Less than 3 months old - bought at MoogAudio Toronto for $599+Tax Excellent Condition - never gigged Prefer sale in Canada / USA but will ship overseas. Original box / manuals / psu - buyer pays shipping and paypal fees $425
  3. Nord Modular G1 - keyboard or rack in excellent condition with 3.03 editor compatibility in Windows XP Pro (Clavia Editor) - either expanded on non expanded.
  4. Pulling the sale - I've had to many scammers, schemers and an overall bad experience with the MPC so I am taking it off the market for now.
  5. One thing I will say is the Mic preamps are super quiet on this sound card - ridiculously so and I can't complain about mine (it works as advertised this end and sounds quite good indeed.
  6. Originally Posted by PoorOrca I just got my Phonic 808 Universal, But it doesn't connect to my computer. The blue light comes on, but my computer doesn't see anything. Happens to both firewire and usb on my new imac. Any Suggestions? What OS are you using ? Mine works fine in 64BIT Mode on 10.7.2 (just so you know). Make sure you have the switch on the back moved over to Firewire and open Audio/Midi Preference (in Utilities) to make sure Core Audio knows it is there.
  7. Originally Posted by Anderton Let me chime in here...extremely fast compressor attacks will be an issue with some program material. This is because with short enough attacks, the compression actually tracks the waveform. 1ms is 1kHz and 10ms is 100Hz, so with 8ms, waveforms around 200Hz will trigger the compressor, almost like a ring modulator effect. The usual "fix" is to lengthen the decay time so the trigger's decay is long enough to mask the rapid response, or to set an attack time longer than the period of the lowest anticipated waveform. Some would argue that one could abuse such an anomaly as an effect in itself - I know I would if it sounded appropriate to the material I was working on .
  8. Pleased to announce that I upgraded to OSX Lion today, beta testing product (P) and it all works very well over firewire in 64 bit mode .....lovely .
  9. But the question is, what is saved and where when you use a tone for the percussion/solo part? It's clear that you can save controller settings for a SN acoustic sound as part of a live set, but where are the controller settings saved if you want to use that same acoustic sound for the solo part? The solo/percussion part doesn't use live sets. Does it mean that I have to program the controller settings for the solo/percussion part as part of the registration? That would mean that you have to do the same work over and over again, whenever you create a new registration and use a tone for those two parts. We're not talking about how it sounds but what the keyboard can do and whether it delivers what a live performer may need or not. I don't need to spend any time in front of the keyboard to find out what it can and what it cannot do. I would personally disagree, that said you're entitled to that opinion. It is however clearly geared toward being a performance keyboard with highly nuanced expression and articulation. On that front it certainly does not disappoint. If i might just add I don't think any of the video's bar perhaps the one by Howard Jones, really doing it justice (for what it's worth).
  10. I am by no means a Roland fan boy, but seriously how many of you have actually used one for several hours or more at least ? I got to spend a good 5 hours with one the other day and the sound quality is universally superb, especially on the hybrid synthetic/modelled sound patches. The articulation and voice phrasing is stunning to say the least, especially on things like trumpet, flugelhorn, flute, strings and hybrid combinations. The filter is markedly digital but can have some nice Oberheim like brassy honk where needed. Beautifully constructed, with a solid feel and fantastic keybed I might add. Having tried the Motif XS, Korg M3 and FantomG, I'd easily take this over the rest and just track played performances into a daw. Easily their best keyboard since the V-Synth by a country mile and really shouldn't be looked at as either a bog standard rompler or va, as the hybrid patches on this thing are IMHO really where it's at. And what it does it does damn well. Just for the record my gear list is a mixed bag - Electribe EMX & ESX, Korg Prophecy, Alesis QS8.1 (with Vintage Keys and Vintage Synth Q cards), Akai MPC2500, Kurzweil K1000PX, Roland S550Rack, Roland D550 rack (with several voice cards) and a JD990 Expanded and an E-Mu UltraProteus . My only daw and virtual instruments I use are the Reason Record Duo ( 1.5/5.0) and a 3rd party audio editor. The only other synth I have enjoyed this much in years from an outright playing view point was the Korg Oasys ( had a deal on one this year for a steal but do not have the studio space ). Really we would have killed for digital synths of this calibre several years ago and it is a synth as opposed to a workstation. It certainly would NOT replace anything I have (the Oasys could have replaced most of it IMHO) but it would definitely complement and enhance my sonic palette immeasurably. Really quite a nice keyboard IMHO. Superb sound.
  11. Originally Posted by zeppy3 Hey guys, I just got the firefly 2 days ago. I only have a mac so I am using the firewire. I installed the mixer as instructed and plugged in and powered on the device. The Audio/midi setup menu does not detect the device, and the Apple System Profiler only detectsp an 'unknown device'. The phonic mixer software doesn't detect the firefly either. Help would be appreciated, Check the switch on the back of the device. It ships set default to USB and not Firewire - I had similar problems with mine and felt like an idiot for not realizing the unit itself was not set too Firewire connection. Power down everything, restart you Mac and make sure the Firefly is switched to FW connection on it's rear panel first. If that doesn't work, repair permissions and repeat (which fixed the issue for me). Let me know how you go.
  12. Just got a great deal on an MPC2500 with expanded RAM - so not looking anymore thanks
  13. Decided on either an MPC4000 or a 2500 Fully optioned for the amount of hardware I'm using after a bit of testing and extra research, so if anyone has one for sale let me know. Thanks to Miguel for the offer on the 909 but I need more midi channels and out's than I'd get on the 909 out of the box.
  14. Having now had a chance to demo a unit I have a few things to add. Keyboard feel is light but springy enough to be useful and everything is rather aesthetically pleasing on the eye. Great selection of on board sounds which can in all honesty be tweaked quite extensively via the front panel modulation knobs and soft buttons - quite often far enough from the original to be useful (within context away from the editor). Strong points for me are the tonal character, when it's rude it's beautifully and brutally rude, but can also sound wonderfully smooth an silky if needs be and it has a great bottom end presence I might add. Highlight are the FM, Sync, Ring Mod sounds IMHO which where all fantastic. Don't know if some of you would view this as a compliment but certain sounds where not too dissimilar (IMHO) too the Kawai K4R when employing AM and filters routed in series - anybody who has used a K4 will know what I mean about the super gnarly quality of the filter at times - one of the things that endeared me to it for so many years. Anyway, my biggest gripe was the lack of after touch at all on the keyboard and a hug omission by AVID (once again IMHO). So many of these sounds where screaming for after touch as a mod source when just outright playing that it really felt to be lacking as a feature on a performance synth with this sort of sonic character. By no means a deal breaker, but there where times when things like FM depth, fx modulations etc etc (yes I could go on) could have been fantastically deployed with an adept and judicious use of after touch for that extra wow factor when playing the unit itself.
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