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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. That is quite stellar. Will need to download this tonight! Thanks for sharing. :]
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super Audio Cart, the meticulously created retro game audio library by Zircon (Andrew Aversa) is on sale for Black Friday Weekend.

https://impactsoundworks.com/product/super-audio-cart/

You know, if you want that signature Super Nintendo/Sega Genesis sound, without having to learn how to program a YM2612. It features C64, NES, and GB sounds too.

If nothing else, it has some lovely demos (though that 1st one is a little wacky).



Gawd dawn. Even on these shitty laptop speakers, some of those demos are marvelous.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of these days I'm going to buy a Synth.

I've had MIDI keyboards for years, but they kinda suck because you have to plug them in to a computer and turn on the computer (and wait... oh gawd).

I want something small and portable I can lay on my couch and just turn-on and play.

I'm not a pianist, so I'm totally fine with Synthesizer mini keys, as long as they feel good (my Korg MIDI keyboard is excellent, and I've been underwhelmed by M-Audio, E-MU and AKAI).

I'm also a bit of a nerd, so little features like Analog Synthesis are kinda interesting to me. ;)


Anyway, there appears to be a "line" of 3 octave mini keyboards that fit what I'm looking for. You edit your patches on the PC, and upload them with a click. They also all seem to include a mic and vocoder, which is fine too.

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$499 - Korg MicroKorg S: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/microKorgS



Standard MicroKorg. Has a program knob, but it DOESN'T have a dubstep option. ;)


$499 - Korg MicroKorg XL+: http://www.korg.com/caen/products/synthesizers/microkorg_xl_plus/



Simplified, not many options (banks are programmed from the PC). Has a knob with a dubstep option, so it's a little cheesy.


$399 - Novation Mininova: https://us.novationmusic.com/synths/mininova



Can't see it in the photo, but the knobs look excellent. Tall and solid looking. Has a dubstep option on a knob, so it's a bit cheesy.


$499 - Roland JD-XI: https://www.roland.com/global/products/jd-xi/



Hybrid Analog and Digital Synth! No silly dubstep button! Appears to be the best all-in-one at the price point.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PoV wrote:
The weirdest part is the collection includes the raw chopped up instrumental elements from Chemlab's track "Exile on Mainline".


^^ one of my favorite songs of all time. Back when I was really into Chemlab and 16 Volt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXEz9gSlQhA
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My bandmate uses the MicroKorg for keys/vocoder for live shows as well as the Octatrack for triggering samples/backing tracks:
https://www.elektron.se/products/octatrack/

I'm using a slew of Nano Korgs for help with sequencing, as well as the Novation Launchkey 49:
https://us.novationmusic.com/keys/launchkey

For audio interface I use the M-Audio Fast Track Pro (not amazing, but does the job):
https://www.amazon.com/M-Audio-Track-Mobile-Interface-Preamps/dp/B000BD31ZW

For vocal effects I use the TCHelicon Voicelive play, which works pretty well for standard effects like harmony, reverb, distortion, etc:
http://www.tc-helicon.com/en/products/voicelive-play/

My stage mic is a Shure-SM58 (pretty standard), and studio mic is an Audio-Technica AT2035 condenser mic:
http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/wired_mics/cebb57a269d232ee/

In the past, I've mostly used Bfxr for game sounds:
http://www.bfxr.net/

And lastly, for production, I've started using Pro Tools 12. I was using Cubase before, but I'm taking production classes through Berklee college of music and decided to go with their Pro Tools track:
http://www.avid.com/pro-tools
https://online.berklee.edu/
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, I must have wrote about that a decade ago. ;)

* * *

Since we're talking gear, I used to have expensive gear, but I started downsizing a few years ago.


Audio Interface: I started with an E-MU 1616M, then moved to a MOTU Ultralite Firewire Interface when I needed better mic preamps (and thought I cared about surround sound mixing). Firewire was a bitch to work with though, and when USB 2.0 interfaces started coming out I sold it (someone else's problem). I briefly had a Zoom R16, but it didn't work with Linux.

Nowadays I use a Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 with my KRK Rokit monitors when it matters, or a Zoom h4n field recorder with my AudioTechnica ATH-M50 cans otherwise (works as a surprisingly decent interface, and is Linux compatible).


Instruments: I started with an E-MU 25 key USB keyboard, replaced that with an M-Audio Axiom 49. I liked the Axiom, but it was just too large. I also briefly had an M-Audio Trigger Finger (i.e. 4x4 grid of pads). I sold all that stuff, and replaced it with a Korg Microkey which I still happily use today.

I also have an older Roland Electronic V-Drums Drumkit (the full kit with rubber pads for toms). It was in my parents basement until recently. Just set it up again.

I have a Alesis ControlPad, which is a 4x2 drum pad I'm in the process of selling (I barely use the drums).

I have an 80's bargain FM keyboard and a MIDI Guitar as well, but they live in the closet (the keyboard isn't velocity sensitive, and has 5 memory slots that don't save all parameters, bleh).


Mic: My bragging microphone is a Rode NTK tube mic. I have an AudioTechnica mic somewhere too (it might also be the AT-3035). Practically though I tend to use the mics built in to the Zoom h4n more than anything. I actualy just bought a cheapo lavaliere mic on sale to hold me over until I feel rich enough to buy a Rode Lavalier mic.


Virtual Instruments: I spent several thousands of dollars on virtual instruments some years ago. Lots of East West (Sounds Online) content. I stopped though. The only recent activity was that I upgraded Kontakt to the latest version, or upgraded my copy of Komplete... honestly I can't remember which way I went. Oh and I did grab Super Audio Cart 'cause I couldn't resist. ;)

I'm back using Ableton, after a stint with Renoise again. That said I so rarely touch music stuff anymore (my gear needs these days tends to be narrating videos).
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice. Komplete/Kontakt are on my list to pony up for eventually.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just an info dump.

I actually have an old Yamaha PSS-480 FM keyboard from my childhood. One of these (random google photo):



Saw this video about MIDI keyboards with the Adlib/SoundBlaster audio chip in it (YM3812):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLJSdNYcdpk

The one demonstrated is quite cool, as it has analog sliders for controlling the properties. My keyboard it's a bunch of clumsy digital controls.

Found the manual after a quick googling.

http://nurykabe.com/dump/text/PSS/page/manuals/PSS-480_00.pdf

Awesomely, the manual describes the protocol used to communicate to the keyboard. Classic manuals FTW.

A bit more googling later, I found my keyboard is a topic of circuit bending, but it doesn't have the YM3812 (or cost reduced YM2413 covered in the video).

Rather it has a YM3420B (OPU) chip, which details on are extremely sparse, and a YM3419B, which I can find nothing on.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Yamaha_products#Semiconductors
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So the Super Audio Cart creator just released a sequel: Super Audio Cart PC



https://impactsoundworks.com/product/super-audio-cart-pc/

In essence, a collection of classic PC sounds. Commodore 64, MSX, Amiga, Adlib/Sound Blaster, Atari ST, and some other obscure stuff.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh neat! The GameBoy from the original Super Audio Cart is free.



https://impactsoundworks.com/product/super-audio-boy/


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