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Re: Overdrive unit/pedal for warming digital synths?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:41 pm
by The Elf
Arpangel wrote:
The Elf wrote:Whatever the question now is, the answer is "Novation Peak".

My work here is done! :D :beamup:

I've just passed the Peak, I'm on my way to the Summit...

:D
:thumbup:

Re: Overdrive unit/pedal for warming digital synths?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 3:22 pm
by chanceoperation

Re: Overdrive unit/pedal for warming digital synths?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:50 pm
by The Elf
chanceoperation wrote:maybe this?

https://www.radialeng.com/product/firefly
Mono, from what I can see.

Re: Overdrive unit/pedal for warming digital synths?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:55 pm
by IAA
I've got a Roland Guitar Cube, I'll put it through that with a bit of drive, it's got a recording output, I'll try that

Mr Wakeman no less pushed many of his synths/keyboards through external amplification in the studio to rather good effect!

You could also send some of your digital stuff through the Model D ext input - that's also quite a nice sound - Ive tried it with a Kronos lead and it was quite nice

Ian

Re: Overdrive unit/pedal for warming digital synths?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:44 pm
by BillB
Shouldn't you just attach wooden end-cheeks to the synths in question? :tongue:

Re: Overdrive unit/pedal for warming digital synths?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:36 pm
by ef37a
Arpangel wrote:I'm not after a "hovering on the edge" type of sound, just a "nice" valve processor, it's getting that balance, or getting something with a fine degree of control, I just want my Micron to sound like an Oberhiem through a Fender Dual Showman, come on chaps, is that really too much to ask?

:D

Sorry to press the point but, the Dual can go from as clean as a triode ever gets and at neg 10 that is pretty bloody hi fi! To total mayhem in 3 stages and with excellent control.

Dave.

Re: Overdrive unit/pedal for warming digital synths?

PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:45 am
by Martin Walker
Just spotted this YouTube video that may be of interest:

Does a TUBE PREAMP add warmth to your SYNTH?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joNM5No1Ef8

Jump to 13:03 to hear the A/B (ish) comparisons.


Martin

Re: Overdrive unit/pedal for warming digital synths?

PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:53 am
by Martin Walker
Oh, and I just remembered that I wrote this for SOS yonks ago - it might just contain something relevant to your desires Tony ;)

Warmer Sounds From Digital Synths

https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques ... tal-synths


Martin

Re: Overdrive unit/pedal for warming digital synths?

PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:19 am
by BillB
That’s a great article, Martin, just what Arpangel needed. You forgot to mention wooden end cheeks and unnecessary brass fittings, which is surprising for you, but apart from that it was perfect.

Re: Overdrive unit/pedal for warming digital synths?

PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:19 am
by Arpangel
Martin Walker wrote:Oh, and I just remembered that I wrote this for SOS yonks ago - it might just contain something relevant to your desires Tony ;)

Warmer Sounds From Digital Synths

https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques ... tal-synths


Martin

Thanks Martin, that article jogged my memory about certain techniques, I used to use the PSP Vintage Warmer on a lot of my previous CD's, along with a plug-in called Wow and Flutter, that was on my old XP machine, which I no longer have, I really would like the PSP back again, it's a really great plug-in, and I think it could help me with this problem.
Listening back to a few tracks with PSP on them, they really do sound very nice, not OTT, just nice.

Re: Overdrive unit/pedal for warming digital synths?

PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:37 am
by Arpangel
Just noticed the ART TPS 11, any opinions on this?

Re: Overdrive unit/pedal for warming digital synths?

PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:19 pm
by Martin Walker
BillB wrote:That’s a great article, Martin, just what Arpangel needed. You forgot to mention wooden end cheeks and unnecessary brass fittings, which is surprising for you, but apart from that it was perfect.

Ah, but this feature had to pass stringent SOS author guidelines, so I'm afraid the polished wood and brass had to go on this occasion :(

A great shame, since as we all know such trappings provide a noticeably warmer sound :ugeek:


Martin

Re: Overdrive unit/pedal for warming digital synths?

PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:25 pm
by Martin Walker
Arpangel wrote:Just noticed the ART TPS 11, any opinions on this?

I'm interested to see if anyone has tried one as well. I suspect some people may be suspicious of such products, but to me it looks like stunning value if you want a hardware colouring box with loads of options. The 'hand selected 12AX7A tube' augurs well too! ;)

Who knows, it might just do the job you're after!


Martin

Re: Overdrive unit/pedal for warming digital synths?

PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:53 pm
by Arpangel
Martin Walker wrote:
Arpangel wrote:Just noticed the ART TPS 11, any opinions on this?

I'm interested to see if anyone has tried one as well. I suspect some people may be suspicious of such products, but to me it looks like stunning value if you want a hardware colouring box with loads of options. The 'hand selected 12AX7A tube' augurs well too! ;)

Who knows, it might just do the job you're after!


Martin

Yes Martin, looks cool, and if it doesn't do the job, I'll have a nice blue illuminated box to light up my table! My partner has spent more on fairy lights this year!

:D

Re: Overdrive unit/pedal for warming digital synths?

PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:17 am
by Wonks
Martin Walker wrote:The 'hand selected 12AX7A tube' augurs well too! ;)

Sounds like another marketing phrase which just means that the valve is picked up by someone by hand from a box of the things, and manually inserted into the socket. I'm sure they'd be too delicate to be machine inserted.

If they said 'each valve is individually tested before fitting to ensure it falls within our chosen range of operating parameters', then I'd be more impressed.

Yes, I'm a cynic, but not as much of one as a marketing person is.