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How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Dave B » Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:25 pm

Anyone up for this?

The idea is to make a tune (original or cover - let's not get picky here) and basically only use 1 synth for the arrangements, so that you actually stretch a single synth to get the most out of it. I know that I like doing that sometimes - it's all too easy to get stuck in a rut and just call up a handful of sounds from a bunch of well known machines.

I'm guessing that drum machines / samples could be ok, but the idea would be to do all _synth_ arranging on a single unit. No limits here, so if you want to use every engine on a Kronos, or a full modular system, or even just a single 101, then it's all fine. Just document what you use so that others can get an idea of the kit.

If some people are up for this, then I'm happy to act as host / moderator. No real prize here, just the fun of it. (although I could do a celebratory kit kat at Synthfest if we really want to)

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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby desmond » Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:50 pm

Doe this mean, one synth of the participants choice?
Or one synth that's nominated and everyone has to use the *same* synth..?

(Note, KVR regularly do these one synth challenges...)

Can we use FX, or do all sound sources and FX have to come from the same synth?
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Chevytraveller » Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:27 pm

Ok..

My "Here's one I prepared earlier" moment

Here's a cover of Depeche Mode's "No Disco" using just a Nyborg 24 for everything..

https://soundcloud.com/chevytraveller/no-nyborg-first-mixno-disco-cover

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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Folderol » Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:33 pm

Nice one Simon :)

I would suggest that it should be entirely the one synth. That's including all effects and percussion - if the synth can't do percussion well you'd just have to do without (or fake it).

I'm not keen on the idea of a designated synth. That's the trouble with the KVR one synth contest. If you don't happen to have that one, you can't join in. As a result I was only just able to sneak in one year, as Yoshimi at that time was considered still close enough to ZynAddSubFX to be regarded the same one.

Oh, and this was my entry then (in June 2011) :
https://soundcloud.com/soft-sounds/into ... arram-koth

As well as putting it up on SC a few years later, I demoed the finale at last year's SynthFest :)
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Dave B » Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:43 pm

Oh no - you definitely get to chose your own synth! I'm not some kind of deranged control freak ... on most days anyway...

I was actually thinking of handling this where the participants PM me the details and a link to the file and I'll host them 'anonymously' on soundcloud so that there is an added bit of fun - guess the synth and see if you're right. We could do something like make this a sticky thread for April and publish the results at the end of the month and then the full details a few days later.

Or is that overcomplicating?

(it would mean that Chevvers and Fol would have to knock something else up ... oops - should have floated that idea first).
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby arkieboy » Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:52 pm

I had a CD once with tracks from loads of major artists who had all programmed something into the 01/W. Ah - here's a link to it ... http://www.voices-in-the-net.de/the_best_of_the_01w.htm

Katoh-san from Keith Emerson I recall being absolutely superb.

No pressure, guys!
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Folderol » Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:22 pm

Dave B wrote:I'll host them 'anonymously' on soundcloud so that there is an added bit of fun - guess the synth and see if you're right. We could do something like make this a sticky thread for April and publish the results at the end of the month and then the full details a few days later.
I like this idea :)

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I'd never try to get two bites of the cherry, by submitting to two competitions.
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby blinddrew » Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:56 pm

Vocals? If they go through a synth?
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Guest » Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:07 pm

(please delete, anonymous entry required thx)
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Dave B » Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:24 pm

So ... is that a 'no' for the 'anonymous' element of the challenge?? ;)
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Guest » Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:27 pm

Dave B wrote:So ... is that a 'no' for the 'anonymous' element of the challenge?? ;)

Ah. Fixed it. I will send you my track anonymously :)
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby desmond » Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:37 pm

I look forward to Dave's K2000 piece... :wave: :mrgreen:
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Folderol » Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:19 pm

blinddrew wrote:Vocals? If they go through a synth?
Why not make the synth produce the vocals?
Like this :)
https://soundcloud.com/soft-sounds/da-mice
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Zukan » Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:03 am

Dave B wrote:If some people are up for this, then I'm happy to act as host / moderator. No real prize here, just the fun of it. (although I could do a celebratory kit kat at Synthfest if we really want to)

:)

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Ban anyone you want...........I might, for a modicum fee, allow you to 'push the button'.
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Folderol » Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:25 am

Well now, this whole idea seems to have jump-started a bit of inspiration... lasting till about 1am :lol:
So, I have a decent frameworks in place. What sort of timescale are we talking about, and what is your preferred file type?
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