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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Dave B » Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:31 am

I think we stick to the idea of 'April Challenge' to give folks a few weeks to sign up and actually do the work. Given that it's going to involve a fair bit of multitracking for some, I think 4 weeks or so seems only fair.

I think I've sorted a piece of music to do. Now to just work out which synth to use. Do I go for something obvious? Or something oblique to try and trip people up? Oooh. It's exciting.

Edit : sorry - forgot to answer. I can take most filetypes, but I supect wav, aiff, mp3, m4a, etc are going to be easier to get into soundcloud. If anyone wants to do flac or ogg, I've no objection. Just remember that soundcloud will create an mp3 type file for streaming...
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Dave B » Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:34 am

desmond wrote:I look forward to Dave's K2000 piece... :wave: :mrgreen:

I love the way you think that I still have a K2000 kicking around after all these years.

Actually ... I do, but it had an accident so I need to check it. If it works, then it may well be a donor synth for another gear head who wants to resurrect his...
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Jumpeyspyder » Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:57 am

Made a start on something...

whats the ruling on FX, daw automation etc

Have to say, my Hi-Hats are barely passable even with a 'throw in the kitchen sink approach' to processing :blush:
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Dave B » Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:24 pm

Another good question and the answer is : all ok, go for it. If we said 'no' then we'd be missing out on a load of classic techniques. And modulars often have nice ring mods, delays and phasers, etc, some of which are truly awesome and an important part of the sound.

Likewise automation is fine - if you can automate something clever sounding then that's valid to me.

As to anything else, I'll leave it up to the posters' discretion. :)
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Folderol » Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:12 pm

You say "sign up". To where?
If this is going on Soundcloud, I would recommend submitting in a lossless format. Their streamer works at 128k mp3, and even if you submit work there in that format and rate, it still gets re-converted :(
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Wonks » Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:35 pm

But if you make it downloadable on Soundcloud, you can download it at full original quality.
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby nathanscribe » Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:42 pm

Chevytraveller wrote: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..

Nice work. Here's my own "one I prepared earlier" from back when I had the Little Phatty...

Any Second Now (7" B-side version) Depeche Mode on Moog Little Phatty SE

Would be fun to have another go at this, but time might be the decider. :cry:
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Folderol » Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:35 pm

Wonks wrote:But if you make it downloadable on Soundcloud, you can download it at full original quality.
Indeed so, and i usually do, but others may have their own reasons for not.
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Dave B » Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:17 pm

Folderol wrote:You say "sign up". To where?

This thread. I was thinking that if people send me links to their file (on dropbox, google drive, etc) via a PM, I'll collate them and the post a link to the whole collection (hosted on one soundcloud account) in one go. If people can use that PM to tell me a little bit about what was used, then when I post the links I can include a short description for each track. That way, it should be less obvious who has posted what and the guessing might be fun.

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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Folderol » Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:32 pm

Sorry to be picky, but that would be a total give-away for me. There's absolutely nothing I use that isn't a sign post pointing to Linux :o
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Dave B » Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:49 pm

Depends Fol - if you're the only one submitting a track done on a single multi-engine synth, then yes, that element is gone. But if someone decides not to use an analogue synth but to use something with more digits, then it will get harder to tell. Yes, we'll probably guess it's you, but it will still be interesting to hear what our weapon of choice sounds like.

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But to address your point, we could publish the songs first, the gear second and the full details last. It won't solve everything, but it would get us most of the way there.
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Richie Royale » Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:28 pm

I have a 'one made earlier', but I'll see if I can knock something up.
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby bubisa.ljubisa » Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:52 pm

I was just wondering if anyone has tried the new pocket synths from Teenage Engineering?
Does anyone have samples?
I'm so curious to hear them in action
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Enjoy Malc » Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:37 am

Dave, One synth challenge a great idea, all your suggestions are ideal imho, will have fun doing this. Cant wait to hear everyone else's and later find out what was used. 
But I'm rubbish at spotting synths unless its a Solina...

I definitely agree anonymous authorship and unknown synth. I think the only grey area is samplers, which of course have libraries of other synths. If you use your Emu to play moog samples, and someone calls moog, that counts.

1 point for guessing the synth family (its a Roland)
3 points for the exact synth (its a Juno 6)
2 points (?) for naming the shear who created the track (as it will be easy for some of you?).

Solina? Anybody? Highly recommended as it has Viola, Violin, Brass AND Horn.
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Re: How about a 'One Synth' challenge?

Postby Folderol » Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:10 am

Just as a matter of curiosity. Do we have a figure for how many people have signed up to this?
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