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One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Eddy Deegan » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:03 pm

Dave B wrote:I'm gradually learning to accept that a mix is never 'finished' or 'right' - just 'good' and 'on time'...

Yeah sorry about that. But as long as you don't tell anyone it'll be fine.

Oh, wait ... ;)
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby blinddrew » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:11 pm

Good work folks, didn't have time to get my act in gear for this one, well, actually I probably did have time but I'm deliberately taking a bit of downtime before starting the next project, anyway...
I just wanted to say 'good work' everyone and I'm looking forward to hearing the results. :thumbup:
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Dr R » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:21 pm

Looking forwards to hearing the results as well :bouncy:
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:30 pm

Well, no last minute re-genisis from me, I have still failed to get anything done (not even good, complete, finished, or even possibly tolerably bad but acceptable :headbang: )

But, I have had a couple of what I think are decent ideas which I will pursue so thanks for starting me on the path, and good luck everybody, I also look forward to hearing what I will be up against next time. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Folderol » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:33 pm

Clearing decks ready for a mammoth listening session... or two :bouncy: :lol:
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Dave B » Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:27 am

(drumroll ...... ta-dish)

It's time for the results! We have 14 tracks from 13 entrants (one submitted, then submitted again, but I felt it was worth keeping the original). I've built a new Soundcloud playlist and it's here at :

https://soundcloud.com/one-synth-challenge/sets/one-synth-challenge-iii/s-d9p86

Enjoy peeps!
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby The Elf » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:12 am

Some fabulous stuff in there! Very inspiring.

What's the next step - guess the instrument and the performer?
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Eddy Deegan » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:12 am

I just had a listen through the list and there's some lovely work in there, well done all :thumbup:
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Dave B » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:36 am

The Elf wrote:What's the next step - guess the instrument and the performer?

That's the idea. But aside from a few obvious ones, the take home from these challenges seems to be that unless a very distinctive synth is used (ok - one or two here), we just can't tell any more.

If someone wants to have a stab at VA vs Analogue, then I'd be very impressed.

Also, there's a couple that I don't know the answer to. Richie relented and told me what he used this time, but a couple of others held out. grrr.... So I don't know what 7 or 13 are. I privately guessed that 13 was something single oscillator, possibly Roland .. but I'm probably wrong.

But a big "Well Done Chaps" to everyone who entered. Great stuff all round!
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Jumpeyspyder » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:04 pm

Had a first listen to everything this morning - some great (and varied) stuff again, :thumbup:

Can't wait to have a proper listen this evening :)
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby MarkyC » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:26 pm

Yep - Like Jumpeyspyder I had to have a quick listen
Blimey some people are good aren't they :clap: :clap:

My little work speakers wont do them justice so listen properly latter ...
Lots of different styles hear which can only be a good thing :D
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Dr R » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:28 pm

Dave B wrote: .. the take home from these challenges seems to be that unless a very distinctive synth is used (ok - one or two here), we just can't tell any more!

The real take home from these challenges is that there are some very clever and talented people about! :clap:
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Dan LB » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:57 pm

Just had a brief listen. Some great stuff in there!! So many different styles and textures.
Well done all, take a bow! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

I've started making some notes to see if I can decipher what's what :?
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Rich Hanson » Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:06 pm

I entered two tracks, and if you check my recent posting history you'll be able to guess the synth I used on one of them, which might aid in the identification of that track.

But I'm giving no hints as the identity of the synth on the other piece though :P
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Eddy Deegan » Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:38 pm

I'm having a tough time guessing who wrote what.

Also, synths are pretty good at sounding like other synths, and virtual analogues are very convincing!

I've made a few cursory notes but I'm definitely going to have a 3rd listen through on better equipment this evening.
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby fruitcake » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:27 pm

Wow!! those are some great tracks!! :clap:

On 1st listen:

5. VL1?

7. sounds Waldorf-y

13. Pro 1?

14. Is that Elf?

I'll put this on heavy rotation for awhile.
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Eddy Deegan » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:36 pm

So far the only (tenuous) guesses I have (based on listening on low quality headphones) are:

1. VA (Kingkorg?)
2. VA
3. Analogue (OB-6 or Prophet?)
4. Digital
5. Digital
6. Analogue
7. Do I hear Yoshimi?
8. Analogue
9. Digital
10. Analogue
11. FM (Dexed or DX7?)
12. VA
13. VA or FM
14. (Not mine obviously but I do know the details)

Except for 14 and my own submission which is in the list above, I'm not at all convinced any of the above are actually right though.
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Rich Hanson » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:56 pm

If it helps, you're wrong for both of mine :headbang:

ETA: actually, you could say you're only half wrong for one of them.
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby fruitcake » Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:03 pm

If it doesn’t help, you’re right for mine
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby The Elf » Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:02 pm

Just goes to show it's more about the mind behind the instruments than the instruments themselves. I'm basing my guesses on whatever machine we're hearing being also responsible for any accompanying drum sounds...

01 VA monosynth - System 1?
02 Digital/hybrid - Roland JDXA?
03 Yoshimi?
04 Wavestation?
05 VL1?
06 Poly analogue - Prophet 12?
07 Reface DX?
08 Analogue monosynth - Behringer Neutron?
09 Digital poly - Kronos?
10 I'm guessing this is not a real Pro-One, but Repro1, using the widely distributed 'Only You' patch sheets.
11 Very FM-ish. I'll guess Dexed.
12 VA? Novation MiniNova?
13 Analogue monosynth - something made by Korg?
14 Korg Kronos? :lol:
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