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Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:33 pm
by BJG145
That Tasty Chips GR-1 is lovely; haven't come across that before. I wonder if it might have been one of the inspirations behind the Collidoscope I posted about (or vice versa)...the wave slider looks quite similar.

Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:39 pm
by Zukan
I think it premiered at Synthfest and I loved it straight away.

Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:11 pm
by The Elf
Arpangel wrote:Taurus, Pro Soloist, they aren’t unique, I guess truly unique would be DIY, or in a way, modular.
Sheesh! I didn't know I was meant to take it so literally! :headbang: If there are two of any of the synths in this thread then it rules them all out!

I'm interpreting 'unique' as the only synth that does what this model of synth does...

Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:26 pm
by The Elf
BJG145 wrote:That Tasty Chips GR-1 is lovely; haven't come across that before.
Yes, I was quite enamoured of the GR-1 too, after a bit of fooling around with it at Synthfest. It made me take another look at Steinberg's Padshop, and thence I gained a new respect for granular synthesis.

Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:01 pm
by Martin Walker
RichardT wrote:That’s really impressive Martin, what does it sound like?

Lots more info and sound files on my website, as well as circuit mod details:

http://www.yewtreemagic.co.uk/soundworlds2.php

I learned a HUGE amount about synth filters while developing these mods 8-)

Oh, and my SOS review of the original Mutable Instruments Shruthi 1 before I so heavily modified mine and added the steampunk case is here:

https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/mu ... -shruthi-1


Martin

Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:42 am
by Arpangel
The Elf wrote:
Arpangel wrote:Taurus, Pro Soloist, they aren’t unique, I guess truly unique would be DIY, or in a way, modular.
Sheesh! I didn't know I was meant to take it so literally! :headbang: If there are two of any of the synths in this thread then it rules them all out!

I'm interpreting 'unique' as the only synth that does what this model of synth does...

This is all a bit pointless really, a lot of so called "unique" synths are just making the familiar omelette in a different way, normally with some sort of gimmicky user interface as the main selling point. But you still hear the same filter sweeps and "Moog Basses" popping out all over the place. Things like the Theremin were unique at one point, but even that has been made in a zillion different ways now.

Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:50 am
by Zukan
Actually, I was hoping people would dialogue about one off synths or synths with a unique approach to sound design.

I was once commissioned by Roland to test and suggest moditifactions to a rack version of their famous TB 303. It was called the M303R. There were literally a handful of these dished out to us sound designers (6 I believe) and the one I got was...er....interesting. It never ever stayed in tune, made interesting RF noises, and sounded like a cat in a blender. They ditched the project and allowed me to keep the offending item. Not really what I wanted but anyways I kept the beast for its random noise generation and one day some dude paid me, bear in mind this is early 80s, £600 for it. Would I like to have had it now? Not really. I can purchase a cat for a tenner and a blender off Ebay for a score.

Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:57 am
by Folderol
Arpangel wrote:This is all a bit pointless really, a lot of so called "unique" synths are just making the familiar omelette in a different way, normally with some sort of gimmicky user interface as the main selling point. But you still hear the same filter sweeps and "Moog Basses" popping out all over the place. Things like the Theremin were unique at one point, but even that has been made in a zillion different ways now.
However, there are some truly unique synths that have been mentioned here {cough}YP{cough} :bouncy:

Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:54 pm
by BillB
Folderol wrote:However, there are some truly unique synths that have been mentioned here {cough}YP{cough} :bouncy:

Indeed - and there was no need to hesitate - unique it is :D

Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:07 pm
by Zukan
Agreed. Folderol's beauty is definitely unique AND sounds lovely.

Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:14 pm
by Folderol
Thanks guys.
Oh, and I do try very hard to not be that evangelical preacher everyone tries to avoid :lol:

Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:20 pm
by Vox Gnus
Now that I've looked at the Tasty Chips GR-1 and seen that it's based on a Raspberry Pi3... Any chance that the YoshimiPi could use that hardware? I've just started exploring Yoshimi on Ubuntu, and it's very, very deep (in a very, very good way).

As for unique synths, put me down for a Yamaha VP1, the percussive modelling cousin of the VL1. Someday I'll have to visit the Yamaha museum to see it in person. https://www.yamaha.com/en/about/innovat ... tail/2066/

Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:08 pm
by Folderol
Vox Gnus wrote:Now that I've looked at the Tasty Chips GR-1 and seen that it's based on a Raspberry Pi3... Any chance that the YoshimiPi could use that hardware? I've just started exploring Yoshimi on Ubuntu, and it's very, very deep (in a very, very good way).
Under the hood, yes. The problem would be designing a user interface for it. The GR-1 would seem to be the most promising, with a reasonable display, but allocating controls would be a nightmare.

There are quite a few platforms that Yoshimi will run quite happily on, but every time it comes back to the same issue. It could in fact be mated to any interface, but available UI toolkits are simply not written with synths in mind, and fight you every inch of the way :cry:

Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:23 am
by Argiletonne
loving this synth sound,
will never be able to afford,
so sad.

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There was a video of two German (euro) guys playing a rack style synth (electronic) from a long time ago probably easily a decade ago in a video on youtube,. The face was silver if I remember and these two guys were tweaking the knobs and making the most electronic yet organic sounds I'd ever heard.

I'm not sure if this was a Studio Electronics synth but they are the only ones that still sell incredible synths in 19in rackmount form. I still don't remember or know where to find that video to rediscover what synth it really was,. There are not Studio Electronic synths that look like the one I saw in the video.
Also I once found a video of the most amazing acid synth that could do all the incredible things and more but never saw it in stores and it never went to stores. I have no idea what brand or what it was or if this was just a video of a guy who built the most incredible synth and showed it off online in a youtube video many years ago. If it sounds like it will make people like your music, I like that.

I really like the Moog DFAM.

The UDO Super 6 does incredible things that other synths cannot do. It goes to territory that mutates from one major brand of Oberheim to Moog to Roland and beyond.

Re: Upload your favourite unique synths...

PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:47 am
by Arpangel
Zukan wrote:Actually, I was hoping people would dialogue about one off synths or synths with a unique approach to sound design.

Do you mean ones that have changed our lives? that we’ve actually used?
I can think of a few really unique synths, but no one-off's.
I can remember when I first got Reaktor, there was a synth that came with it that literally, completely changed the way I work, and, IMO, helped me make some of my best music. The only other synth that had such an impact on me was the DX7.