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True "performance" synthesisers.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:13 am
by Arpangel
Since selling my Buchla Easel I’ve been floundering a bit, I wanted to achieve the same goals but using cheaper things, and I’ve ended up with a mish-mash of hand-me-downs, which are OK in their own right, but not as versatile, inspiring, or as creatively weird and productive as my Easel was.
Sure there are loads of things around you could call versatile and flexible, but not in the same way the Easel is, unpredictable, unfathomable, and I always ended up in places I never expected, good places too.
I don’t want to get another Easel, I don’t want to invest that much now, I’ve got my Arturia Micro Freak, which is like a poor mans Easel, it’s good, but not as weirdl, or as quirky.
I’m basically not happy having to use lots of different things, I need a one box solution, I’ve tried putting together a small modular, but that hasn’t worked out either, I need a self contained pre-configured instrument, it’s very difficult, and it’s not until you’ve sold something that the realisation sets in that some things just can’t be replaced, and are truly unique.

Re: True "performance" synthesisers.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:26 am
by The Elf
Have you considered looking at the performance controller first, then choosing the instrument you'd like to control with it? Given the right controller even a black box could be the most expressive instrument.

Re: True "performance" synthesisers.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:35 am
by Arpangel
The Elf wrote:Have you considered looking at the performance controller first, then choosing the instrument you'd like to control with it? Given the right controller even a black box could be the most expressive instrument.

Yes, in my thread about performing with Reaktor and a laptop, I’m still looking.
The Easel is Don Buchla's greatest design, simply because everything works "together" so well, and it doesn’t steer you in any direction whatsoever, it’s incredibly unlimited, and a lot of the decisions have been made for you, but that’s OK, it enables you to get on with the important stuff.
I'm happy with my patches in Reaktor, so that could be a way forward, I just need the right controller, wide ranging, can be a conventional keyboard if required, have ribbon qualities and at the same time as that, play discreet notes.

Re: True "performance" synthesisers.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:52 am
by Hugh Robjohns
I don't understand why, if you love the Buchla so much, and despise the computer to the same degree, why don't you just buy the Buchla again... What am I missing?

Re: True "performance" synthesisers.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:00 pm
by Arpangel
Hugh Robjohns wrote:What am I missing?

Four and a half grand!

:D

Re: True "performance" synthesisers.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:50 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
Well, yeah.... shouldn't have sold the first one, eh? ... but think of the guaranteed pleasure it will bring, and the removal of so many frustrations... You only live once, and time is way too short to piss about!

Re: True "performance" synthesisers.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:59 pm
by Arpangel
Hugh Robjohns wrote:You only live once, and time is way too short to piss about!

There’s nothing like not pissing about Hugh :)
Well said...

:thumbup:

Re: True "performance" synthesisers.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:38 pm
by Rich Hanson
I have to admit that given the way you talk about the way you work, I was somewhat taken aback when you said you had sold the Buchla.

You're your own worst enemy! :bouncy:

Re: True "performance" synthesisers.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:21 pm
by Arpangel
Rich Hanson wrote:I have to admit that given the way you talk about the way you work, I was somewhat taken aback when you said you had sold the Buchla.

You're your own worst enemy! :bouncy:

I know, sometimes I get very insecure, simple as that.

Re: True "performance" synthesisers.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 3:55 pm
by resistorman
A Hydrasynth with a LinnStrument keeps me busy! There are rabbit and black holes abounding. And the randomize parameters button will get you into uncharted territories right quick.

Another thing getting me into happy places I didn’t expect is a small modular setup featuring the Arbhar, 4ms Dual Delay, Tip-top Zverb and Erika vcf3. I’m feeding in bits of old compositions and improvisations and completely transmogrifying them.

Re: True "performance" synthesisers.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:03 pm
by BJG145
resistorman wrote:A Hydrasynth with a LinnStrument keeps me busy

That sounds like a heck of a combination. Jealous! :tongue:

Re: True "performance" synthesisers.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:40 pm
by resistorman
BJG145 wrote:
resistorman wrote:A Hydrasynth with a LinnStrument keeps me busy

That sounds like a heck of a combination. Jealous! :tongue:

It’s like they’re made for each other. I’ve sold off most of my other synths because they don’t have MPE. I used to kludge multitimbral synths like the Integra-7 into pseudo MPE but that was never satisfying.

Re: True "performance" synthesisers.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:52 pm
by The Elf
I hesitated to suggest stuff such as Hydrasynth, amazing though it is. I, too, have found it inspirational. Anything with poly AT and a ribbon can't be bad. Also, the combo of Roli Seaboard and Novation Peak is a heady one - Integra-7 too, up to a point.

I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of an Expressive Osmose. I have no interest in the in-built digital synth (sorry, guys!), but combined with a decent synth it should be incredible for performance.

But I know that most of this stuff won't appeal to Arpangel! :D

Re: True "performance" synthesisers.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 5:07 pm
by Folderol
Curious. There is no wikipedia entry for Hydrasynth :shocked:

Re: True "performance" synthesisers.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:48 pm
by The Elf
Folderol wrote:Curious. There is no wikipedia entry for Hydrasynth :shocked:
https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/asm-hydrasynth