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Mini set-up for pop-up synth studio.

Postby Arpangel » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:14 pm

We are having to spend a lot of time at my partners flat, owing to medical appointments.
I don’t want to take any of the stuff from my studio, it’s all so closely integrated, it’s a pain taking it apart and carting it to the flat.
I need a simple, portable little keyboard rig, I’ve got my Tascam DR100 I’m using to record on, that’s fine, all I need is stereo anyway, but what I’m wondering about is a small polyphonic synth, that’s capable of some nice variations on traditional synthesis, I’ve come up with the Mega Fm, and an Arturia Key Step, I just need a decent multi-effects pedal to go with these, any alternative and crazy suggestions welcome.
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Re: Mini set-up for pop-up synth studio.

Postby Chevytraveller » Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:06 pm

Quite a few..

Mutable Ambika

https://mutable-instruments.net/archive/ambika/manual/
usually find them for sale on Ebay

Waldorf Blofeld

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qixGm-tB9F4

Maybe even a Modal Argon 8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtvEBfhMoOg

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Re: Mini set-up for pop-up synth studio.

Postby Ben Asaro » Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:52 pm

KeyStep + iPad. Done.
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Re: Mini set-up for pop-up synth studio.

Postby The Elf » Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:52 pm

My favourite 'all-in-one' boxes...

Elektron Analogue Keys.
Synthstrom Deluge.

'All-in-two' boxes:
iRig Keys 2/laptop or iPad
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Re: Mini set-up for pop-up synth studio.

Postby Arpangel » Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:16 pm

Ben Asaro wrote:KeyStep + iPad. Done.

Yes, I can’t disagree, but somehow, working with an i Pad leaves me cold, even though I love some of the apps.
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Re: Mini set-up for pop-up synth studio.

Postby Dan LB » Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:21 pm

Ben Asaro wrote:KeyStep 37 + iPad. Done.

FTFY. I use the original Keystep with my iPad and I find the lack of assignable knobs frustrating. It's still a great portable setup though :thumbup:
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Re: Mini set-up for pop-up synth studio.

Postby Ben Asaro » Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:24 pm

Dan LB wrote:
Ben Asaro wrote:KeyStep 37 + iPad. Done.

FTFY. I use the original Keystep with my iPad and I find the lack of assignable knobs frustrating. It's still a great portable setup though :thumbup:
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Re: Mini set-up for pop-up synth studio.

Postby Arpangel » Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:46 pm

Dan LB wrote:
Ben Asaro wrote:KeyStep 37 + iPad. Done.

FTFY. I use the original Keystep with my iPad and I find the lack of assignable knobs frustrating. It's still a great portable setup though :thumbup:

I nearly ordered a Keystep today, only didn’t because of a computer problem at Juno, then, I found out about the Keystep 37 with knobs, saved by the bell, how many times have I bought things that were immediately improved with a new model!
Ben, also bought a Snazzy FX Dual Multiplier, what a module! so that’s my case all used up now, the Multiplier sounds amazing with speech, vocals, really like something from the 40’s, like a shortwave radio vibe, evil, very Kraftwerk.
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Re: Mini set-up for pop-up synth studio.

Postby Ben Asaro » Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:08 pm

That module looks cool! Now you just need to add a WORNG LRMSMSLR or mid-side shenanigans.
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Re: Mini set-up for pop-up synth studio.

Postby Arpangel » Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:30 pm

Ben Asaro wrote:That module looks cool! Now you just need to add a WORNG LRMSMSLR or mid-side shenanigans.

No Ben, the rack is now full.
It’s great, it’s much more of a productive and less intimidating situation than my previous rack, and I can run it with my Grandmother, and Micro Freak, all completely different things, it’s a good set-up.
I don’t feel like I should be using all of it, and each element is a stand alone, if need be.
Total spent so far roughly £1,200 GBP, inc Grandmother, and Freak.
I’m still tempted by that damn Mega FM though, with a Keystep it’s going to be perfect for the pop-up studio, that Berry 2600 was a distraction, and not a good one.
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