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

Postby Folderol » Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:21 pm

I have no hope of guessing the actual synth used, so These are my best guess at the type of sound generation.

01 Wavetable
02 Samples - If I'd heard just from about 3 min onwards I'd have said it sounded like Yoshimi :o
03 Mixture of wavetable and samples
04 Samples and... something else
05 Analog? Modular?
06 Modular and/or FM synth
07 Wavetable and something else (different to 4)
08 Samples. Have I heard this synth on a previous OSC :?
09 Analog. Oh wait... is this some kind of multi-thingy?
10 Modular
11 Sounds very FMish, but I'm wondering if that's a ruse to put us off - too obvious?
12 Wavetable
13 Wavetable + FM
14 Hmm. something analog I think

I'll need quite a few more listens before I want to talk about the content.

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If mine was in there I wouldn't lie about it, but I might not be too obvious in the description :lol:
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Eddy Deegan » Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:30 pm

Sorry Will - you got mine wrong :-)

PS: You're right though, in that it's really hard to tell with some of them!
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Folderol » Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:37 pm

Oh well, one down... just another 12 to go ;)

Oh, and just a quick thought. Number 14 sounds very much like what I'd expect from either the Elf, or Martin Walker if they had slipped something in incognito.
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Rich Hanson » Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:44 pm

Interesting, you've put the same for both of mine but you too have got it wrong, but wrong differently to Eddy. As has been said, it is difficult to tell in a production, which is why I've not even tried ;)
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby ManFromGlass » Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:03 pm

Just had a listen - well done all!
Not having owned many synths I couldn’t begin to guess but some wonderful timbre and texture combinations.
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby BJG145 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:33 pm

I'll take a few random potshots here and there. I'm guessing Track 8 is some old digital synth like an Ensoniq VFX or something. Love that crazy vibrato like a cat on acid.

The Elf wrote:04 Wavestation?

First thing I thought when I heard those submarine sounds!

PS Thanks for organising this Dave! It's good fun. Some nice stuff in here.

Track 12...oh, it's difficult to tell analog from VA these days. I think old analog. Dunno...Polysix.

Track 13...this is a fun one. Reminds me of Vangelis or something. Nice crackles. Modern analogue...?
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Jumpeyspyder » Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:57 pm

I'm saying they are all by Rich - I definatley get two correct ;)

As already proved in previous challenges -Its almost impossible to know whats used !
But here are my guesses for fun:-
1/ Modern analog / VA
2/ Something digital
3/ Analog / VA ?? (Wondering why there is a minute silence at the end of this one ?)
4/ This get pretty huge in the Bass dept !, realistic instruments and some monster sounds - workstation
5/ Samples / FM
6/ Big Analog mono - Maxi Brute ?
7/ Yoshimi ?
8/ Wavetables - Waldorf ?
9/ One of my Favs here - Digital
10/ Pretty much sounds like the original - Pro One (BTW Nice vocals)
11/ Sounds very FM - DX21
12/ Mono Analog - Monologue ?
13/ Modern analog - Deepmind
14/ I know who this is, but not what they used - Workstation ?
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Logarhythm » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:40 pm

Wow, amazing work all round! :thumbup:
Not even going to try guessing what kit has been used, but hugely enjoyed listening to all of the tracks. Even if my current monitoring doesn't go low enough to do justice to track 4 :lol:
I was really disappointed to run out of time for this one.
Dave, I really think you need to start providing some sort of official permission slips for these things:
Dear (employer / significant other / source of commitments)
Please excuse (name) from his/her duties for a period of not less than 12 hours, as he/she has a very important piece of music to write for an informal forum competition that doesn't mean a great deal but is generally good fun.
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby blinddrew » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:29 pm

I know less about synths than I do about most things so not going to attempt any guesses but I am about halfway through the playlist so far and thoroughly enjoying it.
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Dan LB » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:02 pm

Here are my initial thoughts from earlier this afternoon:

1 - Anologue. DSI instrument? Prophet 08?
2 - VA.
3 - Analogue. Oberheim?
4 - Digital. Korg?
5 - Plugin.
6 - Digital. Virus?
7 - Digital.
8 - VA. Roland?
9 - Digital. Korg?
10 - Analogue.
11 - FM. Dexed?
12 - Analogue. Moog? Multitracked for poly.
13 - Analogue.
14 - Digital. Korg?

I won't even attempt to go into more detail than that as I'm sure most are not even close!! :lol:

I haven't listened to them since this morning so I'm sure my thoughts will change tomorrow when I give them all a good listen again
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