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Re: Analogue Solutions Collosus...

Postby ConcertinaChap » Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:45 am

Ben Asaro wrote:Very jealous of those of you who got to see it in the flesh!

Well I saw it. It's big and went beep and bloop and buzz a lot. What else do you need to know?

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Re: Analogue Solutions Collosus...

Postby The Elf » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:06 am

Got to admit... I looked at it, thought it looked very nice, then moved on. I view it much like an F1 car - impressive, but not really anything that has a place in my world.

But I'm glad it exists, and I'm glad it causes a few jaws to drop! In a world where the accountant is king it's nice to see something built that makes no economic sense - all power to those guys!
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Re: Analogue Solutions Collosus...

Postby IAA » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:30 am

. I view it much like an F1 car - impressive, but not really anything that has a place in my world

Agree, but the good thing is that such things do trickle developments down to more commercial solutions, the car industry actually is a good example.

Maybe a colossus mini? More an occasional table than a Welsh dresser? :D
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Re: Analogue Solutions Collosus...

Postby Zukan » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:44 am

Just the oscilloscope made me want to buy it.
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Re: Analogue Solutions Collosus...

Postby Arpangel » Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:01 am

IAA wrote:
. I view it much like an F1 car - impressive, but not really anything that has a place in my world

Agree, but the good thing is that such things do trickle developments down to more commercial solutions, the car industry actually is a good example.

Maybe a colossus mini? More an occasional table than a Welsh dresser? :D

How about a Volca 100?
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Re: Analogue Solutions Collosus...

Postby Eddy Deegan » Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:52 pm

I liked the Colossus a lot more in the flesh than I did seeing pictures of it. Sadly I didn't get to play with it properly but I did send my wife a photo.

She thought it was amazing! No, that's a lie. I present exhibit A:

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Re: Analogue Solutions Collosus...

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:19 pm

:clap: :lol: I get a lot of replies like that too... :bouncy:

...but I'm sure our wives and partners mean the phrase in a supportive, positive, and encouraging way...

I've always interpreted it like that, anyway... :ugeek:

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Re: Analogue Solutions Collosus...

Postby N i g e l » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:44 pm

Eddy Deegan wrote: Sadly I didn't get to play with it properly

Yeah, the 1st guy to try it out took longer than expected to whizz through the factory presets
:smirk:

This machine is a time bandit, Im sure it sounds pure & artefact free but given constraints of money & time, Id probably do my exploring on one of the old Nord modulars, or even a dedicated PC, with awesome soundcard, awesome displays & awesome modular software.

What are the alternatives these days ?
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Re: Analogue Solutions Collosus...

Postby Luke W » Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:28 pm

Eddy Deegan wrote:I liked the Colossus a lot more in the flesh than I did seeing pictures of it. Sadly I didn't get to play with it properly but I did send my wife a photo.

She thought it was amazing! No, that's a lie. I present exhibit A:

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:D

I get quite encouraging replies when I'm geeking out over something...

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Re: Analogue Solutions Collosus...

Postby Arpangel » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:16 am

N i g e l wrote:
Eddy Deegan wrote: Sadly I didn't get to play with it properly

Yeah, the 1st guy to try it out took longer than expected to whizz through the factory presets
:smirk:

This machine is a time bandit, Im sure it sounds pure & artefact free but given constraints of money & time, Id probably do my exploring on one of the old Nord modulars, or even a dedicated PC, with awesome soundcard, awesome displays & awesome modular software.

What are the alternatives these days ?

Moog modular reissue, not the same kettle of fish though.
Buchla 200e top line system, which I'd rather have.
And just imagine how much Eurorack or 5U you could buy for £25,000?
Or, a vintage ARP.
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Re: Analogue Solutions Collosus...

Postby The Elf » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:02 am

Go download VCV Rack for free - same experience, fewer dodgy cables to ruin your day...
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Re: Analogue Solutions Collosus...

Postby Arpangel » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:21 am

The Elf wrote:Go download VCV Rack for free - same experience, fewer dodgy cables to ruin your day...

The trouble is Elf, with the Collosus Windows 10 won't keep updating, also the Collosus won't finally need better hardware to run after downloading that last power hungry upgrade, or stop working after that essential OS download.

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Re: Analogue Solutions Collosus...

Postby The Elf » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:54 am

I've been making music on computers since the Commodore 64 - OS updates (even entire OSses!) will come and go, but I'm still making music. Of course certain software will demise, but it's really nothing to be concerned about - another, better option, will be along in a minute!
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Re: Analogue Solutions Collosus...

Postby Arpangel » Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:11 pm

The Elf wrote:I've been making music on computers since the Commodore 64 - OS updates (even entire OSses!) will come and go, but I'm still making music. Of course certain software will demise, but it's really nothing to be concerned about - another, better option, will be along in a minute!

It all started to go wrong for me when I splashed out on a Mac, and gave up my 12yo and still working Windows XP machine, that was fantastic, and I made the bulk of my output on that computer. That was a major and painful lesson.
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Re: Analogue Solutions Collosus...

Postby Ben Asaro » Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:58 pm

Just dropping by this thread to say that I still really want to see this synth in real life. :)
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