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

Postby Eddy Deegan » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:58 pm

IAA wrote:Sorry late to the party (but even so I would mever have guessed ... They’re all great pieces and uniformly the ideas and execution feel top drawer considering for many of you they would have been done in “borrowed time”.

Hear hear - totally agree with you on The Elf's opus and thank you for the kind words - I thought your contribution was beautifully done, it's a lovely piece of work!
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby IAA » Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:19 am

your contribution was beautifully done, it's a lovely piece of work

Eddie, thank you. I really enjoyed pushing that old JV and the limitations then become inspirational rather than just fire up the Kronos or grab another plug in.

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

Postby BillB » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:38 am

Hi folks, I have been sitting on the sidelines for this one, as I have been stupidly busy at work. I had got up at 5:30 to write a report, on the morning Dave published OSC3, so was one of the first to hear it. Problem was, I was trying to work and wanted some nice background music, and OSC3 wasn’t it! I kept thinking ‘that sounds like Eddie’s chops’ or ‘what kind of FM is that?’... Argh, all too interesting, too lovely and too distracting.

Still have not had the time to properly sit down, listen, and compare to the performers’ notes, which would be fascinating. Really looking forward to the chance to do that.

Just want to say a big ‘well done’ to all for the fantastically musical and talented work, and especially big thanks to Dave for organising. From quite a few of the comments, it’s obvious that you are driving some folks to move beyond acquiring gear to actually using it to make music, and that is a most noble cause. Hope to be able to join in next time around and, yes, actually use some of my gear. Meanwhile, I’ll seek inspiration from your great works.

Final thought, this has got to be one of the most friendly and supportive places on the web. Unbeatable. As Elf said a while back, “Can you feel the love?” :D
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby DavyP » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:14 pm

BillB wrote:Just want to say a big ‘well done’ to all for the fantastically musical and talented work, and especially big thanks to Dave for organising. From quite a few of the comments, it’s obvious that you are driving some folks to move beyond acquiring gear to actually using it to make music, and that is a most noble cause. Hope to be able to join in next time around and, yes, actually use some of my gear. Meanwhile, I’ll seek inspiration from your great works.

Final thought, this has got to be one of the most friendly and supportive places on the web. Unbeatable. As Elf said a while back, “Can you feel the love?” :D

This!!! Sometimes the gear talk/lust is overwhelming on most forums and you wonder where the actual end product is?
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Arpangel » Sat May 11, 2019 10:59 am

Oh well, late to the party too, if you visit the link you'll see the album Storm Clouds Over Cricklewood, the whole album, apart for the very first track, was done solely on an Alesis Micron.

https://anthonyflynn.bandcamp.com
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby tcles » Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:33 pm

when do you think you will do this again, it sounds like fun.
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Dave B » Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:44 am

tcles, we are currently having a summer break / doing the 'forum album' (see post in Musician's Lounge) but I'd like to run one again in the autumn-ish. The trick is to find a time when people aren't busy and don't mind being locked in a room with hot synth to slave over. Times when money is tight (after holidays, before the xmas madness, etc) is also good as it stops us buying toys to cheer us up. Well .. it does in my case anyway..

I'll post a new thread when it's time for OSC 4. Probably late September / early October. We could even do a 'halloween theme' this time (John Carpenter would approve I'm sure)...

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

Postby bunker » Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:48 pm

Late to the party myself. To be honest I didn’t realise the party had been organised! My bad..

As it happens over the last few weeks I’ve made a couple of tracks in my own little OSC (even though I didn’t realise it was a thing!). The rules I set myself was I could only use one mono synth for everything, drums included. I was allowed FX and although I didn’t limit myself on layers I’m a great believer in less is more so I tried to keep is short and punchy.

First up was the Behringer Model D

https://soundcloud.com/directlabourorga ... quare-d-v3

Over the weekend I made this using the BassStation2

https://soundcloud.com/directlabourorga ... c-mix-copy

I had loads of fun making these, especially putting a bit of thought/work into the drum sounds....with variable results!
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby N i g e l » Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:00 pm

Good job !
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That sounds like a good test of how well you know your way round the synth in question
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby BillB » Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:12 pm

Hey Bunker, well done! I really enjoyed these, especially the rhythmic syncopation - almost funky in places, which is a good trick for sequenced synth.

Love the fact that you restricted yourself to one (mono!) synth for each piece. Makes me feel embarrassed to have a room full of them that don't get enough use.

Particularly like your title for the BassStation2 piece :D
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby bunker » Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:27 pm

Sorry guys, I did reply but I can’t see my posts?
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:38 pm

:clap: :clap: seriously impressive :D
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby bunker » Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:40 pm

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

Postby Eddy Deegan » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:27 pm

Nicely done Bunker, I enjoyed those :thumbup: :clap:
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Re: One Synth Challenge III - This time it's personal

Postby The Elf » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:30 pm

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