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By Peccary Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:38 am
NearTao wrote:Hah... my wife is mildly supportive. I've actually got this setup in our bedroom and am told frequently I am making too much noise. Also why I haven't setup my monitors here, because they'll just add more to the noise. Going Eurorack did allow me to squeeze more space into the types of FX and sounds I wanted by going up... but it's expensive and not for everybody. I'd still like to squeeze a Waldorf Iridium into the setup... and I know I *can*, but given the space I decided to commit to, I'd trying to keep room for a notebook or iPad or laptop for when I need it, instead of just dropping something on every possible square inch.



I only recently got in to synthesizers, about a year ago. After I got the Microbrute I had CRAZY fun playing it. I found myself just getting lost in the wildness and weirdness of it.

The eurorack stuff is appealing because of the flexibility and crazy stuff you can get. But I've just started my synth journey and the buy in for it is a lot, like you mention.

I'm still wrapping my mind around sound design so most of it would be lost on me right now, but I'd be a liar of I said I wasn't a few drinks away from buying just about anything in the Behringer synth lineup. One of these days, probably around my third or fourth Manhattan, I'm sure I'll find myself playing Behringer roulette on the Sweetwater site :lol:
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By NearTao Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:51 am
The Behringer stuff looks decent enough... so definitely a price conscious way to get into synthesis more. Fresh breath has a thread you can look for if you’d like to really dig in on this site.

For me, synthesis really clicked when I got into Moog’s style of subtractive synthesis. If you’ve got an iOS device I’m pretty sure you can still get the Minimoog app for free. Having hands on controls is way better, but it is hard to pass up on free if you have the ability to get into. It is pretty much one for one control to the sound you hear, and there is not much “hidden”. The version I cut my teeth on was the Arturia Minimoog emulator, and the manual was flipping amazing. I’d suggest seeing if you could find a pdf version of it kicking around, because it is quite well laid out and what you can learn there applies to many other synthesizers.

EDIT: just adding... it is super easy to go crazy buying gear. Focus on what you’ve got, and what you think you need. Ask for advice and explain to folks what you’re looking for to add, you’ll frequently get good advice, and you may find that what you have is way more capable than what you thought. Remember, for a lot of folks like myself, I’ve been doing this for twenty+ years, so the investment over time hasn’t been so bad, and some devices I have sold off have sold for a lot because I have taken good care of my gear and made sure it is in good shape. So don’t hold on to stuff forever, and don’t be afraid to try something and flip if it if it doesn’t click. It’s better to stick to a budget, flip what you don’t need, and keep what actually is special to you in your process.

I always shake my head at folks who jones after older Akai gear like the S950 or MPC 60/3k. Yeah, they do get you a distinct sound, but you also need to be willing to commit to them. A lot of gear is not plug and play, you need to really dig deep, read the manuals, and think about how it will work for you. Nobody else is going to be able to give you the whole recipe for your success but you. That said, a lot of us are here to help!
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By Lampdog Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:41 am
Yep, that moog model d ios app is still free, someone just downloaded it a few minutes ago.
By Peccary Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:48 am
NearTao wrote:The Behringer stuff looks decent enough... so definitely a price conscious way to get into synthesis more. Fresh breath has a thread you can look for if you’d like to really dig in on this site.

For me, synthesis really clicked when I got into Moog’s style of subtractive synthesis. If you’ve got an iOS device I’m pretty sure you can still get the Minimoog app for free. Having hands on controls is way better, but it is hard to pass up on free if you have the ability to get into. It is pretty much one for one control to the sound you hear, and there is not much “hidden”. The version I cut my teeth on was the Arturia Minimoog emulator, and the manual was flipping amazing. I’d suggest seeing if you could find a pdf version of it kicking around, because it is quite well laid out and what you can learn there applies to many other synthesizers.

EDIT: just adding... it is super easy to go crazy buying gear. Focus on what you’ve got, and what you think you need. Ask for advice and explain to folks what you’re looking for to add, you’ll frequently get good advice, and you may find that what you have is way more capable than what you thought. Remember, for a lot of folks like myself, I’ve been doing this for twenty+ years, so the investment over time hasn’t been so bad, and some devices I have sold off have sold for a lot because I have taken good care of my gear and made sure it is in good shape. So don’t hold on to stuff forever, and don’t be afraid to try something and flip if it if it doesn’t click. It’s better to stick to a budget, flip what you don’t need, and keep what actually is special to you in your process.

I always shake my head at folks who jones after older Akai gear like the S950 or MPC 60/3k. Yeah, they do get you a distinct sound, but you also need to be willing to commit to them. A lot of gear is not plug and play, you need to really dig deep, read the manuals, and think about how it will work for you. Nobody else is going to be able to give you the whole recipe for your success but you. That said, a lot of us are here to help!


I've been playing bass about 20 years now and it's been in that time that I've collected the instruments I have, so it's been a slow build with the exception of the Arturia pieces and the MPC within the past year or so. I also don't have any iOS devices, unfortunately.

The Behringer stuff appeals to me because it's inexpensive, but I'm self-aware enough to know that another piece of gear isn't going to change what I'm actually capable of.

My focus in the few weeks since I've had the MPC is getting my hands on it every day, even for a little bit, and working through the Bible. I started putting together the bones of a song I want to cover to help me learn how to build a song for m scratch. That's how I intend to teach myself once I have a better handle on the MPC. My intention is to make kinda 90's lo-fi indie music. Maybe a bit out of the norm for the MPC but it's more than capable, so I only have myself to blame if I can't get it done.
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By Lampdog Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:48 am
Not out of the norm. MPC can do it.
By bees80 Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:03 am
Peccary wrote:I'm still wrapping my mind around sound design so most of it would be lost on me right now, but I'd be a liar of I said I wasn't a few drinks away from buying just about anything in the Behringer synth lineup. One of these days, probably around my third or fourth Manhattan, I'm sure I'll find myself playing Behringer roulette on the Sweetwater site :lol:


I have a ms-1 and i love it. It's super fun to program because there are no presets and the only thing you can do is push, rotate and slide the buttons. In comparison to something from elektron that requires a lot of menu diving (which is no problem, but sometimes you just wanna fingerbang something). Sound's crisp too, turn op that resonance filter. Get a little bit of acid in that indie stuff ;-)
By Peccary Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:10 pm
bees80 wrote:
Peccary wrote:I'm still wrapping my mind around sound design so most of it would be lost on me right now, but I'd be a liar of I said I wasn't a few drinks away from buying just about anything in the Behringer synth lineup. One of these days, probably around my third or fourth Manhattan, I'm sure I'll find myself playing Behringer roulette on the Sweetwater site :lol:


I have a ms-1 and i love it. It's super fun to program because there are no presets and the only thing you can do is push, rotate and slide the buttons. In comparison to something from elektron that requires a lot of menu diving (which is no problem, but sometimes you just wanna fingerbang something). Sound's crisp too, turn op that resonance filter. Get a little bit of acid in that indie stuff ;-)


The MS-1 is interesting for sure. The Cat also jumps out at me. I like the physical buttons, switches, and sliders, learning the MPC has me on menu dive overload, currently, so smashing buttons for immediate gratification has been helpful :)

Just got a Sonuus G2M (first version, since it was cheap) and while it has a lot of issues it was really nice to play an instrument I feel competent with (bass) to control the Microbrute. It really opened it up for me since keys are a weak point for me. I wish there were a more reliable bass to midi pickup/controller/whatever that didn't cost am arm and a leg. That would open up something like the MS-1 for me big time.