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by hippo1
Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX
Topic: My modular synth inspired semi-modular pedalboard
Replies: 24
Views: 382

Re: My modular synth inspired semi-modular pedalboard

I like the design! (And, Death by Audio!) I also use a bunch of random pedals; and occasionally mount them to boards. I find that pedals are just like the modular stuff I use: Subject to occasional breakdowns/re-mountings in different configs. My experience with a 'patchable' board took the opposite...
by hippo1
Sat Dec 19, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Hydrasynth - more than one part? Or another synth for standalone hardware rig.
Replies: 15
Views: 343

Re: Hydrasynth - more than one part? Or another synth for standalone hardware rig.

Not my cuppa tea, personally; but the Jupiter XM is in the same price-bracket as the Hydra; and multi-timbral, as well as 'sound-design-y'. Of course, it comes at the cost of significant menu-diving; much more so than the Hydra. That said, I 100% do not regret getting the key-version of the Hydrasyn...
by hippo1
Sat Dec 12, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Pittsburgh "Local Florist" - Voltage Controlled Flower Shop
Replies: 56
Views: 2767

Re: Pittsburgh "Local Florist" - Voltage Controlled Flower Shop

I'm currently awaiting my Local Florist module, despite not being especially driven about Euro fx in general (I've got plenty of outboard stuff to chain). I missed out on the VRL, and am extremely happy about the 'Something new on the horizon' stuff (whether just a VRL V2, or like wrngtrls stated ab...
by hippo1
Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Repeatability of patch
Replies: 35
Views: 815

Re: Repeatability of patch

This has always been a touchy subject for me. I'm a hobbyist, so I'm not making money off my modular. With that in mind, my rig has always been an 'inspiration machine' for me; the issue of 100% repeatability has never been an issue. However, there's always that little back-of-the-mind 'Hmm, I shoul...
by hippo1
Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: 1st post.. Help choose my next mono synth
Replies: 45
Views: 1103

Re: 1st post.. Help choose my next mono synth

My recommendation is the KARP Odyssey FS. Though I have the minikey one, it's sound is very different than the Moog one; I think it complements well. [AND sounds great, even with NO effects.] Initially I was going to recommend a Boomstar SEM as well, for the different-sounding filter (another GREAT ...
by hippo1
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Effects. When, where and how?
Replies: 14
Views: 685

Re: Effects. When, where and how?

Welcome to the funhouse, Bitter Synth!
...I'm in with Lisa above; I use a reverb thru my aux send (on all) while I'm writing/wiggling; but recording is dry, and I'll add effects downstream. I do have a few guitar-pedal style fx boxes, which I'll use IF it's a component of the sound; otherwise, dry.
by hippo1
Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Building a performance instrument - sequencers / random functions
Replies: 18
Views: 653

Re: Building a performance instrument - sequencers / random functions

As a sequencer, I'm surprised the Metropolis hasn't been name-checked yet. Not as many steps perhaps as other choices; but a well-thought-out and straightforward sequencer that you can dive deeper into; and a lot of the performance stuff's right out in the open... Plus, it's mountable (didn't know i...
by hippo1
Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Alternative to Waldorf Streichfett?
Replies: 32
Views: 961

Re: Alternative to Waldorf Streichfett?

The 'Fett just ain't up to the task of 'stabby'; the rudimentary envelope, even at its fastest, would best be described as 'weak'. [No old-skool stringer (or updated copy/clone) did that well.] As to Synthacon's reply, the 'Fett's synth side is 8-voice polyphonic (which still is puny compared to the...
by hippo1
Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Alternative to Waldorf Streichfett?
Replies: 32
Views: 961

Re: Alternative to Waldorf Streichfett?

As to the Sledge: I have one, and I love the sound of it. But this is personal; my toMAYto is your toMAHto. While it does very thick pads, and great synthy strings (amongst all other VA-type and simple wavetable-y stuff), one thing it doesn't sound like is the 'Fett... Unfortunately, if that's the p...
by hippo1
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Alternative to Waldorf Streichfett?
Replies: 32
Views: 961

Re: Alternative to Waldorf Streichfett?

It probably goes without saying, but: If you're looking at a string synth, there's only a couple (current) options: the 'Fett, and the VC340. As to the 'more' part of your post: It may be worth a little more time and savings, and look into a polysynth. The Cobalt, or Argon8 have great (3-oct) kbds w...
by hippo1
Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX
Topic: Cheap but good reverb?
Replies: 40
Views: 2794

Re: Cheap but good reverb?

As an experiment, I picked up (from That Jungle In South America, no less!) a Flamma stereo reverb pedal for $65. And, was pleasantly surprised. There are (were) absolutely no expectations of Eventide/Lexicon-level lushness; but it's got a good selection from the front panel, and one preset-per-soun...
by hippo1
Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Retirement present
Replies: 46
Views: 1553

Re: Retirement present

If it were me, with that stuff: Prophet 10. Seems like the cake-and ice cream combo of new 'old' analog, alongside the VAs and the wavetable-y stuff. Though the One is VERY tempting, it seems a bit 'still in the works'; again, for me, a tad over-complicated for the niche it would fill.
by hippo1
Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Eurorack Modules
Topic: Best discontinued modules
Replies: 91
Views: 3205

Re: Best discontinued modules

+1 for the Doepfer vocoder series. And Erthenvar: I got one of their odd Fibonacci dividers; never got to their Prime one (just for fun). Never got their Chord tone divider; that looked cool.
by hippo1
Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Artist Discussion
Topic: Madfred Mënn’s Earth’s Bend’s «Blinded by the Light»
Replies: 5
Views: 249

Re: Madfred Mënn’s Earth’s Bend’s «Blinded by the Light»

...Love listening to old RLJ; but for me, the Pirates album is the 'sit in the dark and listen' album.

As to 'Blinded' - my personal favorite from them was Runner (The runner?); with the CS-80ish sounding intro.
by hippo1
Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX
Topic: New stereo reverb pedal
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Re: New stereo reverb pedal

Wow. Sounds better, or at least the same, as the quintessential 'Belton brick'; and stereo, no less. I love my Keeley Omni for its simplicity; this seems to be a stereo equivalent. Almost an impulse buy, at the price...! I'm in.
by hippo1
Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Behringer Neutron Alternative Panel [POLL]
Replies: 26
Views: 750

Re: Behringer Neutron Alternative Panel [POLL]

I'll jump on in with a +1 to a metalized overlay. I've got two, racked together; one's got a black overlay, and one white. [For pure nerdiness, I call one Phobos and one Deimos. I guess I was over-bingeing The Expanse at some point.] But... I live in New England, and my music room isn't as temperatu...
by hippo1
Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Production Techniques
Topic: How to enhance your sound!
Replies: 7
Views: 451

Re: How to enhance your sound!

+1 to gruebleengourd; great technical info there. To add a simple trick: Record in mono whenever possible. I know, sounds stupid in today's 'endless-track-count-all-in-stereo' DAW environment; but unless you need a super-wide pad, or spatial effect on something, a good solid signal in mono can be pa...
by hippo1
Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Arturia PolyMatrix / PolyBrute coming?
Replies: 93
Views: 4565

Re: Arturia PolyMatrix / PolyBrute coming?

Polybrute makes a winning case for sound designers, or maybe rather 'people who want more than just another poly synth'. NI's Absynth was the first 'standalone' VST I bought, back in the day, for strictly sound-design/soundscapes: It offered a huge potential even with only a few modules combined. Th...
by hippo1
Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: Clock Dividers. Essential Range and Divisors?
Replies: 35
Views: 1695

Re: Clock Dividers. Essential Range and Divisors?

Something I've never done, out of fear, is interface my Doepfer divider (set to Primes) with my Erthenvar Fibonacci divider. Like the CERN collider, there's the possibility of creating a mini black hole that may erase me (and my modular) from this plane. [Or maybe I'd fall down a Mandelbrot-hole... ...
by hippo1
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Guitars, Basses, Amps & FX
Topic: Eventide's Blackhole Pedal
Replies: 18
Views: 1060

Re: Eventide's Blackhole Pedal

This is a no-brainer for me. I own a BigSky; and while it's very lush-sounding (and has a TON of tweaking available), there's something to be said for a more streamlined set of controls. You don't fall down a rabbit-hole of sound design (just for your effects); better for end-of-chain 'verbness. See...
by hippo1
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Arturia - Give us a new drum machine!
Replies: 2
Views: 180

Arturia - Give us a new drum machine!

(An open letter to Arturia. I hope this conforms to the 'General Gear' area; I've personally messaged them... but that feels like sending a toy boat over a waterfall...) As a fan of both the Drumbrute, and then (especially!) the Drumbrute Impact, I'm wishing the Art boys could take a page from Rolan...
by hippo1
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Modular Synth General Discussion
Topic: New to modular - need some direction
Replies: 21
Views: 442

Re: New to modular - need some direction

I'm wondering (unless I totally over-read and missed it!) what your initial plans FOR modular are? As an adjunct to GM, or as a separate voice... or as effects? For me, I started small, and added as someone wiser already suggested: Utility modules. The passive mults, LFOs, and loopable envelopes; al...
by hippo1
Fri Aug 28, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Your Tunes Here
Topic: strettara: narrow road
Replies: 8
Views: 187

Re: strettara: narrow road

Like it!

Brings to mind 'Different Trains I'; not derivative, just the feel. Very cool.
[And for some reason, I'm feeling the need to replay Koyaanisqatsi.]

...Is this your new toy (C15)?
by hippo1
Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: General Gear
Topic: Mellotron options
Replies: 143
Views: 19745

Re: Mellotron options

Very much enjoyed all the opinions on this page. I've always loved the quaint sounds of the 'tron, back from early TD thru Rick Wakeman... etc., etc. A few years ago, I picked up a Kingkorg (to replace my ailing DW8000s - yes, they were dirt-cheap at one point; and I love the DWGS sound), and while ...
by hippo1
Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: General Gear
Topic: priorities
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: priorities

I like the sentiment. Maybe: Metamorphosizing? Evolving? In a smaller (slower) way, I'm going through a hopeful change as well. For years, my 'music room' has been a dustbin collection of the sub-thousand 'flavor of the day'; mainly GAS, poorly-controlled. Looking back, I was at my most productive (...

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