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if you could afford a new piece of equipment, what would it be?
« on: September 11, 2010, 09:55:13 PM »
subject says it all. I think I might pick a kyma. or maybe a new mac pro.

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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2010, 11:07:18 PM »
Some things on top of my head...of course I could go on all day...but I guess I will add more later.

H8000fw


The new minimoog XL


Andromeda A6


Fractal Audio Axe FX Ultra


Waldorf Q+ Phoenix version


Waldrof Wave



Oberheim Matrix 12


TC electronic Reverb 4000 (to completement Lexicon and eventide reverbs)


Also one of the moog guitars would be awesome.. but I want 7 strings and baritone if possible...but their sustainer system is very impressive...Opens up a whole new way of playing guitar...


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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2010, 01:27:37 AM »
Serge Modular

Club of the Knobs Moog IIIp clone

Tom Oberheim New SEM (patch-panel version)

API Legacy desk

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Re: if you could afford a new piece of equipment, what would it be?
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2010, 03:07:42 AM »

Having more gear would be nice, but I think I've got enough as it is. Having used 'old school' studio setups in the past, it's amazing what is available now for a fraction of the cost of say, a 1970s home studio.

'GAS' (gear acquisition syndrome) can become quite a distraction regarding getting anything done. There's always that compressor or that reverb or
that hyper-spatial multi-band transmogrifier that you NEED to improve the material. I'm guilty regarding building up collections of programs for
'Nebula' that I'II probably use rarely, but they are inexpensive at least.

Regarding guitars, if money was no object, I'd like to have a white Gibson 335 (ala Alex Lifeson 'Hemispheres' period) and a Gibson Les Paul Black Beauty (both left-handed), but I don't need them.

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Re: if you could afford a new piece of equipment, what would it be?
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2010, 07:43:34 AM »
I also wouldn't mind an Andromeda.
Plus a Virus TI keyboard.
And a big monome.
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2010, 08:04:05 AM »
I also wouldn't mind an Andromeda.
Plus a Virus TI keyboard.
And a big monome.
8)

Yes the Andromeda have a very original and peculiar sound.
Not sure it is still in production, it is getting harder to find this in EU.

To any one who want to hear it in action I can recommend the album Syndromeda - Waiting for the Second Sun.
The A6 is the primary synth on that album..it is quite easy to hear.
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2010, 08:21:44 AM »

MEMOTRON (used by Mario Schönwälder and others)

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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2010, 09:22:28 AM »
that's some nice gear porn, there.

I think I would probably get the mac pro. I have an imac that's a few years old that works well enough but more power would be nice. I wouldn't have to freeze as many tracks in Logic. I don't really have much hardware, except for a EPS classic that I use as a midi controller and a Kore unit. I like the simplicity of it. I do have several plugins I don't think I've gone overboard on those yet.

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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2010, 12:41:46 PM »

Having more gear would be nice, but I think I've got enough as it is. Having used 'old school' studio setups in the past, it's amazing what is available now for a fraction of the cost of say, a 1970s home studio.

'GAS' (gear acquisition syndrome) can become quite a distraction regarding getting anything done. There's always that compressor or that reverb or
that hyper-spatial multi-band transmogrifier that you NEED to improve the material.
That is me for sure. If I only had "XXXX", then I would have everything I need. That being said it's fun to dream. The Haken Continuum is a really interesting controller. A Buchla 200e is way over my head but would be fun. Anyway , the last thing I need is more gear. I am trying to get rid of some now, but it is difficult for a self-professed "packrat".   ;D
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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2010, 07:20:48 PM »
That's an easy one, a vintage Telefunken U-48 in like new condition, with the original steel tube.
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« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2010, 04:39:00 AM »
A bigger house so I can have a room that is just a studio, perferably in a few acres of countryside......

So related question - what piece of equipment that you already own do you use most??

I realised mine is the drummers stool I sit on - whatever else i may be doing  :)

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« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2010, 04:55:58 AM »
A bigger house so I can have a room that is just a studio, perferably in a few acres of countryside......


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Re: if you could afford a new piece of equipment, what would it be?
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2010, 08:10:33 AM »
Having more gear would be nice, but I think I've got enough as it is. Having used 'old school' studio setups in the past, it's amazing what is available now for a fraction of the cost of say, a 1970s home studio.

'GAS' (gear acquisition syndrome) can become quite a distraction regarding getting anything done. There's always that compressor or that reverb or
that hyper-spatial multi-band transmogrifier that you NEED to improve the material. I'm guilty regarding building up collections of programs for
'Nebula' that I'II probably use rarely, but they are inexpensive at least.
Agree! I know many people who have fallen victim to GAS - they spend thousands of Euros on new equipment, but rarely use it in their music.
I'd even say that sometimes limitation in terms of equipment can nurture creativity.


Well.. If I'd really need to spend some money and if I'd really had an sufficient amount of it, I'd rather buy some analog instruments, like a grand piano... well and of course a new apartment where I have some space for it. ;)

My last 'equipment' was a Bulgarian overtone flute bought two weeks ago.
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Re: if you could afford a new piece of equipment, what would it be?
« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2010, 08:43:39 AM »
I agree that  unchecked gear lust is more likely to get in the way of creative productivity than to enable it.  It certainly happened to me, years ago.  Only after I sold off a dozen or so pieces of gear, and stopped buying new items, could I see clearly enough in my studio (so to speak) to start making music again.
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« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2010, 08:59:07 AM »
I strongly disagree.. new gear is always inspiration...it also makes it possible to realize your sound visions...
Sure it comes to a point of course...when you have everything you need...however...personally I am far far away from it.
And the gear you use also mirrors the outcome and the sound itself... so to have the gear that realize your visions is essential I think...
Also gear that gives you inspiration to create.




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« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2010, 09:22:21 AM »
The Zeit sequencer desktop or rack version




Quasimidi Polymorph


sequentix. cirklon


Doepfer MAQ 16/3


SCHRITTMACHER · MIDI Step Sequencer






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Re: if you could afford a new piece of equipment, what would it be?
« Reply #16 on: September 13, 2010, 09:40:43 AM »
The Zeit sequencer is very good - having seen it in use and had very good comments from musicians... It's made in the UK

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Re: if you could afford a new piece of equipment, what would it be?
« Reply #17 on: September 13, 2010, 12:36:26 PM »
I strongly disagree.. new gear is always inspiration...it also makes it possible to realize your sound visions...
Sure it comes to a point of course...when you have everything you need...however...personally I am far far away from it.
And the gear you use also mirrors the outcome and the sound itself... so to have the gear that realize your visions is essential I think...
Also gear that gives you inspiration to create.

I think there is truth on both sides. New gear is almost always inspiring, but its what happens when the honeymoon period is over that matters. Do you still feel inspired by that gear to make great music and sounds? Should gear really inspire us at all?

Just like you can put any guitar in the hands of a great guitarist and the end result will always sound like them, it is much the same with synths and effects, if you give any synth or any reverb unit to many of the top tier electronic music guys, they will still create something that has their signature sound.

Cool high end gear should make your creative process and work flow smoother and more rewarding beyond initial inspiration.

I have only 4 synths in my collection, and pretty much have only 2 soft synths that I actaully consider using and between those 6...I have probably only just scratched the surface of what they can do. So I would say dig in and really learn the gear you have before moving on to more.

I actually sell any piece of gear that sits unused in my studio for six months. I want gear that I use on every session within reason.


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« Reply #18 on: September 13, 2010, 04:59:23 PM »
I love my Andromeda. I have yet to use it in a recording though. 

I was so-so on the Xpander/Matrix-12 sound.  yes, that ultimate Roach-machine just didn't cut it for me.  It, oddly, sounded awfully digital and buzzy to my ears.  That said, I'd like to try it AGAIN.  Just to make sure I'm not crazy.  My friend, who bought mine, won't sell it back to me even though he doesn't even use it.

I'd love that Eventide H-8000, but my Eclipse does me just fine... as well as my Lexicon PCM-80.

I have a Polymorph.  It's interesting.  I need to dig into it a bit more.

I have a Waldorf Q (the sexy Nextel Blue color which is, well, pretty sexy) & uQ - the Phoenix is reportedly plagued with bugs, so if you got money for one you might think twice.  I don't know first hand about that, but you may be better off with a standard Q.

That new Moog is already being bashed for its $5,000 price tag and still monophonic.  I can understand.  The truth is the Moog is sort of a one trick pony.  What it does, it does well - I have a Model D - but it's not a very good synth for ambient, IMO. 

I'd like a Manly Massive Passive and I sure as hell wish I'd gotten in on the new Solaris synth when it was first offered.  The initial buyers are getting one heck of a deal - of course it's been 3+ years or something since its initial announcement, but I'd love one of those but not at the current price tag.  My friend (the one who doesn't play with the Xpander and will probably barely touch the Solaris) has a custom one coming from the first batch and I think he paid something like $1400.  Solaris is way more now for a non-custom one.

I'm sort of interested in a used Dave Smith Prophet 08 and/or PolyEvolver.  I traded my desktop Evolver for a Blofeld and quickly sold the Blofeld.  The Blofeld sounded and operated great but it was redundant since I have the Q, uQ, and XT.

I sure wish I could drop a load of cash on vintage synths though. Being unemployed and stuff just isn't conducive to boutique synth-buying.

Ahhhh... toys.

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« Reply #19 on: September 13, 2010, 09:01:19 PM »
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the truth is the Moog is sort of a one trick pony.  What it does, it does well - I have a Model D - but it's not a very good synth for ambient, IMO.

I disagree. I find the Moogs to be very useful for ambient and have many more than one trick in them.