Hi Everyone. For a few years now I've been using my Dave Smith Evolver as a way to compose or sketch music outside my studio. I usually take it with me everywhere and find composing via the matrix and sequencer to work perfectly to my style of writing. When you pull the evolver out at the airport and put on some big headphones you get a lot of stares. People can not figure out what it is.
Problem is that I've had it since it came out and I'm tiring of it a bit and looking for something new. I can't find a single synth out there that works in relatively the same way. meaning, the ability to disconnect, make music and reconnect. Everything else either is too big, or is either a synth but no sequencer or visa versa or is uninteresting to me sound wise. I'm sort of interested in the IPAD thinking I could buy one nice synth and use it just for that. However, things like the ipad lack focus for me because they're full of so many "other" things. Also connecting an ipad to the computer is a pain with itunes. My ipod touch takes 3 hours to update. I am starting to hate it.
I want a portable synth with a sequencer. Here's a few things I've been looking at:
OP1 synth seams really nice but they're continuously sold out. Anyone know anyone at Teenage Engineering?
Tetra from Dave Smith. I like this one but it doesn't have the programming ability that the evolver has.
Blofeld - If this had 8 sequencer knobs on it I would buy it today. But, alas, it looks terrible to program outside the studio.
German synths - I can't remember the name but their are these little german synths that look like the evolver but they seem to be more tb303 clone kind of things.
Korg MS20 on a Nintendo. A few years ago someone gave me an ms20 cartridge for the nintendo. However, I don't have a Nintendo! Plus, no midi means I can't move it over to Ableton.
I know there must be something out there. I was hoping you guys might know of a little dedicated synth that I can fit in my backpack!