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  1. Low Down Lowdown

    An outlet for all bassists to discuss their ideas, ask questions, and share their knowledge with each other.


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    • Band members get PDFs from me (chords, lyric, performance notes) with a link to a reference YT video in the title.    When I sit down at my instrument to learn something, that's what I need.  If someone wants to listen in the car, they can put together their own playlist using their own service, etc. 
    • Heck, I didn't even know youtube had a streaming music service. Thanks for the tip!
    • Well, I have finally opened the box... and here you have the first pictures of it.   At least it powers up:     Venom... good name!     Once you remove a ton of screws and the keybed connector...     Once the keybed is removed, you have the electronics attached to the top cover:     And on this board should be the problem. I have already checked all capacitors but, sadly, they are OK, so it won't be a simple fix:     The unit generates a faint sound, barely audible at maximum output and monitor levels, which is promissing.   Next steps are to check internal voltages (it seems to be a switched power supply on that board), follow the signal from LINE OUTS to the D/A, and try to find the fault on that path.   There seems to be no schematics available. I will try to contact M-AUDIO, but don't have high hopes.   All in all, another interesting project ahead!   Jose
    • Don't think this has been posted here yet! Ren has such a staggering breadth of musical talent and certainly not lacking in the keys dept.    

    • In V.A.S.T., be it the original V.A.S.T. or the newer vaster V.A.S.T. with Cascade and Dynamic, there are several ways you can use internal DSP sources with Samples:   1. Samples only 2. Internal DSP Oscillators only without any Sample 3. Samples mixed with internal DSP Oscillators   In the new V.A.S.T., you can certainly use a multi-sampled Keymap, alongside an internal anti-aliased DSP Osc, e.g. a 2-block SINE+ for a single Layer, or even an aliased one like the old SAW+.   For larger AA DSP Oscs, e.g. the 4-block SAW, you'd need to use Cascade Mode, a passthrough signal and a Mixer ALG.   So these aren't mutually exclusive. Instead, what the manual seems to indicate is that if you want to do a traditional analogue subtractive synth, then you'd rather not use a Keymap, which makes sense since analogue subtractive synths don't use them at all.   You can  still use a Keymap's sample Envelope if it is set to Natural, even if the Sample itself isn't sounding via the Layer, say, if you have simply a 4-block AA DSP SAW. That SAW block effectively cuts off any of the Sample signal. However, as the AMPENV mode is set to Natural, it is the factory AMPENV for that multi-Sampled Keymap that is applied to the Layer.   The Natural envelopes have more details than can be produced with a User AMPENV.   The thing that happens with setting the Keymap to Silence is that it sets each key's amplitude to the same maximum amplitude. Maybe that's what you need in a certain program, but sometimes, if you are doing an emulative program, you could be better off actually referencing the emulation's Keymaps Sample although the latter isn't heard, with the corresponding Natural Envelope, or of course, you could just go into User Mode and make your own envelope.   Hope this helps.
    • Sweetwater might accept to deliver to Canada, but you will be charged transport accordingly and as anything going USA to Canada your item will go through customs and it is always possible to end up with extra fees - sometimes very expensive. I personally had a very bad experience about 10 years ago and promised myself to never import again from the USA unless the seller confirms on paper he pays for all possible customs and duties extra fees.   Buying Kurzweil products in Canada has always been complicated. In the 1990s a few stores in the province kept a couple of them, but if you wanted something they didn't have you had to order sight unseen and wait months to get your purchase. That is how I bought my MIDIboard, K1200 and finally, around 2000, a PC2X. I hated the Fatar action on the PC2X from day one and swore to never buy a keyboard sight unseen ever again.
    • How is the Canadian Distribution looking in 2024?   What's the alternative if there's still no distribution? Sweetwater? Thomann?
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