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OK, keyboard manufacturers, time for a word.

 

I'm soon in the market for a high-end synth, and I've been watching videos and listening to MP3s all day, and I have to say that all your synths sound great. Your young, hip programmers and product specialists are ninjas with dance music, no doubt ...

 

But not all of us are producing hip hop, jungle, dubstep, or whatever the kids are listening to these days. We're covering music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, and would like to know that all those vintage sounds are something we can get with your gear.

 

I want to hear squeaks and squawks and screams and bleeps and blurps and farts and bubbles and warbling pads and klangs and scrapes ... anything you'd hear in a transition piece in a space rock album from the late 60s, or in the incidental music from an old episode of Doctor Who.

 

I know it's too late for the stuff that's out now, but odds are you've got new stuff on the drawing board, so when you prep your demos, throw us vintage guys a bone.

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Great fun!

 

(Seriously, help me remember how to embed a video. I tried using the code below, but no luck.)

-OWMGAiaNeQ

 

you want it to look like this:

 

[video:youtube]www.yourlinkhere.com

 

 

Ian Benhamou

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The easiest way is to click "Reply" at the bottom of someone's post and use the video embed button on that page, instead of using the Quick Reply at the bottom of the thread.

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Doctor Who.

 

Oh that brings back some memories! It's good to see other people appreciate synthesizer pops and bangs as much as I do.

 

[video:youtube]

 

I much prefer the original, give some props to Delia Derbyshire:

http://delia-derbyshire.dyndns.org/images/delia_derbyshire.jpg

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But not all of us are producing hip hop, jungle, dubstep, or whatever the kids are listening to these days.

 

The problem goes beyond demo videos... While I try as much as possible to rely on my own sounds (or at least heavily tweaked presets), the presets on modern synths are useless for the most part. It's like the equivalent of the Loudness War for synths: If it doesn't sound fuller, fatter, louder, or more edgy than the synth sitting next to it, manufacturers are afraid it won't sell.

 

What's in the demos often reflects what is in the preset banks, which is where the problem starts.

 

Sundown

 

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I like the "alien talk" in the Dave Smith demo videos.

 

Loudness is a relative subject, unless your keyboard amp has the power to be dangerous at the used distance, OR you mean a "good" loud sound. The latter is indeed a problem I can relate to, the former is supposed to be a bit alleviated as a problem by limiting the mid-range "blare" sounds most dangerous and a keeping in mind of speaker properties, Modern synths IMO are not so neutral in these respect as they might be so I second to motion to discuss the matter.

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I'm soon in the market for a high-end synth, and I've been watching videos and listening to MP3s all day,-...

 

 

I want to hear squeaks and squawks and screams and bleeps and blurps and farts and bubbles and warbling pads and klangs and scrapes ...

 

I spent a little time a while back trying to do that with my Korg M3, and wasn't quite able to get the bleeps/bloops/etc. that I more easily got out of my Voyager or Nord Modular G2X. I think I would have had to dig more deeply into the Radias engine on the M3 to get closer.

 

But I'm not a professional demo-er

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Great fun!

 

(Seriously, help me remember how to embed a video. I tried using the code below, but no luck.)

-OWMGAiaNeQ

 

you want it to look like this:

 

[video:youtube]www.yourlinkhere.com

 

 

This only works if it's a true YouTube video; if it's the shortened YouTube URL (http://youtu.be... for example), it won't work.

 

If you're uncertain, it's best to use the Full Reply Screen like Joe suggested. :)

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