Mini synth love?

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  1. thecornman

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    Love both my Volca Sample and JX-03! Cover a lot of ground with both of these units in my setup.
     
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    I haven't had much time to play with them (spent last night figuring out the Moog).

    I've played with the JX-03 in the store and can't figure out why it seems to be the least popular of the Boutique line - I think it sounds pretty stellar. I can't wait to really start digging in.

    Do you load your own samples into the Volca or do you use the stock samples? At the moment I'm just running it as a pretty straight up drum machine, but am contemplating getting more unconventional with it. This video is pretty cool:
     
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    I have loaded more then half of the 100 slots on my Volca Sample with my own samples! I kept many of the drum samples though, because I find them useful. I enjoy using found sounds in my music and find the Volca works well for this. I just use my i phone to record the sounds on the free audio pocket app and then easily transfer them into the Volca where I can manipulate and use them in my jams.
     
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    Cool - I can't wait to start experimenting with it! Have you seen the Caustic editor for the Volca Sample? It's also free and lets you manipulate the samples before downloading to the Volca. I played around with it a little at lunch today - looks pretty powerful (not the most intuitive workflow, though).
     
  5. CharAznable

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    I've been eyeing a microbrute or a Korg MS20 just to get some bleeps going...

    The keyboard player in my band had an ARP Odyssey and that was a lot of fun to mess around with and I want something like that for myself. Too bad I can't play keys.
     
  6. Dubious

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    We're in a real golden age for cool small affordable synths!

    My main synth is a roland SH32

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    These sorta predated the current mini synth renassance and as such i dont think they did well in the market.

    I also have a Kawai K1 table module and a yamaha tx7 (tabletop module version of the dx7).

    Id like to try the reface or volca fm As you cant edit the tx7 from the box - i need to revisit my touch osc template for this.

    I also have a juno 60 for when i wanna get my fullsize freak on.
     
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    This little guy arrives tomorrow :D

     
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  8. kiki_90291

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    And completely randomly, I just picked up a Roland TB-3 - came up on Craigslist at a decent price, I made a lower offer and the seller accepted. I still have no idea what I'm going to do with it, but it is a crazy piece of gear. The sound (at least the "classic" settings) are bizarre, yet oddly compelling and the sequencing function is very cool. I tried plugging it into my Minitaur and it completely freaked it out - causing stuck notes and obviously sending out some crazy CC's because the Minitaur sounded crazy.
     
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    That's pretty cool! You should post a review after you've had a chance to play with it.
     
  10. GovernorSilver

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    Nice!

    I love the acid house sound, so there's no question what I'd do if I got a TB-3. I'd probably have it play at the same time as my Bassbot TT-303 (oider version that looks like a TB-303).

     
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  11. JJ321

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    My mini synths consist of an Arturia Microbrute and a Volca Sample. I had a Microkorg about ten years ago and never really learned how to use it and ended up selling it a few months later. I've been keeping my eye out for a good price on a used one, but keep wondering if I should just get a Minilogue instead.

    I got the Microbrute out for the first time in a couple of months last night and got lost for a couple of hours just twisting knobs and getting reacquainted with it. I usually run it through an Eventide H9, but last night, I just plugged it in without any effects and had a blast with it.
     
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    I like mini synths like the Roland Boutique modules. I got the JU-06, might pick up the JX or JP modules some day. I'd love to try a Korg Arp Odyssey and would consider getting the desktop version.
     
  13. Black_Label

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    Figured I'd post a question here -

    I've got a JU-06 and it sounds normal when the chorus is on (with some hiss) but is almost completely silent when the chorus is off. Is this normal?
     
  14. kiki_90291

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    Yes. There's a setting to turn the chorus noise to regular medium and silent. On my phone, so I can't find the link, but I'll try to remember to post it later.
     
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    Thanks! I don't mean the noise/hiss from the chorus. What I'm talking about is that almost no volume comes out of the synth when the chorus is disengaged. When I turn the chorus back on, volume level is normal again.
     
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    That doesn't sound right. - I have the JX-03 and it sounds normal with chorus on or off. Can't imagine the JU is any different
     
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    I think I have a GAS problem - I now have a Minitaur, JX-03, JU-08, TB-3 and a Novation Circuit . . . .
     
  19. sven karma

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    Here's me making a racket with a Monologue, a Mopho and a Mininova as vocoder:

     
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