So, would it be okay to call a synth with wood sides a “woodie?”
That’s the nickname for the original Atari VCS/2600 with the wood grain.
I really love monophonic sequences of poly sounds with a long release. I often use the Ambika as a dual 3 voice poly that way. So 4 voices can be enough for some poly uses.
I also would really like the Jupiter 8. I only think it’s a bit go expensive for what I would use it for.
I’m actually a bit tempted by these. right now the only keyboard synth I have is a MicroQ, which I quite like, despite it being pretty menudiveish. The problem is, the MicroQ is really heavy (thanks to the full metal casing) and despite being relatively small for a synth, it’s still too big for many occasions. I only used it once for a live gig. So I’ve been thinking about getting a small, polyphonic keyboard, with a good interface. I’m certainly no Wakeman, my keyboard playing skills are far from virtuosity, so mini keys arent’t really are an issue for me. Actually, I’m using a bent SK-1 for most of my gigs right now! I’ve considered the Mininova and the Yamaha CS Reface. The OP-1 would be really small and actually quite nice, but price and the lack of velocity put me a bit off. To be honest, the JU-6 would be a nice solution to my needs, small, compact, hands on interface and from what I’ve heard it sounds great. The only thing that puts me off is the 4 voice polyphony, though I’d have to see if it’s really an issue for me, in real life.
As long as you stay away from long-release sounds, you won’t run into trouble, I think. The keyboard is so small, you certainly won’t enjoy pressing more that 4 keys at a time
rumplefilter have you considered a McMillen Qunexus?
Super compact, has poly aftertouch and not terribly expensive, plus has cv/gate (although you need a separate box for midi)
EDIT: oops! just realized you are looking for a synth. Used Alesis Micron?
@Varthdader: I have a Qunexus and am mildly happy with it. It’s the best keyboard controller you can get at that size for sure. The Micron I have considered, but the more I go on and the less I can deal with very menu-heavy synths… they either need to have a very direct, 1-knob-per-function interface, be very easy and straightforward like the shruthi or have a software editor like the Mininova. Actually the latter is my big fav right now. And btw. I’m selling my microQ if anybody is interested
rumplefilter: for those with a Micron and an iOS device, there´s Megamicron to program it!
I want that micro Q, but bought a broken Ion instead. Doh!
and as discussed, the Roland Boutique Series Midi CC implementation is a challenge for every DIY head. Because to automate movements of the miniscule sliders you will need to send them 7-bit sysEX… as discussed at the boys of the rolandclan forum, there are various workarounds viability dependent on your setup only. I love my JP-08. it can do many tricks the big brother can do, soundwise it is more stable and aside from the slider lengths very controllable. If you want the 8 voices, you can still buy a 2nd boutique (of the same type) and polychain them
what that does to any sysex-automation i have no clue as of now and pricewise there may be better options for a 8-voice dsp-polysynth with questionable midi implementation and 7-bit resultion slider values, but definitely not if you are looking for those gnarly jupiter pads&strings…
itll be really funny if people start making expensive aftermarket dedicated knob controllers for these things.
With internal mounts to fit two boutiques inside. Actually that would be totally feasible from a price point view
how about a MidiPAL script. goddammit people. someone more experienced than me plz write one… i m gonna throw cash at your booty or into your paypal! and tell everyone about your greatness! or i ll help you sell the app with a social media avalanche and by spamming all audio forums ever… Pinchenettes argued there are not too many people out there who unify the necessary requirements. but then again, i guess many in this forum might either have a boutique synth AND a midipal or own at least a midipal and consider trying a boutique-box. Maybe there is even a greedy programmer among them who gets my hint…
6581punk: did you get a look at the Schmidt Synthesizer?
Looks like Roland just released a firmware update that adds CC send and receive! Here’s the one for the JU-06.
Told ya LA would make a comeback
Yep, it’s not exactly groundbreaking or forward-thinking, but I’ve been craving for a D-550 for ages so I am actually tempted…
I have the V-Synth D50 card, it has extra banks and PCM waves. They’ll have put these and more into this.