Testing New Gear

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Testing New Gear

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Fri May 17, 2019 4:24 am

This kind of applies to all instruments, but based on something I'm doing today ( :whistle: ), I'm curious how you guys test a new synth. Do you have a set way of putting it through its paces to make sure everything is working, or just kind of wing it?
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Re: Testing New Gear

Post by fuzzjunkie » Sun May 19, 2019 10:18 am

I’ve only had a couple of synths, but I usually try out a couple a year because I find them interesting.

I usually just run through the keys and check the action and make sure they work. If it’s something with presets, then I listen to those that are mission critical for the reason I am checking it out in the first place, organs or pads or piano. If it’s analog I check the LFO on how fast and slow it goes, then the different waveforms if it has more than one or two. Then I listen to different filter sweeps.

That’s about it. I don’t play any songs or spend more than a few minutes doing that, but just the basics gives me an idea if I like it or not. By the time the salesman is walking over I am already walking away. (Usually the price is a no go) Just like a guitar. Weight, neck, unplugged tone before I even ask to plug it in. Pedals, as Robert Smith says, knobs set mostly off, halfway, mostly full on, done.

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Re: Testing New Gear

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Sun May 19, 2019 1:30 pm

Thanks Fuzzjunkie! Its interesting to see how people test stuff out to me. Testing the synth will be interesting, and might actually help learning the synth, so that's good.
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