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Post by Jaguar018 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:28 am

Got a Roland Juno Alpha 1. It is 80s to the core. Still trying to figure out if I like it, or if it will mostly be a MIDI controller.

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Post by StevenO » Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:26 am

Those are wonderful synths. But that all depends on if you like the sounds, though, I guess. If you have an iPad, I think there's an app to control/program it...?

Play it into some spacious reverb and :-*

I've wanted one for awhile now as a more travel friendly alternative to lugging around my Juno 106. I hope you end up digging it. :)

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Post by mackerelmint » Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:20 am

There's this controller for the alpha juno, and it looks rad as hell. I mean, it costs a lot, but it's skookum hardware and being able to control 2 junos simultaneously to effectively have a 2 oscillator juno is pretty awesome. Especially since you could set a patch across both and then tweak it a bit for some really cool sounds.

They also do one for the JX 8/10P.
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Post by tdbajus » Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:14 pm

ANyone out there know if there are swappable curtis chips out there?

I'd love to replace the filter on my prophet with a Moog-style ladder(?) filter.

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Post by mackerelmint » Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:05 pm

tdbajus wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:14 pm
ANyone out there know if there are swappable curtis chips out there?

I'd love to replace the filter on my prophet with a Moog-style ladder(?) filter.
Ask Behringer, they make 'em.
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Post by mackerelmint » Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:09 pm

Speaking of Behringer, I wonder if they'll ever reissue old JX synths. There's always been something about the JX-3P for me that I just love. I could get one, and either add a programmer and accept its limitations and age or do the kiwi mods for a bunch of money and have something that rivals anything out there... and is also ravaged by time.

They need to hurry it up with the OBX.
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Post by Jaguar018 » Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:40 am

mackerelmint wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:20 am
There's this controller for the alpha juno, and it looks rad as hell. I mean, it costs a lot, but it's skookum hardware and being able to control 2 junos simultaneously to effectively have a 2 oscillator juno is pretty awesome. Especially since you could set a patch across both and then tweak it a bit for some really cool sounds.

They also do one for the JX 8/10P.
I had looked up this controller. I don't think I play well enough to invest in something like that, as much as I'd like to. It'd be like spending $400+ for something I'd barely use. BUT THEY LOOK SO DAMN COOL. :'(

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Post by mackerelmint » Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:37 pm

They do look cool, and they are pretty good for making synths sound cool, too.

I'm just glad they exist.
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Post by Zork » Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:57 am

I just bought a 1978 Roland MP-600 electric piano in excellent condition. There's next to zero info on the internet. Supposedly they have a 64 keys weighted keybed, a great dynamic range and work with a single divide down oscillator and a few filters that can be mixed together.

They do look awesome:

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...and sound really nice. I'm really looking forward to recieve it in a few days. :w00t:

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Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:56 pm

Zork wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:57 am
I just bought a 1978 Roland MP-600 electric piano in excellent condition. There's next to zero info on the internet. Supposedly they have a 64 keys weighted keybed, a great dynamic range and work with a single divide down oscillator and a few filters that can be mixed together.

They do look awesome:

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...and sound really nice. I'm really looking forward to recieve it in a few days. :w00t:
That sounds lovely. More basic piano sound as opposed to a Fender Rhodes. I really like it. Your picture doesn't show quite how big the back of it is, the way that video does. That thing is a beast! Get a good deal on it?
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Post by Zork » Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:05 am

Well, vintage e-pianos that don't sound like a Rhodes or a Wurli are just not very popular and can usually be had for cheap. The Roland is apparently around 250€/$ (which is also what I paid) but is quite rare.

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Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:52 pm

Interesting. I may have to do a little research... ;)
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Post by Zork » Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:25 pm

:)
The Yamaha CP-30 and CP-25 is worth looking at, too. A friend of mine has a CP-30 and it's super nice, but there's not one good demo on youtube I could find. It has like two independent sound layers that can be mixed or be routed to seperate outputs and has a nice tremolo built in. The CP-25 is a bit lighter and smaller and has apparently a better keybed.

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Re: The Synth Thread...

Post by Drill » Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:54 am

I got excited here, but... The Yamaha CP 30 it's an electronic piano.
Electric pianos need mechanic parts and pickups (like an electric guitar) i.e. it needs hammers, and tines/reeds/strings, piezos, etc.

I can't find any info on the MP 600 but my guess is that it is also electronic (?)

I'd love to have a CP 70/80 though (which are indeed electric and have actual strings on them :? )

PS - I hope I'm not sounding too smug

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Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:55 am

Yamaha CP-30. All wood and just up the road from me (relatively speaking).
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