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Gear I Have Access To

Gear comes in different varieties. Some of the gear I have access to are physical units, other gear is software.

I just found myself getting a great deal on a Korg M1R, even-though I already have a paid version of the Korg iM1 iPad software, which includes a virtual version of all the available upgrade cards. I have not yet purchased the upgrades that include the T1 cards. Does the M1R sound any different than the software? This is one of the many things to explore.

I also buy a lot of sound samples for some of my instruments. So this only expands the number of sounds that I have available to use. And I am always producing new sounds, further expanding the sounds present in my gallery.

Many of the software synths are emulations of physical synths. I am going to include the names of the synths that are being emulated, to help with considering acquisitions and whether they will add significant new sounds to my pallete.

If you need well sampled sounds for your Akai MPC from any of this gear, please let me know, I can help.

Software Gear

Arturia V Collection X

  • Software Synths
    • Acid V
    • Analog Lab Pro
    • ARP2600 V3 - Installed
    • Augmented BRASS
    • Augmented GRAND PIANO
    • Augmented STRINGS
    • Augmented VOICES
    • Augmented WOODWINDS
    • B-3 V2
    • Buchla Easel V - Installed
    • Clavinet V
    • CMI V
    • CP-70 V
    • CS-80 V4
    • CZ V
    • DX7 V - Installed
    • Emulator II V - Installed
    • Farfisa V
    • Jun-6 V
    • Jup-8 V4
    • Korg MS-20 V - Installed
    • Matrix-12 V2 - installed
    • Mellotron V
    • Mini V4 - Installed
    • MiniFreak V - Installed
    • Modular V3 - Installed
    • OP-Xa V
    • Piano V3
    • Prophet-5 V
    • Prophet-VS V - Installed
    • SEM V2
    • Solina V2
    • SQ80 V - Installed
    • Stage-73 V2
    • Synclavier V
    • Synthi V - Installed
    • Vocoder V
    • Vox Continental V2
    • Wurli V3

Cherry Audio (Mac & Windows)

  • Software Synths
    • Harmonia - Harmonia is a wildly innovative virtual instrument from Cherry Audio, designed to create the rich, evolving polyphonic tones often associated with vector and wave sequencer synthesizers of the 80s and 90s, but through a more effortless and visual technique.
      • Also have: Euphonic Sonics for Harmonia Preset Pack (sold separately), featuring 100 new presets showcasing the Harmonia's outstanding atmospheric tones, compelling sequences, dreamy pads, more basses, poly synths, keys, and leads, and more.
    • PS-3300 - PS-3300 is an exactingly faithful virtual analog emulation of the colossal and ultra-rare semi-modular analog polyphonic synthesizer released by KORG in 1977. Cherry Audio has pulled out all the stops to accurately recreate and update this mythical monster synth, from its massive stacked sonic character and signature multiple‑resonator sweeps to the considerable patching capabilities that distinguished the PS-3300 from all other polysynths of the era.
      • Also have: Sound designer James Dyson's Resonation Preset Pack (sold separately) includes additional presets that go further into the relative dimensions between light and shadow and all the way to the outer limits.
    • GX-80 Software Synth - GX-80 is Cherry Audio's visionary flagship synthesizer, over a year in the making. Combining the unparalleled sound and features of Yamaha's fabled GX-1 “Dream Machine” and its renowned descendant, the CS-80, GX-80 is a transformative virtual synthesizer blending the essence of two groundbreaking instruments to create a powerhouse hybrid. Featuring the carefully crafted and intensely circuit-modeled DSP designs of award-winning developer Mark Barton, Cherry Audio has replicated every subtlety of the classics to create the most authentic emulation of its kind.
    • Sines Software Synth - Sines (regular price $39) is a sensational and innovative original polyphonic synthesizer. Employing four sine-wave oscillators, Sines utilizes diverse waveshaping methods to bend these pure waveforms into infinitely variable and complex shapes. When combined with its wide-ranging modulation capabilities and effects, users can create a distinctive array of unique timbres ranging from the sublime to sizzling.
    • Elka-X Software Synth - A Computer Music 10/10! Elka-X synthesizer (regular price $39) is based upon the legendary Synthex, a rare Italian analog synthesizer designed by Mario Maggi and manufactured by ELKA in the early eighties. Elka-X replicates the extraordinary character of the original synth without compromising sound or functionality, thoughtfully expanding its feature set and delivering the authentic Synthex experience at a price anyone can afford.
    • Lowdown Software Synth - (emulates the Moog Taurus) Lowdown Bass Synthesizer (regular price $25) recreates the super-fat, room-rattling sounds of the most legendary dual-oscillator bass pedal synth ever made. Heard on countless prog-rock and new wave tracks in the 70s and 80s, this floor pedal monster comes to the desktop for the very first time. From the dual “constant-beat” oscillators to the girthy ladder filter, DSP wizard Mark Barton (MRB) has modeled every aspect of the original with exceptional accuracy.
    • Miniverse Software Synth - Miniverse (regular price $39) is our painstaking virtual emulation of the granddaddy of all portable synthesizers. When we set out to create Miniverse, we focused on a single principle: absolute authenticity. We avoided the temptation to add extra features, such as additional LFOs or effects, which might distract from the spirit and vibe of the classic original. Instead, Miniverse portrays the pure, raw, powerful sound and feel of the classic original. Whether you're seeking monstrous leads, funky basslines, or warm atmospheric pads, Miniverse has you covered.
    • Dreamsynth Software Synth - Dreamsynth (regular price $39) is an original tribute to the celebrated hybrid analog/digital synthesizers of the mid-to-late 1980s. The innovative design blends flexible dual-wave morphing oscillators, stereo filters, a fully polyphonic string synthesizer, extensive and easy-to-use modulation, studio-quality effects, and MPE support, all in an elegant vintage-style synth interface.
      • inspiration from renowned synths including the Ensoniq ESQ-1, the Kawai “K” series, and the Sequential Prophet VS. review link
    • Quadra Software Synth - Quadra (regular price $39) is a super-accurate emulation of the ARP Quadra synthesizer, reproduced for the first time. We’ve addressed the original Quadra’s shortcomings and wildly expanded it for an experience that blows away the real thing in every way. Each of its four sections is independently assignable to any keyboard region for endless splitting and layering flexibility. The overall sound quality has been improved for a richer and fatter tone. And not only did we make a killer emulation of the aforementioned onboard phaser effect, we added a stereo chorus/flanger, a syncable echo, and studio-quality reverb - all individually routable for unprecedented effects flexibility.
    • Memorymode Software Synth - Memorymode (regular price $39) is based upon the Memorymoog, one of the best sounding polyphonic analog synthesizers of the 80s, and was expertly modeled upon a vintage instrument originally owned by jazz legend Chick Corea. It expands upon the original without compromising any of the sound or functionality that made it great, and does away with its reliability and tuning issues. The user interface has been streamlined with fast, simple-to-use pop-up menus and an improved value display window.
    • PS-20 Software Synth - PS-20 (regular price $29) is an ultra-realistic, polyphonic, hot-rodded tribute to Korg's renowned MS-20. First and foremost, PS-20's dual highpass/lowpass filters super accurately recreate the MS-20's famous raunchy sound in all of its squelchy, screaming glory. Every part of the instrument has been “souped up” with killer features, including 16-note polyphony, a unique three-layer, eight-step sequencer with flexible CV outs, integrated effects, and a simplified and improved patch panel section for modular-synth flexibility.
    • Eight Voice Software Synth - Eight Voice (regular price $29) meticulously emulates the immense sound of the Oberheim Eight Voice, one of the world’s rarest and most desirable vintage instruments. Predating modern microprocessor control, its eight independent dual-oscillator voice modules could be challenging to program. Eight Voice’s unique Voice Link controls allow simple and powerful grouping of voice module controls, eliminating individually setting each module's controls. Focus buttons allow instant enlargement of any section of the user interface and massively flexible keyboard assign modes enable endless mono and poly keyboard zoning and layering options.
    • Polymode Software Synth - Polymode (regular price $29) is inspired by the groundbreaking Moog Polymoog synthesizer. One of the world’s first polyphonic synthesizers, its unique multiple parallel filter implementation and mod routings give it a sound like no other synth. With a streamlined user interface and immense modulation capabilities, Polymode sets a new standard for animated, sonically evolving string, pad, and choral tones.
    • CA2600 Software Synth - CA2600 (regular price $25) is a powerful, self-contained duophonic synthesizer inspired by the groundbreaking ARP 2600 synthesizer. With its huge sound, unique user interface, and thoughtful bonus features, CA2600 delivers the original 2600 experience like no other virtual instrument.
    • DCO-106 Software Synth - DCO-106 (regular price $25) is a stunning recreation of the much-loved Juno poly synths of the 80's that's both easy to understand and powerful to explore, creating a massive array of sonic landscapes, cutting lead sounds, warm and hazy pads, punchy synthetic electro drums, and far more.
      • Comparison with real Roland Juno 106 - YouTube
    • Surrealistic MG-1 Plus Software Synth - Surrealistic MG-1 Plus Synthesizer is a super authentic recreation of the fun and funky Moog MG-1 synthesizer sold in Radio Shack stores in 80s. Surrealistic MG-1 Plus delivers fat analog tone in spades along with a unique polyphonic oscillator section, “bell tone” ring modulation, and a number of improvements that tremendously expand its capabilities.
    • Mercury-4 Software Synth - Mercury-4 (regular price $39) emulates one of the best and quirkiest polyphonic synths of the late 1970's, the Roland Jupiter-4. The rarest and most sonically unique of the fabled Jupiter series, we’ve gone to great lengths to recreate every nuance of this beloved classic. Expertly modeled upon a vintage Jupiter-4 originally owned by Greg Hawkes of legendary 80’s new wave rockers The Cars, Mercury-4 improves upon the original with 16-voice polyphony, infinite patch storage, velocity sensitivity, MPE support, and more. We’ve even paired it with a fantastic model of the classic Roland Space Echo tape delay!
  • Voltage Modular
    • Voltage Modular Core + Electro Drums (regular price $99) is a powerhouse collection of modular madness including 120 modules and over 600 presets. All of the fundamental tools of modular synthesis are included - a huge variety of oscillators, filters, envelope generators, amplifiers, arpeggiators, sequencers, mixers - plus powerful effects, samplers, a large suite of polyphonic modules, the room-rattling vintage oscillator and filter, our drum sequencer, and a huge collection of electronic drum and percussion modules.
  • Voltage Modular Designer
  • Voltage Modular Modules
    • Miniverse set - The Miniverse Module Collection expands Cherry Audio’s smash-hit Miniverse instrument into 14 flexible modules for use with the Voltage Modular virtual instrument platform. It retains all the classic tone and mojo that made the original Mini great while freeing users of the fixed “hard-wired” limitations of the original. Poly module versions of the oscillator, mixer, filter, glide, contour, and VCA sections are included for up to 16-note polyphony, and we’ve even exactingly modeled the unique A-440 reference oscillator!
    • Polymode Module - https://store.cherryaudio.com/bundles/polymode-module - Polymode Module is a complete instrument inspired by the legendary 70s Polymoog synthesizer. One of the world's first polyphonic synthesizers, it excels at large pads, strings, and vocal-esque sounds, and its unique multiple filter implementation and mod routings gives it a sound like no other synth.
    • FM Bundle - FM Bundle includes mono and poly versions of FM Station, a powerful four-operator FM oscillator that precisely recreates the punchy, crystalline tones of classic DX-series FM synths of the 80s, with a graphic interface that makes FM programming incredibly easy. Also included are mono and poly editions of EG Station, graphic envelope generator module featuring eight fully independent envelope generators with velocity CV inputs, and super fast and easy normalled connections.
    • Model VM900 set - the legendary Moog 900-series modules with spine-tingling impact and accuracy. Every detail has been expertly reproduced, for a virtual window into the halcyon days of early analog synthesis - Mark Barton’s (MRB) proprietary DSP coding reproduces each and every sonic nuance with unprecedented accuracy.
      • The 26-module VM900-series collection has not been altered or updated to reflect modern trends - panel layouts and operation have been preserved in order to present a one-to-one early analog experience like no other. From oscillator drift to warm mixer overdrive to painstakingly reproduced panel art, it’s all there - the Cherry Audio/MRB VM900 Collection is simply a “must-have” module set for all purveyors of vintage analog synthesis!
    • Nucleus
    • Adroit

Module sets still not owned:

  • Rackmode Vocoder bundle $35
  • Rachmode Module Collection. $69
  • VM2500 collection $49

iPad

  • iMPC
  • MiRack - Eurorack simulator
  • Roland Zenbeats - Full Unlock, including ZC1
  • Wotja 22 Pro
  • Audulus 4
  • Syntorial
  • Magellan 3.0 Professional Analog Modelling Synthesizer
    • provides two synth engines running at the same time
    • Problem: bad feedback after giving microphone access. even removing microphone access, all it did was buzz, couldnt get any patch to make reasonable sounds

Old ipad:

  • Wotja 22 Pro
  • GM Midi Player
  • Moog Model D
  • Korg Gadget 2
    • available synths
      • Chiang Mai - variable phase modulation synthesizer
      • London
      • Darwin
      • Marseille
      • Amsterdam
      • Kingston
      • Fairbanks
      • Berlin
      • Chicago
      • Phoenix
      • Miami
      • Wolfsburg
      • Brussels
      • Recipe
      • Zurich
      • Rosario
      • Durban
      • Taipei
      • not bought:
        • Bilbao
        • Abu Dhabi
        • Kamata - $14.99 - 80's video game emulator using wavetable
        • Gladstone
        • Madrid
        • Vancouver
        • Lisbon - polyphonic sci-fi synth
        • Stockholm
        • Ebina
        • Otorii
      • owned
        • Salzburg
        • Montreal
        • Alexandria
        • Firenze
        • Glasgow
      • not owned - buy from app store
        • Lexington from arp Odyssey
        • Milpitas from Korg infestation
        • Montpellier from Korg iMonoPoly
        • Memphis from Korg iMS-20
        • Pompei from Korg iPolysix
        • Warszawa from Korg Electribe Wave

KQ Dixie - https://www.kiraqtech.jp/blog/kq-dixie-en/

  • KQ Dixie is a 6-Operator FM synthesizer that is modeled on the synthesizer which appeared on the 1980s.

Too many others to list…..

Windows & MacOS

  • MPC Studio
  • VCVRack - Eurorack simulator
    • Multiple versions side by side
  • Reason
  • Roland Zenbeats - Full Unlock, does not include ZC1
  • WOTJA
  • Ableton Live

Android

  • Hexen
  • Roland Zenbeats - Full Unlock, does not include ZC1

Physical Gear

Adapter needed

  • Casio CT-460 Voltage: standard 9v center negative - guitar effects plug
  • Kawai FS750 - 9-12 v center negative barrel plug
  • Doepfer Darktime - obtained

Akai Professional

  • Akai Rhythm Wolf
  • Akai Advance 61
  • MPC One Plus
  • MPC500
  • MPK Mini Play
  • MPK249
    • appears to have some intermittent problems with some buttons

Important Akai Docs

Akai Synthesizers

Software

Opx-4

ARP

  • ARP Quadra - emulated by Cherry Audio Quadra Software Synth
  • ARP 2600 - Emulated by Cherry Audio CA2600 Software synth

Arturia

  • Arturia Microfreak

ASM

  • ASM Hydrasynth Explorer

Behringer

  • Deepmind 12
  • 16 channel mixer (Qty 2)
  • ultrapatch bay (qty 2)

Casio

Doepfer

Elka

  • Synthex - software emulation by Cherry Audio Elka-X

E-Mu Systems

  • Pro/Cussion - Maximum Percussion Module
    • Rackmount gear - full rack

Ensoniq

  • EPS-M - Performance Sampler Module
    • 16 bit sampler with 1.7MB, 4 times as much as EPS
      • 34.4 seconds at 30kHz, 19.8s at 52.1kHz, or 167s at 6.25kHz.
    • Direct competitor to Akai S1000
    • double sided 3.5“ disk can only store a maximum of 800K, corresponding to 1600 blocks of EPS-M memory. Above this you get involved in multiple disk storage
      • prompting for multiple disks when saving, but not when loading
    • maximum hard disk memory is 600MB via SCSI
    • Can load while another sample is playing
    • EPS-M comes complete with eight dynamically assignable polyphonic audio outs, offering up to 20-note polyphony. A separate stereo headphone socket is situated on the front panel to assist the setting up of samples without anybody else hearing them. Again this is a significant improvement on the original EPS on which the only headphone socket was the right-hand stereo line output.
    • The EPS-M manual has been written and designed by Bill McCutcheon (a familiar name to Ensoniq users), available free to EPS owners on request. Includes: Musician's Manual, Advanced Applications Guide, and SCSI Manual
    • Dynamic mixing of different samples is possible with the built-in mixer section; digital signal processing commands include six different kinds of crossfade looping, wavesample copy, volume smoothing and others; sample editing is done on a non-destructive basis, which allows you to hear an effect before deciding to keep it.
    • Price Expected to be around £2200
    • Recent to 2022 - sold for $549 plus $85 S&H https://reverb.com/item/37288593-ensoniq-epsm-rackmount-sampler
  • Ensoniq ESQ-1 - emulated by Cherry Audio Dreamsynth Software synth

Erica Synths

  • Pico System III - (qty:2)
    • These are the standalone versions, not for in Eurorack

Innovative Technologies

  • ITRR-501 - Record player turntable, CD player/recorder, AM/FM Radio 07/2009

Kawai

  • Kawai FS750 Piano Keyboard
    • 9-12 v center negative barrel plug
  • Kawai K Sereis - Emulated by Cherry Audio Dreamsynth Software Synth

Korg

  • Korg Minilogue XD
      • “real analog sound and joy of controlling an electronic musical instrument offered by the original minilogue, the minilogue xd newly adds a digital multi-engine, effects, a powered-up sequencer, and micro tuning functionality”
      • Voice structure of minilogue xd is 2VCO + MULTI ENGINE, 1VCF, 2EG, 1VCA, and 1LFO. In addition to the distinctive circuits found in the series, such as wave shaping to shape the overtones of the oscillator and a sync/ring switch, there's also cross modulation, a sharp two-pole filter, and a drive switch that adds thickness and drives signal into minilogue xd’s filter. The sounds range from the warm pads typical of analog to fat basses and crisp lead sounds, covering every situation.
      • 200 presets, and a total of 500 programs can be saved.
      • third oscillator in addition to the two analog VCOs. This engine, which is equipped with three different types of sound generator (noise, VPM, and user slot) lets you take advantage of a sonic character that's different than analog, and use it at the same time as the analog engine, infinitely expanding the potential of hybrid sound design.
      • noise generator provides four types of noise that are indispensable for percussive sounds or for sound effects. You can use the digital filter to directly change the color of the noise.
      • VPM oscillator - minilogue xd’s multi-engine features a VPM (Variable Phase Modulation)/FM oscillator with a two-operator structure. It can produce sharp, metallic sounds with complex overtones beyond the possibilities offered by analog systems. With 16 types of oscillator and a SHAPE knob control, you'll be able to create complex sounds intuitively.
      • User oscillators - User oscillators allow you to load your own oscillator programs that you created or obtained via the internet. There are 16 user slots, as well as one type of morphing wavetable oscillator provided as a preset.
      • SDK (Software Development Kit) can be loaded into the minilogue xd via the dedicated librarian software.
      • step sequencer provides 16 steps, and supports both realtime recording and step recording. You can use the 16 step buttons to select a step directly, allowing quick editing to replace the pitch of a step or to mute it, or even improvisatory performances. Motion sequence lets you record the movements of up to four knobs, adding time-varying change to the sound, and you can record not only smooth changes in value but also values that change precisely at each step. You can use this to design the sound differently at each step; for example, you might create a drum pattern or sound effect from just a single program.
  • Korg MS-20 - Emulated by Cherry Audio PS-20 Software Synth

Moog

  • Moog DFAM
  • Moog Mother-32
  • Moog Subharmonicon
  • Moog Theremini
  • Moog Taurus - Emulated by Cherry Audio Lowdown Bass Synthesizer
  • Memorymoog - Emulated by Cherry Audio Memorymode Software Synth
  • Minimoog Model D
    • Hardware emulations
      • Studio Electronics SE-01 - (used at Bananas San Rafael)
      • Roland SE-02 (owned)
    • Software emulations
      • Cherry Audio Miniverse Software Synth,
      • Miniverse set for Voltage Modular
  • Moog Polymoog - Emulated by Cherry Audio Polymode Software Synth
  • Moog / Radioshack / Concermate MG-1 - Emulated by Cherry Audio Surrealistic MG-1

Novation

  • Circuit Mono Station

Oberheim

  • Eight Voice - Emulated by Cherry Audio Eight Voice Software Synth

Peavey

  • Spectrum(Tm) Synth - Classic Synthesizer Sound Module
    • Have not been able to get sound out of it because of power supply issues

Roland

  • Roland SH-32
  • Roland JV-880
  • JV-1080
    • 1994
    • Product Specs
      • Brand Roland
      • Model JV-1080 64-Voice Synthesizer Module
      • Finish Black
      • Year 1994 - 2001
      • Made In Japan
      • Categories Digital Synthesizers - Rackmount Synths
      • Overview: The Roland JV-1080 is a rack version of the Roland JV-90, featuring a staggering 64-voice polyphony and 16-part multitimbral capability supported by a speedy 32-bit RISC chip CPU. As with the rest of the flexible JV synth line, the JV-1080 is expandable up to 42Mbytes, with expansion boards that provide players with thousands of patches, like “World Instruments” which is packed with options like pop, orchestra, piano, and vintage synth. In addition to built-in chorus and reverb, the JV-1080 also features a robust library of built-in effects—rotary, auto-wah, delay, distortion, and pitch-shifting, just to name a few. A new standard in high-powered synth modules and a go-to for both features and user-friendly functionality.
    • software synth specs (i have the physical synth, not the software)
    • SPECIFICATIONS
      • Maximum Polyphony - 128 voices
      • Part1 part Tone Memory Type2 Types (Patch/Rhythm Set)
      • Waves1,083 waves
      • Effects
      • Multi Effects: 78 Chorus: 3
      • Reverb: 5
      • Sampling Frequency44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
      • Memories per bank128 memories
      • User can make new user banks
      • Plug-In Formats
      • VSTi 2.4(64bit)
      • * Windows only
      • VSTi 3.6(64bit)
      • AU
      • AAX
    • includes expansion cards
      • SR-JV80-04 Vintage Synth
      • SR-JV80-12 Hip-Hop Collection
  • Roland PMA-5 Personal Music Assistant
    • Includes General Midi sounds
  • Roland D-10. Multi Timbral Linear Synthesizer
  • Roland SE-02 Studio Electronics - Minimoog Model D recreation
  • Roland TR-08 Rhythm Composer TR-08

Emulations

  • Roland Zenbeats ZC1 (Zen Core) will include emulations of classic Roland synth patches
  • Roland Jupiter 4 - Emulated by Cherry Audio Mercury-4 Software Synth

Roland - Boss

Sequential

  • Prophet VS - Emulated by Cherry Audio Dreamsynth Software Synth

Studio Electronics

  • Studio Electronics SE-01
      • The SE-1 is an analog, monophonic synth-module designed to re-create that classic Moog sound perfect for Hip Hop, R&B and Dance music. The classic Moog sound comes from its distinctive 24 dB lowpass voltage controlled analog filter. There is also a 12 dB low-/band-pass filter which emulates the classic sounds of Oberheim synthesizers.
      • The SE-1 uses three discrete voltage controlled analog oscillators for genuine analog synth sounds. And that's three VCO's, just like the Minimoog. They offer the basic waveforms you would expect from any analog: triangle, sawtooth, reverse sawtooth, square, noise, and random. There are also 4 multi-stage ADSR envelope generators used to shape your sound, the filter and more. Also available are Ring Modulation and Glide/Auto-Glide effects.
      • With 24 knobs, 21 tactile switches, MIDI control over parameters and plenty of program storage memory (396 presets and 396 user patches), the SE-1 is a professional alternative to its classic forefathers. It is used by Fatboy Slim, Frontline Assembly, Dr. Dre, and Astral Projection.

TC Helicon

  • TC Helicon Go Solo - High-Definition Audio/MIDI Interface for Mobile Devices

Williams

  • Williams Allegro 2 88-Key Hammer Action Digital Piano

Yamaha

  • Yamaha DD-5 Digital Drums
  • Yamaha PSR-195 Portatone
    • 10-12v in center positive, or 6 D batteries
    • has midi
  • Yamaha MX49 Keyboard
  • Yamaha TX81Z Rackmount FM Synthesizer
    • key-less version of the DX-11. It has far more professional features than its relative, the FB-01. The TX81Z features great FM type synth sounds similar also to the DX-21 and DX-27. It's still not as good as the classic DX-7, but it's an inexpensive source of those sounds with lots of programmability. Eight voice polyphony, 128 preset sounds, 32 user and lots of functions hidden behind 11 push buttons.
  • Yamaha GX-1 - Provided in software emulation by Cherry Audio GX-80
  • Yamaha DX7 Family - I now have a Yamaha DX7, and a Yamaha DX7IIFD with Grey Matter E! Card, and a Yamaha TX816 Midirack and an assortment of cartridges. I am working to learn how to create new patches for the DX7. My notes on Yamaha equipment, including the DX7.

Gear I want to get

Yamaha TX816

  • Yamaha TX816 with 8 TF1 DX7 blades
    • currently needs batteries replaced in some blades - 2023/10/17 replaced several
    • TF1 is equivalent of DX7 first generation. With 8 cards could have 128 note polyphony.

Beetle PR7 Programmer

  • Recreates the front panel of a DX7 to send programming midi to a Yamaha TX816

Yamaha DX7

Notes on Yamaha DX7.

Yamaha DX7IIFD

Mine includes the Grey Matter E! Card expansion

Notes on Yamaha DX7IIFD.

Gear I wish I had:

Zoom

  • H1N Handy Recorder
  • H4N Pro Handy Recorder

Eurorack Gear

Because of the sheer variety and volume of these devices, they are listed in their own section

  • Niftycase
  • ER-301 sound computer
  • 1010 Music Bitbox - needs screen repair

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In Niftycase:

Polyend Poly 2

Qu-bit Bloom

1010Music Bitbox Currently needs screen repair

Mutable Peaks

2hp pluck

Dreadbox Nostalgia - 3 stage delay

2hp Verb

Doepfer A138n Mix 4 in with 2 out

Not in rack

Dreadbox Hysteria

2hp VCA (dual)

2Hp EG

2HP Vowel - needs an EG and VCA, otherwise just one long vowel sound

Mutable Instruments Plaits

In Rackbrute:

2hp Clock

AMS Quad Clock Distributor

Extralife Instruments Sweet Sixteen

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Terminal Tedium

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Expert Sleepers Disting mk4 (x2)

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Flint Fader

Tomatek Mult

Doepfer A-130-8 Octal Linear VCA

Tiptop Audio Forbidden Planet

2hp Mix

Error instruments six-mix

1010music euroshield

Make noise Maths

Mutable Instruments Ripples

Endorphins.es Milky way

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Winterbloom Castor and Polllux

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2hp LFO

2hp Vowel

In Doepfer Case:

RS-165 Signal mixer 4 into 1

Mutable Instruments Braids

Orthogonal ER-301 Sound Computer

  • Description/Function: ER-301 is a voltage-controllable canvas for digital signal processing algorithms.
  • Manufacturers page: http://www.orthogonaldevices.com/er-301 ER-301 | Orthogonal Devices
  • My software version: Latest: Checked: my firmware version:
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  • Tutorials:
    • Getting Started with the ER 301 0.4 #1 -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ_Rq_sgpM4

MST '07 buff mult - 2x 1 to 4, 2x 1 to 3

Modcan CV Record

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Eurorack Cases:

  • Doepfer 9U x 84hp
  • ARTURIA 6u DUAL rack brute 3u
  • Niftcase

Books that I have

  • A Guide To Modular Worlds - Use synthesizers for more personal creativity - by Rolf-Dieter Lieb & Ulta Kaiser
  • Electronic and Experimental Music - Technology, Music, and Culture, Sixth Edition, by Thom Holmes

Piano Learning

  • Alfred's Basic Piano Library - Series
    • Title” Lesson Book Level 1A Piano“
  • Title: “I used to play Piano” - Refresher Course, includes CD
  • “Jazz Hanon” - Development, Theory, Application - by Leo Alfassy
    • Copyright 2012 - Publisher Hal Leonard
    • Sections:
      • Introduction
      • Elements of Jazz Harmony
        • Intervals and triads
        • Sevenths
      • Seventh Chords
      • Simplified seventh chords
      • Walking Bass
      • Inversions
      • Circle fo Fifths
      • Chromatic Aberrations
      • Derivations of the Seventh Chord
        • The ninth chord
        • Eleventh and thirteenth chords
      • Substitution chords
      • II-V-I progressions
      • Harmonic Patterns
      • Scales and Modes
      • Swing Piano Style
      • Bass Tenth System
      • Bebop Piano System
      • Block Chord Piano Style
      • Modern Voicing
      • Chord Symbol Appendix

Yamaha DX7 Books

  • Title: “The Complete DX7,” by Howard Massey
  • Title: “The Complete DX7II.” by Howard Massey - incliudes bound vinyl records of audio cues, 5-90
    • Copyright 1987, 400 pages

Yamaha DX7 Supplemental Books

Yamaha DX7II FD/D Supplemental Books

  • Title: “E! for the Yamaha DX7II Series”
  • Title: “Grey Matter for the DXII Series - Supplement”

Supplemental booklets from Yamaha for the DX7II FD/D Digital Programmable Algorithm Synthesizer

  • Memory Management
  • The Mathematics & History of Microtuning
  • Macrotuning
  • Exploring the Preset Microtunings
  • Yamaha Supplemental Booklet: The Psychoacoustics of Microtuning
    • List of sections:
      • Section 1 - Outlines the experimental procedures used throughout the booklet and presents step-by-step procedure for creating a patch to use in the experiments
      • Section 2 - Describes the auditory system, which enables us to hear
      • Section 3 - Presents the various phenomena of beats
        • Acoustic Beats
        • Second Order Beats
        • Binaural Beats
        • Experiments
        • Musical Applications
          • Tuning & Timbre
          • Linear Harmonic Spectra
          • Non-linear harmonic spectra
          • Binaural Beats
      • Section 4 - Describes the limit of discrimination and the critical band.
      • Section 5 - discusses the effect of combination tones
      • Section 6 - describes the phenomena of the missing fundamental and fundamental tracking
      • Section 7 - presents the just noticeable difference

Microtuning Series

Third booklet: The Acoustics of Microtuning

After Touch Magazine

Official publication of the Yamaha Users Group

  • Januaey 1987
    • B3 Var2 LL - A new DX7 voice created by Lowell Levinger
    • EEYOWOO - A new DX7 voice created by Lowell Levinger
    • New Products - look at some og Yamaha major new products for 1987:
      • DX7IIFD, DX7 IID, TX81Z, QX5, MDF1, RX5, and RX17
    • MDF1 - midi data filter
    • DX7II FD/D - detailed introduction

TX816 / TX216

  • TX816 / TX216 - FM Tone Generator System Owner's Manual
  • TX816 / TX216 Operations Directory

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