Sunday, October 14, 2018

Back to the Woodshed...

You know, on the surface this looks like the simplest possible implementation of a joystick. But somehow I'm having a hell of a time wrapping my head around it. As with the Intellijel Planar before it, it seems fine if you just want to hook up the outputs to a filter cutoff and jiggle it around for a nice wobble.

But if I want to know exactly what is going to happen, it seems like mysteries abound. I'm positive it's not hard to figure out - I'm a reasonably intelligent dude. But why I can't get a simple scale/offset/stick combo to give me the values I'd expect when I set things up - I may never know.

What it really means is that I'm going to have to go into the woodshed with the Choices, the ES-8 and the computer, and start mapping the hell out of the thing until The Way It Works somehow matches The Way I Think It Works.



Monday, October 8, 2018

Oh Dear - What's This?

Well, I posted this on Instagram and Facebook on Sunday, and got a pretty nice response. Of course, there were a few questions about "What that hell...?", so I thought I'd post a few bullet points about this:

  1. I've got a long history with Kurzweil/V.A.S.T. synthesis - going back to my tutorials on the very early version of the Internet. You can still find them if you Google around - this is a link for one example.
  2. I kind of hate most of the keybeds out there: they either are mushy junk or lack any substance at all. The Kurzweil keybed (I'm sure it is an OEM, but I've not really found another like it) is substantive, but klacky in a good way. I like it.
  3. I've got a long history with electro-mechanical keyboard, and all of it is bad. Terrible Rhodes, an out-of-tune Clavinet, a Wurli that wouldn't keep its legs on - and only crap spinet pianos. But I've always loved the sounds of 'em, and I've got limited space in a relatively small house. So a good ROMpler is in order - especially one with good recordings of the above.
  4. But hey, why limit myself to a ROMpler? The primary answer is the immediacy of it. But what if I want to add some goodies - like some Single Sample Waveforms, or maybe some fart noises from my modular? The new Kurz's not only allow you to add samples, it will store them on-device during power cycles. That should be good, right?
I'm not leaving behind anything else (well, except for ... nevermind), but I'm adding this to the pile. The synth engine it pretty powerful, and I'm hoping I can have some fun with the sound design aspects without getting sucked into playing My Tribute To Toto's Africa for hours and hours...