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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hi Guys,

Concerning the interface, it obviously isn't as good as having loads of knobs but they have done a half decent job.

You do end up clicking a lot of buttons to get around though, the basic way it works is you press the button to select the module you are interested in, then you have 4 buttons under the display that select sub-pages.

There is full CC or NRPN for every parameter so it should be pretty easy to set up for external controllers, I have started working on a Lemur one. The main issue with the midi implementation is that there is no way to request the current patch dumped as CCs or NRPNs, so feedback to any controller when patches change is a no no.

The display itself is very nice, better than the one on the Tempest which is also pretty nice.

Why they didn't put the sliders on it I don't know, this was a serious omission.

The mod matrix is very good, there are 8 fixed source mod lines for the LFOs and Envs and 16 mod lines that allow the source and dest to be set, a mod line can effect another mod line so they can act like VCAs. The modulation system runs at audio frequency, each OSC can be used as a source and also the Audio Out. There is a useful DC offset source as well.

The FM is a bit disappointing as they went for exponential FM so it can be a bit hard to tame in the tuning department, hopefully they may add linear or phase in the future.

The voice allocation stinks a bit, you can have a 12 voice, two 6 voices, two 6 voices stacked, a single voice with unison using all 12, or a single voice. A more flexible system would be much better.

The LFOs are pretty good, You can have them free running or reset with phase offset, there is also a slew rate which is a nice touch.

The OSCs are pretty flexible as well, sync, FM and AM on each one. For the Saw you hate a shape mod that changes the symmetry, for pulse its the pulse width, for the triangle it changes the shape sort of thins it out, for the sine it adds another sine an octave above if you lower the shape, or distorts it if you raise it. The other wave shapes can be sort of morphed, you choose three of them and the shape mod morphs between them somehow, even if you choose three the same it still has an effect so I am not too sure what is going on there.

The digital 'character' section I haven't played with too much, there is a low and hi end exciter sort of thing, bit rate reduction and sample rate reduction and a drive which actually sounds pretty good.

The LP Filter sounds the same as the other current DSI synths, the HP filter has resonance but will not self oscillate by default, you can use the mod matrix to add a DC offset to the Resonance to get it to go a bit, but it gets pretty nasty sounding quite quickly.

The Arp is a pretty standard affair, you can lock the held notes and then edit them to create a basic sequence, this can then be played on any key.

The tuned feedback is like on the evolver but seems a bit easier to tame.

The four delay lines work ok, they have a low or hi pass filter on the feedback and pan, I haven't managed to get a decent chorus of flanger using them yet but it is early days.

So the important thing is how does it sound, I think it sounds very good. Some of the presets are just beautiful, I haven't manage to make anything that sounds beautiful yet but it is early days.

Overall I am very pleased with it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks for the detailed review, Andy!

My latest acquisition:

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2014 8:14 am    Post subject:
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Dropped a table on my portable Yamaha mixer in the early spring, so here is its much more portable replacement. For Zero-Input Mixer I'll miss the compressors and FX built into the Yamaha, but I plan on putting software in the ZIM feedback path(s) anyway, so no big loss. This will be much handier for most of my uses, due to the size.

The Yamaha was cheap and colored the sound, making it a poor general purpose mixer, although good for ZIM.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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You got that AND an MP6? Wow!


no, I sold the MP6 and got the new one Wink

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