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Postby alphacat » Sun Nov 10, 2013 12:46 am

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Postby mks » Sun Nov 10, 2013 1:10 am

Very cool!
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Postby mks » Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:47 pm

Korg is behind this, and Korg is just killing it right now. They are coming out with so many cool products.

Like nowaysj said in another post, to paraphrase, there are so many available options right now for analog instruments, it's unreal.
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Postby Electric_Head » Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:27 am

Amazing.
Even using the box as a rack.
Genius.

Give me one now!!!!
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Postby Electric_Head » Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:58 am

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Postby nowaysj » Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:29 am

mks wrote:Korg is behind this, and Korg is just killing it right now. They are coming out with so many cool products.

Like nowaysj said in another post, to paraphrase, there are so many available options right now for analog instruments, it's unreal.


I was just going to reiterate this, haha, and you beat me to it.

Wtf is up with Korg? I'm seriously developing a hardon for this company. $150 for each part of the volca line. And maybe get it for a little cheaper? I mean, are you fucking kidding me? For analog gear?

And now this? $160 for a modular synth?

Korg are major try hards.

I'm trying hard not to give them my money.
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Postby Electric_Head » Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:36 am

I wonder what this is really like.
Not just hype and pretty colors but actual reviews will decide whether I'd bite.
At the moment I'm finding it tough to not buy one.
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Postby nowaysj » Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:40 am

Electric_Head wrote:At the moment I'm finding it tough to not buy four.
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Postby Electric_Head » Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:43 am

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Postby Electric_Head » Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:45 am

I can't believe there isn't more love for this.
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Postby nowaysj » Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:09 am

From whom?

Can't you hear the echo in here?
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Postby alphacat » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:17 pm

echo
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PM me if you want to buy these for me for Christmas and I'll give you my mailing address. :6:

And re: Korg - they're just taking advantage of the vacuum left by the absence of traditional innovators like Roland. Monetarily it makes sense: there are more musicians alive now than ever before in history, such that even "niche" markets are pretty sizeable (tens to hundreds of thousands of people.)
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Postby nowaysj » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:40 pm

Plus trickle down slave tech.
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Postby mks » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:52 pm

alphacat wrote:And re: Korg - they're just taking advantage of the vacuum left by the absence of traditional innovators like Roland.


It's a smart move. Roland used to be so good and they are still the predominant synths in my studio, but I haven't seen anything good from them in years. I think they would have done well to re-release updated versions of their TR-808 (with MIDI and CV), TR-909 and TB-303. People are still wanting those sounds.
They totally dropped the ball on that one.
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Postby nowaysj » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:57 pm

Well, they did reissue the letters and numbers. :lol:
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Postby mks » Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:15 pm

I just had a look at Roland's current product list, and I have to say that I'm not that impressed.

http://www.rolandus.com/

More and more Korg instruments are finding their way into my lab, and to be fair, they have been for years. But the newer things that they have been offering are exciting also some of the things are straight up functional. Their NanoKontrol gets used a lot, that stays in my laptop bag. I have a KaossPad KP2 which is loads of fun and has been very useful in some situations. The original ER-1 drum machine resides in my studio because think it's a great little Electro machine. I grabbed a used Monotron for $20 so I could explore that original MS-20 filter.

Those Volcas look pretty great and this little modular LittleBits/Korg synth looks like a cheap and fun way to get into modular synthesis. If I were to have enough money to purchase a MiniBrute or something, I think I would rather save the extra $100 and get the re-released MS-20 tbh.
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Postby fragments » Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:59 pm

nowaysj wrote:
mks wrote:Korg is behind this, and Korg is just killing it right now. They are coming out with so many cool products.

Like nowaysj said in another post, to paraphrase, there are so many available options right now for analog instruments, it's unreal.


I was just going to reiterate this, haha, and you beat me to it.

Wtf is up with Korg? I'm seriously developing a hardon for this company. $150 for each part of the volca line. And maybe get it for a little cheaper? I mean, are you fucking kidding me? For analog gear?

And now this? $160 for a modular synth?

Korg are major try hards.

I'm trying hard not to give them my money.



It's just another analog renaissance quick buck product IMO. Korg already got in on that with the montron series. I've got a monotron delay...it only fits the bill when I need a super dirty/noisy reverb. Otherwise it's pretty much a toy.

I'm sure there are a group of artists/fans that will be into all this "mini" anlaog stuff, but at the end of the day you are going to spend a lot more 160 dollars to turn this into anything but a "dicking around making noise by twisting knobs" kind thing.

For me, I'm not really seeing this as a serious studio tool...the same reason I shut down my bleep labs lust. Cool little gadgets but really what am I gonna get out of it?
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Postby alphacat » Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:38 pm

Boxcutter playing with Patchblocks:



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Postby nowaysj » Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:47 pm

wtf, youtube down in a huge way?
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