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What are your "Studio Monitors"? .. and gear

Re: What are your "Studio Monitors"? .. and gear

Postby Directionless » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:03 pm

But I don't want our retro gaming discussion to throw anybody off.. Discussion about your music gear is still welcome!!!


Good point! redirected here.

On with the music gear discussions! :)
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Re: What are your "Studio Monitors"? .. and gear

Postby Directionless » Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:21 am

Just picked up these vintage speakers at the thrift store for $6.

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1984 - Polk Audio Monitor Series 4a w/ passive high & low pass crossover filters (no bandpass).

I was impressed with how flat the response was compared to my $300 Bose Series 301 which sound like shit to me now. I still need a proper monitor.

The problem with these speakers I found out when installing them at home -- one of the tweeters is out. Too bad because they sounded really nice as a poor-man's monitor until I get better.

In the meantime, I removed both of the tweeters and installed some generic ones. The treble and high-mid is no longer balanced and I couldn't use these as is. But they are serving as a nice listening speaker on the system in the Garage.

*edit: I'm still tempted to use these as a B mix reference (even though I can't trust the higher frequencies) because it could really help me to sort out the mid-range mud.
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Re: What are your "Studio Monitors"? .. and gear

Postby Directionless » Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:51 pm

Just picked up a vintage Korg DW-6000 synth at the local thrift shop for $15.

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http://www.vintagesynth.com/korg/dw6000.php
Polyphony - 6 voices
Oscillators - 2 DCOs per voice; DWGS: 8 sampled digital waveforms
LFO - YES
Filter - Analog Low-pass resonant filter with ADBSSR 6-parameter envelope generator
VCA - ADBSSR 6-parameter envelope generator
Keyboard - 61 keys (no velocity or aftertouch)
Memory - 64 patches
Control - MIDI
Date Produced - 1985

It needs some restoration work but I'm happy with the find. Not a very high-end unit, nor is my Roland Alpha Juno II, but at these prices I can afford to stock up. I'm gonna need a Mac eventually. My buddy's setup is a bunch of analog synths run through Logic and rewired into Renoise somehow, and its so cool! Driving all that live gear in Renoise sequencing.
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Re: What are your "Studio Monitors"? .. and gear

Postby chunter » Fri Sep 19, 2014 4:20 pm

Great find! One of my high school teachers had one of those, though I don't remember him using it for more than string pads. If it plays at all it's a stall at that price.
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Re: What are your "Studio Monitors"? .. and gear

Postby Directionless » Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:07 pm

chunter wrote:Great find! One of my high school teachers had one of those, though I don't remember him using it for more than string pads. If it plays at all it's a stall at that price.


It does! I'm so stoked. I'm programming some patches on it now. I'm going to make a demo song to showcase the sound with no effects.
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Re: What are your "Studio Monitors"? .. and gear

Postby chunter » Fri Sep 19, 2014 10:54 pm

Make us a pack if you can. ;) (Half serious.)
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Re: What are your "Studio Monitors"? .. and gear

Postby Directionless » Sat Sep 20, 2014 12:39 pm

chunter wrote:Make us a pack if you can. ;) (Half serious.)


That would be cool. Once I get the midi interface working, I can modify and save patches easier. Having trouble getting it to associate atm so I can sequence the live gear.

Here's my hack at live-playing some of the patches last night: No effects added on the synth. Ran it over a drum loop.

http://directionless.mynoisebleeds.com/host/music/korg%20test.mp3
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Re: What are your "Studio Monitors"? .. and gear

Postby Directionless » Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:39 am

Been working with my new synth in Renoise. Remixed an old .IT loop of mine with all sounds from the DW-6000 including the percussion:

http://directionless.mynoisebleeds.com/host/music/zx.mp3

*edit - that's because I got the midi working without the mini-din to midi full adapter. Using an old computer with a MPU-401 midi port to sequence the synth in Renoise.
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Re: What are your "Studio Monitors"? .. and gear

Postby Directionless » Tue Dec 02, 2014 5:06 pm

Directionless wrote:Just picked up these vintage speakers at the thrift store for $6. [blown tweeter]

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1984 - Polk Audio Monitor Series 4a w/ passive high & low pass crossover filters (no bandpass).


I ordered a brand new replacement tweeter of the same model. Should be good.
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Re: What are your "Studio Monitors"? .. and gear

Postby Directionless » Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:03 am

The low-rent gear acquisitions continue..

Things have been changing in this workspace. I have since added the following:

-Installed the new factory tweeter for those vintage Polk Monitor series 2-Ways. Swapped the Bose out with those.

-My Roland Alpha Juno 2 is back from my friend's house where it was being serviced & you already know about the aforementioned Korg DW-6000 & Roland R-5.

-Bought a Yamaha TX81z rack module on ebay for a little over $100. FM synthesis similar to the Dx7 but with more waveforms than just sine wav.

-Found a Fatar midi controller (for those who don't know Fatar makes a nice keybed that has been used in some of the good synths). It feels very nice and controls whatever I want in Renoise. 2nd only maybe to my Alpha Juno 2 keys but those are also much firmer. These Fatar keys have a really nice amount of play for gliding across the keys and perfect velocity sensitivity. $8 thrift store find.

-Received my new ADAT interface - Behringer ADA8200 $200 online. Now have 8 channels of digital input that interface effortlessly with the EMU1212m sound card. Loaded up the EMU ADAT preset and everything worked right away. Multichannels for mixing individually all the instruments live in Renoise (Still haven't pursued rewire yet).

-Also another ebay purchase for something like $30 - Roland Eidirol UM-3ex USB to midi interface with 3 full size midi ports. Features very low latency. So between that and the midi I have on the EMU1212 and one other single Turtle Beach usb-midi interface, I am up to 5 midi I/Os - enough for all the gear with a little room to spare. You can also daisy-chain those Roland Eidirols for a total of 9 midi I/Os so there's room for expansion.

-Another fun thrift store find today for $8 - I'm back in the analog age with an old model Technics turntable. The great thing about it was the head it came with is an Ortofon OMP 10 which I understand is not a bad little head for entry level audiophile listening (the head itself goes for around $100). Sounds quite nice listening to the one Vinyl album I have at the moment - Vangelis Chariots of Fire.. listening to his analog synths in analog. :D I added all the 80's Depeche Mode Vinyls onto my Amazon wishlist. More things to collect oh joy. See me on the reality show, Hoarders, in 10 years.

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(Sorry for the blurry pics my tablet is too wonky and I take bad photos with it)

A quick demo testing the independent channel mixing of the live instruments in Renoise Realtime render mode:
http://directionless.mynoisebleeds.com/host/ADAT_Synth_T2.mp3
Sounds:
Roland R-5 drum machine
Roland Alpha Juno 2
Korg DW-6000
Yamaha TX81z
Novation Bass Station II (don't own one, my buddy brought it over)
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Re: What are your "Studio Monitors"? .. and gear

Postby organic io » Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:30 am

Sweet finds, D-Less. I didn't catch this post until just now. Sad to say this is probably the last post I will ever make on these forums. Crazy isn't it? :?
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Re: What are your "Studio Monitors"? .. and gear

Postby organic io » Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:35 am

Hey D-Less, do you still check this place? :D
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Re: What are your "Studio Monitors"? .. and gear

Postby dialt1 » Thu Apr 16, 2015 2:00 am

nice photos of studios :) I will put my for some minutes.
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Re: What are your "Studio Monitors"? .. and gear

Postby teddy_b » Thu Apr 16, 2015 11:56 am

Wow, great studio! Where is it?
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