Friday, April 16, 2010

Access Virus TI2 (TI 2) Desktop Virtual Analog Synth

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* Polyphony - 16 voices
* Multitimbral - 16 total; 5 synth parts, 9 drum parts, 1 synthesizer accent part, 1 drum accent part
* Oscillators - Analog Modeling + PCM: 207 drum PCM waveforms, 76 Synth PCM waveforms (16bit, 44.1kHz)
* Memory - Internal + External Memory: SmartMedia (4-128 MB, 3V)
* Patterns - 256 patterns (192 preload), Maximum 128 steps by part, Maximum 24 motion sequence by pattern
* Songs - 64 songs (3 preload), Maximum 256 patterns
* Filter - 4 types (synth part): Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass or Band Pass Plus
* Keyboard - 16 soft pads
* Effects - 16 types x 3 (Chain)
* Control - MIDI (In, Out, Thru)
* Date Produced - 2003
* Est. Value - $500

The ELECTRIBE-MX is a major step up in power and quality from the original Electribe series of dance music sequencer/synthesizers from Korg. The EMX-1 comes in a sturdy metal chassis with larger back-lit LCD display, expanded memory, voices & multitimbrality, more real-time controllers and vacuum tubes! Effects, Motion Sequencing, and Pattern length have also been expanded. And a new ribbon controller and slider have been added, providing a remarkable realtime interface for accessing the powerful arpeggiator.

Starting with its synth engine, the EMX-1 uses MMT synthesis (Multi Modeling Technology) which offers sixteen different oscillator algorithms, providing powerful analog synthesis models as well as sophisticated additive, PCM, chord, unison, combination, wave shaping, formant models and more. The built-in PCM library includes 207 drum PCM sounds and 76 synth PCM sounds ready for immediate use, ranging from powerful kicks and snares through amazingly unique organic sounds. External audio signals can be manipulated using the Comb Filter oscillator algorithm, and then further processed by the internal filter and effects. The EMX-1 allows you to create up to nine drum parts, five synth parts, plus accent parts that let you add dynamic accents to the drum and synth parts (for a total of 16 parts). Each part features extensive LFO and EG modulation. Each algorithm of the synthesis engine has two realtime adjustable parameters, plus some other menu-based parameters like waveform type, or chord quality. The brand-new filter lets you chose Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass or Band Pass Plus.

The two Vacuum tubes (Valve Force Circuitry) create an analog tube circuit to add warmth and presence to your sounds. The tube gain knob adjusts the level of the output signal passing through the vacuum tubes, creating dynamic sounds with the distinctive tonal quality that only tubes deliver. Three stereo effect processors are available for simultaneous use. Each part can be independently routed to any of the three effects processors, and you can even use the Chain function to link multiple effects in series. Each processor offers 16 effect types including reverb, delay, flanger and chorus, tempo-based delay, talking modulator, grain shifter, decimator and more. The edits you make to each of the effects processors can be saved with each pattern.

As for the sequencing capabilities, up to 256 patterns can be created and stored to the internal memory. The EMX-1 ships with 196 assorted patterns covering house, hip-hop, R&B, electronica, drum n bass, techno, trance and more. You can combine patterns, add mute data and knob movements to create up to 64 songs, the EMX-1 ships with 3 demo songs. Favorite patterns can be assigned to Pattern Sets for instant access. Data can be quickly saved and loaded via SmartMedia cards. Realtime recording lets you record phrases as you perform, and step recording allows you to input the timing, pitch and duration one note at a time. Motion Sequencing records your realtime knob tweaks and plays them back as part of the pattern. Two types of motion sequence are provided; one for effects and one for parts, and you can also edit the value of individual steps. Up to 24 motion sequences can be used in a single pattern, allowing you to control virtually every sound parameter. And, using Auto BPM detection, the EMX-1 can follow the tempo of an external audio source. You can also use Tap Tempo to input the beat, set the tempo internally, or sync up to an external MIDI clock.

The EMX-1 is a fantastic dance production machine best suited for live performances. The sounds of the synth and drum parts are excellent, and totally contemporary with your favorite electronica artists (because they use it too). Easy and intuitive to use, flexible, fun and inspiring. Click on the YouTube link above to see and hear it in action!"

Kawai 16 Bit Digital Percussion Synthesizer XD-5

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# 16 bit 44.1 KHz
# 64 single, 16 kits, 16 outputs
# 16 twin & 8 double polyphony


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"We all know the legendary Roland D-50 synthesizer. This D550 is the module version of this classic. It's ideal for anyone who wants the same sounds as the D50 keyboard but doesn't have the space or desire for a big keyboard. Other than the fact that it's smaller, it's identical to the D50 in sound and features.

With MIDI in out and thru, stereo output and fabulous DEEP sounds. Great for breathy stuff (its trademark) and warm, floaty sounds. Amazing bell sounds, pads, digital strings, electric pianos, synth brass and more. These sounds have been used on countless famous recordings. For those of you happy with preset sounds, the sounds onboard this module were revolutionary and to this day, still sound great! For those of you who make your own sounds, you can do it from the front panel, use a computer editor, or, if you like tweaking knobs, find a Roland PG-1000 programmer....or use another programmable knob box.

* Polyphony - 16 voices (32 partials with 2 per voice); 8 voices (using 4 partials per voice in Dual or Split Mode)
* Oscillators - Digital LAS (Linear Arithmetic Synthesis) & PCM, 32 osc.
* LFO - YES (3 x 2tones = 6 LFOs)
* Filter - low-pass-resonant
* Envelopes - ADSR envelopes
* Effects - YES
* #Instruments - Monotimbral (can be upgraded for multitimbrality)
* Keyboard - 61 note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch
* Arpeg/Seq - None
* Memory - 64 patches
* Control - MIDI
* Date Produced - 1987-89"

Roland Juno-D Synthesizer Keyboard

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"The Juno-D is the most affordable, full-featured synthesizer in its class. Hundreds of radio-ready sounds are packed into the Juno-D's jet-black metal chassis, along with a world-class array of expressive multi-effects, realtime performance controllers, and tools for groove creation and composition. The 61-note synthesizer with 64-voice polyphony gives musicians an improved keyboard feel. Powerful arpeggiator, with 400 phrase/templates for instant sonic animation Multi Chord memory for one-finger chord triggering; Rhythm Guide metronome patterns and variations D Beam controller and front-panel control for expressive performance Rhythm Guide with 32 preset patterns 5 - 300 BPM tempo settings (with tap tempo function) 1 pitch bend/modulation lever 5 control knobs 20 character 2 line LCD display Mac/PC editing software included Connections - Output jacks (L/MONO, R), Headphone jack, MIDI Connectors(IN, OUT), Hold Pedal jack, Control Pedal jack Dimensions(WxDxH) - 40-1/4 x 11-1/2 x 4-1/16 (1,021 x 292 x 103 cm) Weight - 11 lbs, 1 oz. (5.0 kg) excluding AC adaptor"

Roland JX-3P Electronic Synthesizer

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