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Subject: FW: [AH] MKS-80

From: "Verschut, Ricardo" <ricardo.verschut@...>
Date: 2000-04-03

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Peake [mailto:peake@...]
Sent: Saturday, April 01, 2000 2:43 AM
To: Gabe G
Cc: analogue@...
Subject: Re: [AH] MKS-80, Jupiter8, Virus: Are they apples and oranges?

At 11:26 PM -0000 3/31/00, Gabe G wrote:
>> -The Virus sounds digital.
>I think the above statement should read, "The Virus can sound digital if
>it wants to, as it has digital waveforms available if you want to use
>them, but it can also sound amazingly analogue."

(Can of worms =open=)

No, I stand by my statement. You say "can sound amazingly
analog". Depends upon what. All of the digitals I've heard, all
of them, lack the obvious depth of the large analogs (modular
Moog, Buchla, etc.) The digitals sound less full tonally and
have less dynamic range in their beating than the real thing.
They have less 'whoomf' in their filters in the bass region.
Ever used filter feedback on a Mini or a Moog modular?
No digital can come close at all to what that does in the bass
region (Michael Caloroso has an excellent patch he might
be convinced to post to the list.) I'm talking about sounds
that can mask a kick drum, not 'oh this single-oscillator CEM
synth is sooo phat'. I guess my reference and aesthetic are
anachronistic nowaday. The Virus is a great-sounding synth,
but it's not going to replace the progenitors, or even come
close to these aspects of their character.

...I'm turning into the new Mr. 808.

Mike Peake, Your Psychic Friend


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