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Subject: FW: [AH] Using the MKS80

From: "Verschut, Ricardo" <ricardo.verschut@...>
Date: 2000-08-17

-----Original Message-----
From: royce lee [mailto:rrooyyccee@...]
Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2000 7:49 PM
To: analogue@...
Subject: [AH] Using the MKS80

I'm a little bit confused by my MKS80, and don't have
a manual.

I notice that controlling filter cutoff via system
exclusive controllers (pc1600) is effective but leads
to stepping that is difficult to conceal. I've also
noticed that you can control filter cutoff via the
modulation wheel by setting the aftertouch/mod section
to filter and adjusting the sensitivity accordingly
for the upper and lower voice. This seems to create
less stepping. I've noticed that the upper voice
responds very well to this. The lower voice seems to
lag behind, however, as if the sweep were milliseconds
behind. Not a bad effect on slower sounds but not
good for faster shorter sounds. Does anybody know why
this is so? Also, if aftertouch can control filter
cutoff, can I route another c.c. to aftertouch? Is
aftertouch a continuous controller? If so, what
number is it?

I've noticed myself using the MKS80 more since I've
started compressing it. They synth benefits from this
alot. . . I'm not sure why. The mid range gets more
interesting. I've also noticed that the sounds are
better layered. I typically avoid layered sounds
because they sound like bad factory presets, but the
MKS80, perhaps because of its somewhat narrow range of
sounds, sounds good with layers.

Also, I've heard reports on the net that timing with
the MKS80 is sloppy. I'm confused by this, as I don't
notice it at all. It does choke with rapid controller
changes. But rapid controller changes usually sound
stupid when you listen to things with more distance.

I'm still wondering about Jupiter 8s and am continuing
to sell off gear till I can afford one.


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