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Now I’m thinking I should go Minilogue rather than Monologue for the polyphony. What if I want to play chords a week after my Monologue arrives?
GAS is as much of a problem in the synth world as it is in the bike world.
What do you want to do with your synth? Muck around and have fun? Play (bass|lead) in a band? Be a whole band?
If you are just mucking around, anything will do.
If you want to play bass or lead in a band, pick a monosynth you like.
If you want to fill out a band, pick a nice polyphonic synth?
If you want to be a ban, you would want something multi-timbral.
When you are spending ~£500 (minilogue price), there are a lot more options. Deepmind 6, Roland Boutique range, Waldorf Blofeld.
If you want to go totally ’90s (it’s not fashionable yet) you could pick up a Roland JV-1080 and an old AKAI or E-MU sampler for less.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
I have a microbrute. It’s easy to make non-harsh sounds with it (keep the oscillator knobs under half way, or you drive the filter/vca section). It’s also easy to get harsh sounds out of it too.
Although this is the minibrute (it’s bigger brother, some features added, some missing) here is a video of a brute sounding very soft:
The monologue wasn’t out when I bought mine, but it would be a much harder choice now it is. Aphex Twin had a lot to do with the voicing of the monologue and also influenced the inclusion of native microtuning.
The microbrute can integrate with CV/Eurorack easier (be careful, expensive!)
Also remember, most synths sound bad without effects. Even something like a mini kaos pad 2 will let you add reverb or delay and make a big different to the sound.
Listen to a bunch of videos and see which one you prefer the sound of. You won’t go far wrong with either of them.
I’ve just had a Hades DIY kit land on my door 🙂 Going to have some fun soldering that together.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Help a numpty with podcasts
I use player fm.
It can be set to only download on WiFi (mine is), but you can manually override if you want. If you set up an account, it can sync your podcasts with multiple devices.
The best part about a podcast app is not having to delete them after you have listened.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
There are also some good keyboard style synths, but they would be stretching the budget a bit further…
On a thread on Muff Wigglers (the STW of synths, in more ways than one) I recommended microkorg, mini Nova (aanderson .paak’s keyboard player uses it live) and jd-xi (chic use it live), but they didn’t suggest a budget.
It might be worth taking a look at that thread too.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
My other hobby 🙂
You can get really good stuff cheaply second hand, but you can also pay more for second hand than new.
Just like bikes, you can spend as much as you want and it doesn’t necessarily make it better.
I would consider a Novation Circuit. It’s a little over budget at ~£250, but it is two synths and a drum machine in one (and a sequencer).
Saying that, my next purchases are a Hades module and a Volca Sample (I want something portable and drummable. My current option for drums are either too big to transport or too ’80s sounding.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Player fm for me too.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Me too. Click a link, nothing changes, press refresh there it is.
It’s also being weird if I type in a different URL in the browser. I have to refresh then too.
I only have this problem with eBay.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Recommend me a PS4 game
The new Doom is great.
I pay with my 5 and 3 year olds, so anything we play can’t be too hard.
They like Rayman, little big planet, sonic origins, sonic racing, Wipeout and Street fighter.
The only one I don’t like is little big planet. I get frustrated by platformers, but that one really annoys me (Rayman and sonic don’t)
Rayman and little big planet are both multi player.
For board games, roll for it, sushi go and king of Tokyo are big hits. Two of those are pocket sized and quick to play.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Vitus Full Suspension
Their EWS team take 3 rear triangles to each race, just to get through. Nuff said
I know a guy who cracked his rear triangle, and he knows a guy who snapped his rear triangle. Both had them replaced though. Maybe it was a bad year?
The bikes ride fine and the crack didn’t seem to put him off it.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Run Plex server on your PC. Use anything that can view upnp shares to watch the movies. For a nicer experience, also run Plex app on your PS3, tablet, phone and possibly Tele too.
Streaming, a nice library and auto conversion of your films, music, photos, and home movies.
We use a humax satellite receiver for watching movies using the upnp interface (can’t run apps on it, and a dumb Tele), the PS3 has Plex as it is better for playing music* and long at photos. The smart TV has the Plex app and we use that for everything too.
* We have a large music library, the PS3 struggles with it sometimes.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
We went to it in Berlin about 6 years ago. Most of it was really good, but some of it seemed a bit “look how odd I am”.
The slices of a fat and a thin person were really good, the giraffe climbing a palm tree and trying to fly less good.
I guess I preferred the more anatomical ones to the at ones.
El Mrserino was pregnant with El Babyerino 1 at the time. I thought that the prenatal part might’ve weirded her out, but we found it fascinating. They have unborn babies of every month (except for the month she was) and a massive jump on size between them.
If you like this, the surgeons museum in Edinburgh is well with a visit.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Flying first class
JAL cattle class is great. Loads of space, good food, plenty to drink, kids have plenty of entertainment too.
Finnair cattle class? Get me the stun gun, please. Long haul had no leg room, the food was… Um, foodish. Kicked in the back the whole way. Could smell what the couple in front were doing under the blanket. They also reckoned so far back you couldn’t get anything off the floor and had to make them move to go for a pee. People picking their toes and their noses all around. Urgh. My eldest was also travel sick for the first time on a plane, so we added to the aroma too.
Short haul was fine though. Twice the leg room…Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: html/css help
You can sometimes get away with using something like:
Or something like that. It doesn’t alway work though.
Chances are your HTML to PDF software won’t support that though.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Bell Super 3r
I have a 2R (and before that a 1). The 2r is a lot more comfy for me than the 1 was. I’m not sure why. There is differences in the fittings, but it feels a lot nicer. If you can, try the 3 before buying it.
I don’t use the chin bar too much, but it’s nice to have it as an option. Also, it doesn’t get in the way of my breathing. It’s no harder to pedal up hill in, just feels a bit weird.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Cat deterrant spikes
A PIR activated “water pistol” – they attach to a garden hose via standard (Hozelok) connectors.
Works for us when it has batteries in it. And keeps them out for a while after, but they get bold again.
Frisbees are also a great cat scarer.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
King of Tokyo. 2 – 6 players, played it with my 2 and 5 year old this morning, (2 is a bit young for it, but she likes rolling the dice and stomping in to Tokyo. She still wins sometimes)
Roll for it, 2 – 4 players (or 8 with expansion). Easy, quick fun dice game.
Sushi go!, 2 – some players. Easy, quick fun card game.
Next on my list are:
Shadows in The Woods, 1 v n players. Adult versus kids. Gnomes have to hide from the light. I can’t find a video of this one, but it’s popular (ish) in Germany.
Tsuro, 2 to 4 players.
I guess, I like quick and easy games. I love the idea of Dread, but it’s a bit much for the kids and anyone who isn’t in to gaming. I made up a similar Adventure Time based game (my 5 year old loves Adventure Time) that went down well, but the rules were very “fluid”.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Cable are one of my favourites. If you haven’t listened to them, give them a go.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post