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Postby ghettosynth; Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:51 pm

deastman wrote:
Mushy Mushy wrote:Can anybody confirm the acetone trick works?

I have one that has the dreaded voice issue (as expected). Rumour has it you dip the chips in acetone and they're good to go again :shrug:

I have a friend who repairs synths and sells parts for them. He does sell replacement voice chips:


He's revived quite a few old voice chips with the acetone trick. I had him work on my Juno-106, which had two bad chips. He was able to revive one of them, but the other one was totally dead and had to be replaced. So yeah, its a bit hit or miss.

Doug's a good guy. I just want to reiterate, however, that it's non-trivial to remove them if you don't know what you're doing. I highly suggest that you find a tech who knows analog synths. I'd look for a recommendation for someone close to you.

In my experience, most music shops are really hit or miss. They contract out the work and since it's a bit of a tough business, they have a lot of turnover and you may not be able to talk to the actual tech who's going to do the work.
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Postby darsho; Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:52 pm

...bought a 106 yesterday.
Really nice synth, should've done that before.
Enjoying this thing very much.

sounds like this: (warning: drunken keyboard improvisations with self-made sounds)

looks like this:
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Postby Vaylos; Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:38 am


I'm a bit late to this party, but I managed to score a Nord Lead 2X on the cheap over the summer. I'm the 3rd owner if this synth, and the only problem with it was the stone mod wheel being misaligned.

A quick opening up and tightening of the washer solved that problem, and it is now good as new. I've always liked the sound of the Nord. I know it's a love/hate thing, but my ears seem to be on the love side. There's just a bit of punch and presence, maybe bite? that a lot of VAs and plug-ins don't have.

And layering sounds on the 4 slots can create some pretty thick sounds. I was GASing like crazy over the summer wanting to get a good hands-on hardware VA, and I decided the Nord was for me. Sure, the Virus may have been more flexible, but I wanted A) a keyboard version with at least 49 keys, and B)something under $800.

Well, I was also GASing for an ESQ-1, but age and potential wear/tear/non-working parts turned me off a bit from that idea. I'm not ready to dive into the world of restoring vintage synths just yet. :P

Long story short, I recently got an NL2X, and I'm very happy with it. :)

Edit: Here is a short chord progression using a multi, slight EQ on the mixer channel, and a small use of Bootsy's NastyDLA plugin.

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Postby Ingonator; Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:53 am

I thought about getting a Juno-60 several times but after i got the TAL-UNO-LX V2.0 emulation i don't really feel the urgent need anymore. Anyway i am still interested to maybe get a Korg Polysix (besedies i already got the emulation) which got comparable fetaures.

Hollow Sun has just released this for a very special price:

Have not tried that myself yet.

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Postby audiojunkie; Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:06 am

I have to say that my interest has increased for some of these classic synths, since I've been playing with the emulations of some of them. Compared to a lot of the modern synths, they are basically one-trick ponys (albeit great sounding one-trick ponys :-) ). I find that I like the simplicity of knowing exactly which synth I want to use for a particular sound. I also like the history behind some of these classics. :-) In all honesty though, I'll likely continue what I'm doing with mobile devices such as my iPad and laptop. :-) If I ever run across any of these classics for a cheap price like I did with my ESQ-1, I'll probably snap them up though. :-)

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Postby darsho; Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:29 am

hope it don't bore nobody, but I put a longer sound demo of my newly purchased 106 on YT :


I have to say, I should have gotten into analogue polys earlier, so much fun.
I have many analogue mono synths and a Virus for digital poly sounds atm, but now I have GAS for more analogue polys .g.
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Postby Timfonie; Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:11 am


How does it compare to TAL-Uno-LX ? It's KVRaudio after all :-)
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Postby darsho; Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:10 am

I have no idea, I only used the TAL once when it was released, but I can't really bring myself to work with Soft synths anymore. They don't have knobs and sliders....and the sound....it just ain't the same in general....don't get me started.

It was an expensive year, throwing out all software garbage and buying all the analogue stuff, but it was worth it. Now it really is fun and I enjoy making music like never before :)
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Postby Vectorman; Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:28 am

It was definitely a fun bit of nostalgia when I picked up a Juno 60 a couple of years ago, since a 106 had been my first synth as a kid (back when the 106 was still in production). I didn't end up using it in recordings as much as I'd thought I would, though. I'd go to put down a part with it and it would keep getting replaced by a sound from Strobe or Zebra or something in the end. I think maybe I had just played the 106 so much as a teen that I almost burned myself out on that sound for life, LOL.
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Postby shalako; Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:16 am

I have a host of gear both hardware and software. They all have place. I have the hardware because each bit of kit adds it's own character. Software is awesome and fast and very flexible but doesn't have the same sonic depth. Plus the price of software is so cheap!

I also have an access virus c
Waldorf mircoQ (blue face)
Fb01 - love the sound of this.
I have a gem s2 lying around but it has the worst sonic character I've ever heard in a synth!

I had a Juno G for a while but the sound was so lifeless that I sold it, which is a shame because it has awesome architecture, truly a pleasure to program.

@vaylos, nice! I have wanted a nord lead 2x for ages!

P.s. the Juno 106 keys are very spongey, I use an m-audio axiom keyboard to play.
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