2021: A Year in Gear (What You've Bought or Want to Buy in 2021)

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addled muppet weed
79276 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Thu May 13, 2021 12:14 pm

elxsound wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 12:12 pm
vurt wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 11:39 am
"you liked mine so much, i bought you one" :tu:
And yet, I can only think of the Simpson's episode, where Homer bought Marge a bowling ball (with his name engraved on it) for her birthday. :lol:
yeah, there is always the worry she will run off with divkid :hihi:

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KVRist
269 posts since 10 Sep, 2008

Post Thu May 13, 2021 1:40 pm

So far I got a Din Sync RE-909, an Electra One MIDI controller, and I pre-ordered a 2600 Gray Meanie.

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KVRAF
5753 posts since 9 Jan, 2003 from Saint Louis MO

Post Thu May 13, 2021 4:51 pm

vurt wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 6:56 am
Shabdahbriah wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 6:46 am
I have several (4) of these, and they are awesome!

https://www.modulargrid.net/e/synthwerks-mg-1
that's more like it! :tu: a little skiff full of those! the button spacing is better for more "lively" playing :hihi:
I have one and it's super deep, like 64mm. But you could probably replace the switch with a Sanwa or something and it might fit into a deeper skiff (not a regular 4ms Pod, probably).

I like the idea of the Big Honking Button but can't really justify it.

Paradise MIDI does custom work and might be willing to build one with individual analog gate outputs... I've thought about asking them about it.

KVRAF
6522 posts since 19 Jun, 2008 from Seattle

Post Thu May 13, 2021 7:40 pm

foosnark wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 4:51 pm

I have one and it's super deep, like 64mm. But you could probably replace the switch with a Sanwa or something and it might fit into a deeper skiff (not a regular 4ms Pod, probably).

I like the idea of the Big Honking Button but can't really justify it.
Yes, the Synthwerks MG-1 is super deep, and usually priced at close to what the 'big honking button' goes for, @$90. I got mine for $25 each in a "while supplies last" sale he had some months ago, and went back to get 4 more within a week, and they were sold out. $90.00+ is tough to justify, unless I were really relying on them as a "performance" tool. (YMMV)

As it is, they are fun, and certainly do have a place in my 'flow', though I am looking into a Hexinverter Électronique Mutant Brain, in the hopes of using my trusty old MPD-32, instead. I will not go the 'disting' route.
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KVRAF
6783 posts since 18 Aug, 2007 from NYC

Post Thu May 13, 2021 7:53 pm

Man, that looks like fun... but the same (couldn't justify it). Obviously not a smart choice at this stage (for me), but arcade buttons always look fun.

$25 apiece makes better sense. I wouldn't want the sample playback feature, just the gate and of course the button. At that price, it probably makes more sense to pick up Ears.

KVRAF
6522 posts since 19 Jun, 2008 from Seattle

Post Thu May 13, 2021 8:05 pm

elxsound wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 7:53 pm
Man, that looks like fun... but the same (couldn't justify it). Obviously not a smart choice at this stage (for me), but arcade buttons always look fun.

$25 apiece makes better sense. I wouldn't want the sample playback feature, just the gate and of course the button. At that price, it probably makes more sense to pick up Ears.
That's exactly what I did a couple of years before the MG-1 were on sale. Ears is fabulous, and has jumpers on the back for adjusting attack timings of audio input. :tu:

The thing with the MG-1 that's cool (aside from also having a 1-to-3 mult built in) is that it takes a 'source' and quickly 'switches' it from the default UP output, to the DOWN output, way quicker than a "switch", unless it is one of those really nice 'momentary-paddle' switches, which are pretty-close, but not quite the same.
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KVRAF
3871 posts since 29 Sep, 2010 from Maui

Post Thu May 13, 2021 8:11 pm

You guys and your banks of fancy buttons, I prefer my single $650 motorized knob. :lol:
Of course, I might consider a motorized button, so I don't have to press it myself.

KVRAF
6522 posts since 19 Jun, 2008 from Seattle

Post Thu May 13, 2021 8:16 pm

pekbro wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 8:11 pm
You guys and your banks of fancy buttons, I prefer my single $650 motorized knob. :lol:
:lol: yeah, there is logic there, somewhere... if only that it LOOKS sooo cool! :)
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addled muppet weed
79276 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Fri May 14, 2021 5:08 am

pekbro wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 8:11 pm
You guys and your banks of fancy buttons, I prefer my single $650 motorized knob. :lol:
Of course, I might consider a motorized button, so I don't have to press it myself.
it is a lovely knob!

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KVRAF
5753 posts since 9 Jan, 2003 from Saint Louis MO

Post Fri May 14, 2021 5:23 am

You get a Bastl Servo and use it to drive a little robot arm that pushes the arcade button... :D Like a vactrol, but mechanical!

I got the MG-1 for $25 too, but it's been sitting in a drawer for a while. I have room to rack it again but just haven't felt a need for it, and it's less fun in reality than it was in my imagination.

KVRAF
6522 posts since 19 Jun, 2008 from Seattle

Post Fri May 14, 2021 5:59 am

foosnark wrote:
Fri May 14, 2021 5:23 am


I got the MG-1 for $25 too, but it's been sitting in a drawer for a while. I have room to rack it again but just haven't felt a need for it, and it's less fun in reality than it was in my imagination.
PM me if you want to sell it. :) ... (no rush)
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KVRAF
6783 posts since 18 Aug, 2007 from NYC

Post Fri May 14, 2021 8:42 am

On day one with an MG-1 or the Big Honking Button, I'd just have to loop this section:
https://youtu.be/Xu3FTEmN-eg?t=128

KVRAF
6522 posts since 19 Jun, 2008 from Seattle

Post Fri May 14, 2021 9:21 am

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addled muppet weed
79276 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Fri May 14, 2021 9:29 am

https://store.synthrotek.com/Arcadian-R ... c_188.html

this looks ok, simple triggers, no bells n whistles.
wonder if i can find similar in the uk?

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KVRAF
3871 posts since 29 Sep, 2010 from Maui

Post Fri May 14, 2021 7:38 pm

vurt wrote:
Fri May 14, 2021 5:08 am
pekbro wrote:
Thu May 13, 2021 8:11 pm
You guys and your banks of fancy buttons, I prefer my single $650 motorized knob. :lol:
Of course, I might consider a motorized button, so I don't have to press it myself.
it is a lovely knob!
Im wondering now if the kickstarter will even succeed. While the interest is there, the cost is working against it. Hardly matters as a fail would save me a bunch of scratch. Tho, i would probably buy it if he decides to go with the orders he does have, like the Foh guy did with the INM.

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