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

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KVRAF
7607 posts since 30 Apr, 2019

Post Sat Jul 31, 2021 4:20 am

"I'm after an analog mono synth"

What about an x or a y or a z?

"No thanks, think I've found the perfect digital polysynth I wanted"

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KVRAF
2388 posts since 13 Jun, 2014

Post Mon Aug 02, 2021 4:57 am

Well now I own a new Hydrasynth (desktop version) and that more or less completes my core desktop setup (Novation Peak, Elektron Analog Four mkII, Korg Minilogue XD Desktop, Behringer DeepMind 12D). Everything else is basically fluff! Of course that will all change when my GAS triggers off again.
<list all your stupid gear here>

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KVRist
168 posts since 29 Sep, 2012 from Minneapolis, MN

Post Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:29 pm

With my Moog little phatty sold and a new Sequential Pro3 on the way my studio will be very different than it was a few years ago.

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KVRAF
7188 posts since 18 Aug, 2007 from NYC

Post Mon Aug 02, 2021 9:22 pm

@Shabdahbriah, thanks for the push... Dynamix is a beast. I'm loving the little extra bit of saturation. This isn't on 0-Coast, so this is a nice pick-up!

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KVRAF
1960 posts since 15 Aug, 2012 from Australia

Post Mon Aug 02, 2021 10:29 pm

I've decided to GTHO of Eurorack. I'm too crap at it for words so I've sold a bunch. Still a few high end oscillators and bits and pieces...
I found a brand new DSI Pro 2 about a thousand kilometres away...Unfortunately, it's right next to a Waldorf Iridium and I'm in that god awful spot where I have to make a choice...I need another Keyboard about as much as another Liver so the Iridium is pulling ahead slightly. The Pro 2 is Mad but so is the Iridium...Manual skimming night tonight...
I'm tired of being insane. I'm going outsane for some fresh air.

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KVRAF
12587 posts since 22 Nov, 2000 from Southern California

Post Mon Aug 02, 2021 11:00 pm

werp wrote:
Mon Aug 02, 2021 10:29 pm
I've decided to GTHO of Eurorack.
Good name for a module...or a modular trading site.
I found a brand new DSI Pro 2 about a thousand kilometres away...Unfortunately, it's right next to a Waldorf Iridium and I'm in that god awful spot where I have to make a choice...I need another Keyboard about as much as another Liver so the Iridium is pulling ahead slightly. The Pro 2 is Mad but so is the Iridium...Manual skimming night tonight...
The Pro 2 is great but the Iridium/Quantum is one of the most amazing synths ever created. Oddly, the added FM functionality isn't that special but the rest of it was already fantastic. It goes way beyond features (which it has in abundance), the sound itself is really something special.

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KVRAF
1960 posts since 15 Aug, 2012 from Australia

Post Mon Aug 02, 2021 11:15 pm

Uncle E wrote:
Mon Aug 02, 2021 11:00 pm
werp wrote:
Mon Aug 02, 2021 10:29 pm
I've decided to GTHO of Eurorack.
Good name for a module...or a modular trading site.
I found a brand new DSI Pro 2 about a thousand kilometres away...Unfortunately, it's right next to a Waldorf Iridium and I'm in that god awful spot where I have to make a choice...I need another Keyboard about as much as another Liver so the Iridium is pulling ahead slightly. The Pro 2 is Mad but so is the Iridium...Manual skimming night tonight...
The Pro 2 is great but the Iridium/Quantum is one of the most amazing synths ever created. Oddly, the added FM functionality isn't that special but the rest of it was already fantastic. It goes way beyond features (which it has in abundance), the sound itself is really something special.
Oh Wow! Thanks for that Eric!
The QC issues and the silly decision to have no velocity on the pads is what is holding me back...
I'm hoping that maybe velocity is there in a physical sense but it's lacking code...weirder things have been known to occur...
I'm tired of being insane. I'm going outsane for some fresh air.

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KVRist
168 posts since 29 Sep, 2012 from Minneapolis, MN

Post Tue Aug 03, 2021 8:08 pm

werp wrote:
Mon Aug 02, 2021 11:15 pm
Uncle E wrote:
Mon Aug 02, 2021 11:00 pm
werp wrote:
Mon Aug 02, 2021 10:29 pm
I've decided to GTHO of Eurorack.
Good name for a module...or a modular trading site.
I found a brand new DSI Pro 2 about a thousand kilometres away...Unfortunately, it's right next to a Waldorf Iridium and I'm in that god awful spot where I have to make a choice...I need another Keyboard about as much as another Liver so the Iridium is pulling ahead slightly. The Pro 2 is Mad but so is the Iridium...Manual skimming night tonight...
The Pro 2 is great but the Iridium/Quantum is one of the most amazing synths ever created. Oddly, the added FM functionality isn't that special but the rest of it was already fantastic. It goes way beyond features (which it has in abundance), the sound itself is really something special.
Oh Wow! Thanks for that Eric!
The QC issues and the silly decision to have no velocity on the pads is what is holding me back...
I'm hoping that maybe velocity is there in a physical sense but it's lacking code...weirder things have been known to occur...
I was checking out the Quantum at my local used music store last week. I spent most of my time with the resonator synth engine and it blew my mind. The fact that it has 5 synth 'engines' is mind boggling, it becomes hard to know where to start. The VA is the weakest part, mono analog filter along with it, but the wavetable is awesome -probably the best there is and the resonator is unique enough it is probably worth the price by itself if you love sound design.

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KVRAF
1960 posts since 15 Aug, 2012 from Australia

Post Tue Aug 03, 2021 11:46 pm

Constructed Identity wrote:
Tue Aug 03, 2021 8:08 pm
werp wrote:
Mon Aug 02, 2021 11:15 pm
Uncle E wrote:
Mon Aug 02, 2021 11:00 pm
werp wrote:
Mon Aug 02, 2021 10:29 pm
I've decided to GTHO of Eurorack.
Good name for a module...or a modular trading site.
I found a brand new DSI Pro 2 about a thousand kilometres away...Unfortunately, it's right next to a Waldorf Iridium and I'm in that god awful spot where I have to make a choice...I need another Keyboard about as much as another Liver so the Iridium is pulling ahead slightly. The Pro 2 is Mad but so is the Iridium...Manual skimming night tonight...
The Pro 2 is great but the Iridium/Quantum is one of the most amazing synths ever created. Oddly, the added FM functionality isn't that special but the rest of it was already fantastic. It goes way beyond features (which it has in abundance), the sound itself is really something special.
Oh Wow! Thanks for that Eric!
The QC issues and the silly decision to have no velocity on the pads is what is holding me back...
I'm hoping that maybe velocity is there in a physical sense but it's lacking code...weirder things have been known to occur...
I was checking out the Quantum at my local used music store last week. I spent most of my time with the resonator synth engine and it blew my mind. The fact that it has 5 synth 'engines' is mind boggling, it becomes hard to know where to start. The VA is the weakest part, mono analog filter along with it, but the wavetable is awesome -probably the best there is and the resonator is unique enough it is probably worth the price by itself if you love sound design.
I'm sorry I'm taking up so much room everyone, I'm not sure how to edit a post without completely destroying it!

Replying to Constructed Identity. Thanks for your input as well. I squeezed the trigger on the Iridium. Even my wife said "that one sounds amazing, buy that!"

Who am I to refuse my wifes wishes?
I continue to do so whenever she mentions gardening and my plans for the weekend though.

It's my personal opinion that ALL gardening should be done with a Skid steer loader.
I'm tired of being insane. I'm going outsane for some fresh air.

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KVRAF
11480 posts since 7 May, 2006 from Southern California

Post Wed Aug 04, 2021 7:04 am

The Quantum is definitely my favorite fixed architecture synth. I got mine when the firmware was still in beta and it's been amazing to watch it grow. It's so easy to get brain melting sounds out of it without even getting very deep into it's menus. Considering how much it can do, it's surprisingly immediate. The way modulation is handled is particularly nice.
I spend a lot of time with the Granular engine and the Kernel engine. While it take more time to setup those kinds of patches, it's really rewarding. Using FM with wavetables is something I do a lot in my modular so it's nice to be able to do that polyphonically.

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KVRAF
12587 posts since 22 Nov, 2000 from Southern California

Post Wed Aug 04, 2021 7:45 am

werp wrote:
Tue Aug 03, 2021 11:46 pm
Even my wife said "that one sounds amazing, buy that!"
She’s a keeper. KVR-approved.

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KVRAF
7607 posts since 30 Apr, 2019

Post Wed Aug 04, 2021 7:52 am

I stupidly tried to order a jaspers keyboard stand from dv247. Two weeks after I paid for it and still nothing about a delivery date I get an email from MUSIC STORE with the subject line Received Return...
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Dear Customer,

Listed below are the items from RMAxxxxxx which we have received:

1x KEY0003509-000 4D-145B Keyboard Stand

A review will follow to examine completeness and function.
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ffs what a bunch of muppets

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KVRAF
6890 posts since 7 Sep, 2006 from Roseville, CA

Post Wed Aug 04, 2021 8:49 am

Spent the last month or so totally rebuilding my studio, out with some old stuff, in with the following new stuff:
- UAD Apollo X4
- Genelec 8020d monitors
- Genelec 7040a sub
- DSI Prophet Rev2 (8 voice) desktop
- Moog Slim Phatty
- Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre
- Novation Remote SLmk2 (dedicated/customized templates for the Prophet and Slim Phatty)
- Custom-built GearHive cherry wood racks and matching desktop monitor stands
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KVRAF
12587 posts since 22 Nov, 2000 from Southern California

Post Wed Aug 04, 2021 10:47 am

cryophonik wrote:
Wed Aug 04, 2021 8:49 am
Spent the last month or so totally rebuilding my studio, out with some old stuff, in with the following new stuff:
- UAD Apollo X4
- Genelec 8020d monitors
- Genelec 7040a sub
- DSI Prophet Rev2 (8 voice) desktop
- Moog Slim Phatty
- Novation Remote SLmk2 (dedicated/customized templates for the Prophet and Slim Phatty)
- Custom-built GearHive cherry wood racks and matching desktop monitor stands
Very nice, especially the Novation Remote control of the Slim Phatty. When I was using a friend's Moog One, it really made me appreciate the Phatty's because the sound is basically the same. The main improvement (which is easily fixed with a plugin or pedal) is the One's internal Eventide reverb.

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KVRAF
6890 posts since 7 Sep, 2006 from Roseville, CA

Post Wed Aug 04, 2021 1:49 pm

Uncle E wrote:
Wed Aug 04, 2021 10:47 am
The main improvement (which is easily fixed with a plugin or pedal) is the One's internal Eventide reverb.
It's funny you mention that, because lately I've been craving Valhalla Shimmer for the LP. I already own most Valhalla reverbs and Delay, but Shimmer never really jumped out at me until a few days ago when I watched Sean's video overview where he's playing a Moog through it... got me kinda drooling TBH. :hyper: :lol:

I'd also use it for the Prophet Rev2. The onboard reverb is certainly the weakest part of that synth.

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