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The setup I'm going to have...

Postby hseiken on Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:29 am

...someday...

Anyway, after some foul eBay purchases (my KP2 is so flakey, I wonder if I should pour milk on it and eat it or not and my Micron just had 7 keys mysteriously shyte out on me), I decided I should be upgrading my gearlist for anyway...

Let me know if there's something I should probably have. I'm going mostly for live performances and the electribe(s) will still be the centerpiece for the basic sequencing...

1 Electribe ESX <-- already have it
1 Electribe EMX <-- need to buy
1 Kaoss Pad 3 < -- need to buy, currently have shittily working KP2
1 ?????? <-- currently my keyboard is a partially working Micron...
1 3-track mixer
1 compressor/limiter <-- MAYBE will go software with this...but would love hardware...

Now...I know my next purchase will be the KP3 because ELectribe + KP = heaven and I can make do with that for the time being. After that, though...I'm kind of torn on what synth to buy to replace my micron. I like my micron except it is shyte to edit and difficult to use the performance parts (I got it for that stuff, but it's really cryptic and with keys that don't work, essentially useless to me now). I've been looking at getting the MicroKorg (new one with Radias engine), the korg R3 and the Novation Xio. Although I do like the Micron's sound a LOOOOOTTTT, it's just a pain to use in the way I want. I'd take a hit in audio quality/polyphony/timbre to be able to have more control...so I don't know what to settle on yet.

The EMX will make it's way into my setup later down the road, probably at the same time I get the mixer...however, I don't know what mixer would be good. I'd like one with internal effects if possible, but could settle on a simple external sends. 2 or 3 band eq would be awesome too...

For the compressor, not sure if there's even one I'd purchase cause they all seem to be expensive.

So the purpose of this post....start recommending gear from personal experience!
GEAR: ESX, Micron, KP3, Kaossilator, ER-1mk2, Xenyx 801, VS880, US-122
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Re: The setup I'm going to have...

Postby TrondC on Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:35 am

the microkorg is nice, and a lot more fun than the micron :) ..and th old mk's are so cheap it's almost a crime not having one theese days.

other than that, I can't recomend picking up a MK1 Monomachine enough. I've seen second hand ones go for as low as $750 on eBay, which is an absolute steal. basically, a Monomachine will be better to have than two EMX's which is the equivalent both pricewise and in what they offer. I bought the MK2 model for $1540, and it was still the best choice I've ever made gear-wise. the mk1's are not very different from mk2's (only reason I got the MK2 was because at the time second hand mk1's was still around $1100)

..My "someday" list:

-EMX + ESX. need to pick up an EMX this year
-Monomachine + Machinedrum. buying the latter after a full year hardcore saving-regime
Techno/Dub/Ambient
-Monomachine/Machinedrum UW/Acidlab Bassline/KP3
-Korg Zero 4 mixer - Recordings in Reaper

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Re: The setup I'm going to have...

Postby hseiken on Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:21 am

Never heard of the monomachine before. Looks nice...unfortunately, it's out of my price range. :p I'm willing to go up to 600 dollars for a synth and it looks like the average price of used ones is around 900USD.

Maybe *someday*...
GEAR: ESX, Micron, KP3, Kaossilator, ER-1mk2, Xenyx 801, VS880, US-122
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Re: The setup I'm going to have...

Postby TrondC on Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:32 am

then the EMX will be your blue new friend :)
Techno/Dub/Ambient
-Monomachine/Machinedrum UW/Acidlab Bassline/KP3
-Korg Zero 4 mixer - Recordings in Reaper

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Re: The setup I'm going to have...

Postby Dj Pound on Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:57 am

For hardware compressors Im always reccomending something from the DBX brand.
Everytime i get into conversations with people into music, and the subject of hardware compressors comes up, usually the name DBX is mentioned followed with lots of praise.
Ive heard nothing but good things from people about DBX, both on the net and in day to day real life.
I personally use the 266xl model. Best 150 dollars I ever spent.
Korg ESX-1
Korg EMX-1
Korg ES-1
Microkorg
Akai MPC-2000XL
Boss BR-532

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Re: The setup I'm going to have...

Postby StellarJay[aka Ruso] on Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:19 pm

There's absolutely no comparison to hardware... especially in mastering effects like the compressor.... but I gotta tell ya...

I dumped my berhinger compressor (which was ok, and cheap) because ableton live's compressor and limiter are FAR superior sounding and more featured...

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Re: The setup I'm going to have...

Postby Dj Pound on Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:01 pm

agh man....I cant even begin to tell you how many bad things I have heard and read about behringer compressors :|
Korg ESX-1
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Re: The setup I'm going to have...

Postby StellarJay[aka Ruso] on Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:58 pm

Well it did the job while it lasted.... all I gotta say about it is that it was very cheaply built, and the knobs were terrible, and the unit on its own was .... well like I just said cheap...

but as far as the effect worked on its own, it was great... it made a huge difference in my sound and I never had any problems with it... :D
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Re: The setup I'm going to have...

Postby hseiken on Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:16 pm

I ended up going with this for the synth:

http://us.novationmusic.com/products/x_station?option=1

This and the KP3 arrive this week. Can't wait! :)

When I fix my micron, I'll probably end up selling it for cheap. The auction I got it from said there was just a scratch, but it was also missing a rubber foot. Thus, you need to put a matchbook or something underneath one corner of it, unless it's on a rack.

At any rate, if anyone wants to buy it, let me know.

If I can fix it, I'll be selling for $150. If I can't fix it, $50.
GEAR: ESX, Micron, KP3, Kaossilator, ER-1mk2, Xenyx 801, VS880, US-122
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Re: The setup I'm going to have...

Postby Yatmandu on Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:22 pm

I have an X-Station and it's really a swiss army knife of VA synths/controllers. I loaded up the XioSynth patches on it for a change from the native ones. The keyboard is as good as any I've played on before. You're going to enjoy the X, I'm sure.

I finally sold the piece of gear that pulled me out of video-gaming and into electronic music making, and that's my lil Korg Kaossilator....gonna miss the instant gratification it offered on long bus trips.
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