Oberheim DMX

::: Oberheim DMX auxiliary parts :::

Many days I find that it's the little things.  I've been meaning to do this for a while and as i was at the hardware store today i happened to remember this plan so i finally got it enacted. The Oberheim DMX and DX have hinged lids for adjusting certain sound parameters,  In the case of the DX you can lift the lid to change eproms to achieve different drum kits and percussion.  In the case of the DMX you can change the pitch of each voice under the hood and also interchange voice cards as seen here to achieve different sounds with different sized eprom samples.  Every time i am under the hood on either of these i find myself wishing that the thumb screws used to secure the lids had gaskets to keep them from damaging the paint on the lid.

So i got some rubber washers at the hardware store to put in between the screws and lids to protect them better.

It's the simple fixes!

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::: IF :::

::: Synth Pron of the Day :::

In Line with the David Frank interview i posted last week.  Here's Steve Roach's setup from 1987...

OBERHEIM SYSTEM!!!! ( LOL 2 Xpanders!!!! )

and an E-Max...

and an SQ80...

...Steve Roach Setup

 

borrowed from this flicker stream...

 

::: Drum Machines and Swing The Linndrum way :::

I read this article and i had a few thoughts:

Roger Linn Drum machine and timing Interview

Speaking of the old school boxes specifically.  The linndrum is moderately reliable as to sync and very good with internal timing.  It has such a cool pocket to it that i love.  The main problem is that you simply can't record and overdub parts while it's synced to other devices and in context.  Oh sure you can try.  But as soon as you touch any of the drum pads while in record it slips out of sync and gets way out of time with the other instruments.  I often solo the Linndrum or stop everything else to change drum parts because it simply sucks to do this in context.  It's funny because we have an Oberheim DX and DMX here that are basically the same technology as the Linndrum.  They both are 8 bit sample playback systems on a Z80 type processor.  The Oberheim machines NEVER lose sync.  You can overdub, spot erase, and change swing and other parameters on the fly and they stay locked on target.  I asked Bruce Forat about this and he said they were always like that so it wasn't just my specific machine...

The Linndrum feels just slightly more organic though...

It's magic i guess!

I also liked a few other articles on the Attack Magazine site.  There's one 'top ten drum machines' one which is informative.

The Roland TR-808 has quite a tight clock and feel as well.  It is very solid but can feel 'swingy' in a great stand alone way.  I use the swing term loosely because there is no swing built into the TR 808. But the snare on mine is always a little LATE while the hats are tight. This makes this machine feel very bouncy.  There's no adjustment for that either.  It only has Roland TR 808 pocket.  I know the internet says it has no intentional swing.  But something makes that snare late, i mean swing...  Hmmmm...

Nice though.  but it can be hard to get pocketed with other machines.  Luckily it has several trigger outs so you can port it's swing to other sounds in other machines!  As to the Roland TR 808 This page looks great for mods and sync / memory upgrades

PS: I do like Roger Linn's statement about engineering.  The Linndrum was Designed to sound very tight but very specifically swingy when called for.  I suppose this is why they put less priority on staying in time while you input notes.  As long as it sounds great when you hit play again.  You win!

 

::: IF :::

::: For the Love of the Halloweenadays :::

Hello! Well, it's almost time to start the last year evah, 2012!!!!

In celebration XBS plan to make lots of Carpenter-esque synth jams.  Here's what we made yesterday :::

[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/31903174"]

Newly fixed Oberheim DMX being minimal with a Simmons SDSV and polysynth layering from OB-8, Mirage (DPX) and SCI Multitrack ( great sleeper synth )

Accompanied by some ANIGIFS as always!

...I.F.