Solderman wrote:I chalk it up to the filter designs on each. 60 has a standard OTA 4 pole lowpass. Alphas have a 2 Pole Lowpass in series with a 2 Pole bandpass, just like the rev 5 MKS-80. The alphas seem to have a bit more sensitive VCF that clips easier in the mid-range, and some would say Roland perfected the tuning on the Alphas a little too much.
Sir Ruff wrote:This is really interesting, I had no idea... thanks for posting! the resonance of the 60, like someone else said, is very clean and pretty... the alpha on the other hand really bites... perhaps that's the effect of the bandpass filter in series? but it definitely doesn't sound like the mks-80 ver 5. (although admittedly, I never compared them side by side, and without the chorus, the alpha rez wouldn't soud quite as good.)
nameless wonder wrote:the sound design was very likely to sound closer to a DX7 too - super clean.
nameless wonder wrote:Again, they designed the look of the Alphas to mimic the DX7, and the sound design was very likely to sound closer to a DX7 too - super clean. Not coincidentally, the Alpha/MKS50 were the last analog polys created by Roland before they switched whole hog to digital.
nameless wonder wrote:The 106/60/6 use a 4 pole filter, which equates to thicker murkier darker mids-forward tones. The Alpha on the other hand is a 2 pole into a bandpass, which is of course lighter and brighter. Both have their uses.
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