Sir Ruff wrote:I'm wondering, after I get both the 106 (for pads) and the 60 (for raw), if I should also get the 6... I keep reading that the lack of a quantized HPF and digital memory really makes it sound more analog.
I've been using a 6 and 60 side-by-side for nearly 20 years. There is bare any audible difference at all.
Over the 20 years I've had them, I don't think the two synths have ever sounded exactly alike, but neither have they sounded different enough that I can tell which is which in a recording, except where I remember which I used. The only thing I can say for sure is that my 6 feels slightly less stable than my 60, and is noisier. But that's not a 'more analogue' type of instability, and it's extremely subtle, and may well be due to factors other than the 60's digital storage. After all, the oscillators are driven in the same way, quantisation of envelope control voltages should have no timbral effect, and quantisation (and thereby, perhaps, stabilisation) of levels of modulation and audio are not, I think, major factors. If anything would be noticeable between the two synths because of the digital patch thing, it would be the filter cutoff and resonance. I don't find that it matters, if it's there. Certainly my two units could be calibrated differently, and maybe that's where the (very subtle) difference lies.
As far as I remember, never have I though the 60 sounded 'less analogue' than the 6. I never turn it on and think 'gosh I'm so disappointed'. If there's quantisation stepping in any of the slider parameters, it's not audible enough to be an issue, at least I never considered it so, or even noticed - except when fine-tuning the cutoff on the 60 and then re-loading the patch. Sometimes - only rarely - is it not quite where I wanted it. But the amount of difference is so minute it's not something I would worry about, as setting a slider free-hand is no less troublesome.
There are other factors though. The 6 forces immediacy, but the 60 tempts a certain degree of laziness with having those memories. Then again, the 60's DCB is nice as it can be sequenced without retrofits. Both can be clocked externally so arpeggios are no different.
I've heard rumours/read comments on the so-called 'stepping' of the resonance on these things. All I observe is the way the harmonics of the oscillator's wave are emphasised as the filter sweeps. No 'stepping' as such. The 60 does not sound digital, if that's what people mean when they talk about this.
Both are lovely synths. I originally got the 60 to replace the 6, but kept both. I haven't ever regretted that decision