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Novation XioSynth and X-Station

Postby serv » Wed Apr 07, 2010 5:11 pm

I got Novation X-Station recently and I like its sound a lot.
I am thinking about getting another VA at a cheap price, and I think I might go with another Novation synth again, Xiosynth.

Do they have different sound or are they pretty much identical?
Can someone tell me what "X-Gator" of Xiosynth is?

Thank you.
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Re: Novation XioSynth and X-Station

Postby Dano » Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:33 pm

They should be identical except the Xiosynth also adds the "Filter Shape" parameter and the X-Gator you mentioned.

(From the Novation site) "Xio is the only Novation synthesiser to feature the X-Gator patch programmer. The X-Gator can be made to gate each patch to create unique 16-32 step rhythmic patterns for every onboard sound, all automatically synchronised to MIDI clock from a sequencer; just press and hold one key to groove along to a track with style. A display shows clearly the position and volume of each and every step"
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Re: Novation XioSynth and X-Station

Postby soundxplorer » Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:44 pm

Yeah, I think most of their recent synths have used pretty much the same sound engine, with maybe a few minor differences here and there. I have an A-Station and I was looking into the V-Station software as a patch editor when I came across the chart below. Since you can transfer patches between all of these synths, that indicates to me that they are all more or less the same.

http://www.novationmusic.com/answerbase/en/article.php?id=219

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Re: Novation XioSynth and X-Station

Postby Ashe37 » Thu Apr 08, 2010 2:08 am

There's minor differences between them all... polyphony, capabilities, etc
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Re: Novation XioSynth and X-Station

Postby Stab Frenzy » Thu Apr 08, 2010 2:17 am

But the overall sound is pretty much the same, I think you'd regret getting a Xio as your second synth to an X-Station. I'd be looking at one of the other options around that price range like a Micron or maybe even an Evolver or Mopho or something like that, it's give you a much wider palette of sounds to choose from.
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Re: Novation XioSynth and X-Station

Postby LesDeuxLoveOrchestra » Thu Apr 08, 2010 2:52 am

you might have more fun with a used nova laptop.
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Re: Novation XioSynth and X-Station

Postby blavatsky » Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:57 pm

Nova laptop is a great recommendation - had one and traded it , sort of regret but I replaced with an x-station so I'm not doing too bad; the nova did have a lot more options though in terms of mod matrix / multitimbral / more voices / more than one filter etc.

For cheap, I think the Roland SH32 looks like a cool desktop piece as well, nice and knobby.
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