nice....now you get to sync the AN1-x, V-Synth, NordMod and XL7 sequencers...sequence your racksynths, and float some trippy Fizmo and lush Polysix into the mix...would like to hear that combo for sure!
got any cool FX to run 'em through?
an old-school flanger or phaser would add a lot of vintage character, as will an analogBBD delay or even better, a Space Echo/tape delay piece. An EHX carbon copy is a great yet also inexpensive way to start, if you haven't already.
just to add to your GAS....you might hit a "tone wall" before long and want a Moog for the TD/Schultze stuff.....i sure did
An excellent way to get the best of the Vsynth's power is with the Emu command station.
One of my biggest complaints about the V synth, is the uncomfortable multitimbre. This synth, actually does not have a multitimbre section. You access it on the general menu, go to a very simple midi screen.
the midi channel assignation is totally rigid and static. You CAN'T have several multitimbre setups on the V synth.
Just one per project.
So I did this:
Each patch of the v synth, can be splitted on 16 different zones. So you can have, on the lowest keys, (C-2 to C 0) a one, two or three keys for the first 12 zones. I use a kick on the C-2, a hi hat on #C-2, a snare on D-2, you know what I mean, a basic and small kitdrum. then, some bizarre voices, or effects that does not need a keyboard scale.
Then, I assign a bass to keys C1 to C2, a lead to D2 to B4, and a pad or any other patches that needs keyboard scale.
So, I saturate from -c2 to c8 keys with sounds. 16 sounds, 32 oscillators per one patch.
Doing this kind of programmation on the V synth, creating 16 sounds per patch, on 512 patches, can take you ONE YEAR of intense v synth program skills.
But you can be sure, after such a pain in the ass job, that you know your V synth. And now, it's ready to be controlled by an external sequencer.
V synth should be sold always with an external sequencer on a combo.
If you assign any patch to MIDI channel 2 to 16, you CAN'T access them from the V synth. You'll be forced to use a synth like the command station to play them, unless you use velocity zones.
Now with the previous explanation of keyzone programming for the V synth, you can play, from the XL7, 256 sounds
At the same time, connect the FIZMO to the second midi channell of the command station.
If you are going to sequence the FIZMO, is highly recommended to use:
A sequencer that can have assignable MIDI knobs. So you can reassign the knobs in order to control the F-I-Z-M-O vital knobs, those ones that makes your dog barking or running away when you tweak them.
A sequencer that has long bar patterns. Fuckin electribes are only 8 bars. Why long patterns? Because Fizmo sounds need some time to achieve their power. Not 2 seconds sounds. But loooooooooooooooooong sounds.....
Patterns on the command station are 32 bars long
Command station-V synth- Fizmo
A weird and complex transwave, a killing rompler with outstanding sequencer, a decent and very versatile VA, with a killing sampler. Well, I generally does not see the sampler of the V synth as an apart section, but a hibrid sampler-VA.
You are ready to make some cool music with these three synths.
The command station is the best sequencer under the $500. It blows away the electribes, the RM1X, and the MC Roland series when talking about sequencing external gear.
the RM1x however, has a lot better user interface and great groovy effects. This Yamaha groovebox is so fun and easy to use, two thumbs up for live acts: HUGE screen, comprehensive parameters, it kicks the command station with a friendly interface. Sometimes I get so frustrated with command station's fucking cursor. Is terrible!
but I can't be compared with the C.S. when controlling other synths. That's a fact.
That SPECTRALIS is the synth of my dreams......
I would sell half of my setup, to get the Spectralis. I say this, based on demo sounds, reviews, all the stuff you can get nowadays about the Spectralis on the Internet.
My recommendations for your new command station:
the best implementation for the EMU command, is definiltely, sequencing other synths. I use two of them for those purposes since several years ago, and I know them very well.
The sound that you can get from them, depends A LOT of wich ROMS you chose to put on it. And when I say a LOT, I meaned it.
Some of the Emu roms are totally useless depending of your purposes.
The best ones? Beat Garden, Techno Construction Yard and World Expedition. They are as much as expensive as the unit itself, ,but the worth every $$$ you pay for them.
If you have those ROMS, I strongly recommend to get your hands on the E-mu for a long journey.... this rompler can produce amazing sounds when somebody with a Saint's patience, starts to program the patch cords.
the user interface is a pain in the ass, so getting good sounds helps a lot.
what the hell I'm talking about???
Oh yes! I quote you shaft9000, because It sounded funny to me, that you mentioned almost the exact combo that I have wired on my room:
Command station XL7 (4 ROMS) controlling a V Synth and a Ensoniq Fizmo....
You should hear how this combo sounds.... I can't explain it. On just one patttern, I can choose from 256 sounds from the V synth, 32 sounds from the command station, and 4 sounds from the FIzmo.....