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Airhead

Member since Oct 2010 • Last active Feb 2023
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    Nice one. It's one of the few new pieces I've seen in the last couple of years that I wanted to try. Will be interested to hear how you get on with it.

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    Sounds great so far. Will have to save the rest for later but I'm looking forward to it. Thanks for delivering on schedule 🙂

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    Are you measuring DC (12v) from a transformer with the multimeter set to AC?

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    I've just got to the point where I have to sell something otherwise I've run out of space. You probably have Onoe Caponoe - Surf Or Die too?

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    Jam Baxter, nutcase but compelling listening. I had it on vinyl and sold it. I sell a lot of the High Focus releases that I buy because they fetch good money after the initial release.

    This album is decent too :-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGM64FOb­sMI

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    The contemporary audio interfaces are generally better. It's worth looking at second hand interfaces from companies like RME, Motu, Focusrite, Apogee etc.

    Just realised the Behringer you're looking at is still very cheap. I've not used an interface of that type since the imic so it's hard to know what to expect.

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    Yes, I've had an MPC1000. I didn't get into it that much because I prefer the SP1200 which I still have.

    I'm not into playing synth top trumps so 'completely outclasses' doesn't mean much to me. Not even sure they're comparable machines to be honest.

    The Machinedrum was partly Elektrons take on the SP1200. They've always leant in that direction. The MPC seems to appeal to finger drummers and hip hop fans more than Techno producers. Probably the pad layout and feel has a lot to do with that. That's one thing about Elektron that's always divided people.

    I'd guess you wouldn't like Elektron gear, maybe stick with the MPC.

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    Also to answer your question regarding Techno. They're popular because they were developed as a tool to make Techno so they're good at it.

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    I have had Elektron kit since the original Monomachine/Machinedrum. At the time they were a great alternative to the workflow on DAW's like Ableton and Logic. 16 tracks for drums and 6 synth tracks was plenty for tracker/chiptune type music but mostly they were fun to interact with and for jamming on.

    Fast forward to the contemporary synth scene and you have a multitude of small cheap synths to choose from. Elektron has their approach and they provide a lot of synth power and tracks for the money, you can use 2 or 3 machines together, they're no longer stuck with quantised notes or short fixed scales. However, everything happens with a small amount of knobs and a tiny screen. It's not a workflow that suits everyone.

    I've had the octatrack for a few years, I'm currently reading through the manual and learning a bit more about the inner workings. It's a very deep machine, personally I lack the energy to program it to reach anything like it's capabilities. It's multidimensional in its abilities and the quality is great. If you feel there are not enough tracks then you need a second machine or third, then you need to mix them and everything gets exponentially more complicated.

    TLDR - The Oktatrack is a great sampler but it takes time to learn and operate.

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    For me that whole era of clubbing seemed very rough. I'd been going to Land Of Oz in '88 then loads of clubbing (basically burnt out) by the early 90's. When this sound was happening I was living in Stamford Hill painting houses and listening to pirate radio all day. I don't remember the ads that well though.

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