I recommend liverwurst with white onion and lettuce and mayo on a kaiser roll. WITH a great big super sour dill on the side, to remind you of all the things you love most in the world, because that’s what great big super sour dills do.
Ive been interested in this since it was announced. From what I’ve heard via instagram posts and a couple youtube videos it sounds great and the plucked strings sound really good. Still waiting to hear the piano/keys models before I buy it. Hopefully we get some more demos soon.
Ricky Tinez just did a fairly in depth demo on youtube that’s worth checking out. I’ll put the link here. Overall, it sounds pretty amazing and I like the semitone tuning. Obviously the design is a little different, but that’s more a matter of preference. I also like the choke input, and in the video it’s used to make some cool sounding musical phrases.
I think the controls on rings are a bit better than the ones on Surface (but admittedly that could be because I’m more used to rings). The single biggest “downside” in the Rings v Surface discussion is that Surface does not have an audio input. Obviously, Rings sounds beautiful on it’s own, but you can get so much more by running other oscillators, contact mics, noise, whatever, through the intput. Surface won’t have any of that.
My takeaway was that Surface is a solid choice for people that see videos of rings and just like that rings sound and want to use it in their rack. It’s smaller, has the choke controls, and (by my estimation) has a few extra mode to dial in the sound you want. But if you actually want the resonator and extra features there, rings is still kings.
I think you’re probably right, in terms of what they’re doing technically. Surface is even descibed as a physical modeling voice, So I think comparing it to the right side of plaits (the percussive side) and plonk (also percussive) is valid.
The comparison to Rings is more because surface just sounds a lot like rings, whereas plonk (i think) and the physical modeling of plaits are more percussion focused. Surface seems to have a lot of those strings, bells, plucky sounds, which rings does (really well) too. To me, it seems like people may end up deciding between rings and surface for space in their rack for that sound.
That’s awesome that you ordered rings! It’s a ton of fun, one of my favorites. Try all types of sounds into the input, you can get some really cool stuff. I really like to use rings almost as an effect, and then use a mixer/attenuators to get sort of a “dry/wet” situation and it sounds awesome.
Degree++++ 4-channel euro touch controller is looking quite nice! It does gesture recording and quantizing as alternate features per channel. You can tell the designer is prioritizing tactility and accessibility over depth of features. This might scratch the same itch as Polyearthsea, but with 4 different sequence lengths (yum, polymeters).