I’m curious to know what you think has been overlooked.
It’s incredibly tough for /everything/ to cut through the noise in today’s market, and even things that do might not hold our attention for the time it takes to reach production, much less our workspaces.
What are some devices or tools that you love that you think could’ve, or should’ve made a bigger splash?
What are the sleeper hits of the electronic music hardware environment?
What’s giving you that secret sauce ?
Bastl & Casper Electronic’s Soft Pops : I adore this quirky little synthesizer, it’s endlessly playable with a wonderful interface. It can process external audio, syncs sloppily in the best way, has a whacky sequencer, and a full patchbay that’s incredibly deep.
It’s fun, covered in runes, and an incredibly personal collaboration between two phenomenally unique and artistic groups hmm that sounds familiar…
Other notable mentions : Make noise analog memory, (go read their old description of that for a good laugh and probably the reason they were quickly discontinued, it’s a pressure points expander…)
Herbs and stones liquid foam : I’d seen this around for a while but I played with it today and I’m floored, it’s like if serge made a 303.
FMR RNLA and RNC : these sound too good for how cheap they are, and if you play live they’re so convenient and can really pull a mix together.
Forgotten 80’s & 90’s rack units often deliver soooo nicely, those quadraverbs and midiverbs from alesis rock as well, and they can be grabbed for next to nothing. I’ve got a Korg DRV-1000, a grainy old digital reverb that i’ve come to love the character of as well.
Agreed! When I had my big Rumburak system I had two of those filters and since there were no typical oscillators from Bastl, only the grandPa samplers, I would use one Cinnamon as a saw VCO and the other as a filter then
While the SP-303 and 404 get lots of praise and recognition, I absolutely love my SP-505 and SP-555. They can be had for semi-cheap and are basically expanded versions of the two other models (save the infamous compressor on the 303 vinyl sim, that’s unique).
Why? The 505 has a 6 second delay that when cranked is perfect for Dakim style beats. The vinyl sim is so close to the 303, but I think the noise actually sounds better. The 555 is so different than any other hardware sampler. The D beam synth and trigger are cheesy, but I think the filter sounds stellar. The looper is honestly one of my favorites for hands-on looping. I love to pair it with the longer loopers on my Norns for weaving, meandering loops. The effects engines on both are spot on, too.
Not sure if this fits but I use had this for years and it still surprises me - even yesterday I’d forgotten what an awesome sampler it is as I’d been using as an echo mainly since I got the er301
It’s so rock solid, sounds amazing still and I had a morphagene for a bit and Immediately moved it because of the sds - she’s a freakin genius - I have t got it but her digital osc is awesome too
can do 400 slices, has an actual, vca with an actually very useful, 3 band eq - the best granular this side of the er301, tracks 1voct over 5 octaves, has all these play fx……the interface is a bit daunting but once you bend to its will you will not find anything like it in euro - still….it can output a clock too so can be sync”d to anything - and With midi this thing is a beast…it has a midi card so all that is accessible via midi! Plus other stuff - classic? Damn straight - a bedazzled classic stone cold
Oh yeah it’s cheap too - like $350, and I think that’s with the midi card now get one if you find it though she still sells em
I’m gonna keep it here cos I know you’ll do euro - sorry I didn’t realise it was a non euro thread but it does so much and with midi too it deserves a mention!!
The 555 was my second piece of gear after a volca beats. I sold it recently and sort of regret it…so hands on and immediate! I too loved the looper. This lovely box basically got me started making music
I really want to try to learn how to build modules so that I can implement a d-beam style control unit (possibly with a built in CV looper) but I have absolutely no idea where to start aside from…VCSELs? I don’t know.