Since the release of ‘Classic Keys’
by Emu, we have maintained that retro synth modules are a total
rip-off and utter crap. Now we are vindicated. Several manufacturers
are re-releasing their 'vintage' synthesizers in their original
forms, the most notable of which is MOOG; the MiniMoog has been
re released, in a form that is identical to the original model!
The re-released version has midi, memory, and an LCD,
but if you are Elite, you can order yours to the original spec with
NO MIDI!! This is a fascinating turn of events.
We think that modules suck because they don’t
have instant, hands on parameter access, they are controlled by
non-interactive increment/decrement keys that drive menu formatted
controls. Knobs and sliders better facilitate creativity; you can
instantly react to what you are editing, and you can edit more than
one parameter at a time; the feedback
you get from this process is critical when you are programming.
This is why some keyboards that came with only ½" by
3" information screens spawned suites of programming software,
while other keyboards spawned third party peripheral slider pads
to gain better access to parameter editing.
The new MiniMoog (£3695, cheaper
than the second hand model) is a direct result of music makers
realizing that current synthesizers just can't cut it when it comes
to creative programming (the one notable exception being the
fantastic Waldorf Wave £6299). This is part of
the reason why everyone has been chasing new/fad keyboards; no
one is programming sounds, and in order to stay ahead of the
pack with the freshest sounds, these lamers have to keep replacing
their rubbish keyboards so that they can have access to the latest
I have not even mentioned the sound
of these fad keyboards.
Here is what you have to do:
Trade up your crap modules, and settle on 4 synthesisers. Take 6
months to program for all of them. Dont