Sent Wed, Aug 12th 1998, 21:42
Kurt Dwight Bleach wrote: > I've got a Dark Star, which I use with a Doepfer system. It can be > pretty cool, but personally I find it a little hard to get useful sounds > out of it (although I'll freely admit it could be operator error--I > haven't really put a lot of time into fully experimenting with it). To > me, it often sounds like a cheesy early 80's video game--which I mean in > a good way. (Actually, I think it's based around a TI video game chip). The important thing to remeber when messing with something like the Dark Star is is is *not* designed to make standard sounds. In a way that's it's stong point IMO but if you're tyring to get a VCO type wave or something a bit more mainstream it might not fit. The great thing about it is it's a voltage controlled Noise source. I've easily got good 'ol white/colored noise type sounds from it straight without other modules or processing. It gets even more interesting when you mess with the quirky filter and built in envelop as well as the "VCO" and other stuff. I too use one in a doepfer system and I think it adds a unique angle to a modular setup. I'd tend to say the Boss PC2 is more video gamish than the dark Star while the DS is more varied and "noise" oriented. It does waves of sound quite nice as well as the chirps and such. > That's kind of like saying "I'm debating the advantages of getting a > Dalmation versus a trampoline." If you go modular, though, I'd recommend > checking out the Doepfer. It's by far the cheapest (even cheaper than > the MOTM--and it comes fully assembled), it's amazingly flexible and > sounds great. Ditto on this one! Doepfer hands down has the lowest cost of any modular system in production and there is nothing worng with the units in any way. sopme poepl might want more from a module here and there but in reality they are totally stright forward and fuctional and some do have some wonderful whistles and bells built in. Plus Doepfer has an incredible module selection from standard stuff to the *very* wacky and all of that is equally affordable and has new stuff coming out all the time. There are some wonderful new instruments out there but nothing else comes close to the cost and flexiblity of a custom Doepfer system IMO. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- HELP WANTED PRODUCTIONS - Http://www.voicenet.com/~legion "Bringing you the best in Organic Electronic music since we started..." Home of the Unusual Instrument and Recording Gallery with pictures and info of Tube recorders, Omnichords, weird guitars, Casios, and more.