From Haible Juergen
Sent Mon, Aug 10th 1998, 16:00
>as for vocoders/analog speech synthesis I'm kind of annoyed that if >anyone on this list has the Doepfer A-129 series Vocoder modules they >sure aren't talking. [...] >Everyone just sort of says "buy the MAM VF-11". Now I certainly don't >want to knock the unit, and it has things going for it (like 40% or less >of the cost of the Doepfer fully configured. Another highlight is >Voiced/Unvoiced switching, something not many other units have, though >the Doepfer does). [...] >I mean think about it, the Doepfer is fully patchable. You can swap the >analysis/synthesis bands like high end units. Well, IMSBO (slightly biased opinion (;->) ), the problem with the doepfer is that you *have* to patch it together. Do you really want to *always* do this ? Especially with these tiny jacks on crowded front panels? One look at this unit at the Frankfurt Musikmesse last year was enough for me to know that I would *never* wanted such a thing. (And this speaks someone who loves modular systems in general.) I mean, I would be glad if my MAM vocoder had optional patchpoints, and maybe some day I will retrofit it (preferably with a tiny patch matrix). And when I will do this, I'll take care that I have enough panel space that I can still turn the knobs easily without getting stuck inside patch cords and possibly causing intermittent contacts. Maximum flexibillity is *one* design goal, but ergonomics is a not less important one. As for sound and quality, I can't compare, because I never touched a doepfer. MAM don't rely on standard tolerance components, they are tuning each filter by hand. Does doepfer even claim to have such high quality standards? JH.