One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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I have an idea too.
It's a ridiculous idea, but I'm going to give it a go.
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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Ridiculous ideas often turn out pretty good. Get to it, Stephenson!
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I’ve missed the last couple. I may miss this one too. I’m a long way from home on a work project. But I do have a laptop, an audio interface, a city with pawn shops and an hour or two.
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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Might have a go at this using one of the Arturia soft synths. Need to have a listen to some previous entries first though, to get an idea of what you guys are up to.
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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blinddrew wrote: Tue Aug 02, 2022 4:15 pm
OneWorld wrote: Tue Aug 02, 2022 3:51 pm
fatbenelton wrote: Tue Aug 02, 2022 10:52 am You could do the ‘reveal’ at SynthFest and if you wanted a competition think in terms of Joe Public guessing the most correct instruments used rather than the pieces themselves.

That’s my point, it’s a presentation, not a prize

I think you may be underestimating the size of Synthfest and over-estimating our importance in it! :D

I thought Sound on Sound created the whole thing?
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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OneWorld wrote: Sat Aug 06, 2022 1:29 am
blinddrew wrote: Tue Aug 02, 2022 4:15 pm I think you may be underestimating the size of Synthfest and over-estimating our importance in it! :D

I thought Sound on Sound created the whole thing?

They did but the forum, while valued, is a mere fragment of the Sound On Sound universe ;-)
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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Rich Hanson wrote: Fri Aug 05, 2022 10:10 am Ridiculous ideas often turn out pretty good. Get to it, Stephenson!

Absolutely! My track is one I'd probably not find a use for in any other context. It's 'out there', great fun and it turns out one of my synths is perfect for it :D
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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I was thinking of having go at a version of 4’ 33”, but I don’t have a suitable synth.
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My old Roland SH 09 would have done that no probs!! In fact it could do an album of similar. :bouncy:
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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Having a bit of a struggle at the moment. I had one of two hardware synths in mind, but one is proving to be a pig to set up voices, and the other is showing it's age sound quality wise.
Definitely not going to try the SY35 again - the problems last time I'll regard as a warning :?
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I'm in. :thumbup:
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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Vexingly it would appear that the VCA on my synth is faulty and, in this case, renders the whole thing unusable for this task.
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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blinddrew wrote: Sat Aug 06, 2022 3:33 pm Vexingly it would appear that the VCA on my synth is faulty and, in this case, renders the whole thing unusable for this task.

As I'm not doing it now, you could have a go at 4'33" yourself.
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It's an option.

I mean, technically, it is an option.
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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Wonks wrote: Sat Aug 06, 2022 5:07 pm
blinddrew wrote: Sat Aug 06, 2022 3:33 pm Vexingly it would appear that the VCA on my synth is faulty and, in this case, renders the whole thing unusable for this task.

As I'm not doing it now, you could have a go at 4'33" yourself.

I was thinking of doing it myself, but with the added difficulty of playing it backwards. However, my post-Covid breathing is too noisy.

I’ll get back to my lurking now….
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

Post by sonics »

I was going to ask about the rules, but then found the sticky thread. :headbang:
I have far too many soft-synths, but I have tried to produce at least a complete piece or two with each one just to find out what I like about them, if anything.
I could enter one of those tracks, but since I've just ordered my first new hardware synth in about twenty years, that should probably be my choice! :D
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

Post by N i g e l »

Its a bit early season for me but if I can find the time Ill put an entry in.

Can we have at least a few days after publication to listen to the tracks before the clue phase begins ? It all seemed over so quick last time.
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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Well, I was going to try the QS300, but it's not just the display backlight that's dud. I can't get anything out of the bottom octave and a half keys :(
This is weird. It will send MIDI out in that range from the keyboard, and will receive MIDI to it's internal banks. It could be some obscure setting, although I've never tried to do this. Also there is no official factory reset mentioned anywhere in the manual, and the two suggestions I've seen on the 'net seem to set a lot of stuff but make no difference to this.

Frankly I've run out of patience with it, so if anyone wants it let me know, you can have it for free.
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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Wonks wrote: Sat Aug 06, 2022 5:07 pm
blinddrew wrote: Sat Aug 06, 2022 3:33 pm Vexingly it would appear that the VCA on my synth is faulty and, in this case, renders the whole thing unusable for this task.

As I'm not doing it now, you could have a go at 4'33" yourself.

I was going to, but unfortunately I found the power supply.
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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What I thought I might do once all submissions have been received is to publish the music along with two lists - one of the contributors and the other of the synths used. I thought this might give people a fighting of chance of getting at least a couple right :D
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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Hmm, I think we'd (secretly) enjoy a few days of total puzzlement :?
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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Rich Hanson wrote: Sun Aug 07, 2022 7:34 pm What I thought I might do once all submissions have been received is to publish the music along with two lists - one of the contributors and the other of the synths used. I thought this might give people a fighting of chance of getting at least a couple right :D

I like that idea. Even knowing most of the folks who contribute to the One Synth Challenges it can be very difficult to make guesses in the absence of a candidate list, fun though it is anyway ;)
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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Rich Hanson wrote: Sun Aug 07, 2022 7:34 pm What I thought I might do once all submissions have been received is to publish the music along with two lists - one of the contributors and the other of the synths used. I thought this might give people a fighting of chance of getting at least a couple right :D

I like this idea, since there are some 50 bazillion synths to choose from these days...
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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resistorman wrote: Mon Aug 08, 2022 1:11 pm
Rich Hanson wrote: Sun Aug 07, 2022 7:34 pm What I thought I might do once all submissions have been received is to publish the music along with two lists - one of the contributors and the other of the synths used. I thought this might give people a fighting of chance of getting at least a couple right :D

I like this idea, since there are some 50 bazillion synths to choose from these days...

I don't like this idea myself. Guessing without a list is much more challenging. For example, if someone could create sounds typical of one synth by using another, I'd like that fact to be a secret until the "reveal".
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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I can see the pros and cons. At the end of the day, it's Rich's thread, Rich's rules. For reference, last time, the tracks were posted up with no info, then full info was given two days later.

I'd be happy with the tracks+lists approach, but maybe the lists could be kept as a separate link so that people could listen with no preconceptions if they chose.
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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...alternatively, it could be done to a schedule. Eg, link to tracks, link to lists next day, link to reveal after 7 days. That might avoid the "shall I shan't I" bit.
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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Welcome to the cat-herding club Rich :lol:

Jolly glad you're doing it though. I can think of a couple of ways to make everyone happy and I'm sure you can too but feel free to ping me if you need any help.
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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Eddy Deegan wrote: Mon Aug 08, 2022 9:17 pm Welcome to the cat-herding club Rich :lol:

Exactly what I was thinking!
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Folderol wrote: Mon Aug 08, 2022 10:56 pm
Eddy Deegan wrote: Mon Aug 08, 2022 9:17 pm Welcome to the cat-herding club Rich :lol:

Exactly what I was thinking!

Uh huh!
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Re: One Synth Challenge #7- 2022 Edition

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What I am going to do:

Day 1: Post the tracks

Day 3: Post the list of synths

Day 5: Post the list of contributors

That gives a couple of days of blind guessing for those nutters that like that sort of thing.

There you go, pussy cats, now I'm off to nail some jelly to the ceiling :P
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