Another batch of MT readers' own synth sounds. Featured this month: the Korg DW8000, Roland Jupiter 6, Yamaha DX7 and Casio CZ101.
MANY READERS ARE now supplementing their patch charts with a short demo cassette of the sounds in question, and this is really good news for our over-worked (and generally hungover) editorial team. Don't worry too much about classic performances and impeccable recording quality; just present your sounds simply and concisely - and convince us you're the best of the bunch. If you can't lay your hands on a cassette player, don't let that put you off submitting some patches - an interesting description is a good substitute.
And if you're still waiting to see your particular synth featured in these pages, then why not be the first to submit some sounds?
Don't forget that if your patch gets published, you'll receive a free year's subscription to MUSIC TECHNOLOGY with our compliments. So send us your favourite sounds on a photocopy of an owner's manual chart (coupled with a blank one for artwork purposes) accompanied, if possible, by a short demo-tape. Include a decent-length description of your sound and its musical purpose in life, and write your full name and address on each chart. And remember, edited presets are all very well, but an original masterpiece is always preferable. OK?
The address to send sounds to: Patchwork, (Contact Details).
Paul Nagle, Preston, Lancs
An extract from Paul's latest album, Wilderlands, due out later in the year, has made its way into the MT offices. One of the tracks, 'Rivendell', features a classy lead string sound which Paul describes as "a good sound for melodic playing. It's nice as a layered MIDI sound, say alongside a piano, and the touch-sensitivity only cuts through with heavy fingering." One free prescription on its way...
Robert Turnbull, Paisley, Scotland
Robert's 'Axe' demo did such a good job at impersonating a screaming guitar, no-one at MT guessed it was generated by a DX7. 'Axe' could be just what you need for playing raving guitar-like solos on your remote keyboard stage front, and proficient use of pitch-bend will attract even greater admiration (and probably a few phone numbers, too). Don't be shy with this one...
Ford Elliott, Folkestone, Kent
There's a definite accent on axes this month, and 'Ford's Fender' typifies the sound made famous by sixties heroes the Shadows. Being one half of a duo comprising keyboards/bass, Ford Finds it useful for impersonating a nonexistent guitarist. And if rock 'n' roll's your cup of tea, you'll get the beat going with this one.
S D Fletcher, Notts
'Nightporter' was programmed (surprise, surprise) in an attempt to recreate the mood of the Satie-influenced Japan song of the same name. If the sound comes across rather too sweetly for your taste, reduce the Fine Detune to around 09 for a more piano-like sound. Some slow modulation delayed to the tail-end of the sound adds a different dimension, too.
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