• Dash

    In these upcoming production articles, it would be great to find out how the hell ableton live works. Hindsight is a bitch.

  • tf

    The Domino does have glide, it can be activated via midi. Think mine was already switched on when I got it anyway…

    As for direction, maybe you should show more producers who are integrating hardware into their set-up, and as someone else already said, make you’re tutorials more specific, if I see another series of articles on the basics of synthesis I might just die. Having a unique angle for an article is more interesting because all the general knowledge is already out there!

  • http://www.facebook.com/martin.jaszkowiak Martin Jaszkowiak

    You have to Test the Arturia Plugin Oberheim SEM!!!

  • BrokeDJ

    That DSI Prophet 12 so insane yet so unaffordable for my means.

  • FattyKutz

    I’m looking to get into hardware synths, and am most intrigued by those build to mod, yet maintain a price I can afford ($200-$599 to ballpark). I’m looking for something that will maintain a tube warmth, but is also capable of tones that resemble a 527 Blown Hemi at 7k RPM. Any suggestions on synths made to mod or synths with patchbays?

    • wardtf

      Well of course the Korg MS-20 which has CV

      Or

      buy a doepfer synthesizer voice (the eurorack version of the Dark Energy) with some additional modules. They also got some diy stuff for making your own case.

  • lakatta

    But will it blend

  • Anonymous

    The old DJ Powertools and Mad Zach’s SoundPacks are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to applying production knowledge to a controllerist’s performance. You can go so far beyond by enhancing and creating things of your own by adding a little synth. The minitaur (not new) is one of my most recent additions and it has helped me grow so much.

  • theclaus

    Why are snyths so expensive? I’m asking out of genuine curiosity.

    • Mad Zach

      they require a lot of engineering, the components are not cheap, and with a company like DSI, they manufacture in the USA so its not made by Chinese sweatshop workers

  • http://twitter.com/errorwave ERRORWAVE

    It’s a shame synths really are just synths. Having a good piano sound is just not possible with these guys. I’m in the camp that thinks vst synths have overtaken hardware not just in sound but ease of use, programming options and much more. However live you really still need that 0ms latency to avoid that disconnected feeling software still gets you above a certain safe live asio buffer.

    • Mad Zach

      for me its all about racing through synthesis and being creative with the knobs at hand, software just doesn’t inspire me in the same way to explore and create

  • http://twitter.com/dsharps dsharps

    I’m totally down with this synthesizer/production stuff!

  • Jim

    Would love to see more articles on producing and products for producers. Most DJs will end up producing, even if they don’t realize it yet. Don’t be afraid to get specific with your articles. It seems like a lot of DJTT articles stay general. For example, if you did an article on mastering, don’t do a general article on basic mastering concepts, pick one aspect of mastering and do an article on that. For example, eq’ing.

  • http://twitter.com/dtechnohouse DetroitTechnoHouse

    This new Prophet sounds pretty phat. $3000 ouch!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1137292039 Ronald Edwards

      Yeah, that’s why a lot of people lean toward using VST emulations of the originals with their new-fangled MIDI keyboard controllers. There are a lot of really good “Controller Keyboards” on the market and a LOT (and I do mean a VERY LARGE AMOUNT) of emulated synthesizers on the market.

      • RockingClub

        Which doesn’t mean there is no use and need for the real instrument, of course ;)

      • Mad Zach

        ah but the tone and playability don’t even compare

  • JuanSOLO

    I have a SlimPhatty and I love it, that Sub Phatty looks delicious, hope to see a version without the keyboard.

  • http://twitter.com/cxsanchez César Sánchez

    I’m all into production and including controllerism into a show, so this new direction is great!

  • 1nfinite zer0

    love synths and production info. feels like there is a gap out there for consistent live and performance news, tips, articles. which is one of the reason i love djtt so much. would enjoy if that direction continued

  • http://www.facebook.com/tomas.casals.9 Tomas Casals

    That new Moog is a nice piece of kit. I would kill for a Dave Smith though. Easily my favorite keyboard synth ever. I wish I had a car to sell for one

    • wardtf

      Why not selling your gf? :-P

      • Anonymous

        ^^this ..GF’s are more expensive

        • wardtf

          Well, then sell your soul to buy your GF back

          • wardtf

            And sell your house/car after that to get your soul back!

  • wardtf

    DJTT forgot to mention the Korg MS-20 mini….
    The great thing is that it can be easily expanded with modular synth stuff like doepfer A-100, and that it already has shown to be a good synth..

    $599 <== OMG

    http://korg.com/MS20mini

    • wardtf

      http://korg.com/MS20mini

      (left one in the picture is the mini ($599), right one in the picture is the original (on eBay around $1500+)

    • Spacecamp

      Very true – Zach didn’t get a chance to play with one on camera because there was such a crowd around it each time we went over!

    • http://twitter.com/Geeky_Disco Geeky Disco

      The MS-20 Mini is a Hertz per Volt rather than a Volts per Octave synth (just like the original) and therefore is incompatible with Eurorack stuff like the Doepfer stuff you mentioned without something else in between. So it won’t work with modular gear on it’s own.

    • FattyKutz

      I don’t have much, but I’ll sell you my soul for one :)

      • wardtf

        Hmm, depends on how religious you are

        If your atheïst i would only give $50 but if your a good christian, i’ll give you 750$… always nice to have an extra soul, i mean: bigger chance to get in heaven xD

  • Prof_Strangeman

    Kind of disappointed in the Moog Sub. I’ll be sticking to my Slim’s and Minitaur setup. I really like that Domino though..

    • Mad Zach

      a bit boring if you ask me :/

      • Prof_Strangeman

        Oh my God. Mad Zach responded to my comment. O_O His glorious fingers which bring us so much finger drumming love rode accross his keyboard to back up a comment I made.

        • Kim

          I guess it might seem boring if you’ve had plenty of experience with more advanced synths, but the Domino seems great for hardware-starters in my eyes! Great way to get a basic understanding of synthesis and MIDI-routing, apart from the cute sounds it makes.

  • http://twitter.com/sambirchenough Sam Birchenough

    The Prophet 12 is my dream synth. Had so much fun playing with it and talking to the DSI guys.

    • Mad Zach

      I couldn’t step away from it, people were giving me dirty looks and asking me if “I was done yet” lol