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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby itsvince725 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:34 pm

guardian452 wrote:
itsvince725 wrote:This Frankenstein's monster of an AT PC.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/232266046242?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

The case and motherboard are like 5 years apart, it's so weird.

Eh, I reused the same compaq case and psu for about 15 years. Started life as a p4 with geforce 2 mx in 2001, upgraded with core 2 duo and geforce 9400. Gave it to a friend and afaik it's still running as-is.

One of those compaqs that had the interchangable color translucent panel on the front. :)


I actually am looking for a PIII Deskpro right now, hoping to find one this weekend at an old computer store.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby ibmfiles » Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:33 pm

Raion-Fox wrote:Well I did get a DX7 recently as planned at a pawn shop for $270. The case is dented and the LCD needs to be replaced but otherwise it works great.

Woah Raion-Fox, so I'm curious; do most of you guys buy synthesizers and have this degree of familiarity with them? That's like taking all of the niche forums and topics (vogons, VCF, EEVBlog Forum, VSF, gearslutz, geekhack etc etc etc) and rolling it all into one with each member on here knowing all of these topics and switching between them nonchalantly on the fly. I've never in my life switched from discussing OS/400 to DX7s and JV-1080s, nor did I think it was possible.

[meanwhile at nekochan] "No big deal, we'll just talk about System i, Irix, OS/2, FreeBSD, obscure PowerPC PReP machines, SGI Granite ALPS keyboards, Oberheims, Yamaha FM synths"...

*brain explodes*

I bought a Yamaha FB-01 (got lucky @ $37 USD) even though it's a bit redundant as I own an "IMFC" which has the same chip. But this way it doesn't need to be inside a computer. I think the IMFC even needs the elusive -12V ISA rail, which I have no idea how it differs from "+12v" as they're both... 12v. I like that red screen, it's almost like it was deliberately chosen to be the opposite of the MT-32.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby commodorejohn » Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:04 am

There's a surprising number of Nekochanners who are into synthesizers, actually. I have no idea why this should be the case, but there you are.

Anyway, the FB-01 is a fun little box :) Nowhere near as flexible as their professional-level FM keyboards, but plenty flexible enough to play around with, plus it's pretty well exactly the same voice architecture as the OPN chip in the Sega Genesis. Good stuff!
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby ibmfiles » Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:23 am

commodorejohn wrote:There's a surprising number of Nekochanners who are into synthesizers, actually. I have no idea why this should be the case, but there you are.

Hmmmm.... would it be possible to create a 'how did you get into synthesizers' thread?

commodorejohn wrote:Anyway, the FB-01 is a fun little box :) Nowhere near as flexible as their professional-level FM keyboards, but plenty flexible enough to play around with, plus it's pretty well exactly the same voice architecture as the OPN chip in the Sega Genesis. Good stuff!

OPM and OPN actually do share more differences than you'd expect (and the OPN implemented with TDM distortion on early Genesis cannot be replicated with anything else unless you use the same amplifier). That's not my forte though since I get most exposure from the OPL series (*drool* OPL2 *drool*), I'm reciting what my 'OPx' buddy always tells me.

I do happen to own an FS1R (even the box too!), so I won't have to be limited by the FB-01 in any way. A different friend who also owns an FS1R (and a polymoog 203a), said it was a challenge to turn off the extra reverb effects on the FS1R's stock sounds. I haven't dug that deep yet since the FS1R's interface is pretty terrible and adapted from their MU series... just need to get that MIDI mixer going... just a pain programming its interface. I didn't go with a USB MOTU because the one I was looking at dropped SYSEX data randomly and that's pretty important when you're editing synths remotely.

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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Shiunbird » Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:54 am

I've just received a second ThinkVision L220x, got from eBay for 20 GBP.

I love this monitor. 1920x1200, 22-inch, 4 USB 2 ports and does 92% Adobe RGB when properly calibrated.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby commodorejohn » Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:25 am

ibmfiles wrote:OPM and OPN actually do share more differences than you'd expect (and the OPN implemented with TDM distortion on early Genesis cannot be replicated with anything else unless you use the same amplifier). That's not my forte though since I get most exposure from the OPL series (*drool* OPL2 *drool*), I'm reciting what my 'OPx' buddy always tells me.

True enough, but it's still about the closest you're going to get in a MIDI-capable instrument, unless someone has hacked up an interface for Genesis & flashcart (which wouldn't surprise me.)

And yes, OPL2 is its own special kind of magic :)
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:00 am

ibmfiles wrote:Woah Raion-Fox, so I'm curious; do most of you guys buy synthesizers and have this degree of familiarity with them? That's like taking all of the niche forums and topics (vogons, VCF, EEVBlog Forum, VSF, gearslutz, geekhack etc etc etc) and rolling it all into one with each member on here knowing all of these topics and switching between them nonchalantly on the fly. I've never in my life switched from discussing OS/400 to DX7s and JV-1080s, nor did I think it was possible.


Lets roll over some of my other hobbies while we're at it:

Cars (I do all the work on my Miata)
Audiophile
Music Composer
Writer
parkour (I suck at it though as I'm the only tracer within 30 miles)
mechanical keyboards
I speak three languages besides English: Chinese, Japanese and some Portugeuse
Cooking

My Miata smells like petrol today because I replaced the fuel pump. FML.

So yeah, I'm a varied interest man.

ibmfiles wrote:I bought a Yamaha FB-01 (got lucky @ $37 USD) even though it's a bit redundant as I own an "IMFC" which has the same chip. But this way it doesn't need to be inside a computer. I think the IMFC even needs the elusive -12V ISA rail, which I have no idea how it differs from "+12v" as they're both... 12v. I like that red screen, it's almost like it was deliberately chosen to be the opposite of the MT-32.
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Nice! I have a PSR-36, PSS-470, and my DX7 currently. I want a PSR-32, a few early analog Casios, and the Yamaha MK-100.

I did pick up a BOSS-532 mixer recently. Nice, for a mixer that uses SmartMedia.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby commodorejohn » Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:14 am

Hah, I haven't seriously dug into Portuguese since years ago when I was translating some of my cousins' Aninha comics.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:38 am

Well I am ethnically Western Spanish-Eastern Portugeuse. Even my mother's ancestral family name, Godoy, should clue you in. Its the greatest ethnic composition in my genetics and the one I most strongly identify with, as I look very Portugeuse (By contrast, my younger brother takes after the father's side and would look at home in Denmark or Sweden.)

I'm learning European Portugeuse, though.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby itsvince725 » Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:54 pm

An IBM PC XT 286! It's missing a hard drive and it's slightly rusty but I paid a lot less than eBay prices AND I got a Model M keyboard with it!
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Shiunbird » Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:59 am

Raion-Fox wrote:I'm learning European Portugeuse, though.


I'm always delighted when I see someone learning Portuguese. People only seem to be interested in learning Spanish...
Feel free to ask if you need help. I know both Brazilian and European Portuguese well (in terms of spelling differences, grammar usage and unique expressions), although my accent is 100% Brazilian.

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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby ibmfiles » Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:16 pm

Shiunbird wrote:I'm always delighted when I see someone learning Portuguese. People only seem to be interested in learning Spanish...
Feel free to ask if you need help. I know both Brazilian and European Portuguese well (in terms of spelling differences, grammar usage and unique expressions), although my accent is 100% Brazilian.

I thought your accent was French actually. Oooops :P

Probably because it's fairly soft and your pronunciation of ð is the same. I pictured you as an Italian French guy with the latest in European fashion, lugging around various System i and mainframes. Monsieur Shiunoiseau.

Sorry, I have a fairly vivid imagination and it gets the best of me at times. :D

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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby smj » Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:10 am

Couple of LSI 9211-8i's to handle the twin drive cages of an HP DL380 G6 destined to run VMs at the colo...
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby guardian452 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:27 pm

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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby commodorejohn » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:59 pm

After like a year waiting for Sweetwater to get them back in stock, I've finally plunked down for an Oberheim SEM reissue (patch-panel edition.) Looking forward to finally getting this :)
Computers: Amiga 1200, DEC VAXStation 4000/60, DEC MicroPDP-11/73
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