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I want to transcribe and play the octave-inverted ragtime. Specifically the B part of Maple Leaf Rag which starts around 0:45 in the recording.

used but non-discontinued gear review: Volca FM 

I paid $50, which was a fair price. The three-voice polyphony and lack of velocity sensitivity wipe out the only strengths of FM and make it a wooden sounding toy. I guess it could be good for basses. The main use is as a convenient sketchpad/patch creation tool that you can use on the couch... I just wish there was a good way to actually export patches from it without modding in a MIDI-OUT.

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discontinued gear review: Yamaha TX802 rackmount FM synth 

This is a rackmount DX7-II.

Programming is easier than the DX7-II, thanks to the nice screen, but it's still very premeditated. You definitely don't want to dial up a brand new patch in the middle of songwriting. And the screen viewing angle is narrow, so you have to be careful where you place it.

I would recommend it over the DX7-II because it tends to be cheaper and the multitimbrality is very useful.

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discontinued gear review: Alesis MMT-8 sequencer 

Classic 80s hardware sequencer with a lightning fast workflow. This is a faster route from brain to song than anything else I've ever used. It is cheap, plasticky and fragile, but appears easy to repair. Mine has some cosmetic issues but works great for now. I hope to keep it running for a long time.

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discontinued gear review: Alesis 3630 compressor 

A dirt-cheap and dirt-common hardware compressor. It is bad with transients and it attenuates bass. For these reasons, it is not a good limiter or master compressor. It is good at parallel compression and sidechaining. I've also gotten away with using it as a glue compressor for kick and bass, after dialing in a suitable bass boost.

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MMT-8 sketches 

While I was waiting for that to render, I started noodling around with some lo-fi hip hop sounding chords, and when I came back to the present I had enough material for a second track. It is a different style than the first but I think they sound like companion pieces.

Can't wait to see what directions this little box takes me next.

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MMT-8 sketches 

Here is the result of jacking up a keyboard line with severe quantization. It changed the feel in a way I wasn't expecting. This made me want to lay down some more parts around it. And boom, a track.

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Alesis MMT-8 sequencer arrived in the mail yesterday, and I'm in love. Such a quick workflow.

inaugural post, low-production-values acid banger 

Hi sonomu!

Here is a quick little jam from me. Public domain/CC0 as always :)

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