Author Archives: hardwarecore

SP-606 Out, MV-8800 In

So, in our last episode, I had sold off the SP-808 and brought in an SP-606.  I had hoped that it would be something of an update to the 808 to bring it into the 21st century and, in many … Continue reading

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Incoming! – Roland SP-606

I’ve been slowing down my gear purchases considerably lately but I just pulled the trigger on an SP-606 and it will, hopefully, allow to finally retire my big, bulky SP-808. A few key improvements over the 808 that led me to … Continue reading

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Why My Honeymoon Phase With The Analog Rytm Ended

So, I got a Rytm a while back and I was initially pretty psyched about it.  It is an amazing machine that covers a lot of ground that my Tempest does not.  It has a much more immediate synth engine … Continue reading

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Korg Electribe ESX-1 Soundset: SKS-01

This is sort of a “bread & butter” sample pack for the ESX-1, commonly used sounds with some room left over to work with.  It consists of drum kits sampled into one long sample and then sliced into individual hits. … Continue reading

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FREE DSI Tempest Soundset: Hardwarecore #1

    Free download via the DSI forum:  Free Download This is a set of 64 patches that I programmed from scratch, consisting of: – 16 Pad Sounds – 16 Bass Sounds – 16 Leads & Misc Sounds – 16 Bass … Continue reading

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Elektron Analog Rytm Vs. DSI Tempest – Either/Or? Or Ying & Yang?

When it comes to drum machines, the punchy, analog Roland TR’s have been the holy grail for a long time.  In just the past few years, the 808 and 909 have just about doubled in price on the used market, … Continue reading

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Groovebox Battle Royal

“Which groovebox is the best?” This is one of the more common questions you’ll see come up on synth message boards and Facebook groups and there really is no right answer.  I once asked myself this same question years ago … Continue reading

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