Super deluxe Solaris

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Super deluxe Solaris

Post by marzzz » Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:24 pm

Just for fun, let's say the Solaris goes into production shortly and sells reasonably well, enough that JB can consider a "Super Deluxe" version (as sort of mentioned in the I/O topic with regard to AES digital outs). Within reason, i.e., given that the Solaris is currently $3999 and a "deluxe" could be, say, $5999, what would you want in "your" deluxe Solaris?

For me, a 76 key version with PolyAT, of course!

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Post by ThreeFingersOfLove » Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:16 am

Oh that's easy:

1. Analog filters (MUST HAVE)
2. Poly aftertouch (MUST HAVE)
3. 24 voice polyphony (can live without)
4. AES/EBU (can live without)

I will buy it right away. No questions asked.

:D

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Post by Carbon111 » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:26 pm

More memory space for on board samples.

A 76 key, weighted, high-quality keybed.

A real analog (or tube-based) gain stage at the end of the signal chain for warmth/distortion, etc...
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Post by Fidgit » Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:43 am

hmmm, strange. how about using and learning to use the announced hardware first - before asking for more and more and more?! :roll:

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Post by marzzz » Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:19 am

Fidgit wrote:hmmm, strange. how about using and learning to use the announced hardware first - before asking for more and more and more?! :roll:
Like I said, "just for fun." Nothing wrong with throwing out some ideas, and gives us something to talk about until the hardware actually gets here. :roll: :roll: :roll:

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Post by cornutt » Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:35 am

How about support for Open Sound Control?

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Post by Carbon111 » Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:14 am

Fidgit wrote:hmmm, strange. how about using and learning to use the announced hardware first - before asking for more and more and more?! :roll:
...but I've already used the Solaris a whole bunch! :D

It's just fun to talk about possibilities. As Debbie Harry says, "dreamin is free". :lol:
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Post by scope4live » Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:39 pm

I already have a substantial collection of polished 1-2MB sized Kyma Waveforms and old D50 Partials.
But recently I have successfully integrated my hardware Analog synths into the Modular IV shell of the XITE-1.
I have various CV Modules for ecternally connecting synths and hardware effects, but the latest embedded ASIO I/O module means I can creat an Analog and Digital Audio loop where my Analog synths and Solaris can be parts of a giant multi-timbral beast, and the succesfull embedded ASIO I/O modules mean I can have rather large 24bit stereo samples brought into Solaris and remixed so I can have higher quality samples and they can be changed in realtime inside of the Mod IV shell via MIDI Prgm Chnge messages.
Solaris will be a psuedo 8 Zone controller if I want.
I know the 2 x powerful ADSP 21369's DSP chips in Solaris are going to be plenty of power, but I have 12 more of those in my XITE-1.
I just recently proved this using my Analog synths I/O's and if Solaris has the type of SP/DIF I need I can use Modular for the creation of the Zones and mixing of various sources of synthesis and Audio...............
That will be Deluxe IMHO.

But, down the road PAT, OSC and 76 key semi weighted board would dominate all others.
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Post by John Bowen » Fri Feb 26, 2010 4:27 pm

Jimmy,

Solaris is 6 x ADSP 21369.
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Post by John Bowen » Fri Feb 26, 2010 6:01 pm

ThreeFingersOfLove wrote:Oh that's easy:

1. Analog filters (MUST HAVE)
2. Poly aftertouch (MUST HAVE)
3. 24 voice polyphony (can live without)
4. AES/EBU (can live without)

I will buy it right away. No questions asked.

:D
And how many Analog filters would that be? Generally I'd think you'd want one per voice, and if we are running 10-15 voices, that's an expensive option!!

-jb

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Post by 3rdConstruction » Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:34 pm

I'm thinking the Solaris we're getting IS the super deluxe model...
... speaking at length about something is no guarantee that understanding is advanced.

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Post by lotus-eater » Sat Feb 27, 2010 8:44 am

3rdConstruction wrote:I'm thinking the Solaris we're getting IS the super deluxe model...
My thoughts exactly.

Analogue filters a must? Well, to each his own, but I would prefer not to have noisy analogue electronics messing up a beautiful sounding, digital mega-synth. Why reduce fidelity with multiple trips through DA/ADs?

The only upgrades I can see being really worthwhile on a synth this capable sonically, are those that would allow it to be played more expressively (polyAT), and those that would allow you to interface it with higher-end gear (AES/EBU).

Certainly not complaining about the lack of either of these options though. I'd pay extra for an AES upgrade, but not polyAT.

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Post by BF » Sat Feb 27, 2010 1:34 pm

lotus-eater wrote:
3rdConstruction wrote:I'm thinking the Solaris we're getting IS the super deluxe model...
My thoughts exactly.
As well, but if we are having fun... laser guns and a tank full of electric eels.
pew pew... zap!
O, is it too late to mention tank tracks or a hovercraft mode?

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Post by tinhu » Sat Feb 27, 2010 3:13 pm

and to make a cup of coffee ,
what else ?
"switched on bach"

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Post by valis » Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:41 am

Personal HAARP generator with the right presets to generate "good vibes" in the venue rather than the nasty stuff that HAARP is reportedly used for...oh 'frickin laser beams' would be bad either!

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