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Ant's Prophet 6 vs Prophet 5 rant treat

Re: Ant's Prophet 6 vs Prophet 5 rant treat
« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2017, 03:00:42 AM »
Or perhaps instead, an emphasis on music, rather than technology...brother.  ;D

Well, synthesizers have both an artistic and technical sides of their use. That is why I like his statement so much. It deserves to be framed and put up on a wall. Truly insightful. And no, I am not ironic. Its genius!

You're very kind! Feel free to contact my lawyers about use of the quote! (Kidding!)

I have a dear friend who's known me for decades who used to insist that because I knew how to program synths I must certainly be better at math(s, for any stray Brits amongst!) than I was letting on. She was an economics major with a very logical mind and used to help me do my taxes and accounting etc. It took me years to convince her that because I "understood" how to turn a Cutoff Freq knob up or down, it didn't mean I was secretly running numbers as I worked!

Maybe what I've come to understand in recent years is that I love the Not Knowing as much as the Knowing of stuff and things, at least in the creative realm. In fact, that's what's at the heart of this particular thread in the first place. The Prophet 5 is a creature of mystery to me, to this very day, even though I'm nothing but comfortable with it. There's a certain irony for me in trying to "find" the mystery in the Prophet 6, then. "I know it's in here somewhere!" It's safe enough to say that my fascination with synths leans more to the musical side than the technical, though I'd throw in that  the "mystery" I'm searching for has a spiritual element, whatever that might even mean!

Re: Ant's Prophet 6 vs Prophet 5 rant treat
« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2017, 08:26:46 AM »
Very well said! Synthesizers is a musical field with a certain and sometimes strong technical bias. But at the end of the day its all about navigating the parameter space of the synthesizer looking for sounds that will work for current musical goals. Now, each parameter in a synthesizer is a dimension in a usually fairly large vector space that describes the current sound produced by the synthesizer. So maybe you could try the term "hyperspace artifact" on your mathematical friend next time you talk about synthesizers? ;)

One thing is the technical side of things. Another is how a specific synthesizer responds to specific points in alluded to hyperspace. This is where the craft of designing synthesizers really shows. Some machines just got it instantly whereas others need more work to obtain usable sounds. Its certainly an interesting and challenging field!
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Re: Ant's Prophet 6 vs Prophet 5 rant treat
« Reply #22 on: December 11, 2017, 10:19:57 AM »
Here's a simple question... if I set one of the Osc Shape knobs on the P6 to the mid-point between, say, triangle and saw, how much is this like selecting both of those waveforms on Osc B on a P5?

My guess is not so similar, as it seems on the P5 that each waveform is added to the previous, while on the P6, obviously the volume of one is lessened as the knob is turned towards the other.