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Re: the final countdown

Postby ubiquitous » Tue May 17, 2011 2:50 pm

... makes me want to sell my poly rack to afford this synth beauty!
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Re: the final countdown

Postby Leshrac » Wed May 18, 2011 1:43 am

thats the infos i wanted !!

that sounds very good !! so its about 2300€ to get a 20 voice mega monster !! i cant wait to play this beauty !

last "senseless" question ... is the accelerator "finished" when you ship it? so we can really expect a new OS for this year?

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Re: the final countdown

Postby Jörg Schaaf » Wed May 18, 2011 3:39 pm

Yes - you can expect a new firmware this year!! The assembling of the Accelerator starts next week. All parts are already produced, the circuit boards are assembled. The silk screening is done, even the cartons are ready for packaging. The firmware is almost finished now. We spent some extra days into the development of the Arpeggiator because we felt, that we should not publish the unit with that average standard Arpeggiator directions. The Arpeggiator is now a very special playground and kind of state of the art. It's a statement of a music machine lover;-)
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Re: the final countdown

Postby acemonvw » Fri May 20, 2011 7:47 pm

Woot!

I'm excited for the release of the Accelerator, hopefully it brings Radical Technologies into the spotlight some more. I absolutely love the Spectralis. I even figured out how to make the Dsynths sound like 'glitch.' There's seriously nothing this machine can't do...

Well, maybe it can't give me a back massage...
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Re: the final countdown

Postby Pschelfh » Sat May 21, 2011 5:37 pm

Jörg,

Is there any 'close integration' planned between Accelerator and Spectralis? Eg. being able to control sound parameters or sequencer patterns on the Spectralis from the Accelerator control panel?

Thanks,
Peter.

PS : Purely speaking about sound character, is it worth getting the Accelerator when I already have a Spectralis II, is the sound 'radikaly' :wink: different?
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Re: the final countdown

Postby Leshrac » Sun May 22, 2011 3:39 am

figure out that the accelerator is more as the mono synth of the spectralis. also it has some few more functions and flexibility as any d-synth part ... :? ..

iam sure it is a full mega synth of its own and couldn´t be compared to the spectralis. but iam quiet sure that the sound is typicaal radical: sonicly, full, warm, crispy, soft, warpy, crunchy, awful, helllike .. or damn something what you get out of it. i think its the ultimative "new time warp synth" !!
dsp upgrade for a 20 voice polyphonic mega sound synth. figure out what that means in multimbral mode
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Re: the final countdown

Postby Leshrac » Thu May 26, 2011 10:44 am

is the ACCELERATOR ready to get?
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Re: the final countdown

Postby Jörg Schaaf » Sat May 28, 2011 12:34 pm

Not really. The implementation of the final Arpeggiator Mode took more time than expected - but now, it's my personal dream Arpeggiator;-) Arpeggiator direction can be specified in the step sequencer. On each step you can define, which note numbers of the played chord will be played at an arpeggiator step. Octaves for each notes can also directly entered by pressing note octaves above. It's maybe a little but hard to understand, so I give an example. As before, sequences are programmed with a learn function. You hold a step encoder button to activate the learn function. Now you can enter a chord or a single note. If you press for example the lowest C on the keyboard on step 1, the lowest note of the Arpeggiator Chord will be played. If you press a D on the second step, the second note of the chord get's played on the second step of the Arp direction. If you enter two notes at once or a chord, the according notes of the played chord will get triggered.
But the best thing of all - the sequence parameters are all active on Arpeggiator motifs as well. So you can change the direction, the gate times, the velocities, you can mute steps etc. The Arpeggiator motifs can be altered during playback.
Each part hast it's own Arpeggiator. With an expanded Accelerator you have then an Realtime Sequence monster.
Sequences can be transformed into Arpeggiator motifs and Arpeggiator motifs can be transformed into sequences.
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Re: the final countdown

Postby Leshrac » Sat May 28, 2011 7:38 pm

will there follow some new instruction/demonstration videos?

maybe you can show similar features in addition the mentioned arp functions.
was this arp a last idea or have you figured out that while development?

would it possible to copy this sequencer grabbing feature to the spectralis?
you can add this to the freeze button.
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Re: the final countdown

Postby Jörg Schaaf » Sat May 28, 2011 8:46 pm

Leshrac wrote:will there follow some new instruction/demonstration videos?


Soon - I can't wait producing some videos but at the moment I am still writing the manual.

maybe you can show similar features in addition the mentioned arp functions.
was this arp a last idea or have you figured out that while development?

A similar type of Arpeggiator was already in the Cyber 6 keyboard. The new feature is the opportunity to use the step sequence features on the arpeggiator motif. Skipping, Muting, Direction changes, Length Changes etc. are all working on the Arpeggiator motif.
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would it possible to copy this sequencer grabbing feature to the spectralis?
you can add this to the freeze button.[/quote]

In my first spec sheets and thoughts about the Spectralis was such an Arpeggiator already described. But later we focussed more on features our users demanded for (MIDI sequence lines, MIDI parts, groove quantize, Sequence lines for dsp synth parts, sequence lines for drum parts etc.) I am not sure, whether it is still possible to implement such an Arpeggiator for the Spectralis. I am sure, the also demanded direct recording of knobs movements into the realtime sequencer and the overdub function is more essential. We will see, how much firmware memory is available after implementing these essential features. Also the long awaited copy and paste functions for segments in a motif or sequences is very important. The freeze button was originally planned for a copy function from the Arpeggiator to the sequencer but will now be used to freeze a recording before overdubbing. That will allow to do an undo and keep the former recordings also at overdubs.

So - I cant give you an answer to this. But it would be nice if it would be possible because the new Arpeggiator functions are very powerful and often it is not really predictable what happens when playing another chord and skipping two steps. It's a kind of creative weapon for rhythmic chord motifs, you would never play normally.
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