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Old 10-04-2015, 06:42 PM   #1
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Desktop Analog Filter advice

Hey guys and girls and stuff.. Any advice for desktop analog filters?

I've been mulling over the idea of picking up a few desktop analog filter modules to fatten-up my mostly digitally created sounds.

I had the Moogerfooger in the past (classic non-midi version) and although I liked its overall warm color I want something a bit more versatile.

My dream would be a Schippmann Ebbe Und Flut, but they are hard to come by and go for upwards of $1,500 and thee o'l ebay

My price range is around $700

Vermona Lancet, Sherman, Waldorf, any others I should know of?

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Old 10-04-2015, 06:47 PM   #2
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Re: Desktop Analog Filter advice

At $700 USD you are also in the price range to get a polyphonic analog synth. Like a Tetra (lots of options for programing it besides the front panel).

My vote would be for the Vermona or Sherman Filter Bank...but if you are trying to "fatten" sounds maybe the Sherman Rodec is also worth looking at?

To me the Filter Bank is more of a sound mangling device (or at least what it is best at).

Moog really need to make a multimode pedal/desktop filter. For that big, old school analog sound I'd go w/ the Moog personally and save yourself some dosh. Maybe consider the MuRF MoogFooger as well.

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Old 10-04-2015, 07:06 PM   #3
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Re: Desktop Analog Filter advice

Yeah I had the MurF back in the day as well... I just find the options for sound sculpting on those Moog pedals to be limited.

As for options, yeah I want it to fatten the sound in its simplest process, but also have options to go farther to fuck up the noisy bits and add color and life.

Thanks for reminding about the Rodec... I kinda forgot about that
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Old 10-04-2015, 07:08 PM   #4
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Re: Desktop Analog Filter advice

The only other thing I can think of are a Electrix Filter Factory (very bland IMO, I have one, really good if you are going to tweak it live, but as a static filter it is very utilitarian) or the Jomox T-Resonator. I don't think either of those are going to fatten up a sound much.

I don't know what the Sherman is like for plain simple tone shaping.

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Old 10-04-2015, 07:15 PM   #5
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Re: Desktop Analog Filter advice

The T-Resonator is more like a feedback effects device, with delays and feedback loops and so on.

had one for awhile as well. I don't think they make them now and they are expensive for what they do I felt... But fun

Maybe I need to pull out my old Koas Pad ll and run it through some in-the-box distortion/tube simulation/saturation and call it ad day - digital and all its annoying crispness ;P




Thanks for the advice about teh Tetra, in fact I started this thread after reading the Mopho thread lol
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Old 10-04-2015, 07:26 PM   #6
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Re: Desktop Analog Filter advice

If you want something to "warm" stuff up the EHX LPB2UBE is sweet for that as well, or maybe their tube EQ pedal ;p

The 2UBE goes from boosting signal, to overdrive, to distortion.

The good old gear rabbit hole...;p

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Old 10-04-2015, 07:49 PM   #7
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Re: Desktop Analog Filter advice

Fuck this shit... lol

Yeah, I'm getting a touch of the gear lust I thinks

Its been about 10 years since buying anything hardware minus a computer and I liquidated my whole studio before I moved to NYC, then I moved to Seattle, then LA, then back to Seattle.. SO now I'm like, "where all my toys at??!!"
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Old 10-04-2015, 07:52 PM   #8
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Re: Desktop Analog Filter advice

No better time to get the gear lust back--there are a lot of right-priced options. Lots of it I can't afford or if I can I'm not willing to spend that much for X item...even boutique and pro-sumer gear isn't terribly priced in many cases.

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Re: Desktop Analog Filter advice

....and now I'm looking at buying a Korg MS2000

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yeah, there are some great lower priced synths and effects coming out lately. I've just been digging all these table top filters I've seen popping out
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Re: Desktop Analog Filter advice

sherman filterbank love that thing, mates got one the filterbank mk2 and its awsome.
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Re: Desktop Analog Filter advice

Mode Machines makes a Juno and a Wasp filter.

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Old 10-04-2015, 10:19 PM   #12
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Re: Desktop Analog Filter advice

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Mode Machines makes a Juno and a Wasp filter.
Read a few bad reviews regarding build quality / durability of mode machine hardware on GearSluts forum yesterday.

Never owned one or seen one in the flesh but made me think twice about tossing money at a potential problem

Which sucks bc, I had thought of getting both those as mini, simple filters
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Old 10-04-2015, 10:59 PM   #13
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Re: Desktop Analog Filter advice

Yea. I read that too. I also heard others say they had no issues. Which some how worries me more...inconsistent build quality...im ok w companies I can trust to make a shoddy case or use wiggly knobs every time...

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Re: Desktop Analog Filter advice

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....and now I'm looking at buying a Korg MS2000
inexpensive and really pretty great. i really like its FX section.

im not helping am i?

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Old 11-04-2015, 04:02 AM   #15
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Re: Desktop Analog Filter advice

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inexpensive and really pretty great. i really like its FX section.

im not helping am i?
Mopho x4 dude...just let the sound invade your being...

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Re: Desktop Analog Filter advice

Maybe consider the MS-20 mini?
You can run audio through it's analogue filter and it's what the MS2000 was vaguely based on.
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Re: Desktop Analog Filter advice

I hate everyone here...

That being said, I opted to shelve my gear lust for now, for jazz theory/piano lessons instead of buying more toys. Have a meeting tonight actually with a local jazz guru of sorts. Kinda nervous tho lol
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Re: Desktop Analog Filter advice

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I hate everyone here...

That being said, I opted to shelve my gear lust for now, for jazz theory/piano lessons instead of buying more toys. Have a meeting tonight actually with a local jazz guru of sorts. Kinda nervous tho lol
*thumbs up* I keep waiting for the perfect semester to take a beginner piano class, but it never works out for my teaching schedule...all those free credit hours down the drain : (

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I opted to shelve my gear lust for now, for jazz theory/piano lessons instead of buying more toys. Have a meeting tonight actually with a local jazz guru of sorts. Kinda nervous tho lol
I did something similar, I decided to invest part of my bonus into piano and music lessons rather than gear.

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Re: Desktop Analog Filter advice

Yeah I feel kinda felt lame-o about it, bc I always had this mentality that I can learn "anything" on my own via books, practice and the interwebs...

But I had to get right with myself and agree that I'm an idiot and I need a guiding light or a kick in the ass.

Not to mention, the one thing you hear over an over and over again when discussing music and advancing your skill level is to try and wrap your head around music theory, something I've been ignoring for about 20 years of working in sound design.

I just hope I pass my interview o_o

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