Arturia MicroFreak

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O1B
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Post 28 Jan 2019

The new Behringer CRAVE is Analog.
I'd play with it on Batteries - maybe. But, it'd be plugged in before I hit "Record.'

Im my experience. You need 'constant current' for things to 'work right'.
The Battery would have to be near fully charged. I don't fancy changing 1/2 used batteries.

About IK. My everyday MIXER is IK's iRig Mix. Proper BASS EQ.
I am also familiar with their 'noise' complaints.
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joeyluck wrote:
28 Jan 2019
You asked about battery operated synths with just an analog filter. I named just few that have more than that, to answer your question. You act like incorporating anything with any level of analog means making battery power an option not feasible. Is that the point you were trying to make?


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Post 28 Jan 2019

O1B wrote:
28 Jan 2019
I'd sure like to see video of "Live" use of a Volca - or a monotron, for that matter. That''d be fun!
There's tons on youtube. There's a fun set I enjoyed by Navi Retlav using the Volca series and the Monotron Delay and Stylophone.

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Post 29 Jan 2019

... besides, Navi Retlav ..?

no disrespect... just outside this "bubble"
anyone?
joeyluck wrote:
28 Jan 2019
O1B wrote:
28 Jan 2019
I'd sure like to see video of "Live" use of a Volca - or a monotron, for that matter. That''d be fun!
There's tons on youtube. There's a fun set I enjoyed by Navi Retlav using the Volca series and the Monotron Delay and Stylophone.

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Post 29 Jan 2019

O1B wrote:
29 Jan 2019
... besides, Navi Retlav ..?

no disrespect... just outside this "bubble"
anyone?
joeyluck wrote:
28 Jan 2019


There's tons on youtube. There's a fun set I enjoyed by Navi Retlav using the Volca series and the Monotron Delay and Stylophone.
Are you trying to get into the "what professionals use Reason? In order to justify the value of Reason" type talk? :puf_smile:

Like I was saying, there's lots of great, fun stuff on YouTube if you just search 'volca performance.' As far as stage use, I've seen it some, in similar fashion to using any groovebox. I don't see many people using a MIDI keyboard with it, even though they can. But we can certainly talk more about the volcas in the volca thread.

Sorry I don't want to get this thread much more off topic. It was just a simple disappointment for me that the MicroFreak can't be battery powered without a USB brick/dongle. I guess I'm just more confused by the reasoning when creating a small "micro" keyboard, that is for the most part digital, that it wouldn't have a standard battery power option. I've seen people in Facebook posts making the same points. I mean, even folks here pointed out that Arturia found themselves hooking up a USB power brick when on a flight, so they understand the desire, right? They just didn't see it completely through I think. Or maybe there just isn't room inside the casing the way they designed it? There could be reasons. But I don't think it has to do with power draw/consumption. It is what it is.

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Post 29 Jan 2019

Sorry! Asked for a live video. I wont be getting one, it seems.
too much text. i didn't bother reading past.. "Are you trying to get into...?" deflection.

i simply asked for a posting of a video of live use... by someone Live.

Onwards and Upwards!
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joeyluck wrote:
29 Jan 2019
O1B wrote:
29 Jan 2019
... besides, Navi Retlav ..?

no disrespect... just outside this "bubble"
anyone?

Are you trying to get into the "what professionals use Reason? In order to justify the value of Reason" type talk? :puf_smile:

Like I was saying, there's lots of great, fun stuff on YouTube if you just search 'volca performance.' As far as stage use, I've seen it some, in similar fashion to using any groovebox. I don't see many people using a MIDI keyboard with it, even though they can. But we can certainly talk more about the volcas in the volca thread.

Sorry I don't want to get this thread much more off topic. It was just a simple disappointment for me that the MicroFreak can't be battery powered without a USB brick/dongle. I guess I'm just more confused by the reasoning when creating a small "micro" keyboard, that is for the most part digital, that it wouldn't have a standard battery power option. I've seen people in Facebook posts making the same points. I mean, even folks here pointed out that Arturia found themselves hooking up a USB power brick when on a flight, so they understand the desire, right? They just didn't see it completely through I think. Or maybe there just isn't room inside the casing the way they designed it? There could be reasons. But I don't think it has to do with power draw/consumption. It is what it is.

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Post 29 Jan 2019

O1B wrote:
29 Jan 2019
Sorry! Asked for a live video. I wont be getting one, it seems.
too much text. i didn't bother reading past.. "Are you trying to get into...?" deflection.

i simply asked for a posting of a video of live use... by someone Live.

Onwards and Upwards!
O1B
joeyluck wrote:
29 Jan 2019


Are you trying to get into the "what professionals use Reason? In order to justify the value of Reason" type talk? :puf_smile:

Like I was saying, there's lots of great, fun stuff on YouTube if you just search 'volca performance.' As far as stage use, I've seen it some, in similar fashion to using any groovebox. I don't see many people using a MIDI keyboard with it, even though they can. But we can certainly talk more about the volcas in the volca thread.

Sorry I don't want to get this thread much more off topic. It was just a simple disappointment for me that the MicroFreak can't be battery powered without a USB brick/dongle. I guess I'm just more confused by the reasoning when creating a small "micro" keyboard, that is for the most part digital, that it wouldn't have a standard battery power option. I've seen people in Facebook posts making the same points. I mean, even folks here pointed out that Arturia found themselves hooking up a USB power brick when on a flight, so they understand the desire, right? They just didn't see it completely through I think. Or maybe there just isn't room inside the casing the way they designed it? There could be reasons. But I don't think it has to do with power draw/consumption. It is what it is.
You're on the Internet...search on YouTube. It's easy. Moving on...

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Post 30 Jan 2019

O1B wrote:
27 Jan 2019
can't be battery powered
- It has an ANALOG FILTER. How many battery-operated synths w an/ANALOG filter do you know of??
Ever heard of the TB-303? It kind of gave birth to a complete genre (acid). :P

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Post 30 Jan 2019

The TB-303 .
Live? :shock: :( ;) :? :lol: :lol: :lol:

hahahahaha!!! We couldn't use it with weeks/months/years of time alone w/it. THAT is the TB-303's history.
Ever heard of that history? :lol:

Does anybody have a video of live use of a Volca? Anyone?

here's the tb-303. if it sounds like this, spare me.

eXode wrote:
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O1B wrote:
27 Jan 2019

- It has an ANALOG FILTER. How many battery-operated synths w an/ANALOG filter do you know of??
Ever heard of the TB-303? It kind of gave birth to a complete genre (acid). :P

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Post 30 Jan 2019

Exactly...

"No, O1B. I dont have a video of live use of the Volcan't."

Closure is Great, isn't it?
joeyluck wrote:
29 Jan 2019
O1B wrote:
29 Jan 2019
Sorry! Asked for a live video. I wont be getting one, it seems.
too much text. i didn't bother reading past.. "Are you trying to get into...?" deflection.

i simply asked for a posting of a video of live use... by someone Live.

Onwards and Upwards!
O1B

You're on the Internet...search on YouTube. It's easy. Moving on...

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Post 30 Jan 2019

O1B wrote:
30 Jan 2019
The TB-303 .
Live? :shock: :( ;) :? :lol: :lol: :lol:

hahahahaha!!! We couldn't use it with weeks/months/years of time alone w/it. THAT is the TB-303's history.
Ever heard of that history? :lol:

Does anybody have a video of live use of a Volca? Anyone?
eXode wrote:
30 Jan 2019


Ever heard of the TB-303? It kind of gave birth to a complete genre (acid). :P
The question was about battery powered analog, to which you have gotten an answer.

Your other comments mostly seem like a attempt to discredit people who have a different opinion than your own.

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Post 30 Jan 2019

If the man says you can't use a TB-303 live and that no one ever has, I for one believe him. Why would he lie?
And if it's not possible to use a TB-303 live, it stands to reason you can't use a Volca live either. Certainly I don't think there's any point searching YouTube for "Volca live" or anything like that, because there won't be any results.

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Post 31 Jan 2019

Microfreak - no talking Sonic State video;


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Post 01 Feb 2019

google volca live gives 6 vids on the search results pg
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Post 04 Feb 2019

diminished wrote:
25 Jan 2019
Funnily enough, this digital "techy" sound is what everyone was criticizing about the M-Audio Venom, which went for $200ish. Back then everyone was screaming for "analog warmth", I guess that demand is satisfied now.

Agreed, they are different beasts with different feature sets and that Vyzex Venom software you have to use is awful, but if you are looking for that sound minus the granular bits plus a real keyboard with more keys at a cheaper price, take a look at the Venom.
But the Venom was/is 100% digital w/1 (VA) Filter ...maybe that's why now hybrids (digital OSC + analog Filter) like the MicroFreak are better accepted.
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Post 04 Feb 2019

joeyluck wrote:
27 Jan 2019
I did see someone say you can power it with a USB power brick...if you don't mind doing that.
Yes, it can be USB powered (which includes mobile phone powerbricks, etc), besides the 12V power jack :)

btw, I actually prefer using an external (easily interchangeable) USB power source instead of AA batteries.

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Post 04 Feb 2019

Koshdukai wrote:
04 Feb 2019
diminished wrote:
25 Jan 2019
Funnily enough, this digital "techy" sound is what everyone was criticizing about the M-Audio Venom, which went for $200ish. Back then everyone was screaming for "analog warmth", I guess that demand is satisfied now.

Agreed, they are different beasts with different feature sets and that Vyzex Venom software you have to use is awful, but if you are looking for that sound minus the granular bits plus a real keyboard with more keys at a cheaper price, take a look at the Venom.
But the Venom was/is 100% digital w/1 (VA) Filter ...maybe that's why now hybrids (digital OSC + analog Filter) like the MicroFreak are better accepted.
Maybe it's just timing. The Microfreak really appeals to me. But years ago all I wanted was analog everything in a hardware synth like this. I'm kind of over that now. There are plenty of options out there already. It's good to have something a bit different I think.

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