saw this topic elsewhere and it made me think about you guys.. what was the first bit of gear you got? for me it was an ensoniq esq-1… she’s cheap, built like a tank, and always nags me (replace battery)
It was a Yamaha CS2x synth. I still have it, but these days I pretty much use only softsynths. Would love to use the CS2x more though, but for some reason my midi setup in Cubase is f***** and I can’t seem to fix it no matter what I try… :(
[quote author=“ckm000”]I haven’t used Cubase in a while, but what’s the problem exactly? No MIDI data being sent/received? How is your synth connected to the PC - MIDI interface?
MIDI data is being sent/received, but I can’t hear any sound when it’s playing (perhaps that means it’s really just sending…?). Yes, it’s connected via a MIDI interface. Interface out to synth in and vice versa. The setup in Cubase seems ok as well, so it’s indeed puzzling.
[quote author=“ckm000”]What interface is it Shroomy? Is Local set to Off on the CS2x? Are Cubase (the track/channel sending MIDI) and the CS2x both set to the same MIDI channel?
This is the interface . Local is set to on, but i’ve tried setting it to off as well, but still no luck. Yes the track/channel settings are the same in Cubase and on the CS2x. I did manage to solve the problem a while back by following this recipe , but when i try doing the same thing now it doesn’t work.
The esq-1 is alright, but it’s dead in the water without effects in my opinion… so dry sounding… that and the fact that parameters only change on note on/off messages keeps it gathering dust in my room. Still a pretty versatile piece of gear for its time though.
A Kawai K1 II, which I (sadly) inherited from my late uncle. I was in line to inherit a lot of his other items, including guitars, a bass, and loads of miscellaneous recording gear, but sadly my grand parents gave it away to charity before I could get it :(