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SV88 Reprise
Copyright Ⓒ Edward C. Wemmerus Sr. June 117, 2011
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Back in 1997 I decided to buy an Edirol SC88-vl Sound Canvas and hope that it was going to give me the sounds I wanted and needed for use in the studio Midi setup I was using.

I'd already bought other Edirol products and they always seemed to be good quality and did the job well, and since Roland is the manufacturer of Edirol products I felt fairly confident the Edirol SC88-vl would work well.

I needn't have worried, the SC88-vl worked flawlessly and to these old ears sounded wonderful. The voices were the same as in the Roland SC88-vl Sound Canvas, with all that implies to anyone who's ever owned a Roland synth.

Since I converted my studio over to using Logic Express on the iMac I've been using the software synths and sounds available in Logic and have't had a convenient way to hook up any of my old Midi gear I used in days of yore. I recent bought a new Cakewalk by Roland A-500 49 key controller to allow me to play the voices in Logic without the trouble of hooking up the old SY-99 and of course trying to find a place for it to sit in the studio where I could use it. My studio is petty small, and the SY-99 is a large synth.

Well, to make a short story long, I have the SC88-vl hooked up and decided to just have some fun with it and this music is the results of some rather weird experimentation I did with the various voices in the SC88-vl and well as playing around with different types of music and rhythms.

I did use a few loops from Logic for the drums and one or two other voices, but almost all of what you're hearing is straight from the SC88-vl, with me trying to play it. A keyboard player I'm not, so don't expect too much.

The song is a disjointed mix of elements that I hope are at least pleasing to the ears, but if not, it is after all just the noodling of my demented mind enjoying the sounds put out by the SC88-vl.

Hope you get at least some enjoyment from this piece, even if it is a little weird.

Ed
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iMac 2.0gb Intel, Tascam FW1804 FW Audio Interface, Cakewalk A-500 49 key Midi Controller, Edirol SC88-vl Sound Canvas Midi sound module.
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Logic Express 9
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magnatone said 2352 days ago (June 17th, 2011)
SV88 Reprise
it's totally cool ed! it sounds like you're having a blast, and got your good ole' voices back to boot. i always love your stuff - great backstory too!
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sloparts said 2351 days ago (June 17th, 2011)
Thank you Karen
I realize this is kind of lame as far as music goes, but the real treat for me was being able to use the old SV88 again. I'm often surprised by just how good the voices in the little thing are. It's only 1/2 a rack space wide and 1 rack unit high, but the little bigger puts out some fairly awesome sound.

I posted this on a lark, just to show off the sound that it will make, and certainly not because the playing or music was so great, because I know it's not.

Thanks again for your kindness and the kind words Karen, it is appreciated.

Be well and be cool

Ed
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magnatone said 2350 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
hmmmm
well i think this is a heck of a lot better than you're giving yourself credit for! (so there!)
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sloparts said 2350 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Well then
I thank you again for that Karen.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
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Vic Holman said 2352 days ago (June 17th, 2011)
SV88
well this is pretty cool Ed.
i really like the mood and the cool synth voices you used here.pretty cool piece indeed
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sloparts said 2351 days ago (June 17th, 2011)
Thanks Vic
I was trying out some different voices on the SV88 and also was trying out some tempo changes and other weird thing so I could demonstrate the sound quality that comes out of this little Midi module. Roland didn't hold back on sound quality even though this is their cheap line of modules.

Thanks for listening and the kind words Vic, I do appreciate it.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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Bob Rodgers said 2351 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
I
really like this Ed, some great synth sounds here with a nice bass line too.
A great mood to this piece and very much enjoyed.
I love my Roland Fantom XR module, some great sounds in there and I have a few Edirol products too.
Good to read your description, very interesting and hope I can chat to you soon.

Bob
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sloparts said 2351 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Thanks Bob
Well, if you're gonna experiment with the module, I figured I might as well get a little goofy with the chapter and verse. I wasn't going for anything except to make changes that wouldn't be boring while I tried the SV88 again after all these years.

I do so like the sound of this module, and always have. As a matter of fact, this is actually the second song I posted that used this module. In April of 09 I posted "The Orange Blossom Special" from the original .wav file I made of it in 200 or 2001. That recording was done using nothing but the SV88-vl sound module. I think that is a pretty impressive example of what this little bugger can do.

Thanks again for stopping in to listen Bob. I look forward to out next chat, especially since I figured out what the problem was with "MY" sound. Apparently there is a level control in Skype that was turned all the way down, and I didn't know it. Are we talking Senior Moment here or what.

Be talkin' to ya down the line Bob but until then, Be well and be cool,

Ed

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neilh79 said 2351 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
SV88 Reprise
Really nice tune Ed, really like the changes and the tone here is superb well done
sloparts said 2351 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Thanks Neil.
It is a goofy selection of parts, but I wanted to check out certain sounds, like the Marimba and the Vibes, so I changed the music to give me something that was a better fit for those kinds of sound. What on Earth made me post this I don't know, except I though that getting this hooked up and being able to use it again was interesting.

Thanks for listening Neil, I'm pleased you ejoyed it in some way.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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bronco said 2351 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Musician at work
You can tell you know what you are doing. Not only from a technical point of view but from a musical angle also. The changes of tempo and sounds are very interesting and enjoyable. Now that you are in the groove with this synth again hope to hear more.
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sloparts said 2351 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Thanks Tom
Now that I've got it hooked up I will be using it a lot I thing, Especially for certain things I know it does very well.

Now I just have to start writing some new songs and get out of this writers block I've been in and see where I can go again. No problem, writers blocks come and go and this one should pass pretty soon.

Thanks again for listening Tom and the kind words. Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
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dave_b said 2351 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
SV88 Reprise
Some cool sounds, and I hear the beginnings of a couple of tunes. It'll be interesting to see where you take it.
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sloparts said 2350 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Hello Dave
Thanks for checking it out Dave. It is a bit disjointed, but that's because I wanted each section of music to reflect the kinds of voices I was trying out. When I did this I had no intention of posting it, but then I thought, "why not". So I posted it more to show off how good the SV88-vl sounded then for the music as a real song.

If you want to hear a song I posted that was done with only the voices in the SC88, check out "The Orange Blossom Special", on my artists page. That's a recording I did in about 2000 on my old Windows box, before I got a Mac and gave the Windows box away. It's a .wav file I converted to and .mp3 file and the only thing you hear is just the SC88-vl, doing it's thing to the midi file for that song. SAnd I think that song sounds pretty awesome, especially considering it's nothing but Midi.

Anyway, thanks again for listening and the kind words my friend.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
H3nry said 2351 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Rockin' Roland along
Fun to listen to, even if it doesn't hang together as a traditional ABBA composition. After I finish exploring Logic's synths, I'll get my Sound Canvases hooked to the Mini and Logic and see what I can do. The combination of soft synths and Roland sounds should make for quite a palette.
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sloparts said 2351 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Thanks Henry
I was thinking the same thing about how this will increase my sound palette, minus the Moog of course . That ought to give you a lot of possibilities, just in the Moog, much less adding the Roland to it as well.

Thanks again for listening Henry, it is appreciated as are you're kind words.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
RAVENS said 2351 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Coolness
This is very cool, I really like the changes throughout. Experimental is the perfect genre for this piece, and it works so well. Great stuff!

RAVEN ;-)
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sloparts said 2351 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Thank you Dani
The changes are a bit weird as to where one go to from the one before to the next one, but I tried to make the changes gentle enough to where they didn't break anyones ears.

And yes experimental is the only place this one could go, but I was having fun and didn't really care about the disjointedness of the "Theme", cause there wasn't one save trying out voices on the SV88.

Glad you enjoyed it Dani, Thank you again for listening and the kind words.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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mvh9591 said 2350 days ago (June 18th, 2011)
Nice____
The SC88 is sounding pretty good to me Ed. I should do this with my Kurzweil K2000 or Korg 05/RW. Nowadays I seem to be moving to my VI's and forgetting my hardware synths that really have kick ass sounds and could - just maybe do justice to my work. Thanks for bringing out the old Roland legend.

Enjoyed - Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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sloparts said 2350 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
Good idea Michael
Bring them out, hook them up and integrate them in. I think this is going to be the best of both worlds. It will get me doing things I haven't in a while and maybe bringing back some lost skills, and it will allow me to break the trap I find myself in when I just cant seem to find the voice in the Logic environment I want for a particular place in a song I'm working on.

For instance, while there is a Marimba voice in Logic, there is no Vibes. The old SC88 has a great sound Vibes voice I can use, and there have been several times in the last few year I've wanted to use Vibes in a song, and had to settle for something else. Now I don't have to.

Anyway, thanks for checking it out. I'm glad it stirred the creative juices and got you to thinking about this. That too, was one of the reasons I posted this one. To get people thinking about using all the resources they have available in their studios to make better music.

Be well my friend and be cool,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
davisamerica said 2349 days ago (June 20th, 2011)
not lame at all...
...the sound here is great. love the mix up of styles. ed u rock man.
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sloparts said 2349 days ago (June 20th, 2011)
Some times it pays to be crazy
and try weird things just for sport. The sound I was getting out of that little 1/2 rack module was why I started playing around with it in the first place. I remember how impressed I was with the sound of it when I first bought the SV88-vl, and I was determined to figure out a way to integrate it into the rest of the studio and use it.

When I finally figured out how I could use it, I started putting down some tracks that would demonstrate those sounds, but then of course I couldn't stop there. I had to try some different rhythms and tempos too. Hey, if your going to be crazy you might as well go for the brass ring, right ?

Anyway, thanks for listening and the great comments, Jack.

Are we going to be seeing you guys in july, I hope. Really looking forward to Mark coming in, and would love to have you guys here too.

Let me know so we can drain the moat and put the alligators back in the swamp until Y'all leave. lol

Be well old friend and be cool,

Ed
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Jarvoid said 2349 days ago (June 20th, 2011)
How did you
change the tempo within the same song.?..My Cubase would never let me do that ....certainly "experimental" but also sounds like you were experimenting with the grass of the caribbean as well 'cos there is much nods in the direction of the reggae and steel drums ....nice work ,not that I expected it not to be ...


CJ
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sloparts said 2349 days ago (June 20th, 2011)
Hello Chris
No problem changing the tempo in Logic, hey have tempo map made to do that. I think they have one in Cubase too if I recall correctly, but I could be suffering from old timers disease and have that wrong.

Wait a minute, I have Cubase LE5 on my system, let me look. Yep, sure enough, right under the "Project" header there's a tempo track that you can use to manipulate and change tempos.

I just started experimenting with a lot of different things on this, because I never intended to post it when I was trying the old module out. But after I got don playing around, I thought, "Why not'. It'l give people a chance to hear the module and listen to what it can do. The fact that it was a little disjointed didn't really matter as it was the sounds I wanted to show off.

Thanks for listening Chris, and the very kind words, they are appreciated.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
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racerat said 2348 days ago (June 20th, 2011)
SV88
It never ceases to amaze me the new technology and sounds we thought were so incredible and earth shattering - with just a few years - can seem as cheezy as all get-out. keyboard playing not withstanding I enjoyed the tour especially some of the raspier tones around 2:25. Fun!
RR
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sloparts said 2348 days ago (June 21st, 2011)
What amazes me,
is how fast we sometimes abandon what we are currently using to adopt all the latest and greatest new technology. Yes, the new stuff does allow us to do thing in a way that can be better and more efficient than what we were using, but it would seem to me it makes more sense to use both where the two can compliment each other and allow us to make better music. After all, it the music that counts, not the method we use to get it done and out where people can hear it and hopefully enjoy the fruits of our labor.

And you're right, it can be fun to go back and revisit the old gear, and be pleasantly surprised when we find some of those choice sounds that can take our productions to the next level because of the unique character in the sounds.

As you said, keyboard playing aside, it was a fun exercise for me, putting this together. Thank you for listening, and taking time to leave the great comments. I do so much appreciate that.

Thanks again Phillip. Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
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gadzooks said 2348 days ago (June 21st, 2011)
SV88 Reprise
I don't know a whole lot about synths but this is a real cool experiment. You get such a deep clear bottom end. The tune is quite melodic ... I like what happens at about :36 ... caribbean flavor... and then completely changes direction at 1:48 taking you out with that strange synth sound almost sounds like a moog. Enjoyed.
SG
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sloparts said 2348 days ago (June 21st, 2011)
Thank you Stan
I'm not a really big synth user, and never was. Other that programming Bass and drum lines, and using them to supplement the song with other voices to give the songs a more complete sound. Things like String pads, Organ lines, Mallet instruments such as Vibes and Marimbas, things like that.

The thing about this piece is that it shows off just good a Bass sound, or vibes, or even some of the synth sounds are. As good as they are, it make sense to find a way to use then, rather than let them wither on the vine, so to speak, because we forget we have them in our zest to use the latest and greatest new technology.

Thanks again for listening and the kind words Stan, it is appreciated.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
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Moviz said 2348 days ago (June 21st, 2011)
Experimental my foot
Ed, you've obviously been doing this for years ....... it sounds wonderful whatever you're playing.... many atmospheres going on here as well as great voices (one of them at the beginning sounded human for a short while), regards M
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sloparts said 2348 days ago (June 21st, 2011)
Hello Maurice
Well, I bought my first keyboard/synth, if you could call it a synth, in 1986 when I was up in Alaska installing a computer system in an auto parts store. It wasn't much by todays standards, but it could record something like 8 midi tracks which you could play into it, and then let you play them back while playing a live part. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven being able to do that right there in the motel room where I was camped out during the computer installation.

When I got back home I started setting up a little studio in my apartment with a little Tascam Porta-Studio 4 track and the new synth along with my guitars. I guess what I'm saying is that yes, I have been doing this for a long time, and I still am. I keep learning new things, and relearning old things all over again. That last part probably has to do with getting old and forgetful as happens to us old coots.

As for this piece of music, it is just me noodling around with sounds and ideas, and not really trying to build a coherent song as such. Mostly to try out the old SV88 again and find out how well it's sounds do in the digital recording environment. I will say, I think it held up pretty well for a sound module built on 15 year old technology.

Anyway, thanks for checking it out Maurice and for the kind words, they are appreciated my friend. I'm glad you found something to like in this piece.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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KCsGROOVE said 2346 days ago (June 23rd, 2011)
Cool Ed
That thing still sounds great
I've got an old Roland SH 101 , monophonic. I need a new adapter for it and want to hook it up one day. I couldn't even save the soundsettings, always wrote down on paper the positions of knobs and sliders, lol
Looking forward to new songs with the SC88-vl
:-)
Take care, my friend
KC
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sloparts said 2346 days ago (June 23rd, 2011)
Hello Cees
It really does make good noise for a 14 year old piece of technology. But I've always been impressed with the SV88's ability as a sound module. What has me so tickled is that I finally figured out how to be able to use it in the studio to good advantage. It's going to be a fine addition to what I've been using and I have the side benefit of having to work on my keyboard chops to use it effectively.

Thanks for listening my friend, and for the encouragement.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
Check out my latest song called Quack's Blues
oldlibmike said 2337 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
New sounds
Thanks for doing this - a piece of gear I never heard of or heard, its a nice demo of it and you show that you can throw things together quickly and still make them very melodic. Hope to hear more of it.
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sloparts said 2337 days ago (July 2nd, 2011)
Thanks Mike
Well, by technology standards, this thing is somewhere out of the Pleistocene era I would suppose, but it makes some really good sounds. Mind you, not all the sounds are as good as the ones I picked out to demo. But like I said for 1993/97 tech it holds it's own pretty well, especially when you consider this is Roland's, "Cheap" product line, Edirol.

It's funny what you say about throwing things together, cause when ever I come back to listen and answer comment I keep thinking I really need to expand on the first part of this and make a real song out of it, dropping the other parts in it's favor.

I think maybe because of what you said I will try to do just that. Thanks for the inspiration Mike, and thanks for listening and commenting on it. I really appreciate that a lot.

Ed

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