I’ve bought a production desk and re-configuring again, so haven’t really had much plugged in for sometime now, but I’ve been doing little sessions with just one or two instruments, taking things back to a time when my gear list didn’t need two hands and feet to tally.
Playing for the last week with my Shruthi. Wonderful little box, can really shine at wavetable synthesis. Nothing too incredible about the envelopes beyond them being nice and fast, but the amp has some rather nice options such as the mix operator. That allows the player to use a cross-fade style mix between Osc 1 & 2, but also offers features that would be at home in a guitar amp, like fuzz. There’s another that bounces each note onto a different Osc or even bounce around from Osc1-2-Sub-Noise.
All the parameters can be remote controlled via MIDI and the internal modulation sequencer notes can be sent out to some other device for some fun.
I have the SMR4 filter version and to tell the truth I don’t like the filter too much; it’s harsher than my original MS-20 filter. I’d chalk part of that up to the SMR4 being a 4 pole self-resonating lp filter and the MS-20 lp filter being a 2 pole. Both don’t suffer the resonance squeeze that the ever-popular Moog-style 24db lpf does but the gentler slope of the 2 pole filter not concentrating the focus of around the break point nearly as much means the resonance is a little more spread and not so targeted.
I almost cut my thumb off last week and am having trouble typing, so I’m gonna leave this review right there. I can add more, but I may do later.
My gear list is in my sig on the Korg forums, if you want a run-down on any desktop synth on there, post and I’ll try to do at least a half-decent review.