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Title: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: jdt9517 on December 16, 2016, 10:28:30 PM
I have seen avid fans of DSI make on this forum all kinds of claims, for and against the P-2.. P-08, and P-12. In a couple of days I will have a P-12, P-08,and a P-02.  With the unlimited use I will be able to give you a comparative review of the three instruments and compare their strengths and weaknesses.  I'll be doing it over the next several weeks given that I have a couple of weeks off from Christmas to New Years.  So, I will spend some time on these reviews.
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: tumble2k on December 17, 2016, 08:16:10 AM
Prophet '08 FTW! Just kidding. I look forward to reading your reviews. I'm very interested in the P12M. I'm sold on the crazy amount of sound shaping capability it has but I'm a little concerned that it have less life than the '08 and that it will add some high frequency "hash" to the sound. There's something to be said for pure analog. I also think the UI on the P12 keyboard is significatnly better than the P'08.
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: Sacred Synthesis on December 17, 2016, 01:42:46 PM
I have seen avid fans of DSI make on this forum all kinds of claims, for and against the P-2.. P-08, and P-12. In a couple of days I will have a P-12, P-08,and a P-02.  With the unlimited use I will be able to give you a comparative review of the three instruments and compare their strengths and weaknesses.  I'll be doing it over the next several weeks given that I have a couple of weeks off from Christmas to New Years.  So, I will spend some time on these reviews.

Guilty as charged!  Your comparisons will offer a great service to this forum.  I'm looking forward to them very much.  Thank you in advance.
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: jdt9517 on December 17, 2016, 11:10:58 PM
Thanks Sacred Synthesis and tumble2k!  i was supposed to get my P-12 today, but UPS is now saying Tuesday.  However, I started today with an oscillator test of P-08 vs. the Pro 2.  Once I get the P-12 i will add it into the mix.  Since the oscillators in the Pro-02 are supposed to the be the same as the P-12, we will probably see the same results.

A lot of focus of the differences among these instruments has been on the oscillators.  The P-08 is a digitally controlled analog oscillator, while the Pro 2/ P-12 are full digital oscillators.  Of course, the mantra has been that a VCO is king for rich sound.  So, to see the differences, I brought my KARP Odyssey into this to compare.  While it is a reissue, the KARP is supposed to be true to the original.  In my playing and programming it, i think Korg is right.

So, I started by putting all three instruments through an oscilloscope with a single oscillator playing.  I selected a saw tooth wave since it is the most rich harmonically.

The KARP, I had to back off of the Low Pass filter some to get a saw tooth wave.  There are some other harmonics in the oscillator cluttering the wave without some filtering.  I tuned the KARP to A-440.  I played an A for about 30 seconds.  While the note sounded very steady, the oscilloscope showed that the frequency was varying between 439.93 to 440.10 hz.  i could not tell from my ear that the pitch was varying, but it was.   i assume that this variance is typical of a full analog oscillator.  BTW, the variance appeared random.  There was no wave shape that I could discern of the variance.

I then did the same test on the P-08.  The harmonics making up the saw wave were much more accurate than the KARP, but were not perfect.  The wave sounded very steady.  However, the oscilloscope showed that the wave was varying too, but to a less degree.   The frequency varied between 439.98 and 440.01 hz.    Again, the variance appeared random.  So, based upon this test, I am making an assumption that the digital control lessened the variance, but could not eliminate it. 

I then added "slop" to the P-08 oscillator to try to mimic the KARP.  I found that the frequency variance became similar to that of the KARP when I put the slop to "2".  Beyond that, the variance went well beyond the KARP's.  Another thing I noticed is that up to "2" the overall frequency went flat.  Beyond "2", the overall frequency would go sharp.  These variances were nothing I could hear, but were definitely being picked up by the oscilloscope.

The same test was done on the Pro-2.  The saw wave was precisely produced.   Variance in the frequency was almost non-existent  440.00 - 440.01 hz.  Putting the slop to "2" again made the variance similar to the KARP, with the same flat to sharp phenomenon occurring as the P-08.   

I next did the same tests using two oscillators on each instrument.  Both oscillators were saw tooth at 440hz.  It was really tough to bring both oscillators into such close tune on the KARP.  I never tried to be so accurate before on that instrument.  On the KARP, the variance in frequency could be heard now, but was very minor.  Also, there was no phasing sound.

On the P-08, the variance in sound was not so much in the playing of a single note.  However, when I went through each of the eight voices the timbre was different for each voice which I thought was odd.   I added slop to "2" and it did not really mimic the sound of the KARP.  When I held down the note there would be a phasing sound that would develop. 

The Pro-2 came out as the star of steadiness.  Adding the second oscillator did not vary the harmonics significantly.  However, when I added slop, it did not mimic the KARP.  Instead, like the P-08, it created a phasing sound.

I attached two recordings.  The first is the single oscillator sounds in this order - 1. KARP, 2. P-08, 3. P-08 with slop to "2", 4. Pro -2.  The second recording is with 2 oscillators in the same order except I added a section on the end of the Pro-2 with slop.  Also, on the P-08 section, I rotated through all 8 voices so you could hear the timbre change.

More later...       
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: DavidDever on December 18, 2016, 06:30:00 AM
I don't think that the differences in sound quality raised within this forum originate from the oscillator section, to be honest - so I'd bet that the filter comparisons will be quite interesting.
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: Sacred Synthesis on December 18, 2016, 07:43:12 AM
I do think the oscillators have much to do with the issue, because that's were the harmonics originate.  As the above test shows, and as we all know anyways, every instrument has its variations on each waveform, so that one sawtooth sounds different from another.  That's an important starting point.  And then the filter emphasizes or subtracts partials.  So, it's both oscillators and filters that are at issue.
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: jdt9517 on December 18, 2016, 09:05:18 AM
I agree with Sacred Synthesis.  While it is no secret that there are differences in the sound of the oscillators, I haven't really seen anyone drill down into those differences.  Based upon what I did last night, I am suspecting that the "thin" sound attributed to the P-08 and more so to the Pro-2 and P-12 has to do with the harmonic cancellation which occurs when the oscillators are detuned.  The pitch of the KARP is moving a lot compared to the P-08 and the P-08 moves a lot compared to the Pro-2. I suspect the lack of movement in the pitch allows for longer periods of harmonic cancellation in the DCO and digital instruments.

So, if we know the "why's" of what are causing certain effects, we can adjust our programming to compensate. 

That will be the subject of the next segment.  I'm hoping I can get to it tonight.
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: tumble2k on December 18, 2016, 08:39:07 PM
Based upon what I did last night, I am suspecting that the "thin" sound attributed to the P-08 and more so to the Pro-2 and P-12 has to do with the harmonic cancellation which occurs when the oscillators are detuned.  The pitch of the KARP is moving a lot compared to the P-08 and the P-08 moves a lot compared to the Pro-2. I suspect the lack of movement in the pitch allows for longer periods of harmonic cancellation in the DCO and digital instruments.

So, if we know the "why's" of what are causing certain effects, we can adjust our programming to compensate. 

That will be the subject of the next segment.  I'm hoping I can get to it tonight.

I have played around with small amounts of noise modulation on the Prophet '08 oscillator frequencies to simulate the VCO's frequency movement but never got something that didn't sound sputtery. I've really wanted to get my hands on a Prophet 12 to see if I can get get a better simulation of it and perhaps get thicker oscillator sound. Anyway, thanks for providing the information so far. I'd like to encourage to continue!
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 among Prophets
Post by: jdt9517 on December 19, 2016, 09:32:44 PM
My P-12 module arrived today!  Came directly from DSI in great shape.  Testing went on the back burner as i set it up and had some fun.

First impressions:  It's smaller and lighter than what I anticipated.  I'm able to put it on a music stand.  I was surprised to see a wall wart rather than a cord.  I thought DSI did away with the wall warts on the P-12.  For the module, it's probably OK.  The wall wart allows the module to be smaller which better allows it to be what it is - a module.  I have to get used to the idea that it is not a full keyboard synthesizer.

When I first ordered it, I was afraid that I would have to do some deep menu diving to get around.  Not so.  It's pretty intuitive.  The only suggestion I have for the layout is in the ADSR for the LPF and VCA.  You have to press the "select" button on the low pass filter or VCA, then another button on the menu.  Ideally I would put two additional buttons in the envelopes section for direct access like has been done for aux envelopes 3 and 4.  I think this is important because those ADSR's are often a "go to" section during a live performance.  Having to press two buttons to get to the menu could be a little much.  If cost is an issue, I would rather see the primary ADSR's on the buttons and place aux envelopes 3 and 4 elsewhere in the soft menus.

Tried both my Pro-2 and my Yamaha S-90 as the controller.  Both worked well.  As I anticipated, the S-90 works better on patches that are played "both hands".  The Pro-2 worked very well for patches that can use a shorter keyboard.  One BIG advantage, is that the Pro-2 sliders and latches operate perfectly in controlling the P-12M.  Many of the basic controls also control the P-12 which makes the Pro-2 an excellent controller for the P-12M.  One suggestion as DSI updates the Pro-2 firmware, please align as many of the NRPN's as you can to the P-12M.  That way the Pro-2 will be able to control from the board more of the P-12M's functions.  I think the first 100 or so are already aligned.  It might be a PITA to do, but I would think it would add a selling point to have the Pro-2 and the P-12 module so integrated. 

Won't be able to do any "testing" tonight.  My first impression of the sound is that the P-12 is WONDERFUL!  Definitely a different instrument than the P-08.  I can already sense that the approach to programming the P-12 will be different from the P-08.  They are both of the same family, but definitely different.   

 
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: AdamPloof on December 20, 2016, 08:38:25 AM
Really cool thread. I appreciate all the work that's going into this project. I'll be following regularly :)
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: jdt9517 on December 23, 2016, 06:39:03 PM
OK everyone.  A little test here.  A little while ago I posted a recording of a P-08 string patch that seemed to go over well.  I tried to emulate this patch on the P-12.   I uploaded the results on Soundcloud.  Here's the link.

https://soundcloud.com/jdt9517/2016-12-23-p12-v-p08

the recording was done with the identical amount of reverb on each track and the volume was normalized so each is playing at the same volume.

Which is the P-08 and which is the P-12?  Why do you think what you think?  ;D  I think they are pretty close.  There was a similar approach to programming on both, but there was some tweaking I had to do in both the oscillators and filters to bring the sound close to the P-08. 
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: Sacred Synthesis on December 23, 2016, 07:12:45 PM
I'll be the first to take the plunge.  The two were very similar, I must admit.  It's not quite the sort of string parch I would use, so I'm doubly blind.  I would say the Prophet '08 came first and the Prophet 12 second.  The first seemed to have slightly stronger lower frequencies, but that could have been the P12's character section, I suppose.  Now tell me I'm wrong and I'll tell you my computer speakers are cheap.  :-[
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: Sacred Synthesis on December 23, 2016, 07:32:31 PM
The Prophet 12 came first?  Ahem...as I said, my computer speakers....

Well done.  After you told me I was wrong, Jdt9517, I tried listening with headphones, but I must admit, I still had the same opinion.

So tell me, how would you compare the 2-pole filters on each instrument?  Especially, how do they compare when the Resonance is turned up all the way and a slow filter sweep is done?
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: jdt9517 on December 23, 2016, 08:18:17 PM
Tee hee.   ;D

Your 2-pole/resonance method does not seem to work on the P-12.  Even in 2-pole mode, the resonance filter will self oscillate to some extent.  Sounds like a cheap sci-fi movie.

I was able to imitate your sweeping sound without the resonance filter, however.  No resonance, LPF cut back quite a bit.  i uploaded an example here for your listening enjoyment.  https://soundcloud.com/jdt9517/2016-12-23-string-sweep
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: Sacred Synthesis on December 24, 2016, 06:24:13 AM
Well there's a major difference.  The 2-pole high resonance patch is one of my mostly frequently used sounds on the Prophet '08 and Poly Evolver, and it's wonderful across its whole range, both when modulated and when static.  The Prophet 12 version is nice, but ordinary.  It's certainly not close to the P'08/PEK version, which I would call extraordinary for its mysterious quality.  But thanks for the patch.  This is a confirmation for me.

One important nuance is to adjust the Keyboard Amount parameter to a substantial degree, as in perhaps 75%, so as to give a different effect in each area of the keyboard range.  It's important to have the higher voices in a chord emphasized via the filter cut off. 

Here are samples of the patch I had in mind. 

On the Prophet '08:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91Hww1cMoiM 

On the Poly Evolver:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIDhhLgmwiI

Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: eXode on December 25, 2016, 01:04:56 AM
I find the P'08 is a little more brassy than the P12 but I also found that it's more fluid, there's almost an liquid quality to it's sound (not sure how else to describe it) in that string comparison.
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: jdt9517 on January 05, 2017, 11:02:39 PM
Hi all,

Trying to get back to providing some more info on the P-12.  I have had the module about three weeks now.  I had hoped to have spent more time with it over the holidays but unfortunately work got in the way.  However, I was able to do some experimenting and I want to share with you my experiences.

Generally, it is very capable, and very different from the P-08.  I would not get rid of the P-08 in place of the P-12 – but they are very complimentary to each other.

Continuing on with where I left off on the waves-  I did a saw tooth test on the P-12 like I did previously.  The digital oscillator is nearly identical to both the P-08 and Pro-2.   However, on the P-12, there is another way that you should be able to get a saw or square wave, and that’s through the FM modulation.  Without going into a lot of theory, through FM, you should be able to smash two sine waves against each other and harmonics will squirt out in a predictable pattern.  This pattern of harmonics is known as “sidebands” in the digital world.  They occur on both sides of the main or “carrier” frequency.  So, I should be able to smash two of the sine waves on the P-12 and get my saw tooth wave.  This is where I met some real disappointment. 

The traditional ways based upon Dr. Chowning’s theories did not produce even close to a saw.  In the recording I link to below, I put together a saw wave with my DX-7.  The sidebands went well above 10,000 hz using the basic theory.  On the P-12, however, I couldn’t get sidebands much above 4000 hz using sine waves.     Since FM is somewhat similar to additive synthesis, this tells me that I will not be able to rely on the P-12 to build FM sounds in the traditional way.   Now, with the ability to use the various wave forms the P-12 provides in the FM module, I should be able to create some pretty interesting FM sounds.  However, what I see at this point is that the P-12 will not be a replacement for the DX.

On the following link I recorded the P-08 saw as the baseline.  The second sound is the P-12.  The third sound is the DX saw.  It sounds somewhat different since it is relying on a different synthesis theory, but  the frequencies generally follow the basic saw pattern.  The last sound is the best I could develop as a saw through the FM section of the P-12 – rather disappointing.

https://soundcloud.com/jdt9517/p-12-saw-wave-tests

Now, this doesn’t  mean that the P-12 is not a great instrument.  It still has great qualities.  I also attached a link to a recording I did using primarily the P-12.  The featured horn sound is something that I have never been able to obtain through either analog or digital synths.  Somewhat a cross between a French horn and a trumpet.  The P-12 does the horns and strings.  The Pro-2 is the bass.  The percussion is the EastWest orchestral soft synths.  Enjoy!

 https://soundcloud.com/jdt9517/a-new-king
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: Sacred Synthesis on January 05, 2017, 11:25:39 PM
That's an interesting horn patch - original and certainly useful in certain circumstances.  But it's on the thin and nasal spectrum. 
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: jdt9517 on January 05, 2017, 11:32:31 PM
Thanks.  It was built that way on purpose - although there was some serendipity to it.  Darken it up and it wouldn't cut through the mix. 
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: eXode on January 06, 2017, 01:38:45 AM
The traditional ways based upon Dr. Chowning’s theories did not produce even close to a saw.  In the recording I link to below, I put together a saw wave with my DX-7.  The sidebands went well above 10,000 hz using the basic theory.  On the P-12, however, I couldn’t get sidebands much above 4000 hz using sine waves.

Isn't the mod matrix limited to 4 khz? I'm fairly sure that I read it somewhere which would also explain why you won't get sidebands higher than that.
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: jdt9517 on January 06, 2017, 07:29:00 AM
I haven't read that, but if it's so, the FM capabilities are quite limited.
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: DavidDever on January 06, 2017, 08:44:54 AM
The traditional ways based upon Dr. Chowning’s theories did not produce even close to a saw.  In the recording I link to below, I put together a saw wave with my DX-7.  The sidebands went well above 10,000 hz using the basic theory.  On the P-12, however, I couldn’t get sidebands much above 4000 hz using sine waves.

Isn't the mod matrix limited to 4 khz? I'm fairly sure that I read it somewhere which would also explain why you won't get sidebands higher than that.

Also - wouldn't you need a feedback loop (and only one operator) on a traditional DX algorithm? That example sounds to me like a traditional non-feedback pair of operators.
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: jdt9517 on January 06, 2017, 09:22:42 AM
I think you can do it that way too.  However, I did it the "traditional" way with a pair of DX operators as Dr. Chowning describes in his training book.   Also, I don't think the P-12 has the feedback capability.  So, it wouldn't have been apples to apples.
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: Grimulkan on January 06, 2017, 09:57:45 AM
I think you can do it that way too.  However, I did it the "traditional" way with a pair of DX operators as Dr. Chowning describes in his training book.   Also, I don't think the P-12 has the feedback capability.  So, it wouldn't have been apples to apples.
Couldn't you use the mod matrix for FM feedback? The individual osc outputs are sources there.

I wonder if there is a modulation bandwidth difference between default FM & mod matrix FM. The mod matrix is definitely audio rate, but I don't know how far it goes.
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: BobTheDog on January 06, 2017, 12:07:44 PM
Double up the mod slots to double the FM effect, does that help?
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: jdt9517 on January 06, 2017, 06:08:24 PM
I'll give it a try, but to do linear FM, the frequency of the carrier and the modulator waves must stay at the same ratio such as 1:1 or 1:2.  Otherwise, the sound will change from note to note.   So, I can't use an LFO to create it.  It will have to be one oscillator modulating another.
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: jdt9517 on January 06, 2017, 10:23:23 PM
Double up the mod slots to double the FM effect, does that help?

Ok.  I tried using the the mod section along with the FM mod directly in the oscillator section.  Bottom line was that the higher frequency sidebands do not appear.  So, there must be some limitation within the programming which prohibits those higher frequencies.

However, I did play around with the FM and got a pretty good digital pad sound using a 1:1 ratio on the first two oscillators, # 1 osc being the carrier and #2 being the modulator. I added #3 as a saw wave.  #2's frequency is being somewhat modulated by LFO which gives the FM part a chorusing effect.  The sound is here.   https://soundcloud.com/jdt9517/p-12-solo

I tried imitating that sound on the P-08 and as predicted, it sounds a lot more analog.  https://soundcloud.com/jdt9517/p-08-solo

I took the sound a little further and made a short background piece.  I'm using the above tracks for the pad, the Pro-2 is playing the solo and bass.  EastWest softsynth is being used for drums.  Yamaha S-90 for piano,  https://soundcloud.com/jdt9517/2017-10-06-p-12-exp
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: jdt9517 on January 14, 2017, 12:14:16 AM
Back to do some more analysis here.  For this post, I am comparing the use of two oscillators in the P-12, P-08 and as an analog baseline - the KARP Odyssey.  In each case, I again used the saw tooth wave for comparison both tuned to the same note. The low pass filter was wide open on each synth.  So, all the harmonics were coming through.  The second filter on the P-12 was not engaged.

As I'm sure many of you are aware, putting two oscillators together, in tune, does not have an additive effect.  There is actually cancellation of harmonics.  It's when they are placed somewhat out of tune with each other that all the magic happens.

In this first recording, I started with a single oscillator and slowly turned up the volume on the second.  As the volume increases of the second oscillator, the harmonics cancellation can be heard.  In this first recording, the synths, in order are the P-12, P-08 and Odyssey.  The P-12's cancellation occurred mainly in the mid range.  Some mid-high and low frequencies start being accented as the volume of the second oscillator increases.  With the P-08, the harmonic cancellation is more consistent across the spectrum.  The overall effect is the volume reducing as the second oscillator is dialed in.  The Odyssey, I was not able to get perfect tuning (after all, it's a VCO  :) ).  When the volume of the second oscillator is increased, there is cancellation, but there is some phasing since the oscillators are not perfectly aligned.

   https://soundcloud.com/jdt9517/2017-01-13-p12-2-oscs-compared

Next, I detuned the oscillators slightly which is the base for many of the classic analog sounds.  I started with the Odyssey, using a slight detuning that I typically used in programming analog synths in the past.  That "classic" sound dialed right in.  I used approximately the same detunings on the P-12 and P-08 using no slop to compare.  I was amazed how close the P-12 got to the classic sound with the minor detuning.  The P-08 is the last sound on this second recording.  I was amazed how un-analog it sounded.  The classic phasing was not there.  While I did not record it, I had to use much more detuning to approach the classic sound. 

What this tells me is that I can use a more traditional approach with the P-12 to get the classic analog sounds.  The P-08 will require more detuning or slop to get there.  While I was not really aware of this, I looked back on some of the programs I have done on the P-08 and found that the detuning was more extreme than I probably would have used on say the P-05.

https://soundcloud.com/jdt9517/2017-01-13-p12-2-ocs-detuned
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: Sacred Synthesis on January 14, 2017, 01:49:11 PM
I'm perhaps not using these recordings as you've intended, but what strikes me is how much warmer and fuller the Prophet '08 sounds compared with the Prophet 12.  But I even preferred the sound of the P'08 over the Odyssey.
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: jdt9517 on January 14, 2017, 06:58:55 PM
Your comment is welcome.  It's one thing for me to discuss my opinions.  It's quite another to hear the tracks and decide for yourself.  I'm doing the recording in part to evoke discussion.  It's definitely been a learning experience for me to try to put this together in a disciplined way.

Personally, I liked the sound of the P-12 over the P-08 in that test.  To me, it had a more pleasing phasing sound.  One thing is clear, these are not identical instruments.  Nor do I think one can completely imitate the other.

Here's the latest from tonight.  i went to the square wave on each instrument.  I put each at 50% on the pulse.  The first group is P-08, P-12 then Odyssey.  The differences of the raw waves is pretty substantial.  The Odyssey has the most overtones according to the oscilloscope.  However, it is the least accurate square wave.  The P-08 has more harmonics than the P-12, but the P-12 was the most precise square.   

The second part of the recording is where it starts getting fun.  I brought in the second oscillator and detuned it sharp 1.5 hz on each instrument.  I also used pulse width modulation on each instrument.  To be fair to the Odyssey, I used one LFO to modulate both oscillators for each.   i tried to adjust the speed of the LFO's so they were all going at similar speed.   Also, in each case I slowed down the attack a little and gave them all a little longer release so it sounded a little more like a real patch.  Still no adjustment on the LPF.  So, we are hearing the full breadth of the oscillators in each case.

Verdict?  i think the P-08 and P-12 are in a dead heat in this one.  I'll post the order a little later - but the Odyssey is first on the second round. 

https://soundcloud.com/jdt9517/2017-01-14-p-12-sq-wv-test
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: Sacred Synthesis on January 18, 2017, 10:18:48 AM
https://soundcloud.com/jdt9517/a-new-king

JDT, I really like this little piece.  It would be a nice introduction to a thematic piece, sort of a prelude followed by a fugue.  Is there more to it?
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: jdt9517 on January 18, 2017, 11:23:35 AM
Thanks.  Not right now.  It's designed time wise to fit in music library requirements for TV/Film.  It could easily be expanded  - just where I don't know.

If you like this, you might like this recording.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fp33EBNrsg

In this recording, I took Beethoven's sketches of his Tenth Symphony.  It's in a pop format, but I think his two main themes found at the beginning and in the bridge of this composition are pretty accurate.

BTW, it was recorded at a time when my equipment was relatively crude.  Most of the instruments are played on my Yamaha S-90.
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: Sacred Synthesis on January 18, 2017, 12:04:03 PM
Very nice.
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: psionic11 on January 19, 2017, 07:33:38 AM
JDT, I'm a new member, but I've followed this thread for about a month.  Thanks for researching and posting your results.  OSC phasing and harmonics are definitely a key component to that elusive analog quality.

I've had some P12 OSC harmonics and therefore volume phase cancelling that tend to give a kind of sameness to all patch creations.  Guess I need to use more slop and mod routings.  But I''m leaning more to filters and envelopes for getting that *desired response*.  What's your verdict on those versus OSCs?
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: jdt9517 on January 19, 2017, 11:02:39 PM
I've had some P12 OSC harmonics and therefore volume phase cancelling that tend to give a kind of sameness to all patch creations.

Would you provide a short recording of what you are experiencing?  I'd like to hear what you feel the problem is before I comment.  There are a number of ways to avoid phase cancellation.  Just want to make sure (1) what you are dealing with is phase cancellation and (2) if not, what are you dealing with?   Thanks!
Title: Re: The Prophet 12 amoung Prophets
Post by: jdt9517 on January 24, 2017, 08:23:00 PM
Another little addition to this section.  On another thread, a poster was trying to do sweeps with the high pass resonance filter.  He was turning the knob manually and was complaining about incremental stepping on the sweeps.  I have found that manually doing sweeps on the P-12 using the frequency or resonance knobs will not be completely smooth.  The knob will modify the filter incrementally and will create a minor stepping sound.

For a completely smooth sweep, a pedal set to mod the filter, an LFO, or an envelope needs to be used.

The post also led me to experiment with the HPF some more tonight.   Prior to the Pro 2 and P-12, my experience with a HPF was limited to the Odyssey (both original and the KARP).  The HPF on those instruments was not much more than a tone control. 

This HPF is a totally different beast.   Not only is there the filter itself, but there is a resonance function.  The HPF is self resonating which I did not expect.  My mistake was finding out the filter was self resonating with the volume turned up.   :o  So, when experimenting with the HPF in the P-12 be careful to keep the volume to a low level.  When it resonates it RESONATES!

Attached is a recording I did tonight experimenting with the self resonance of the HPF.  The HP resonance is being controlled by envelope #3 and is set to repeat.  Slow attack and delay.  Sustain and release set to zero.  The amount of envelope is set so it will push the filter slowly in and out of self resonance.  There is reverb and delay added to the track.  Otherwise it is a single track of the P-12.  When you listen to it, make sure your speakers or headphones are set to a lower level.  ;D

https://soundcloud.com/jdt9517/screech