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Gear comes in different varieties. Some of the gear I have access to are physical units, other gear is software.

I just found myself getting a great deal on a Korg M1R, even-though I already have a paid version of the Korg iM1 iPad software, which includes a virtual version of all the available upgrade cards. I have not yet purchased the upgrades that include the T1 cards. Does the M1R sound any different than the software? This is one of the many things to explore.

I also buy a lot of sound samples for some of my instruments. So this only expands the number of sounds that I have available to use. And I am always producing new sounds, further expanding the sounds present in my gallery.

If you need well sampled sounds for your Akai MPC from any of this gear, please let me know, I can help.

Software Gear


  • iMPC
  • MiRack - Eurorack simulator

Windows & MacOS

  • MPC Studio
  • VCVRack - Eurorack simulator
    • Multiple versions side by side
  • Reason

Physical Gear

Akai Professional

  • MPC One
  • MPC Live II
  • MPK Mini Play
  • MPK249
    • appears to have some intermittent problems with some buttons

Important Akai Docs


  • Deepmind 12
  • 16 channel mixer

E-Mu Systems

  • Pro/Cussion - Maximum Percussion Module
    • Rackmount gear - full rack


  • EPS-M - Performance Sampler Module
    • 16 bit sampler with 1.7MB, 4 times as much as EPS
      • 34.4 seconds at 30kHz, 19.8s at 52.1kHz, or 167s at 6.25kHz.
    • Direct competitor to Akai S1000
    • double sided 3.5“ disk can only store a maximum of 800K, corresponding to 1600 blocks of EPS-M memory. Above this you get involved in multiple disk storage
      • prompting for multiple disks when saving, but not when loading
    • maximum hard disk memory is 600MB via SCSI
    • Can load while another sample is playing
    • EPS-M comes complete with eight dynamically assignable polyphonic audio outs, offering up to 20-note polyphony. A separate stereo headphone socket is situated on the front panel to assist the setting up of samples without anybody else hearing them. Again this is a significant improvement on the original EPS on which the only headphone socket was the right-hand stereo line output.
    • The EPS-M manual has been written and designed by Bill McCutcheon (a familiar name to Ensoniq users), available free to EPS owners on request. Includes: Musician's Manual, Advanced Applications Guide, and SCSI Manual
    • Dynamic mixing of different samples is possible with the built-in mixer section; digital signal processing commands include six different kinds of crossfade looping, wavesample copy, volume smoothing and others; sample editing is done on a non-destructive basis, which allows you to hear an effect before deciding to keep it.
    • Price Expected to be around £2200
    • Recent to 2022 - sold for $549 plus $85 S&H

Erica Synths

  • Pico System III - (qty:2)
    • These are the standalone versions, not for in Eurorack


  • Korg M1R
  • Korg Minilogue XD
      • “real analog sound and joy of controlling an electronic musical instrument offered by the original minilogue, the minilogue xd newly adds a digital multi-engine, effects, a powered-up sequencer, and micro tuning functionality”
      • Voice structure of minilogue xd is 2VCO + MULTI ENGINE, 1VCF, 2EG, 1VCA, and 1LFO. In addition to the distinctive circuits found in the series, such as wave shaping to shape the overtones of the oscillator and a sync/ring switch, there's also cross modulation, a sharp two-pole filter, and a drive switch that adds thickness and drives signal into minilogue xd’s filter. The sounds range from the warm pads typical of analog to fat basses and crisp lead sounds, covering every situation.
      • 200 presets, and a total of 500 programs can be saved.
      • third oscillator in addition to the two analog VCOs. This engine, which is equipped with three different types of sound generator (noise, VPM, and user slot) lets you take advantage of a sonic character that's different than analog, and use it at the same time as the analog engine, infinitely expanding the potential of hybrid sound design.
      • noise generator provides four types of noise that are indispensable for percussive sounds or for sound effects. You can use the digital filter to directly change the color of the noise.
      • VPM oscillator - minilogue xd’s multi-engine features a VPM (Variable Phase Modulation)/FM oscillator with a two-operator structure. It can produce sharp, metallic sounds with complex overtones beyond the possibilities offered by analog systems. With 16 types of oscillator and a SHAPE knob control, you'll be able to create complex sounds intuitively.
      • User oscillators - User oscillators allow you to load your own oscillator programs that you created or obtained via the internet. There are 16 user slots, as well as one type of morphing wavetable oscillator provided as a preset.
      • SDK (Software Development Kit) can be loaded into the minilogue xd via the dedicated librarian software.
      • step sequencer provides 16 steps, and supports both realtime recording and step recording. You can use the 16 step buttons to select a step directly, allowing quick editing to replace the pitch of a step or to mute it, or even improvisatory performances. Motion sequence lets you record the movements of up to four knobs, adding time-varying change to the sound, and you can record not only smooth changes in value but also values that change precisely at each step. You can use this to design the sound differently at each step; for example, you might create a drum pattern or sound effect from just a single program.
  • Korg MicroKorg


  • Circuit Mono Station


  • Spectrum(Tm) Synth - Classic Synthesizer Sound Module
    • Have not been able to get sound out of it because of power supply issues


  • Roland PMA-5 Personal Music Assistant
    • Includes General Midi sounds


  • MG06X 6 channel Mixing Console mixer

Eurorack Gear

Because of the shear variety and volume of these devices, they are listed in their own section

  • Niftycase
  • ER-301 sound computer
  • 1010 Music Bitbox - needs screen repair
gear_that_i_currently_own.txt · Last modified: 2022/05/14 20:39 by thegarnet