|Originally posted by hexadecimal |
It is basically just a PC inside, but unfortunately, as with most things involving expensive synths, it's not quite that simple.
From what I know, the most common issues (besides the controls on the front panel, mainly the orange joysticks, breaking off), are failed hard drives and dead BIOS batteries. The second issue is easy enough, but the hard drives, as far as I know, must be replaced by the same model, rather than any hard drive with equal or greater specs. This means ordering directly from Hartmann's ex hardware support partner, where you get charged a typical OEM part for repair "fee"
Other things that people I know have had to replace include displays (also hard to source for the neuron), and various pieces of the interface (pots, encoders, etc).
If you're set on the Neuron, and are willing to to dedicate a PC to running it, you could always try to find the Neuron VS package. Pretty much the same thing, without the expensive to fix custom hardware. Seems to pop up on eBay here and there for around $300-500.
there are plenty of... SOFTWARE-based work-arounds to the Nuke. I think it also has 2 resynators, as opposed to 3 that ship with the real deal. but if broken encoders is the main concerns - I don't have to worry, as I don't gig and I baby the crap out of my gear. Interesting enough - Korg Z1 employs similar type of concept - e.g. modeling unrealistic instruments - e.g. what would happen if you had an 18 foot tuba or 30 foot aperture on a bell - things like that. But I played around with Z1 and it just didn't inspire any ideas.
You trully know you have a special synth when synth itself makes the melody for you. I spent about 30 minutes today, recording just filters and just messing with simple tweaks like LFO speed, modulation, resonance, etc - using one sound and it sounded great.
When you can take one sound and make it sing all by itself and it sounds original you know you have something special.
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