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Church Street

By Tom Foolery on February 11, 2020 8:03 am

This week I caved and bought a Behringer TD3. Having owned (still own in fact, it's just stuck in cTrix's hands) a x0xb0x, I was always left somewhat unsatisfied by the sound. It never really gave the right sound to me. The TD3 however, does.

I feel a mixture of guilt about having bought this synth. It represents a lot of the aspects of capitalism and consumerism that I thoroughly dislike, and since my purchase, it has come into light that Behringer are planning to copy and mass-produce a DevilFish modded TD3, without the blessings of Robin Whittle (the creator), whom was offered a mere 15,000 dollars in return. Regardless of what your opinion is on the costs and negotiations etc, to me this sets an incredibly dangerous precedent.

Taking something that everyone wanted that was not accessible due to it being out of production, and Roland refusing to reproduce seemed to be reasonable to me. It seemed to be kind of sticking it to the man. But now it feels that it was not so much altruistic but indeed more greed-driven.

This synth has occupied a lot of space in my mind ethically. It does sound quite nice indeed, and perhaps that is what some will say is all that matters. I think it shows the modern world is much more complicated than we may think at first.

Musically, this piece is heavily inspired by Caterina Barbieri, whom I have been enjoying recently. I have enjoyed exploiting the TD3 to do some non-acid sounds, where it shines quite nicely, although I often find myself just listening to the same acid line over and over again, which is also fun.

This is a single live take of TD3 through delay and reverb.

This submission is licensed by author under CC Attribution Noncommercial No Derivative Works (BY-NC-ND)

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February 17, 2020 6:00 am

beautiful track dude big_smile

ah yeah it really sucks tongue i feel the same way about new stuff i buy as well... i'm after a new laptop but i think about what to do about the old one, and contributing to an ongoing consumption of electronics makes me feel pretty depressed mmmmm wat do

February 17, 2020 8:23 am
Jamatar wrote:

beautiful track dude big_smile

ah yeah it really sucks tongue i feel the same way about new stuff i buy as well... i'm after a new laptop but i think about what to do about the old one, and contributing to an ongoing consumption of electronics makes me feel pretty depressed mmmmm wat do

Unfortunately so, buying a new phone was simultaneously great and thoroughly saddening and frustrating knowing that in a few years I'll likely be forced into buying another one.

February 17, 2020 12:54 pm

no squelch 2020

February 17, 2020 6:55 pm

Yeah too bad about how problematic Behringer's business practices are since from a technical and economic perspective they're hitting all the right notes.

Anyway, nice jam, I love what the reverb's doing to that thing. For better or worse, you're making me want a TD3.

February 18, 2020 12:23 pm

Lush! The reverb really adds some interesting harmonic content, and is quite.. er.. "congealed"? compared to the usual cloudy reverbs I'm used to. I can't tell, is the reverb mono? Or reduced stereo width or something?

February 24, 2020 6:21 am

excellent track!


0F wrote:

Lush! The reverb really adds some interesting harmonic content, and is quite.. er.. "congealed"? compared to the usual cloudy reverbs I'm used to. I can't tell, is the reverb mono? Or reduced stereo width or something?

Yes I noticed this too. Something interesting is happening with the reverb in the stereo field, it seems collapsed but in an unusual way. like it's folded inwards almost

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