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September 04, 2006

Fixing the SY77: No hyperbole here

I think the phrase 'technical genius' is often overused. But I think in Simon's case it applies.

My SY77 had stopped responding on the midi in socket. So this enormous great beast of textural sculpture (a mega souped up DX7, with M1-style sample playback, but with the ability for the fm synthesis and the PCM synthesis to interact, all going through some pretty decent effects processors; shame the keyboard is so clattery) could be used for playing some enormous wonderful sounds, and the sequencer could capture the keyboard being played. But there was no getting it back out of Cubase into the synth after that point.

I'd tried everything. Changing ports on the Midi Timepiece. Complete factory reset. Plugged a cable between two other synths to prove the cable was working and then plugging the definitely-working midi stream into the back of the SY. But still nothing. I was about to send it off to be repaired.

Only Simon had the answer.

Turns out the SY77 is REALLY fussy about midi cables on its input. Some it likes, some it doesn't. Change over to another make of cable, and everything works again.

I don't know how he knows all this stuff, I really don't!

Posted by Tom Dolan at September 4, 2006 10:21 PM


This was part of the problem, it seems. It's stopped working again dammit.

Posted by: TomDolan [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 14, 2007 08:48 AM

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