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Re: Ebay (Was Re: Selecting vendors)

>Personally I don't believe in workstations, I would rather optimize 
>each component.
>If you want a sequencer for composition, software is the way to go.

Of course I could integrate software with the hardware of the synth, 
right? Best of both worlds? By "composition," I really mean something 
like 'musical scratch pad to flesh out ideas'...then we go from there.

>The motif doesn't look like it has much of an interface for editing 
>or manipulating sequences.

I think (I welcome your or anyone else's input, of course) it has a 
very deep editor for manipulating sequences. It's just that it's 
supposed to be a bit difficult to use at first. People say it's quite 
simple once you get the hang of it--like anything else, of course!
>My philosophy on buying computers is the same as for synths - you 
>are much better off with 1-2 yr old technology for half the price,

Like I said, I'm of two minds on this issue...see below.

>  Plus you can sell your old gear for close to what you paid.

I'd disagree with you here. I've never seen gear hold its value once 
it's been replaced by the latest and greatest upgraded product. Can 
you give some examples? The old DX synth you mentioned is going for 
$200, for instance. I've got a handful of old fx boxes and even a 
couple guitars that I'd love to sell. And I know I won't get what I 
paid for them. In some cases, prob. a tiny fraction of what I paid.

>Re-read this quote from your last post:
>>>  it's often a good idea to buy more than you need at the time of 
>>>purchase, since a year or two down the road it'll be obsolete 
>I urge you to reconsider this logic!

Well, I think it's certainly true for computers, unless you're quite 
sure that what you're getting will absolutely do everything you want. 
I speak from experience here. I'm typing on an ibook graphite limited 
edition that I bought maybe 3 years ago or so. It has a 6 GB HD, 128 
MB ram, and comes with one usb port. The very next generation of 
ibooks included firewire--so I'm left out in the cold. 6 GB is piddly 
compared to the 40, 50, 60, or 80 Gig HDs that are now commonplace. 
And most apps keep getting bigger and bigger (and most web designers 
keep adding more and more graphics, flash stuff, etc.), so that 256 
MB RAM is now desirable. And I bought top of the line at the time. 
Everyone who buys a computer faces this dilemma.

>One other thing. When it comes to synths (and other technologies too 
>I'm sure), It's often better to start with something simple and put 
>your energy into developing a sense of how you want to use it.

Now this I definitely agree with, and need to think about it 
carefully. The truth is, the regular Motif 6 is probably all I 
need--probably more than I need. My only concern was with its 62 note 
polyphony. Would that be a problem? The new one will have 128. No one 
has been able to give me a straight answer about whether or not I'd 
run into problems with the Motif 6, given what I want to do. I get, 
as usual, conflicting advice.

>Too many features can be a creative distraction (as has been 
>discussed in another thread).

Yes, agreed yet again.