So, basically, does the CS6x’s sampler allow one to load (let’s take the simplest case) a single sample of a melodic instrument and map that sample across the entire keyboard, adjusting it for pitch depending upon the key that’s being pressed?
If not, never mind the rest of my post. But if so, read on…
If the CS6x is indeed a fully-featured sampler, I’m GASing majorly… again. I think that combining the sampling with DX and AN boards would put everything I could possibly want into one place, rather than the two separate keyboards I already have – an SY77 and an AN1x – even though they’re both great. My dream machine was the SY99 for its ability to play user-loaded samples, but its sampling engine probably pales in comparison to the CS6x.
Whilst I’m glad I didn’t rush into buying a vanilla DX7 or DX7s, and think the SY77 and AN1x are fantastic (so I hope Derek is not mad at my questioning the very nice machine he sold me! ), I somewhat wish I’d known about the CS6x and its extensibility before buying other, separate boards… I never get these things right. If I had the money and space to keep them all, I would – but at my level, two boards is already excessive, and having everything in one place would be so many times better.
So, assuming the sampling is fully-featured… If anyone has a CS6x they’re looking to part with, let me know – especially if it has either of the AN or DX plug-in boards. I would consider offering one of my other boards as an exchange or part-exchange if the details were good enough (condition, expansions, case, etc.).
TL;DR: I hope the answer to the question is a yes, and I think my bank balance (and possible overall sanity) hopes it’s a no…
Edit: Hmmm… From VintageSynth.com:
Is that definitely how it is?The limited "phrase clips" sampler was disappointing. You'd only be able to pitch a sample using the pitch wheel.
I saw another similar complaint elsewhere, so my guess is that it doesn’t allow automatic pitching and really is only for clips, drums, SFX, etc.
If so, this makes me somewhat uncertain about other boards: Does the SY99 do proper sampling, i.e. supporting melodic instruments? I assume so… based on my limited knowledge of AWM in the SY77. But I don’t know which answer would be best: One would just confirm how desperately I want an SY99, whereas the other would alleviate most of my GAS but would sort of feel like a miraculous dream had died.
But, SY99 aside (for now ), the CS6x being this limited would actually make me feel a lot better about the SY77 and AN1x. Which, again, are brilliant!
As a final edit to this mess of a post, I realised that, speaking about a mythical ‘does everything’ synth, I’d briefly forgotten that I’m also dangerously GASing for the Alesis Fusion… aaargh. But nope, it would probably make more sense (especially financially) to get an A3000 to use with my existing dynamic duo.