Added: 05-Jan-99 | Author: admin
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[The DMS-8 Rack]
The first time I ever saw a 'Mirage'... I was doing some studio work in a big-time eastlake place under contract, and went down to the programming suite..... There were two guys in there wacking out that old classic rap horn sample and the red LED was flickering away....... yup... The Mirage .... 8 bits of raw sampling power.... I've got a couple of mates in South London... the 2 Andy's (heh heh... see, they're both called Andy... so I call 'em Andy-1 and Andy-2..)..... and they both have Mirages the original, and the later DSK version, and believe me, the quality of music they make is excellent....
Anyhow... I belled them up just now, to get some spec's... Andy-1 gave me some brief DSK version info... but Andy-2 was out.... shame.... but I can say, the music they make with these machines as the ONLY sample source is brilliant...
There's not alot to say about them spec wise, 8 bit, mono out, a totally arcane operating system, and real analog filters, which sound very nice provided the source material is suitable.....and 61 keys....
The DSK which is the later model, has a small onboard sequencer with 333 events max !!!..... (very Crowlian commented Andy-1...!!!)
The Keyboard is Velocity sensitive....16 samples available at any time, with sample rates from 10k - 33k and a total of 16 samples max, giving a total sample time of 2 Seconds, to 6.5 Seconds..... They got a mono-input but 2 outs.... although it's not stereo...which is weird......
the sampling is pretty arcane too...You have to insert a disk, which specifies how many samples will be made.....The disk must be in to samplethen you choose either...2,4,or 8 samples per half keyboard.... then you sample, after which, you can re-map the sounds.... somehow, the mirage splits the keyboard, and the saves in half... maybe the ram is split as in the Roland S-550 but I'll have to check that out.......
As fr the fabled analog filters, apparently, resonance gets out of hand easily....if you push it too far it squeals up into the inaudible frequency range and then dissappears...... especially with bass notes ....Andy-1 reckons it's useful for acidy stuff, but does have a limited range depending on the source sound sample...so choice of material is important for filter fx.....
That's all I can add right now....... but.... I'm going to go over to visit the 2 Andy's place to get the full mirage low-down....Bloody hell, it's like having a mirage museum down the raod... they even know 2 guys with the rack version !!..... one of whom plays keys with John Martin on tour, (Foster Patterson)....and he's still got his Mirage apparently....midi In and Out/Thru.... supposedly switchable between Out & Tru.... but apparently every time Andy tries it, the thing goes mental....... add some user comments please....
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