Submitted December 8, 2023 by Brent B in Plano, TX
"This will improve your mastery of synths"
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Utilities are kinda boring, I get it, but hear me out. You need an oscilloscope if you truly want to expand your understanding of synths and synthesis. The ability to visualize how a particular section or module of a synth is behaving is incredibly useful. For starters, it really helps you dial in modulations, but more importantly when you can see what is happening in, for say a LFO, you can more naturally understand how it will interact or impact what it is modulating. Whenever I fire up my modular Eurorack synth this is an always on component of the system.
This is a utility device that is not necessarily designed to generate sounds (although it does have a tone generator built in). The point of an oscilloscope is to see a visual representation of the synths electrical signal path in order to more fully understand it. It is an educational tool, but also a very hand Swiss army knife for synthesizers. This particular scope has a bunch of additional features that enhance ones synth experience
2ch oscilloscope is the primary and most useful function, but the on board tone generator, LFO, tuner, and audio spectrum analyzer are all super neat functions that make this a great little thing.
Ease of Use
To me an oscilloscope is an essential part of modular synthesis. If you have any of the Moog semi-modular stuff, the Dreadbox stuff, or anything else like that, you need this. The learning curve is small, but it exists. The concept of visualizing an audio (or CV) signal as an electrical waveform may be pretty odd to some people, but once you realize what is happening it makes sense pretty quickly!
The Korg scope is a semi-DIY project that take approximately 5-10 minutes of time and requires only very simple tools to assemble (no soldering, etc). The components seems solid as they are made of PCB material and aluminum. Korg stuff is pretty good so I anticipate that it will last a very long time.
This is great value for a future pack oscilloscope.
Never had to interact with Korg
The Wow Factor
If you are a synth nerd its highly appealing!
Weekend rockstar 20+ yrs
little of everything but I rock out hard \w/
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