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Slim Phatty noob - pitch bend

Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 10:23 pm
by johnrule
I've been playing around with my new (used) Slim Phatty (SL), and enjoying it very much. However, the pitch bend seems off somehow. I am controlling it with a new Sledge 2, and only occasionally it seems like the SL has a delay in the start of the note.

I basically created a patch that sounds like the lead in Steve Winwood's "While You See a Chance" tune, and when I bend down to slide up to the note, there is a noticeable delay at times. When I switch to the Sledge and play exactly in the same manner (and sound), it sounds perfect, so it really is the SL (imo).

I think it only happens when I have the PB already down (engaged), press a note, and then release the PB to slide quickly up. It does work some of the time, but it is obvious when it fails :-(

Re: Slim Phatty noob - pitch bend

Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 8:01 am
by Stuka
It sounds like you might just need to calibrate ~
One of the joys/quirks of true analog!

Run all the calibration routines per the manual, and that will hopefully tale care of your issue.
Be sure to let the Slim warm up a good 30 minutes or so before running the routines!

It may take a while to run all the routines the first go around if they haven't been run before, but in the end it's generally worth it.
I run the routines once a year or so on my Little and Slim Phatty's, and it does seem to help keep everything in tune and functioning as expected.
Since I started calibrating periodically (and never take the gear outside my home studio), I find it generally takes less than 30 minutes to run all the routines.

If you haven't already, be sure to check the Moog downloads for manuals and several free preset packs for the Slim & Little Phatty's. :)

Have fun -
The Slims are VERY cool analog synths!


Re: Slim Phatty noob - pitch bend

Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 2:36 pm
by johnrule
Thanks for the advice Randy :)

I will do the calibrations and let you know. Other than that one issue, everything seems great. Very nice analog hardware for the money.