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Control Synthesis DB9

23-Apr-2017

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Control Synthesis DB9



Category:  Products / synth / new analog mono

Added: 17-Dec-98  |  Author: admin

New price: discontinued  |   S/H price: 150 ISH uk

Control Synthesis DB9

I got my Deep Bass 9 secondhand about a year ago or more. It has been extremely useful, a versatile little box for sure, utilising a Square & Sawtooth setting from the VCO as it's primary sound source.

Originally, the DB 9 was sold on a fake 303 tip. Other rack mono synths have appeared such as the Freebass 303, and the Syntechno 303,(check the reviews). Well we all know a 303 is a 303... The DB 9 is a similar sounding machine, in that it is a analog mono-synth styled on the TB303 controls, but it will never take you to the outer limits when you're on a trip like the original... It just doesn't cut right through you...

Where the DB9 does score, is that it is a totally wicked Bass mono-synth. I don't really rate the 303 copy stuff that much... but the bass.... IT'S BASSEY!!

I do alot of dub... ambient, techey stuff... and I can tell you, stick that box through a 10K Turbosound rig... IT SHIFTS SOME FUCKIN' AIR!!!
Absolutely wet-yer-knickers bass, and with the added bonus of being midi controllable, and ....IT'S GOT KNOBS !!!....And this really is the thing....playing live is a consideration most do not apply.....but if you want to get out of the bedroom and play out, this box is super stuff.

The other thing is that you can tweek the DB 9, (like alot of other synths), from inside the unit.....There's a whole bunch of setting pots inside......So you can blast the resonance up to full tilt, until the unit's sqUeekin' an whistlin' away like a flock of migrating lesser spotted widgewarblers or whatever !!!....or you can tune right in to the sweet spot with the filter setting, to get really honkin' didgeredoo tones etc.....

That internal tweek, gives a clue to one of the units' weak spots.......The filter just isn't wide enuff.....Hence my dissatisfaction with the units ability in the widdley-dwiddley dept.........The other weak point is......

Why bother to put portamento control on it, if it has to be selected via midi......WHAT A PAIN IN THE BUTT !!!.......It's not really Control Synthesis's fault, ...all the manufacturers units tend to go for this method......so....CALLING ALL UNIT MAKERS...I WANT HARDWARE PORTMATO SWITCHING PLEASE !!!

There I am.....shredding away live......all I want to do is reach out and.....click......switch it in........What I DON'T want is to prat about sending control data to the thing from a bloody sequencer, or master keyboard......

Same thing with the filter.....Why ain't it wider ???.........Anyhow I called them up and had a moan...!!!...Apparently, they got some new product due out.....

On the up side again......You also get for yer money, a midi - CV converter built in, and also you have an external input.....OH YES !!! This external in, allows you to input & work with a secondary source....something like another synth, or even a vocal etc...and apply the filter etc to that sound with Midi control.....Excellent....!!

So....All-in-all....A wicked little box......When they first came out, there was not much around in the way of midi-analog monosynth stuff, so it seemed reasonable price wise......I think that now there is more choice....DB 9's price has fallen a little,...but a wicked value piece of kit new or secondhand.......

Excellent Deep Bass......cool upper range stuff too............A bargain !!.........And remember....with Hard disk or a sampler, the humble mono-synth can provide many parts to the chewn by simply recording bassline loops to be positioned around the arrangement, then re-setting the machine to a different sound, and mixing it in via live realtime midi......With hard disk, a monosynth can provide many different parts. Add that to the ability to widen the range of the box with some internal tweekin', and there's plenty of source here !!!.....Can't find a current RRP...but about 200 - 250 secondhand........ By the way, the Control Synthesis guys are cool, and will make any mod's to the unit that you like, if you send it to them, or ask before purchase....
















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Product:  Control Synthesis - DB9
Name: Kilo
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Excellent synth for basslines etc....shifts loads of air !!!

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Product:  Control Synthesis - DB9
Name: D Joseph
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Activity: part-timer
Date: 19-Jan-99

Alrite, it's me again - Won't bother with a TX review

since I found one here but as another DB-9 owner, don't

ya just love to pump that TX through the DB-9?!?

Also, there's a BRILLIANT ed/lib for the TX available

through Kagi Shareware. ($15 US, demo is free!) No

TX owner should be without! Although I have yet to

get it working properly, get ready: IT WILL SYNC TO A

SEQUENCER THROUGH OMS FOR REAL TIME FM MADNESS!!!



Perhaps you could start a petition to get Cuntrol

Synthesis to upgrade the internal software and post

some mods ala the PAiA FamMan. Although it's a

decent synth, I had to ship mine back overseas for

service and although it was TOTALLY their fault, they

refused to even split the shipping costs! Beware!



Peace,

D

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Product:  Control Synthesis - DB9
Name: Edo
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Date: 19-Jan-99

The db9 is quite cool, but there aren't enough features

Now, with all these clones, the db9 is a bit weak

Too bad. Also, the accent feature should be better

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Product:  Control Synthesis - DB9
Name: gareth davies
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Date: 19-Jan-99

do you make anything for making music on pc's. if yes please could you send me information or if possible a demo. thank you

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Product:  Control Synthesis - DB9
Name: kilo
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Date: 19-Jan-99

whatever you say....... i can 100% guarantee.... the db9 offers massively FAT bass........ ok, like most units of this type, the 303 stuff falls short..... but I didnt buy it for that..... but for it's ability to take out any plate glass window at 30 paces with enuff amplification..... fat as fuck !!!....the ultimate dub bassline synth.... i promise....

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Product:  Control Synthesis - DB9
Name: replikator
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Got mine in '97 from Turnkey, London and hadn't regretted since. Doesn't exactly sound like a 303 but has relatively good cut-off and resonance responses. Controllably by either MIDI or CVs. Excellent for basslines even though it does not sound very fat. I put mine thru a Sherman FilterBank and an EH Big Muff and it sounds real F@$ed up. Brilliant.

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Product:  Control Synthesis - DB9
Name: Bazz
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nope
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Date: 29-Nov-99

Do not expect a 303 clone.. this machine is capable of very solid bass sounds...pulse or saw.I often use it for 16th note basslines,which works nicely as a good bottom in the mix.The resonance is a bit awkward so i tend to ignore this feature...
(PS: open it up and tweak the potmeters inside for a wider cutoff range...)

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Product:  Control Synthesis - DB9
Name: Peter
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Date: 15-Dec-00

Can you *please* fix the RA? Or at least remove the link...

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Product:  Control Synthesis - DB9
Name: Sota
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Date: 22-Jan-02

It's got some fat sounds but very
limited and doesn't sounds like a real
303. I don't use it anymore since I got
my real 303. Bought it for $100.

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Product:  Control Synthesis - DB9
Name: junkie
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Date: 17-Jul-02

Anyone know where I can get hold of mods for this unit?
Thanks

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Product:  Control Synthesis - DB9
Name: admin
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Activity: Professional
Date: 17-Jul-02

mods? - like what? - there is adjuster pots inside the unit you can tweak to reset the filter & res etc - otherwise not sure what you mean. Monster bass-end synth tho anyways!

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Product:  Control Synthesis - DB9
Name: David
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Date: 21-Dec-03

I am looking for a Control Synthesis DB9. If you know where one can be purchased or if you have one to sell, let me know! Thanks!

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