djfunkshowkid wrote:Wow, for as detailed that explaination was....im completely confused
That's one of my extra special talents! Can't have you upstarts coming along and making better synths than mine!
But seriously, looks like I did throw you a bit of a red herring with the oscillator mix thing - looking closer at the schematic, the wave oscillators you're using already do the smooth mixing between waveforms.
One thing that looks as if it needs a good going over is the sequencer. The little knobs for setting the pitch are very inconsistent - some are giving note numbers, while others are giving octaves, with some of the values being set by the little sliders that don't appear on the screen (from what I remember of the original, these would normally appear on top of the little keyboard graphic that is also hidden)
The sequencer has lots of little modules that are basically all the same, so the Synchronise feature may be handy here. Once you have one module that works well - CTRL-C to copy it, then SHIFT+CTRL+V to 'Paste Synchronise' (a little 'Recycle' icon appears on the modules) - from now on you can edit any one of the Sync'ed modules, and all the other ones will change to follow the edited one. You can have as many groups of sync'ed modules as you like, and parameters which appear on the Properties panel can still be edited independently, so you can still give them all unique preset names etc.(WARNING: I'm about to digress onto the philosophy of plugin design!)
I think this is one of those cases where deviating from the original hardware design would actually add something good to the synth. Looking at the 777 front panel, it is one of those 80's style 'digital' interfaces where programming the sequencer was a real pain - you'd have to use a button to select the step to edit, then press the UP/DOWN buttons a load of times to select a note for that step; then repeat for each step until you got RSI!
The original design of the SM sequencer you are using, with its octave knobs and nice keyboard'y display would actually be far quicker to use, and easier to see what's going on. It is also possible with SMs GUI features to have things like that in little hide-away windows if you want user-friendliness AND the nice clean appearance of the original front panel.
The user interface of real hardware synths is limited by the technology available (and the cost of components), seems a shame to saddle plugins with the same restrictions when there's no need to - as long as the sound is just as good.
That's just a personal opinion, of course - I have to confess to being somewhat underwhelmed with space on my sequencer display taken up with fake wooden end-cheeks, illegible 'psychedelic' fonts etc.