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Re: one line synth reviews

Post by blavatsky » Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:09 pm

Microkorg - First synth; liked basses, some great sound fx, vocoder, arpeggiator. Hated keys , not wild about editing. 4 note polyphony is limiting. Sold.

Alesis Micron - Better keys, some nice presets. Some decent FM abilities, simple sequencer. Great idea, bad package - hated editing, couldn't tweak patches easily for my taste. Sounded pretty good, a little cold. Traded.

Korg EMX-1 - Some days seems cheesy, but always fun. Easy drum building, good midi, decent Virtual Analog possibilites, motion sequencing, knob twisting = good. Was going to sell, growing on me now. Some PCM samples are great, could use more, leave others out.

Yamaha SY55 - Bought for $75 with a stand and a hardshell case. Sounded ok for mid-80s rompler. h**l to edit. Fun 8 track sequencer. Liked the keyboard feel alot. Sold, didn't have enough going for it.

Alesis QS6 - Bought with defective screen and hip hop QS card. Decent key action, some good rompler sounds (mid 90s). Limited editing (pre-VA craze), some good breakbeats, rhodes piano, ok strings, etc. May be used as midi controller for PC.

Alesis Fusion 8HD - VA engine, FM, Physical Modeling, Sampler, 88 keys, 80 gig HD, 32 track records w/ 8 audio ins, 120+ polyphony. Bad interface, Iffy knobs, buggy MIDI, windows-like crash messages. I love you, I hate you. Adding Hollow Sun and KPR sound banks helps tremendously. Had to let it grow on me, starting to really like.

Roland SP-555 - Sampler with built in effects, D-beam, sequencer. Lake of a screen makes sampling tough at times. Sequencer is one track, quantizing is sometimes seemingly off. Good if you can get a deal, no way its worth 700.
Good sound quality. Interface is ok.

Novation Nova - Awesome little desktop synth. Great trancey VA sounds, best editing I've seen. Knobs galore. FANTASTIC arpeggiator. Sounds can be thin...EQing up bass always helps. Some people hated this, I've enjoyed as much as any synth...don't rely on presets, most are weeeeeak. Developed freezing/power bug, seemingly fixed with deoxit spray.

Korg Kaossilator - Tons of handheld fun. Great to do little loops with or take on a trip. Sounds range from GM sounding to decent synth to weird SFX. Can fit in a mix with the right setting.

Korg KP3 Kaosspad - A little overpriced; fun effects in real time with the pad though. Some effects are way too loud or resonant, have to be careful. Can spice up an overall mix. Onboard synth and drums are kind of weak. Overall alot of fun.

Casio MT36 - $4 at goodwill. Funny analog drum section. Electric piano/organ type sounds. Kind of cool keyboard action. Run through effects can sound lo-fi cool.

Radioshack Concertmate 480 - $4 at goodwill. About 100 sounds, knock of of a Casio SK-5 or something. A few funny presets. Very cheap lo-fi sounds, some ok.

Yamaha PSS480 - $17 bucks at goodwill. Cool early cheapo FM synth with basic editing. Sequencer, some presets than can be turned into metallic noisy beasts with FM. PCM drums. The 9V power broke on mine, hoping batteries still work. Cheap fun.

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Re: one line synth reviews

Post by garranimal » Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:08 pm

Korg Delta: You make 'cheesy' sound balls-out hella-fun.

Korg PolySix: Today we are serving thick delicious cuts of our juicy pad ensemble sounds with a side of phaser mayhem.

Roland Juno-106: You're like a cheap date: easy, breezy, a bit sleazy - and I love ya just the same.

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Re: one line synth reviews

Post by mikewelch7 » Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:07 pm

Waldorf XT: I miss this Orange monstrosity capable of crazy sounds, but somehow you never made it into the mix...

Roland V-Synth: Tons of options, but somehow unstable, wouldn't trust you on stage.

Rhodes Chroma: I bought you for $300 from someone who didn't know what you were, lovingly coaxed you back to life, hauling your enormous frame around the Bay Area to specialists who knew your kind, refinished your wood with tenderest care; you charmed me with a huge old analogue sound, with your wooden keys, yet turned me off with your strange slider based editing, and a certain sweetness to your tone that didn't fit my dark, brooding music.

DSI Evolver: I'm endlessly inspired by your digital / analogue combinations, love the crazy stacked delays and your delicious tone that always finds a unique place in my mixes; you'll be my main go to for years to come.

Roland JD-800: Endless hours of fun you you've given me, always sounding luscious in my music with radiant pads, slinky bass, and soaring leads.

Alesis Andromeda: You had everything in the world, yet, like finding a good coffee shop in NYC, you presented too many choices for my feeble human mind, so I traded you for a lovely 1971 Gibson ES-335 with walnut finish and I haven't looked back...
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Re: one line synth reviews

Post by CfNorENa » Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:31 pm

Korg M1: you were my first, and you'll always have a place in my heart (but not my studio).

Korg 01/W: you were my second, and though you'll always have a place in my heart, too, you have been utterly superseded by . . .

Korg M50: best value-for-money ROMpler workstation ever produced.

Waldorf Blofeld: ferocious (and DEEP).

DSI Mopho: stunning sound but truly miserable editing ("On what day did God create this user interface, and couldn't he have rested on that day, too?"), so you were traded for a PG-800 programmer, to go with . . .

Roland JX-10: acquired in a trade for the 01/W, you are capable of some seriously warm and lush pads, and probably stand as the most underrated analog poly out there.

Roland Juno 60: you were an impulse buy, but your combination of easy editing and signature sound (thick, warm, bright, shiny) mean that you'll probably be in my setup forever.

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Re: one line synth reviews

Post by Shreddie » Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:41 am

Alesis Andromeda: Solid gold, platinum plated dogs danglies... With knobs on!

Alesis Fusion: Insanely huge hairy dogs danglies with a couple of warts.

Kawai K5000s: Sleek silver dogs danglies that do strange things but are fun to play with.

Yamaha EX7: Big bruised blue dogs danglies with attitude that you wouldn't invite home to meet your mother.

Yamaha FS1R: Unusually shaped but massive dogs danglies stuck in a letterbox.

Yamaha PSS-480: Weedy little dogs danglies with charm that can take on a whole new life when paired with another dogs danglies.

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Re: one line synth reviews

Post by retrosounds » Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:07 am

MicroKORG: Nice, but it got on my nerves with it's "Small-As-Toothpicks" keyboard and limited polyphony. Sold.

Poly-800: Nice for strings and pads. Has the "Vintage Poly" sound (As I call it).

DS-8: IT'S ALIVE!!!

Alpha Juno-2: Meh, it's nice I suppose...

ESQ-1: This thing is a beast!
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Re: one line synth reviews

Post by hfinn » Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:14 am

Makes me think of the review of "Shark Sandwich" by spinal tap where they just say "s**t sandwich"

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Re: one line synth reviews

Post by pflosi » Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:20 am

A6: you do it all
Korg MS20+10: you are a nice dirty couple
Korg VC 10: you do only one thing, but you do it very well
Minimoog D: you are worth every penny. you need servicing
Roland Juno 60: you sound just soo awesome. you need a new battery
Korg Polysix: you dont sound japanese. you need servicing. why does your resonance pot pitch the oscs?
Acetone GT 7: you are an organ. why are you so quiet and noisy?
Acidlab Bassline 2: you can make nice leads and basses, but i almost only use you as a sequencer
TB 303: ooooooooh i can turn these knobs for hours and hours. i like you through a space echo
TX 7: you only have 32 presets and you are not programmable ITB. you always go through an analog filter
Jomox XBase 09: you make nice drums, but your hats sound only good in one pitch (i.e. 909 hats)
MFB 503: you are so small yet great sounding. nice hats on this one
TR 626: well... your samples are kinda... cheap...
Space Echo RE 201: you are a nice analog tape delay. you are a nice analog spring verb. you are a nice analog overdrive
Waldorf 4Pole: you make everything sound better

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Re: one line synth reviews

Post by Pro5 » Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:59 pm

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Re: one line synth reviews

Post by balma » Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:51 pm

Roland SP808ex groovesampler: Poor poly (4 stereo samples) noisy drive, no sample edition, not a good sample mangler. Superb unique effects section, great cut, chop copy paste erase edit functions, 1hr of stereo samples ready from factory, several audio inputs at the same time, lots of extras (even a VA synth). The best sampler from the SP series.

Roland VSynth: best user interface ever, great sampler manipulation, good effect and filter section, nice sample pitchchange. Very fast creating patches from scratch, intuitive, easy to use. Not good as a pure VA, high alliansing, poor multitimbre section.

EMU command station: poor effect section, small LCD for such a complex OS. Very intuitive and fun sequencer, great MIDI time, very nice sound, great filter and LFO sections. Sequencing and editing on the fly. I can't live without it, is so handy for sequencing, song composition and MIDI controller. The brain of my setup
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Re: one line synth reviews

Post by AstroDan » Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:32 pm

Out of what I have/had once had...

Alpha Juno 2: Wicked filter sweep; wish you didn't have an interface like the wristwatch I had in 3rd grade circa '83.
Arp Solina: You had one preset that was usable in a keyboard range of about 11 notes...that still can't be touched. Nice particle board.
Arp Pro-DGX: Really, really (along with Pro Soloist) under-rated performance mono synth.
Crumar Orchestrator: Dark strings, nice Rhodesy bass thing and large. Seriously, you take up a lot of real estate, dude.
CZ-101: Would be my favorite synth if not for that memory storage issue (lots of batteries) and tedious programming.
DW-8000: I am just super dedicated to this synth for some reason.
ESQ-1: Nice sound but figured one digital hybrid was enough for my arsenal.
JV-880: Has a too-cheap-to-sell/sounds-too-good ratio thing going for it.
Matrix-1000: Seemed to have 500 presets that were unusable weirdo FX and 400 that were the same preset, but pretty great sounding. Should have got an editor for this.
Novation BassStation: This is like a tool with zero aesthetic, like a car jack. If you need some bass or cool sounding sync'd lead this will work very well; just never liked lighting candles and spending an exploratory evening with it.
Octave Cat: If the MiniMoog were the Beatles and the Odyssey the Rolling Stones, this would be The Kinks.
Poly-61: Dirty slut. I love you.
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Re: one line synth reviews

Post by harness » Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:49 pm

Yamaha RS7000 - the SoS centerfold I looked at in bed while I slept with your little sister(RM1X) just to get to you, the heart of my studio.

Access Virus RackXL - 1u circus midget prostitute with tons of makeup and alot of tricks. you swallow(filter input)

Roland Juno 106 - vanilla, but a base that holds all the coldstone flavors together in my FX. cheap in mint flavor, but how long will your chocolate voice chips last?

x0xb0x - homemade salsa as good as any taqueria, but cheaper. modified recipe too hot to keep on eating, but need when I feel like mexican.

Yamaha Motif XS6 - had you too short, thought you could replace my RS7000, with better sounds. I couldn't cheat on her.

Kurzweil PC361 - you are a movie star that has a solid work ethic with traditional sounds. score one for the team.

Studio Electronics ATC-X - the heavy hitter, southpaw with a mean right cross. fundamentals learned watching old reels of the greats. lack control, need a midi coach in your corner.

Yamaha A4000 - kung fu master knows many techniques, but is blind, old, and slow.

Akai S3000XL - the sound of my youth. kick snare hat in, boom bap tss out. resonant filter is like unicorn jizz...CREAMY and MAGICAL

E-MU E4XT - the dungeon master of dnb filter alchemy. summon bass demons from the 60hz abyss and twisting reece elementals.
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Re: one line synth reviews

Post by balma » Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:32 pm

harness wrote:Yamaha A4000 - kung fu master knows many techniques, but is blind, old, and slow.
Coword. Another contradiction from Yamaha. A sampler with 128 poly, but manipulating a 128 samples data base on the A4000 is a pain in the ***....

Korg ESX: why if this is a "toy" for big producers, is so, so addictive?. Poor poly, but a must for sample mangling and delicious electro/house loops
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Re: one line synth reviews

Post by Composition86 » Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:58 am

Yamaha DX7IID - Very hard to program but it can sound great and "nostalgic", I loved its pads, bells, brasses and metallic sounds, it goes not so down in basses.

Waldorf Pulse - Quite simple to program, despite the lack of controls. A complete synth, great for hard and deep basses, quite sterile on leads and other sounds.

Novation Supernova rack 1 - The perfect VA synth, it does everything but it isn't as warm as an analog synthesizer (strange! :lol:). Not very easy to program: there are a lot of parameters and submenus.

Roland SH-2 - My favourite synthesizer, it can produce all those early synth-pop sounds. It has deep and powerful basses, warm and dense leads, I love how all its waveforms sounds, extremely simple to program. The detune option is awesome (two saws detuned=DM's "Ice machine" lead), it can sound great also with VCO2 off.

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Re: one line synth reviews

Post by druzz » Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:43 am

roland jx-3p : juicy filters ,pg-200 makes it great, my first love

korg lambda: nice analog strings and crazy detuning

yamaha cs-5 : nice PWM , the best to emulate the sound of an old motor. nice keys

yamaha dx7II fd: great keys ,features, and digital sounds.

dw-8000: my favorite hybrid . easy to use. love the joystick

akai ax73: can do bass!! plenty of room on it for stuff.good controller.

roland MKS-7: more AND less than a juno 106(it is multitimbra)l. cant save your sounds.

matrix 6r : weird sounding . cold but in a warming way. definitely has character.

ms2000r : versatile . good for crazy tweaking. ok interface but ifeel the knobs are too close from each other

mopho: great sounds . so so interface but very practicle at the same time (it is very small and cheap)

motif rack es: good rompler.

ESQm: impossible to program (IMO). get the keyboard version (please ignore this if you are a potential buyer)

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