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Post by OriginalJambo » Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:22 am

clusterchord wrote:sorry, i should have pointed out - i was talking about JD-990. it has all this structures thing, and it is more flexible than in D-50. i actually never had JD-800, asumed i had structures like 990. oh well..
Ach, it's fine. An totally reasonable assumption of course.

The JD-990 is actually a LOT more advanced than the JD-800 as you now have gathered. This is probably why it commands prices almost as high as the 800 from time to time. And there's that Vintage Sounds expansion that's supposed to be excellent too.

I myself have no idea why the JD-800 wasn't as fully featured as the 990 - my only guess is that there wouldn't be enough space on the panel for the extra features and maybe Roland wanted to avoid menu diving as much as possible on the 800?

On that note though, one advantage the 800 has over the D-50 is a multimode filter. That's certainly handy.

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Post by mono/noise » Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:26 am

clusterchord wrote: @mono/noise: get microwave. it is VERY close to PPG sound. it got the original grittiness that later all-.digital Waldorfs don't have. and its dirt cheap considering what it is - a 8voice wavetable with analog vcf and vca. im thinking of picking up another one.
Yeah it's coming soon:), been watching them on ebay go for around 150 - 200 euro's.
But every time I got cash something else comes up, just recently I was watching a couple and then a ESQ-1 appeared in the local ad's with a hard to resist price.
Not that I am complaining tough, the ESQ is sweet!
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Post by KalinsFarm » Thu Jul 12, 2007 2:52 am

I still have my $1200 ESQ-1 that I bought new so I vote for it.
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Post by JBug » Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:08 am

My vote goes to the K2000s. I got mine a couple of weeks ago and i have totally neglected my beloved JD800 since. Calling it VAST is an understatement. Amazing board.
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Post by madtheory » Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:54 am

JUGEL wrote:anyone know if the Synth PCM cards for the Korg M1 are worth picking up? Or the Orchestral card?
Ya, they are kinda, but not at the prices they go for. You get all of them in the Legacy edition.

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Post by Alphacode » Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:07 am

The D 50 and JD 800 are completly different althouh both works great for strange pads .... And those are my favourites vintage digital synths btw.

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Post by dracena » Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:54 am

my vote goes for the CZ-101 which i got almost new in 1988 and i've been using it a lot recently. very good for modern glitch/laptop etc. It's a vintage synth that still is very useful in modern production (experimental, clicks'n'cut, laptop ...).

Another vote goes to the DX series (i own dx21 and fb01) - good for bass (amongst other things :) ) and i still use them. IMO they have more bottom and are more solid sounding compared to FM7 (which IMO is very good too).

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Post by mao » Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:24 am

Roland D50
Kurzweil K2000
Yamaha TX802
Waldorf Microwave

... so I need to buy only a TX802... :D

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Post by matamoris » Thu Jul 12, 2007 1:31 pm

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Post by MrFrodo » Thu Jul 12, 2007 2:18 pm

clusterchord wrote:well the thread isnt "list all digital vintages" but your "favorites" no? :D .

tho, i gotta admit, the Crumar GDS (carlos: beauty in the beast) sounds AWESOME. however i know very little about it, and never played it either. GS are boring n limited boards.


@mono/noise: get microwave. it is VERY close to PPG sound. it got the original grittiness that later all-.digital Waldorfs don't have. and its dirt cheap considering what it is - a 8voice wavetable with analog vcf and vca. im thinking of picking up another one.
Hee hee he, I would've mentioned the DX7, D-50, PPG Wave 2 and Korg M1, but I think they've got more than their fair share. I wanted to mention some products that haven't been given near enough attention, if any at all. I'm sure that the Wasp may have been given more attention if it had a 3-D keyboard.
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Post by OriginalJambo » Thu Jul 12, 2007 7:16 pm

The WASP is a hybrid though so it isn't really a true digital synth. It feels a lot like an analogue due to its aesthetics and controls as well.

I've always wanted to try a CZ synth - they look fun.

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Post by chamomileshark » Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:06 pm

Definately the PPG, I loved these from the time they came out. Nearest I've come to them is the Waldorf emulation and the even better sounding WaveSim. I think only the thought that they are not very reliable has put me off getting one, I think they sound just wonderful.

Maybe a Synclavier would also be interesting but it's pricewise way out of my league even now I think.

Anyone mentioned the Wavestation, I'm dithering over getting the Korg software version (partly because I don't particualrly want the M1 that comes with it).

And the OScar, similar I guess to the Wasp in terms of architecture but it has the cool additive synthesis thing.

Synergy, just on the basis of what I've heard on the Wendy Carlos albums.

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Post by JSRockit » Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:09 pm

Yamaha DX100?
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Post by Sealed » Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:04 am

KAWAI K1, if anyone hasn't mentioned.
Roland JV-880 has a warm filter.

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Post by Twiddler » Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:07 am

Computer Controlled and JSRockit wrote:Yamaha DX-100
YES!

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