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Multitimberal Synthesizer Recommendations

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:07 pm
by animehair
I want to add a poly multitimberal synth to my setup and would like some help. Here are my prerequisites:

I dont want a VA but the synth can be either be digital or analogue and needs to be at least 4 part multitimberal costing under 1000$ (used or new). I like something different and unique/uncommon that would go well with my mek.

I already know of a ton of synthesizers from my research but for the sake of completeness I'm asking for additional help in my research to see if something sticks out to me.

Re: Multitimberal Synthesizer Recommendations

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:39 pm
by memo
animehair wrote:I dont want a VA but the synth can be either be digital or analogue and needs to be at least 4 part multitimberal costing under 1000$ (used or new). I like something different and unique/uncommon that would go well with my mek.
My favorite non-VA digital multitimbral synths:
  • Kurzweil K2xxx series
    Roland JD-800/990
    Waldorf Microwave XT
    Korg Wavestation
Favorite analog multitimbral synths:
  • Chroma Polaris
    Sequential Six-Trak
    Alesis Andromeda
    Ensoniq ESQ-1/SQ-80 (Digital/Analog hybrid)

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:49 pm
by crystalmsc
the Yamaha TG77 is a nice multi timbral digital hybrid with resonance filter. it's cheap and still very capable of producing unique sounds. listen here for some nice demos: http://rambo.id.uw.edu.pl/fmanager.html?path=music/TG77

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 4:53 pm
by animehair
See I like those suggestions. Ive already considered (and liked) the microwave and wavestations, but he Ensoniq SQ-80 I havn't considered until now, and it sounds HOT in concept.

How about the VFX or SD-1 from Ensoniq? Or the Fizmo? I am unfamiliar with all these synths but in theory I think its what I am looking for.

Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 7:39 am
by memo
animehair wrote:How about the VFX or SD-1 from Ensoniq? Or the Fizmo? I am unfamiliar with all these synths but in theory I think its what I am looking for.
The VFX is interesting. Its ancient CPU is underpowered - if you press a big chord, the LFOs actually slow down in speed. It can also be a bit buggy (like most Ensoniq stuff). The filters are nice for digital, and the transwaves can make for interesting sounds, but I don't think it's a great keyboard.

The FIZMO has a bit more to offer - better filters, smoother transwaves, higher powered CPU, and a better interface.

Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:09 am
by xpander
Eµ UltraProteus.

Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 2:10 pm
by bill H.
Something "different and unique" is something you have taken the time to program your own sounds on. It can really be even the most common things.

Potentially the most powerful synth for around $1000 right now is a used Motif ES6. Seriously. 18 filter types. Over 1500 waveforms. Sophisticated effects with eight insert blocks. I don't own one so I have nothing to self-promote. I just want one. i have spent a little time programming sounds on a Motif, and it's not that hard. Structurally everything is pretty much laid out as on an analog synth.

Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 5:14 pm
by MrFrodo
I'll always recommend the Korg 05r w or X5dr to threads like this one. They're wonderful-sounding instruments that do an awesome job of playing back multitimbral/General MIDI files.

Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 5:19 pm
by animehair
Im not big on the motif's. I don't have specific reasons why, but my brother-in-law has one and although its a nice workstation keyboard its not the right thing for me. It works well for him though...He creates allot of gospel music on it and it sounds great. Personally I would never by a motif to use it as a VA synth...but thats my opinion.

Right now im leaning on the microwave xt because I like the knobs, I like the wide sound abilities (wavetable synthesis can be unique sounding), I like the polyphony, i like the small size, and I think it will blend well with my evolver. Oh and I like the orange color...

Oh I wanted to say that even though "unique and different" will come from programming your own sounds (which I do), synths all have unique characteristics that facilitate certain types of sounds. So the type of synthesizer you use will determine to some extent the uniqueness of the sounds your create.

Re: Multitimberal Synthesizer Recommendations

Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 7:02 pm
by Diametro
animehair wrote:I want to add a poly multitimberal synth ...
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In a world of heard-it-all combis, the preset "Silence" is unique, refreshing and very analog.

"Wind Through Leaves 3" is great when layered with "UFO Landing Nearby."

Not the most versatile sound source, but important nonetheless. A worthy addition.

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 3:58 pm
by animehair
I found a JD-800 for about 600$ is that a good price?

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 4:21 pm
by Entropy Farmer
animehair wrote:Personally I would never by a motif to use it as a VA synth...but thats my opinion.
Ah, but then you stick a PLG150-AN or 3 in there...

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 4:35 pm
by animehair
Entropy Farmer wrote:
animehair wrote:Personally I would never by a motif to use it as a VA synth...but thats my opinion.
Ah, but then you stick a PLG150-AN or 3 in there...
Well I stand corrected then...i have no experience with that board but its sounds cool. That changes my perspective a bit.