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Post by Tyler2000 » Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:39 am

VL-1. I'm an absolute addict.

SK-5 is nice too. A far better sampler than the SK-1, but it lacks a bit of the character.

I thought the C64 would be a good deal, but after getting Prophet 64 and the midi interface it turns out to be rather expensive. And a slow and tedious bit of work. It getting to where I want it now though. I just needs a couple mods and it'll be done.

I'm actually not impressed with my DJX. Kind of annoying the way I have to set it up every time I turn it on. I'm repainting it and selling it.

I have a PSS-480. It's nice, but sort of boring to me. Just too limited. Doesn't sit in my mix well. I'll get rid of it when I really need the space, but it's worth the keeping.

MC-202 is not cheap and plasticy. Just plasticy. If they were cheap I would have one.
so what do I put down here now?

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Post by KLAXON » Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:43 am

OriginalJambo wrote:It's Jambo god damn it!

Maybe I should make that my new sig...
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Post by zmd » Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:00 pm

Tyler2000 wrote:I'm actually not impressed with my DJX. Kind of annoying the way I have to set it up every time I turn it on. I'm repainting it and selling it.
i wish i had money, i'd buy it from you in a heartbeat.
but, you're right..the reset issue really really sucks:( also, i hate the inconsistent patch volume!!!!

but, over all i love it.

some of you guys clearly have different ideas of cheap plastic keyboards than i do tho, holy moly!!!
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Post by Analogue Crazy » Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:04 pm

[quote="Tyler2000"]VL-1. I'm an absolute addict.

I am alsa a VL-1 addict. Its got a wonderful character.
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Post by MrFrodo » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:34 pm

At this point, I'd have to say the DX21. Cheap 4-operator FM is one thing, but I have difficulty imagining a digital synth of any kind that doesn't even have touch-sensitivity. At least, the ruddy thing can be controlled by a touch-sensitive MIDI keyboard.
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Post by Synthaholic » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:52 pm

I used to have a Yammie PSS-270 (I think). Little plastic keyboard with I believe 100 or so cheesy FM sounds, plus vibrato and sustain buttons that let you tweak them a bit. It was that which started me down the road that led to (much) more expensive keyboards and synths later on in life.
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Post by elmosexwhistle » Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:23 pm

KLAXON wrote:My favourite would have to be the CS01. :)
elmosexwhistle wrote:dude, the an1x was like £1500 when it came out and still now costs around £300...im not sure that counts as cheap...lol x
They are pretty cheap here in the states, usually around $200 US or less (so about 99 GBP)

Edit: looks like Jumbo beat me to it!
on one hand im disgusted, coz that synth is capable of so much, and i don't want anyone calling it cheap or plasticky...on the other hand, if theyre so cheap i might buy another one, midi them up for some 8 vco action...lol

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Post by meatballfulton » Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:41 pm

Since when was the MC-202 cheap or underrated???
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Post by JUGEL » Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:34 pm

good point ... it's just plastic.

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Post by stephen » Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:53 pm

dude, the an1x was like £1500 when it came out and still now costs around £300...im not sure that counts as cheap...lol x

:) I paid £275, it was quoted as being in "near mint condition". We'll have to wait and see.
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Post by OriginalJambo » Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:31 am

elmosexwhistle wrote:on one hand im disgusted, coz that synth is capable of so much, and i don't want anyone calling it cheap or plasticky...on the other hand, if theyre so cheap i might buy another one, midi them up for some 8 vco action...lol
Well you get overrated synths as well. Look at the SH-101 - I mean don't get me wrong, it's cool, but not worth £300!

Another example is the ESQ-1, which is an awesome synth, and it's cheaper than pretty much anything else in the States.

There was an AN1X on SOS Classified for £150 last time I checked.

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Post by elmosexwhistle » Thu Aug 30, 2007 1:20 am

i just thought of another one...the dx100! that little baby sure looks cool ^.^

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Post by cartesia » Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:14 am

yamaha AN200 & DX200.. theyre kinda keyboards - just! :P

Definitely underrated IMO.. no theyre not amazing. . but theyre alot better than an electribe A in terms of the sound, and polyphony... if they'd had a 4bar sequencer they wouldve killed

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Post by Alex E » Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:03 am

elmosexwhistle wrote:i just thought of another one...the dx100! that little baby sure looks cool ^.^
Yeah I kinda want one- so I can experiment with FM on the go (If I even can)
I found a real 1980's commercial for it on youtube a while ago that made it look real appealing. I might get one but they can get expensive.
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Post by otto » Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:20 am

I'd say the Poly 800. Considering you can find one in the states for less than $100 if you look a little. For that price it is a fun synth capable of a few cool dirty basses and dirty pads with slow attacks. It's no wonder-synth but the price is right.
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