Your first synth.

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Do you still have your first synth?

Yes
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No
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I sold it, but then bought it again.
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Post by Wiglaf » Tue Nov 13, 2007 5:17 am

Yes, V-Synth.
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Post by braincandy » Tue Nov 13, 2007 5:26 am

No. I hate to sound ungrateful, but I got a DX-21 from my parents when I was 13 and was only partially happy. I had been begging for a Juno-60 or a 106, but received a DX-21 on the advice of a music professor who was giving me theory lessons at the time because he was a DX-7 fanatic. To me, it was thin and cold and had an obtuse interface. All I wanted were warm sounds and tones that would help me emulate Nick Rhodes' work on "Rio".

I tweaked it a lot, but never really knew what I was doing and wound up just modifying a lot of commercial sounds I bought through the classifieds in Keyboard (oh, how I miss the days of data cassettes). I sold it during my freshman year of high school to put towards an ESQ-1 that my parents helped me out with. I liked the ESQ a lot more and sometimes wish I still had it. I learned more about programming and was fairly productive using its tiny onboard sequencer, along with just an HR-16.
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Post by Stab Frenzy » Tue Nov 13, 2007 6:23 am

My first synth of my own was my desktop Evolver which I still have (about 4 years old I think) but I just bought a MEK so I might have to sell off the old one.

I had access to a whole lot of synths before that through my bandmates though, and we've still go them all except for a Farfisa organ which we sold.

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Post by ThinkTanx » Tue Nov 13, 2007 6:32 am

Moog Rogue for me. Sold it to upgrade to a Voyager. The Voyager is now history too.

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Post by pangmaster » Tue Nov 13, 2007 7:49 am

First real synth that I actually owned (I don't count the SK-1) was an XP-50 that I bought new in 1996. I still have it, but am probably going to part with it soon since I don't use it much these days.

Before that the gear I really got started on was an ESQ-1, an HR-16, and a Siel DK-70.
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Post by Logan 5 » Tue Nov 13, 2007 5:02 pm

My first synth was a Jen SX1000 which I bought for £70 in 1983.
Sold it to a friend a few years later,to fund purchase of a Mono/Poly,later that was stolen en route to my London flat by couriers!
Really wish I still had the Jen,but wouldn't part with anything else now!
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Post by t.o.t.s. » Tue Nov 13, 2007 6:07 pm

My first real synth was a Kawai K-1. Prior to that I had two Casio keyboards, a MT-18 and a SK-100. I sold my K-1 to make space and got a K-1r to replace it. I still have it. I honestly don't use it a whole lot anymore but I still keep it.
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Post by urgetoplay » Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:26 pm

Jup 8. I saved for a year and a half for it when I was 16. Had to sell it later when I got divorced. Always regretted it and picked up my second one a few years back.
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Post by audible » Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:07 pm

My first one was a Korg M1 back in 1996. It was the only synth I played, used and perused for the next few years and therefore I was happily ignoring essential features like portamento or resonance.

I'm surprised though that no-one else had the M1 as their first synth.
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Post by crow » Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:25 pm

Naw. Pity. Bought Korg MS10 in 1978 when it came out. Sold it to some f**k hippy throwback. He probably planted lentils and marijuana in it.
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Post by route_electrique » Wed Nov 14, 2007 6:25 am

Nope. Sold Moog Prodigy to get hands on Clavia Nord Lead 2 (which i still use on every project).
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Post by Five » Wed Nov 14, 2007 9:07 am

my first was a microkorg....lame. then i learned analog was the only way to go...started off with an arp solus and went from there

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Post by differentbydesign » Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:10 pm

Korg MS10 which I bought in about 1982 and sold in about 1995 when It was worth a whole lot more than I paid for it in 82.
Yes I regret selling it but am not about to buy it back at todays prices.
Bought a Juno 60 at almost the same time but sold it when MIDI became a requirement in my rig. Also regret selling it ever since.

After selling these an OB-XA a Micromoog and others I now have a no exception policy of never selling anything musical !!!!

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Post by teknosmoker » Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:11 pm

Yamaha DX-7II FD with Grey Matter E! board & an E-MU Proformance 1+ (old piano sound module). Bough them from a co-worker because I could not afford a piano and wanted something portable as well. Used them to play with a psychedelic jam-band.

The E-mu died while in storage and I sold the DX-7 around 1990.

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Post by redchapterjubilee » Wed Nov 14, 2007 3:21 pm

Nope. My SK-1 is long gone. I'd love to have another one but not at the prices they go for on Ebay now.
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