How many synths does a man need?

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Post by Intervene » Wed Dec 26, 2007 3:03 pm

chamomileshark wrote:Exactly the same number as the number of shoes a woman needs.
quote of the year.

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Post by hugsnballoons » Wed Dec 26, 2007 11:01 pm

regardless how many you have, there's always a bigger fish :)

but i think guitarplayers are worse collectors really

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Post by Raiven » Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:25 am

One Polyphonic whether analog or VA.

One or Two monophonic synths, preferably semi-modular.

One workstation/sampler.

One MPC type. (MPC or MV)

Supplement this with softsynths for added variety and/or detail. Such as Absynth, which can cover any other matter of synthesis for sound design and Kontakt which can load Gigabytes of high quality 24bit samples.

With the above and outboard FX, even if the computer dies, you can still jam on.
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Post by crystalmsc » Fri Dec 28, 2007 4:29 am

actually, if should really make an only one decision thing. I could live happily with just something like an Oasys, a pair of decent monitor, a headphone and other recording gears. Sometime I wonder that I can even be happier like that :)
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Post by Alex E » Fri Dec 28, 2007 6:21 am


With so many 8-track tape recorders & 8 track MIDI sequencers back in the day, it just seems like a good number to me that is nice to work with. Not too much, not too little.

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Post by V301H » Fri Dec 28, 2007 7:02 am

One modular or ARP 2600. If not feasible then at least two true-VCO monosynths such as Minimoog, Odyssey, MS20, Pro One, CS15/20M/30/40M, MaxiKorg, Voyager, Little Phatty, etc. for general-purpose bass, lead, and sound effects/processing.

One Memorymoog or CS80 and at least one (if no Memorymoog or CS80 then at least three) VCO polysynth(s) from the Oberheim, Jupiter 8/6/MKS80, CS50/60/70M, or Prophet range selected to cover those ultra-massive "death-of-the-universe" sounds and the somewhat less-fat analog sounds.

At least one DCO polysynth from the JX, Juno, Matrix, Akai, or Korg lines for the polite "sits-in-the-mix-well" smooth analog sounds.

With the analog bases covered supplement with samplers, ROMplers, DX-7, VA/VST/modern analog, drum machines, outboard gear, recording equipment, pianos, organs, clavinet, accordion, guitars, basses, mandolin, brass, woodwinds, amps, light show, mellotron, computers, PA system, and other musical items as the need arises.

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Post by SecretAsianMan » Fri Dec 28, 2007 8:52 am

All of them.

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Post by Dane_Xoth » Fri Dec 28, 2007 9:22 am

Men need few.....boys need lots.

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Post by MrFrodo » Sat Dec 29, 2007 11:17 am

Stab Frenzy wrote:
Analogue Crazy wrote:I think the JP-8000 is fantastic. It can sound very close to the JP-8 and MKS-80 which is great for me because i can't afford either.
Analogue Crazy wrote:The JP-8000 does not capture the lush organic sound of the JP-8 it just has some similar waveforms and features. It just has similar features to the origional Jupiters and only sounds a 'bit' like them.
And that's why you should think before posting.
Does anyone else think that remark is a bit insensitive? He offered up both points of view, didn't he?
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Post by Jack Spider » Sat Dec 29, 2007 2:14 pm

Points of view that conflict with each other, Frodo. It just confuses people.
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Post by kaffekick » Sat Dec 29, 2007 2:23 pm

Two monophonic analog synthesizers (Moog Little Phatty & Korg MS20)
One polyphonic analog synthesizer (Roland Jupiter 6)
One string machine (Roland VP330)
One organ (Eminent 310 or maybe an Yamaha Electone E75)
One Mellotron
One analog drummachines (Roland TR-808)
One sampler (Akai MPC-1000)

+ a Macbook Pro, Logic, a good mixer and tons of effects

Now go fetch. ;)
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Post by Soundwave » Sat Dec 29, 2007 2:53 pm

Does anyone know where those pictures of that dude European dude's old cellar that had almost every rare vintage synth stacked up collecting damp?

I hear SOS' Gordon Reid has some kind of vintage synth temple that nobody's allowed to enter unless they're being sacrificed.

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Post by kaffekick » Sat Dec 29, 2007 4:17 pm

Michael Leicher... Too much money and no judgement. An excellent combination. :P
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Post by Villi » Sat Dec 29, 2007 4:23 pm

I didn't even know so many drum machines existed :o

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Post by theplateauxofmirror » Sat Dec 29, 2007 4:28 pm

i think one needs as many as they can easily afford, as long as they are all useful. f i wasn't in college i'd have more money to spend. i wouldn't ever have so many that some are just sitting unused when they could be sold...unless i had a lot of money.
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