How many synths does a man need?

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How many synths does a man need?

Post by JackAstro » Tue Dec 11, 2007 9:33 am

I used to think the answer was 4. I was thinking in terms of 4 part harmony. Plus, it seemed like a good number coming from the guitar world.

Now I have 4 synths (not counting grooveboxes). I spend 90% of my time with two of them, the modular and the Evolver. I am thinking about getting rid of the others, which are nice but very neglected.

Intuitively, only having 2 monosynths feels limiting. On the other hand, I was a lot more productive when I had less gear.

What do you guys think? How any synths do you guys actually use?

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Post by Yoozer » Tue Dec 11, 2007 9:42 am

As many as you think you do.

Any limits imposed on you by other people have no bearing on the situation; when I have too many I'll find out myself.
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Post by mao » Tue Dec 11, 2007 9:49 am

I think it's not about the number... but how many kind of synthesis...

I think a good solution is:

- one analog poly (P08, A6....)
- one/two analog mono (MiniMoog + MS20)
- one FM synth (TX802, FS1R, TG77...)
- one Wavetable synth (MicrowaveXT, Blofeld)
- one Rompler for standard sounds (K2000, JV, Motif)
- one Additive synthesis (Kawai K5000 ).. well... sw like Virsyn Cube... does the job... but... you know...
- one V-synth to make strange things...

a bunch of analog FX like EH smallstone, smallclone, memoryman... I tried everything on the sw side... but they're so far from these little metal boxes.

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Post by Ohm's Law » Tue Dec 11, 2007 9:52 am

In my opinion it would take around the clock fed-ex delivery, an ever expanding room and infinite time to call a setup complete.
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Post by synapsecollapse » Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:14 am

Ohm's Law wrote:In my opinion it would take around the clock fed-ex delivery, an ever expanding room and infinite time to call a setup complete.
ohms law it sounds like you could use occam's razor.

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Post by Andy_X69 » Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:01 am

Again, its about "kinds" of synthesis and basic character of the synths.

I would say:
1 Analog Monosynth
2 Digital Synths that cover alot of ground between them, ideally with very different characters (Virus and Q, for example)
1 really freaky f**k up demented synth (i.e. Evolver or similar)

And if you have the cash
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Post by Spike Vincent » Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:09 am

I don't think I could ever have too many synths,but I would only use a couple at a time.
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Post by Hugo76 » Tue Dec 11, 2007 12:26 pm

In my view:
1 V-Synth (providing VA synthesis and strange sounds)
1 ROMpler á la Korg Triton
1 groovebox for sequencing, beats & samples

I would say this is a good & very flexible setup, and it is also part of my own. I'm no synth purist, therefore I don't include any real analogues of FM synths. BUT: I'm also adding the Waldorf Blofeld to my setup asap :D

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Post by Dirk » Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:06 pm

At least:

1 Japaneese mono synth (e.g. CS30/800DV/System 100/...)
1 American mono synth (e.g. Minimoog/SEM/....)
1 Japaneese poly synth (e.g. CS-80)
1 American poly synth (e.g. Memorymoog/OB-X)
1 hudge modular synth of many different manufacterers
1 Clavia micro modulair (For digital sounds)
1 String synth (e.g. Eminent 310)

And last but certainly not least: 2 TB-303's (cause 1 is soo boring)

Hugo76 wrote:In my view:
I'm also adding the Waldorf Blofeld to my setup asap :D
That seems like a very powerfull synth on paper. I will certainly check it out.
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Post by meatballfulton » Tue Dec 11, 2007 2:31 pm

You need one good one.

Owning more than one is a luxury.
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Post by Soundwave » Tue Dec 11, 2007 2:35 pm

I just use my Nord Modular G1 sequenced by my Monomachine with one of the machines on the MnM going into the filter in of my Revolution whilst being controlled by the Rev's internal sequencer thats a little more hands on than the one on the MnM.
Along with the KP3, mixing desk and FX there isn't a lot I can't do with this combo and I haven't even begun to stretch its limits.

My softsynths, AN1X and 309 have just been left by the wayside.

If I really had to strip down to basics I could still do plenty with just the MnM and G1.

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Post by JSRockit » Tue Dec 11, 2007 2:43 pm

For me... it's the Monomachine, Machinedrum, Blofeld and Yamaha CS01 MKII.

Korg Volcas / 6 x TE POs / MicroBrute / EH Space Drum & Crash Pad

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Post by JJQ » Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:17 pm

For me it would be:

A Minimoog & A TB-303 and then:

One, or two, of the Roland polys. (JUNO-JUPITER-JX)

One Oberheim Poly.

One Sequential Circuits P-X.

One Yamaha CS-40m/50/60/80

One ARP Mono or the Centaur.....

One modular

One Korg MS-20

One EMS . . .

All to get the diferent characters that I like.
Oops that makes it 10 :oops:
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Post by Automatic Gainsay » Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:29 pm

I don't know how many synths you need, but I do know that once you've found the synths you need, you feel like you don't need any other synths, let alone a lot of them.
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Post by redchapterjubilee » Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:33 pm

I think as has been said before, it's not the amount of synths but having access to the range of synthesis methods. For me I've got to have:
1. an analog monosynth. The Source is my workhorse. It's on every track I do in some capacity.
2. an analog or hybrid polysynth. Sadly, I am lacking here more than i'd like. Just the Matrix-1000 representing the poly. Next year I hope to get myself back in there with something.
3. for me, it's the laptop that does everything else. Wavetables, FM, sequencing, ROMpler/sampling, VA/mechanoacoustic modeling, drums, phase distortion, additive synthesis, etc.

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