Your synths and their function/place within your setup

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Re: Your synths and their function/place within your setup

Post by retrosounds » Sat Nov 07, 2009 12:49 am

Poly-800: Basic pads, strings and basses.
DS-8: Weird pads and strings (And sometimes effects)
Alpha Juno-2: Basses, simple stings and leads.
DX-21: Strings, weird sci-fi effects, leads.
ESQ-1: Deep pads, strings, basses, leads, effects
Wavestation EX: Very deep pads, awesome strings, leads, super weird effects, (And sometimes drums).
EM-1: Drums (Not really in use anymore, I'm planing to sell it...)
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Re: Your synths and their function/place within your setup

Post by ItsMeOnly » Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:53 am

K3m: THE Bass, also glassy pads and additives, analog pads;
01R/W: Analog Pad (A27) + atmospheric fx;
Wavestation: everything from pads to complete arrangements;
CS1x: backing voices, drums;
U-220: minor backing, piano, fuzz guitar;
D-550: D-50 sounds;
VZ-10M: For the looks, and See God;
TG77: repetitive percussive pads, "standing out" leads;
TX802: Traditional FM bells and Stratocat, glassy stabs;

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Re: Your synths and their function/place within your setup

Post by Villi » Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:03 am

RS7000: Sequencing, pads, drums, sequences, any synth sounds I might need to fill out a track.
Sirius: Basses, leads, pads, drums
DX200: Basses, E-pianos, bells, leads, plucked string type sounds
CZ5000: Bells, leads... this synth needs further exploration...

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Re: Your synths and their function/place within your setup

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Re: Your synths and their function/place within your setup

Post by druzz » Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:58 am

mopho: basses, analog fuzzyness, analog brassyness, some leads,
cs-5: leads, simplicity, filtering otherwise boring stuff.
matrix 6r: pads, some leads, cold heath
dx7: razor sharp leads, digitalism , tweaking in the dark
motif rack ES : acoustic emulation, love the chromatic percussions, some drums, instant sounds
ms2000: basses, fx, hazardous tweaking

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Re: Your synths and their function/place within your setup

Post by Umbe78 » Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:57 pm

Evolver : sequences, drones, soundscapes, bassline
JP4 : not much actually, bass, lead
Machinedrum : drums
Monomachine : SID & FM sounds, vox synth
TI Snow : pretty much everything (excluding drums)
JV 1010: strings, brass, pads
Nord Electro 2 : rhodes, organ, acoustic piano

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Re: Your synths and their function/place within your setup

Post by blavatsky » Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:04 pm

alesis fusion - piano, rhodes, pads (Nebulae pack!), hollow sun packs (superb); underused synth/sampler/fm side. master controller. Underrated synth.

alesis QS6 - rompler junk (harsichord,clav, bells), a few drum patches, some loops from Hip Hop card, couple pads

novation nova - 303ish lines, arpeggios, spacey/fx stuff (knob twiddle till it sounds insane)

DSI Mopho - still new to me; bassy subs, analog drum sounds, searing leads. Arps/riffs sequenced on MP7.

waldorf blofeld - brand new to me; I've barely listened to patches but very impressed so far.

E-mu MP7 - Some solid drums, a few hits, most of MP7 rom is crappola - master sequencer (great at it to)

Korg Kaossilator - Background sounds, FX, a couple ok leads/basses

Korg KP3 - Master effects; good delay, looper, LFOs, etc. Used in send/return loop.

Korg ES-1 MKII - brand new to me; loaded with nasty drums, analog hits, noises. Prob used for glitch/electro/industrial drum sounds.

Roland SP555 - main sampler/drum machine; lots of vinyl drum hits, weird percussion, vocal samples, etc. Good effects too.

Yamaha PSS 480 - Cheap, cheap FM noise, clangs, hisses. Lo-Lo-fi sound.

Yamaha RS7000 - non-working keys, it goes back and forth to repair shop, traded for and yet to be used :(

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Re: Your synths and their function/place within your setup

Post by Cumulus » Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:10 pm

MiniMoog - Bass lines and some leads as well as noisy mangled stuff. Also used for filtering other things (go figure!)

Yamaha CS-50 - polyphonic analog pads, spacey sounds and ring mod effects.

Big Briar Etherwave theremin - pads, swooshes and ethereal leads.

MicroKorg - Bass lines (yes...really!), leads, pads, semi-cheesy organ sounds, and vocoding drum machiens and sound effects.

Alesis QS 7.1 pianos, strings, and passable vintage keyboard sounds.

Roland TR-808 and TR-606 - drum beats

Korg Electribe ES-1 drums and voice samples as well as a host of other sounds and sequencing the MicroKorg..

Korg DDD-1 drums and basslines, lo-fi samples

Casio SK-1 more lo-fi samples and even cheesier organ sounds (the flute with portamento gets a lot of use, too).

Korg DS-10 and Nanoloop crasy analog-sounding madness and 8-bit bleeps, respectively. (They're also good for "fun on the run" portability along with the MicroKorg).

Stylophone when nothing else will quite get that sound.

Circuit-Bent Speak and Spell vocals, gibberish and rythmic bleeps and blips.

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Post by Cumulus » Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:23 pm

tyrannosaurus mark wrote:This thread is great!

A quick question, who here uses all their synths at once regularily, who has multiple different 'complete' setups to be run all at once, and who just uses their synths all seperatly? Because I guess that would influence your synth buying decisions greatly
I never use all of mine at once.

I assemble difference combinations of them for different gigs or recording sessions.

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Re: Your synths and their function/place within your setup

Post by steampoweredsequencer » Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:03 pm

Moog MG-1 - Basses, effects, envelope brigade, bassey polyphony.

Alesis Micron - Aside from recreating synth sounds from recordings and programming the effects so I don't have to carry around separate effects for it; basses, leads, noises, FM, melodies, and occasional polyphony. Currently being used with an m-audio keystation 49e for dual patches (one patch hard left, one patch hard right).

M-audio Black Box - Vocal fx. Each patch corresponds to a song so the BPM keeps the delay FX in time. On the foot controller; Delay on/off set to switch 1. FX on/off set to switch 2. Other delay stuff set to volume pedal.

Digitech PDS 1550 - Destroying said moog signal and turning resonance into a screeching knife cutting through speakers. (It sounds that way to me at least)

Danelectro PB&J Delay - Also used for the Moog, and occasionally vocals.

M-Audio Oxygen 8 - various stuff.
Elation Cyber pack - Lighting.
Computer - backing tracks, kernel crashes.

Still looking to replace the computer. I just don't want to replace it with another computer, or with a sequencer that requires tons of *next patch* *next pattern* or *stop* commands just to play a song. I never liked hawking over a laptop and would rather not do that with hardware either.

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Re: Your synths and their function/place within your setup

Post by mcomeg » Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:02 pm

Minimoog Voyager: leads, basses, percussive noises, spaced out sounds, filtering my bass guitar
MicroKorg: vocoder, organ sounds
Akai AX-60: disturbing gauzy sounds, tubular bells, organ
Roland Juno 60: pads, cheezy arpaggiations
Kaossilator: layered electro-lounge sounds, brainwashing myself
Future Retro Revolution: uh, this only does one thing... but it's awesome!
Reason: drum programming

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