Owning two of the same synthesizer - Is it wrong?

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Owning two of the same synthesizer - Is it wrong?

Post by tyrannosaurus mark » Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:24 am

Does anyone around these parts own two of the same synth?

I have a Moog LP and I'm strongly considering buying another one for live performance. I only need two voices, and I can't find anything that sounds like it (I'd really prefer something smaller/cheaper)

Anyway, does anyone do this? It seems to be unusual because you would only have this for live performance I guess. I noticed someone had a Juno 6 AND a Juno 60, someone else had two different Juno 160s. Come forth and tell us your synthesis double ups!
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Post by Analog Freak » Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:32 am

I didn't even know that the Roland Juno 160 existed. This requires some photographic evidence! :D I admit to having a few pairs of very similar machines. I have a Korg Polysix and a Korg Poly-61 and while you could argue that they're entirely different machines, they're similar enough that I think it might be redundant to have both. I also have a Yamaha SY-77 and a Yamaha DX7 II FD, these are similar enough that the SY-77 can load the DX7s patches from a floppy disk written by the DX7. The reason I keep both is because the DX7 has a harsher and dirtier sound compared to the SY-77 and the SY-77 has resonant (digital) filters and the interesting RCM feature. I can't personally see the point of having two of the exact machine, unless you have voice limitations like the original poster, or if the load time means that it would take too long to load up new data for a live performance, as many old samplers tended to have this shortfall.
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Post by tyrannosaurus mark » Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:41 am

Analog Freak wrote:I didn't even know that the Roland Juno 160 existed. This requires some photographic evidence! :D I admit to having a few pairs of very similar machines. I have a Korg Polysix and a Korg Poly-61 and while you could argue that they're entirely different machines, they're similar enough that I think it might be redundant to have both. I also have a Yamaha SY-77 and a Yamaha DX7 II FD, these are similar enough that the SY-77 can load the DX7s patches from a floppy disk written by the DX7. The reason I keep both is because the DX7 has a harsher and dirtier sound compared to the SY-77 and the SY-77 has resonant (digital) filters and the interesting RCM feature. I can't personally see the point of having two of the exact machine, unless you have voice limitations like the original poster, or if the load time means that it would take too long to load up new data for a live performance, as many old samplers tended to have this shortfall.
Haha, how embarrassing! I meant 106 of course :)

Hmmm I could imagine having two junos, for example, using one for basses and one for pads or leads (at the same time live)

Do you have those similar synths because you appreciate the small differences they have?
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Post by The Cancer Years » Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:41 am

I have two esq1's but one doesn't currently work. If I were to fix it I
d still keep it around as a backup, it's worth more for me to keep it then it would be to sell it.
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Post by Martin P268 » Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:07 am

Having doubles is perfectly all right, depending on your needs. I plan to buy a TX802 to layer it with my DX7 to extend the sound palette. Don't listen to lemons who try to prevent people from even having two instruments of similar synthesis, not to mention the same model.

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Post by sam » Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:28 am

I have 5 ms20's and 2 ms 50's....I bought them all cheap over many years.

It's my modular system... :D
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Post by tyrannosaurus mark » Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:33 am

Impressive!
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Post by MissionBrown » Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:37 am

I think the bigger problem isn't having two of the same, but not paying TOO MUCH for either or both.

I got lucky with my juno 60 but its in pretty average condition.
I also got lucky with a synth that I think is rather similar in capabilities the Poly 800.

Sure having them is kinda doubling up on limited poly's
but it allows me to have a reasonable unison sound that doesn't just sound like layered tracks in a DAW program.

Have two, especially if there is limited polyphony in them.

In the case of the MS series by Korg I think having multiples gives you so much more than the sum of the features.

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Post by mirt » Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:44 am

i have ms10 and cs5, many times i've connected them together to have 2 vco. I've always think that i need second cs5 or second ms10, not the ms20 or cs15.

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Post by JJQ » Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:49 am

Its never wrong to have two or three 303s.

Or two MS-20....stereo :)
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Post by 23 » Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:54 am

I own two FR-777s, two Roland MC-09s, and two EMU P2500s/CSs

In the case of the 7s and 9s, its' simple, they are monophonic and for true mutli-timbral actions I'm going to need two of them. In essence, in the live domain, for multi-timbral actions, I'll need more than one.

In the case of the Ps, the tonal sources held by both are different in many regards and I use one specifically as a drum synth while the other one is used specifically for non-drum based timbres.

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Post by Stab Frenzy » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:06 am

If you have more than one of the same synth you'll go blind. Check it out, it's in the bible.

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Post by clueless » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:20 am

Two MS20s two CS15s two CS30s.... but ones f**k!! And three EA1s
I don't think having two of any synth is a bad thing really.

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Post by crystalmsc » Mon Jan 21, 2008 12:27 pm

I own 3 Wavestation (Original, EX and SR), got the keyboard for the sound quality that I like from it and the SR for the preset box. Beside this, got 2 D-50 and a D-110 simply because I love the sound of those.
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Post by ned-ryarson » Mon Jan 21, 2008 12:36 pm

i dont see why they didnt make the LP with an optional 4 voice polyphony or something. is there a reason?

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