Synths that should be more popular

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Post by Yoozer » Mon Mar 03, 2008 11:37 pm

I'd pick the JX3P and Alpha Junos over the 106.

But yeah, let the sleepers sleep ;).
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Post by ryryoftokyo » Mon Mar 03, 2008 11:56 pm

I don't think anybody will be surprised when I say the AN1x by Yamaha.
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Post by Murderhausen » Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:11 am

Or what about the PS series by Korg? I know they are rare, but why would anyone bother with an Arp 2600 knowing these baddies are out there?
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Post by WDW » Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:42 am

I think that we are getting into a lot of synths that are popular (as in "well-liked"). For example, the Korg PS line. I've heard/read very few poor reviews. It seems that there is confusion here between the definitions of popular and common.

I've played all three models, but I am sure that I am by far the exception to the rule. I doubt if most or even many, for that matter, on this board will ever see one in person, let alone have the opportunity to play actually one of them.

But, despite the lack of likelihood of seeing one in the flesh, the PSs are, nonetheless, coveted. So, yes, there are more 2600s floating around than PS3x00s; however, that simply means that 2600s are more common...not more popular.

As to the question of why people would seek a 2600 rather than 3x00, the answer is likely simply that finding a 2600 is much more probable.

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Post by hfinn » Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:50 am

Or just look for both.

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Post by cornutt » Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:50 am

I'm going to go off the reservation here and throw in for some of the E-mu Proteus synths. You can do a lot more with then than just basic sample playback. Yeah, they're a beeyotch to edit on, but it's doable. The /2 and /3 have some good samples, even though there's no filters. For the Z-plane filters, the ones that have the most complete implementation are the Morpheus (obviously) and the Ultra Proteus (not so obviously).
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Post by WDW » Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:55 am

hfinn wrote:Or just look for both.
Well, Heath, not all of us are rare-gear magnets. :lol:

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Post by OriginalJambo » Tue Mar 04, 2008 1:05 am

WDW wrote:Yes, it does. :P :twisted:
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Post by hfinn » Tue Mar 04, 2008 1:09 am

I'd like to say the Moog Sonic Six. The later Moog filter ones are fantastic. Great moog sound with very strange modulation routings....

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Post by OriginalJambo » Tue Mar 04, 2008 1:14 am

Murderhausen wrote:I have long-owned this synth and will always own one of these synths: the Korg Mono/Poly. Slag the filter if you will, but I think it sounds pretty good.
The SSM2044? Fantastic filter and IMO at the very least above average.

The general consensus seems to be that the SSM2040 is the better of the two, but I think both are kick a*s.

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Post by Shleed » Tue Mar 04, 2008 2:00 am

MFB Synth II, shitty construction but that sound...

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Post by StepLogik » Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:38 am

Syn303 wrote:Yamaha's SK series are also overlooked and have the same panel and styling as the Yamaha CS series (20m, 40m & 70m)


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i'll second that. these synths can make some gorgeous sounds and can be found dirt cheap. i've had a couple of shots at picking a 30 or 20 up but passed because i don't think the local electrical grid can power 'em up :lol:

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Post by gfriden » Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:23 am

MrFrodo wrote:
gfriden wrote:The Axxe. A great little budget version of the more famous Oddy.
I think the ARP Solus is even less popular than the Axxe. You're usually likely to see an Axxe on the Bay, but I've hardly seen the Solus anywhere.
True, but I've never played one in my life, so I couldn't possibly comment on whether it was underrated or not. Still, since it is ARP we are talking about, I guess one may well infer it's underrated.
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Post by Zamise » Tue Mar 04, 2008 5:17 am

Yamaha CS2X and I'll +1 more for the Novation X-Stations.
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Post by T-John » Tue Mar 04, 2008 5:17 am

I'll second AnalogueCrazy and everybody else that've mentioned the JP-4, it's an amazingly versatile machine. And you can find one for as little as 300$...

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