Biggest bang for the buck?

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Biggest bang for the buck?

Post by sepiakeys » Sat Mar 08, 2008 8:03 pm

Hello there.

What combination of synthesizers would you recommend if you are not a collector (and don't want to pay astronomic prices for nostalgia) but want to have a versatile and powerful combination of hardware? On the search for maximal power and minimal price...

- analog Monosynth (VCO)
- analog Polysinth (VCO or DCO)
- VA-Synthesizer
- Rompler
- FM-Synthesizer
- Sampler
(-Forgotten something important?)
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Post by gd » Sat Mar 08, 2008 8:54 pm

my current live rig consists of
Voyager AE
2 x jd-990
jd-800
Radias
K2500rs
jp-8080
Speakeasy Classic Vintage Stereo Tube Pre rack

You could substitute the LP for the Voyager and this would not be an expensive rig, but at least a reliable one. I have sold off all but my vintage analogue synths other than the miniD with the Jup8 being the last to go. Over the past few years some of my vintage bds were just becoming to unreliable - those of you who have ever owned and gigged with a Moog Source no what effect the crazy Source syndrome can have during a gig.
Prophet 08, Mini D, Radias, 2 x JD-990, Juno-60, 2 x JP-8080, Fantom X6, Speakeasy Stereo Rackmount Vintage Tube Preamp ...

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Post by Joey » Sat Mar 08, 2008 9:38 pm

sepiakeys wrote:Hello there.

What combination of synthesizers would you recommend if you are not a collector (and don't want to pay astronomic prices for nostalgia) but want to have a versatile and powerful combination of hardware? On the search for maximal power and minimal price...

- analog Monosynth (VCO)
- analog Polysinth (VCO or DCO)
- VA-Synthesizer
- Rompler
- FM-Synthesizer
- Sampler
(-Forgotten something important?)

For maximum power and minimal price, you won't need much other than this stuff:

Waldorf XTk - wavetables can cover nearly every digital timbre, including FM imitation stuff
Roland JX8p - analog poly, self explanatory
Nord Modular- can do pretty much anything
Moog Little Phatty - Analog monosynth sounds
Roland Juno G - Rompler stuff
Akai MPC500 - Sampler

that should cover nearly every sound palette available to synthesists
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Post by drummy » Sat Mar 08, 2008 9:42 pm

Personally, I'm all vintage analog. This is what I would do:

5 synth setup:

-2 polyphonics (one high end synth like the Prophets, Oberheims, Memorymoog, etc.)
-2 monophonics
-1 string synth

7 synth setup:

-3 polyphonics (two high end synths like the Prophets, Oberheims, Memorymoog, etc.)
-3 monophonics
-1 string synth

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