What are the cheapest synths?

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What are the cheapest synths?

Post by nightrecords » Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:42 pm

That are usable of course...

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Post by mathparty » Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:49 pm

That's kind of vague. What kind of music will you be making?
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Post by JSRockit » Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:55 pm

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Post by SickMonkey » Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:57 pm

Well, there are like a million free softsynths, many of which are quite good. But they don't count, i guess.

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Post by D-Collector » Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:13 pm

SickMonkey wrote:Well, there are like a million free softsynths, many of which are quite good. But they don't count, i guess.
Well, not if we're talking old / vintage synths.

I would think the casio's or maybe some of the low end yamahas. DX27 etc.
They usually go quite cheap but are still usable.

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Post by nightrecords » Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:30 pm

analog bargin synths..

like a Korg sigma..

no caiso or stuff like that..(no kids toyslol)

not hard just post a synth you like thats cheap...

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Post by OriginalJambo » Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:32 pm

Casio CZ range, Kawai K range, Roland D-5/10/20, Yamaha DX9/21/27, Ensoniq ESQ-1.

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Post by esqoner » Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:24 pm

nightrecords wrote:analog bargin synths..

like a Korg sigma..

no caiso or stuff like that..(no kids toyslol)

not hard just post a synth you like thats cheap...
not all casios are toys.

if it isn't hard do it your damn self.

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Post by CapnMarvel » Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:28 pm

Strangely enough, there's something on Ebay that will not only let you search for synthesizers, not only will let you see what they've been selling for recently, but will also let you define the maximum selling price that's shown.

Wow!

Cheap synth? No kids stuff? The MEK is a bargain at any price.
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Post by WDW » Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:51 pm

Is this a "just curious" thread or a "I'm looking to buy cheap synths" thread?

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Post by meatballfulton » Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:54 pm

Analog bargains?

Roland Alpha Juno 1/2 top the list. Commonly about $150. Hard to find any analogs cheaper than that.

If you're willing to consider digital/analog hybrids: Ensoniq ESQ-1 also goes for around $150, has a usable 8-track sequencer and easy programming interface.

Cheaper than $100 means digital unless you're very, very lucky.
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Post by Analogue Crazy » Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:49 pm

Casio Stuff is AMAZING. Im totally lovin my CZ-1000. I paid £50 pounds for mine and its one of my favorite synths. Its used all the time in my studio but i take my analogue gear out live. Im also a big fan of the VL-Tone. I actually consider that little thing to be a synth and not a toy. Its very useful and is very portable (you hold it in your hand!).

Its amazing what you can get for your money these days....
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Post by sacredcow » Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:11 pm

A casio ht-700, probably.
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Post by gfriden » Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:40 am

All synths are useable if you put your imagination into it. Sometimes limited features can be quite useful. As for your question - not the best synths in the world, but you can usually get a Korg Poly-800 or a Yamaha CS1x for between $100-150. That's the cheapest I can think of right now.
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Post by Stab Frenzy » Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:30 am

Poly 800 rules the cheap school, especially with an EA-1 stuck on top with the audio and midi going from the Poly to the EA. Wild sounds.

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