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What are the cheapest synths?

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:42 pm
by nightrecords
That are usable of course...

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:49 pm
by mathparty
That's kind of vague. What kind of music will you be making?

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:55 pm
by JSRockit
Casios & Stylophones

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:57 pm
by SickMonkey
Well, there are like a million free softsynths, many of which are quite good. But they don't count, i guess.

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:13 pm
by D-Collector
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.

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:30 pm
by nightrecords
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...

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:32 pm
by OriginalJambo
Casio CZ range, Kawai K range, Roland D-5/10/20, Yamaha DX9/21/27, Ensoniq ESQ-1.

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:24 pm
by esqoner
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.

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:28 pm
by CapnMarvel
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.

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:51 pm
by WDW
Is this a "just curious" thread or a "I'm looking to buy cheap synths" thread?

WD

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:54 pm
by meatballfulton
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.

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:49 pm
by Analogue Crazy
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....

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:11 pm
by sacredcow
A casio ht-700, probably.

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:40 am
by gfriden
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.

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:30 am
by Stab Frenzy
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.