Favorite. Synth. Ever.

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Favorite. Synth. Ever.

Post by eucarya » Sun Apr 13, 2008 3:54 am

Be it analog or digital,
Monophonic or polyphonic,
Ketchup or mustard,

What's your favorite Synth ever and Why?

Let the games begin...

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Post by Pighood » Sun Apr 13, 2008 4:07 am

Q. Because it moans like a disappointed wifey. :shock:
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Post by Tyler2000 » Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:31 am

My fav. that I've played is the MG-1, but I still don't feel like I've found "that synth" yet.
so what do I put down here now?

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Post by space6oy » Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:48 am

ah, playing favorites...
of the gear i've had my hands on -

keys: CS-01
sequencer: 777
sampler: repeater
drum machine: 808

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Post by Tridact » Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:50 am

The Super Jupiter MKS-80 plus MPG-80 programmer.

There might be better ones out there that I haven't played, but this does everything I need and I love the sound. I don't have any desire to upgrade to anything beyond it nor do I play any of my other synths much anymore.

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Post by i_watch_stars » Sun Apr 13, 2008 6:39 am

http://www.vintagesynth.org/phpBB2/view ... ight=synth

Anyway, I don't understand flat out _favorites_, as in, "better than anything else out there", in art. Every synth, like all things in art, has its own niche and charm, and no synth contains them all (otherwise the first statement wouldn't be true).

As objects of technology, synths may be ranked based on certain numerical data, but as objects and producers of art, like any in the highest level, they are essentially unrankable because their greatness does not depend on rankable numbers and other such factors.
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Post by eucarya » Sun Apr 13, 2008 6:58 am

i_watch_stars wrote:http://www.vintagesynth.org/phpBB2/view ... ight=synth

Anyway, I don't understand flat out _favorites_, as in, "better than anything else out there", in art. Every synth, like all things in art, has its own niche and charm, and no synth contains them all (otherwise the first statement wouldn't be true).

As objects of technology, synths may be ranked based on certain numerical data, but as objects and producers of art, like any in the highest level, they are essentially unrankable because their greatness does not depend on rankable numbers and other such factors.
I don't like lumping anything into 'favorites' so much either, but it can be seen as a more relative term on an individual basis. Ie: a piece of gear that you feel especially keen about, at least enough to justify it ranking as more than a useful tool..

Thanks for the link to the thread, I did a quick search for one before I posted but obviously didn't look hard enough ;) ... My logic in posting is more to find out individual's preferences in regards to their 'favorites'... I don't have the extensive gear history or use that some of the VSE posters do so I thought it would be interesting to learn more about what stuff really clicks with you guys and maybe some reasons for...


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Post by eucarya » Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:01 am

space6oy wrote:ah, playing favorites...
of the gear i've had my hands on -

keys: CS-01
sequencer: 777
sampler: repeater
drum machine: 808
Would you really rank a CS-01 that high? They always looked a bit simpler too me, although I haven't had a chance to play one... The prices they go for seem to be more reasonable, so it might be a good investment when I get some spare $...

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Post by space6oy » Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:05 am

eucarya wrote:
space6oy wrote:ah, playing favorites...
of the gear i've had my hands on -

keys: CS-01
sequencer: 777
sampler: repeater
drum machine: 808
Would you really rank a CS-01 that high? They always looked a bit simpler too me, although I haven't had a chance to play one... The prices they go for seem to be more reasonable, so it might be a good investment when I get some spare $...
its simplicity's the reason i love it. tons of other synths blow it away w/ capabilities, it's just nice to be able to throw stuff together w/ it, use it to write lines, stuff like that. i kind of based those favorites i threw out on what i'd keep if i had to drop everything else...

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Post by Black Tomorrow » Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:36 am

A bit difficult to answer, really. I'd narrow it down to two:

V-synth. Most versatile I own. I'm always surprised at what it can do.

Moog Rogue. Most inspiring. I don't know why, but my best ideas always come from it.

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Post by tyrannosaurus mark » Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:05 am

Moog Little Phatty

it's everything I want
Moog LP + Casio SK1 and MT-75 + tube amp = good tone.

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Post by sam » Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:13 am

I use my CS-01 for my live gigs..I even walk around on stage playing it in one hand..It has a nice tone and esp love the pwm.

Anyway ...My favorite synth is the MS-20.
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Post by THM » Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:45 am

* owned favourites :

mono: MOOG Minimoog Model D
poly: ELKA Synthex
modular: Synthesizers.com ("DotCom") Modular System
outsider: EMS Synthi-AKS

* still wanted favourites (but too rare and/or expensive) :

mono: Steiner-Parker Synthacon
poly: Yamaha CS-80
modular: MOOG Modular System III
outsider: Korg PS-3300
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Post by 44deluxe » Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:51 am

At this precise moment I'm going to say the Roland Juno 60. 8)


EDIT: Why?!

Because it's cheap(ish), sounds great, looks cool and it's easy to programme. 8)
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Re: Favorite. Synth. Ever.

Post by Jexus » Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:37 am

eucarya wrote:Be it analog or digital,
Monophonic or polyphonic,
Ketchup or mustard,

What's your favorite Synth ever and Why?

Let the games begin...
If you asked "which 3 synths are the closest to your heart in comparison to others" that could be easier. It's like asking a parent which of their kids is their favorite :wink: :lol:

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