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Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:56 pm
by filtermod
casio SK-1
My first "real" synth was a Matrix6 keyboard. I still have it but it's been replaced in my setup with the Matrix6R since it's lost some voices (and keys!)
The nice thing about having something that's such a pain in the a*s to program first is that now all of my other synths are a breeze to program. :wink:

Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:01 pm
by Analogicus
I started with software… but when it came time to find a keyboard, I opted for a synthesizer instead of just a midi controller. I went for the Fizmo since they were dirt cheap at the local music store at the time (I think I bought their last one) and my budget was very limited.

Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:06 pm
by stephen
Another microkorg vote! Previous to that I only used software synths.

I was in two minds between the mK and the alesis micron - at the time I was looking for a compact/portable synth. I'm glad I went with the mK... I think I considered the x-staiton too, but I can't remember why I didn't go for that instead.

Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:16 pm
by waveterm
Yamaha CS-01 !!

What a sweet little synth.


Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:53 pm
by ianjhicks
poly800! ah! so cheesy, played with it for years, did the moogslayer mod

Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:55 pm
by Don Solaris
Ensoniq ESQ-1. I did regret selling it, so recently i picked up the SQ-80. It's a fantastic hybrid! 10 times better than DW-8000.

Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:58 pm
by hogberto
SCI Pro-One

30th July 1983.

Went into shop for an SH-101.

Came out with a Pro-One.

Still got it.

That is all. 8)

Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:19 am
by Architecture
My first actual synth was my Akai AX-60. I was really looking into a Juno 106 at the time, but then I heard how nasty and wierd the AX-60 was, and how much cheaper it was at the time, that I picked one up for 200 bucks back in 2004.

Still have it to this day, and now everyone seems to know about it.

Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:22 am
by urbanscallywag
Alpha Juno 1. I was probably 16 or so.

The guy was also selling an MC-202 and TB-303 because his new FR-777 had replaced them but they were way over my budget.

The Alpha Juno didn't teach me much about synthesis, the interface... :evil:

Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:26 am
by gfriden
I got my first synth - a Mono/Poly - when I was 33. However, I'd wanted a synth since I was about 10 and heard Kraftwerk's Computer World. Reason it took me 23 years to get a synth? Simple; I was broke until I reached that age. Better late than never, I guess. Second synth I got was an Oddy, a synth I always wanted to own, because it was used by Kraftwerk, Numan, Ultravox & Foxx.

Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:30 am
by Z
I spet a whole summer mowing lawns to buy a Casio HT-700 in '87 (about $350). I kept it a little over a year unitl a graduated to a used Akai AX-60.

Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:43 am
by tyrannosaurus mark
bought a microkorg as my first synth. Sold it a couple of months later - horrible first synth if you're interested in programming!!

Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:03 am
by Angstwulf
AX-60 synth. Found it tucked in a corner when I was bargain hunting guitar equipment in a store that was closing down. Bought it strictly on a whim and haven't looked back.

Sold it a few years ago when I had to cut down on possessions. I justified it on the basis of owning an Access Virus. I don't regret the decision but I still miss the AX-60. The Virus can do nasty/weird but the Akai did it in a way that is hard to duplicate.

Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:11 am
by clusterchord
KORG Poly800 in 1984. i already had a hammondX5 but that doesnt count as synth.

hated the paraphonic filter. but really learned basics of programming on this one, it was constant source of joy to make new sounds. nothing like the first one.. ;)

i remember dreaming about upgrading to Matrix6, and fantasizing about Jupiter8 and OBXa at the time. u cna blame Duran and Mike Oldfield for that, respectively.

followed by DX7 in 1986, JX10 in 1988 etc..

Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:24 am
by StepLogik
Poly-800 was also my first "real" synth. I can't remember what year I got it, but I was pretty young, 11 or 12 years old, mid 80's.