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Post by redchapterjubilee » Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:38 am

Casio SK-1. My first "real" synth was a Roland Alpha Juno 1. Hated it, sold it rather quickly. Now I have one again and I'm warming to it.

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Post by killedaway » Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:54 am

my first professional synth was a Kawai K4, which i bought when i was 16, from a local classified ad. my first "analog" was a Juno 1 at age 19 (right after i got married -- i'm 28 now). i loved the sound, downloaded many patches from the internet, but couldn't stand the interface and alpha dial.

the K4 kept having problems, all of which i managed to fix over the years, until it finally gave up the ghost and i couldn't figure out what was broken. i sold it for parts on Ebay. the Juno pissed me off one too many times and it also was sold on Ebay. i might buy a K4r someday, as i adore the dirty and clicky sounds of the K4. as for the Juno, i recently bought it's sister synth, the HS-10, and i'll never get rid of it. i don't use it very often, but with my BCR2000, it's a snap to edit.

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Post by Suburban Bather » Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:39 am

Enrolled in the entry system .com modular program about a year and a half ago and have filled the rest of the cab up since at least six months ago. That was spawned from Moogerfoogers and softsynths though. Got the itch for an actual synthesizer keyboard with patch memory and polyphony, so snagged a JP-8000 from a fellow VSE'r about 2 months ago. I just turned 27 on April 2 :occasion4: to me!

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Post by synth3tik » Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:40 am

The first synth I bought was a Juno-60. The shop was just getting ready to set it out on the floor, and I throw done $150, and said "working or not!".
I remember trying to lug it home through downtown. I had no car at the time I tried to make the best of my two feet. Finally I broke down and called a friend to give me a lift.

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Post by Mr. Black » Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:03 am

First real synth was a Roland D50 bought in 1999, followed by one to many rompler's.
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Post by braincandy » Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:04 am

My first synth was a DX21. I had been begging my parents (I was 13) for several months leading up to it for a Juno-106 or a Juno-60 like my friend's dad owned, as I wanted those pad sounds. Nick Rhodes was my biggest influence at time and I wanted a lot of the sounds he was using on "Rio". But, they bought me a DX21 under the advice of my friend's dad who was a huge DX7 fanatic/sadist. I was just happy to have it at the time, though.

Don, I regret selling my ESQ-1, too. It was the first synth I bought after selling the DX. I wish all digital synths had an interface like that, as well as intuitive sequencers.

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Post by cram1960 » Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:28 am

Casio CZ-101.

Giorgio Moroder's "From Here To Eternity"
Donna Summers' "I Feel Love"
Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe Express" and
Space's "Magic Fly"

These songs really captured my imagination. I was amazed at the sounds that could be gotten from synths...I was hooked. Wasn't until the synth-pop 80's that I thought about buying, (and was able to afford) a synth, though...

I still have that CZ. :D

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Post by ramos » Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:30 am

Roland Sh-101.

A great first synth!
Sh-101, tb-303, Juno-6, Jx-3p, TR-808, TR-707, TR-727,Oberheim DMX - Tascam m-312b + ghetto effects

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Post by monolith » Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:54 am

I got it when i was 21. (im 24 now)
It seems i paid too much for it ($650 not in the greatest condition)
but it's totally worth it. I've only really started using it this year though, before that i lived in a sharehouse and had to keep it hidden away from someone who liked hocking things :(
It just blows my mind, i find it to be a very intimate instrument, y'know?

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Post by mis psiquicios y yo » Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:58 am

My first synth was a Korg 707, i was 14 on 1987 and my father bought it for me, and then he gave me a Korg MIDI Sequencer, the reason: i keep pushing him every 10 minutes i wanted to play like Depeche Mode.
He wanted me to play guitar, couldn't convince me ever.
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Post by Black Tomorrow » Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:33 am

My first was a Moog Rogue in 2002. I was 21 at the time and had been playing with nothing but various Yamaha PSRs and a digital piano. Oddly enough, I'd never heard of the idea of shaping your own sounds, or of monosynths. So when it arrived and I first started using it, I was very disappointed. Thinking to myself, "One note at a time? This thing's useless!" I was ready to sell it immediately. After tweaking it a bit, I accidentaly ran across a patch that sounded like submarine sonar. I don't know why, but that convinced me to keep it (much to the annoyance of my band mates who told me to get a Triton). Of course, now that I actually understand subtractive synthesis (much due to this forum), I'm glad I stuck to it. I still own the Rogue as well as 3 other synths now. I guess this site turned me into a synth junkie.

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Post by cornutt » Tue Apr 15, 2008 7:20 am

My first synth was a 106, bought new in 1985. I still have it and it still gets played regularly.
Switches, knobs, buttons, LEDs, LCD screens, monitors, keys, mice, jacks, sockets. Now two joysticks!

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Post by Tyler2000 » Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:09 am

My first synth was a Roland HS-60 (J-106 with speakers) and I wanted a synth because I was into guitar noise and I really loved this local synth punk band. They had a 106 and Moog Rogue.
so what do I put down here now?

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Post by D-Collector » Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:06 pm

Roland D-20 for me. Some may say not a good beginner synth, but after I learned to program it I have never had any difficulties dealing with other synths.

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Post by iProg » Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:32 pm

Wavestation EX.
Having played bass since age 10 and guitar since age 13 but never took piano lessons I decided to explore the world of synthesizers. I had been into synth pop for a couple of years and always loved rock music incorporation synthesizers. After discovering IQ, my interest in sound design grew and I bought the Wavestation. Later on I got the DX-7 and the PolySix.
Today I play most synth but have all the gear in our studio. I'm still the bass player and singer in my band, though.
Influences for me are Duran Duran, IQ, Scritti Politti, Rush, Genesis, Marillion, Nik Kershaw, Howard Jones, New Order, Human League, Van Halen, Depeche Mode, It Bites, Glass Hammer, THe Flower Kings, Röyksopp and many others.

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