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Post by jaypodesta » Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:41 pm

My first synth was a Moog Rogue which I purchased in 1982.

Pretty certain it was new.

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Post by kaffekick » Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:22 pm

Yamaha SY-1. Didn't know s**t about synths back then. Loved the creamy sound and the aftertouch.
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Post by mattio » Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:27 pm

Korg Poly800 and then shortly after a Juno 106. Liked the sound of the Poly800 but didn't get around to program it much because of the user interface. The Juno 106 thought me the basics and I love it for that. It's still sad to admit I sold them both a few years ago :(

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Post by TrondC » Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:28 pm

more microkorgs. I've mentioned this a thousand times, but one more can't hurt. It was summer 2001, I needed something that could do "psychedelic blips and blops", and opted for the microkorg cause it was small and had knobs ;) I paid (converted to current US dollars) $1200 for the thing, + another 100$ for the gig bag. They did have a Nord for the same price, but I did like the size of the MK, + the vocoder totally blew me away (as I knew nada about synths). Didn't even realize that you could program your own sounds undtil maybe 2-3 years later on, after talking to another keyboardist who told me our music was cool, but I should program some better sounds.. I was told about VSE, and I've been a synth-head ever since. thank you VSE, for opening my mind, and curses for draining my wallet way too fast ;)

oh, still have the MK, no point in selling it for a 4th of waht I paid for it.. Besides, I've made some very nice ambient sounds with it when run through the revese delay on my DD-6 and my holy grail reverb..

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Post by nomen_luni » Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:51 pm

I'm still new to the game really. I bought a Yamaha DX100 two years ago and this is my first and only synth! Hoping to acquire a Roland Juno-D at some point too.

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Post by Vxster » Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:14 pm

Casio CZ-1000 in 1989 for 80 quid.

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Post by spookyman » Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:01 pm

Roland D50 in 1989.

I had a Fender Rhodes allready before, but it doesn't count as a synth.
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Post by konvert » Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:15 pm

Ensoniq SQ1+ in '93 or '94, I think.

Took me 5 years to learn to program the bad boy!
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Post by chamomileshark » Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:36 pm

A Roland SH2 in 1980. It's still here and with a Kenton Pro2 strutting it's stuff.

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Post by meatballfulton » Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:47 pm

Casio CZ5000, about 1988. I really wanted an ESQ-1 but it was too much $$$ and the CZ was similar enough (8-voice, on board sequencer) to entice me for $400 used.

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Post by b3groover » Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:02 pm

Yamaha DX-7 in '87 or so. My dad brought one home and I instantly fell in love with it. I was 10 years old or so.

Had an ESQ-1 for awhile and a Mirage. Then a SY77 followed by an EX7. Got out of the synth game for awhile and got hooked on Hammond organs. My first new synth purchase in 10 years is my new Voyager.

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Post by wiss » Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:15 pm

I had some crappy digital casio's in the mid 80's but my 1st real synth was a Yamaha SY-2. I went into a piano store and asked if he had anything that was analog or old.He pulled the sy-2 out of a back room and a wurlitzer comb organ.
"All we used was the explosion and the orchestra hit. The Fairlight was a $100,000 waste of space."

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Post by xibalba » Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:35 pm

bluedad wrote:Due to very poor decision making on my part (not to mention, my very first love was guitar) I was probably about 27 when I got my first synth. It was around 1985 and I got a Chroma Polaris. Strange, because this was during the height of the DX7 craze.

hahahhahaha oh man im like an early 2006 model of you it was about two years ago (24yrs old or so) when i decided that i didnt want to play guitar anymore and finally do what it is that i truely love (production beat making etc.) and now i feel like im too old sometimes but i know that isnt true there is plenty of lyfe for a producer!!

oh i forgot my first keyboard was a rompler which i still own and will always own (micro X) my first synth was a microkorg.

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Post by wiss » Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:39 pm

xibalba wrote: i didnt want to play guitar anymore and finally do what it is that i truely love (production beat making etc.) and now i feel like im too old sometimes but i know that isnt true there is plenty of lyfe for a producer!!
L. Cohen was 34 when he released his 1st record....

The lead guy from morphine was in 40's....

Chuck D, claimed to be an old man when he start out.
"All we used was the explosion and the orchestra hit. The Fairlight was a $100,000 waste of space."

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Post by xibalba » Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:46 pm

wiss wrote:
xibalba wrote: i didnt want to play guitar anymore and finally do what it is that i truely love (production beat making etc.) and now i feel like im too old sometimes but i know that isnt true there is plenty of lyfe for a producer!!
L. Cohen was 34 when he released his 1st record....

The lead guy from morphine was in 40's....

Chuck D, claimed to be an old man when he start out.
ah thanks for the inspiration




















i can now put away my razor :lol: thanks :wink:

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