What was the first synth you ever bought?

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Post by Phollop Willing PA » Sat May 31, 2008 10:37 pm

drummy wrote:
Jack Spider wrote:This, in 1998.

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Wait...they remade Model Ds in 1998!?
The famous Welsh Mini Moog when even Robert had a hard time saying his last name.

They're quite collectible aren't they? I mean compared to the American version.
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Post by Tyler2000 » Sat May 31, 2008 10:40 pm

roland hs-60
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so what do I put down here now?

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Post by stillearning » Sat May 31, 2008 10:58 pm

This, in the early 70's...
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As always, kindly allow for the possibility I have no idea what I'm talking about.

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Post by chamomileshark » Sat May 31, 2008 11:52 pm

Roland SH2 in 1980. I still have and since getting a kenton midi/cv converter I'm including it in recordings again.

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Post by NewSynth » Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:05 am

Korg microKORG.
You should know what it looks like, hmm?
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Post by bluedad » Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:07 am

My first synth was a Chroma Polaris, bought in 1986.
Still have it, tucked away in the closet with the dreaded broken membrane problem.

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Post by Synthaholic » Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:15 am

My first synth was a Korg O1/Wfd, bought new in 1993:

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My first "vintage" was a D-50 in '94:

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Post by sacredcow » Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:18 am

Well, I bought an E-MU esi-4000 not realizing I'd need a sequencer to actually make any music. I soon realized this, sold it and got an EA-1.
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Post by Jack Spider » Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:18 am

Phollop Willing PA wrote:
drummy wrote:Wait...they remade Model Ds in 1998!?
The famous Welsh Mini Moog when even Robert had a hard time saying his last name.

They're quite collectible aren't they? I mean compared to the American version.
Not a Model D, but the Model 204E.

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jul98/a ... music.html
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/oct98/a ... g204e.html

Apparently only five were actually made and sold - I've seen three others (one of them was finished in black, one with a darker wood and a third similar to the one I had), apart from the one I sold, so there should be one more out there. Despite their rarity, none of the ones I've seen for sale went for anywhere near the price of a genuine Mini.

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Post by AstroDan » Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:21 am

Arp Pro/DGX. It only played one note at a time and it was hard making a real piano sound.
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Despite having next to zero editing, it had this amazing after-touch that incorporated vibrato (LFO), filter cutoff/wah, pitch bend and "growl" at the same time. I think the Pro Soloist shared this.
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Post by MrFrodo » Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:16 am

With my own money? I bought an ARP Axxe MkII with a faulty high D.

[As far as the first true synth I owned, I was given an Alesis QS6 (like a belated birthday gift). I wish I'd picked a Korg X5D, or something; would've much prefered the sound engine.]
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Post by V301H » Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:44 am

My first synth was a white-face Odyssey serial number 281700 I bought in 1974. If anybody knows where it is I want to buy it back.
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Post by Analog Freak » Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:11 am

I picked up an Ensoniq ESQ-1 with some birthday and Christmas money three years ago. I still have it and use it daily, although it has a lot more competition now than it used to. Looking back, I think that purchase was the first step into utter madness. :D
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Post by lost cause » Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:39 am

After a Casio CT403 (shitty home keyboard) my first proper synth was a DX9 purchased in '84. I soon realised it wasn't capable of making the sounds I wanted and bought a Poly 800 very soon afterwards.

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Post by Rhizomorph » Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:06 pm

Roland MC-505 In 2006 that I sold later because I didnt know how to use it :D

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