Pighood wrote:In my case (see my sig) I have 2 workstations...one actual, and one VA. The huge numbers of sounds are one aspect, but the availability of sick noises from my plethora of softies means that the next hardware synth I get will just be a replacement of one of mine that will eventually die.
I'm kinda simlar in that I have two workstations. The Fusion and the EX7 are similar in concept even if their synthesis engines are very different. Then of course, I have all those other lovely toys! All of which are more than suited to making sick noises!
My choices are no mistake though. For my music, I'd be perfectly happy with just one of those synths. But I'm a synthesist who loves to learn about all the different kinds of synthesis available so I've selected them very carefuly indeed, trying to choose (what I see) as the best representation of each kind of synthesis. The Andromeda is (arguably) the best/most powerful true analogue ever made. The same goes for the FS1R for FM (although it's a $h!t to program). The K5000s is the best (IMO) of the additive synths thanks to it's knobs. The Fusion and the EX7 are kinda one stop shops. The Fusion has a great S+S engine thanks to being able to load it's sounds off the HD and it's FM implementation is incredibly flexible. It's VA isn't the best sounding but it's very flexible and has character, the physical modelling is a bit pants though. Then of course theres the mod matrix on the Fusion which is amazing. The EX7 has a superb S+S engine which was actually dumbed down for the later Motif and Motif ES, then you can further extend the S+S engine with it's FDSP (which is great fun). It's VA may only be monophonic but it's bloody fantastic. I wish I'd have got the more powerful EX5 instead though. I only got the A3000 for the SCSI interface which is now in my EX7 but it's still a pretty nifty effects unit in it's own right so the aux outputs from the Andromeda are plugged into it almost permanently... As for the PSS-480, that was my first synth, I've had it for almost 20 years and still use it. (Why isn't it in the VSE BTW?! The PSS x80 series are great little FM synths! Queen and Depeche Mode have used them I believe!)
I actually enjoy "window-shopping" on Ebay, but I'm happy to report I have enough will-power (in this are of my life) to NOT pull the trigger on that $350 DX7IIFD or that $1100 XTk (sniff).
I do alot of that too! But I will be adding to my collection in the future as I have a few holes as far as synthesis types go. I'd like a decent physical modelling synth and I'd love a decent wavetable synth (the Solaris perhaps?!
). I wouldn't mind trying out one of the phase distortion synths too. I have other financial priorites at the moment though so synths will have to wait for the time being.
Bitexion wrote:I'd say grab an Andromeda before they disappear from the market and become as elusive as Memorymoogs.
I think you're preaching to the perverted
converted here! It seems that almost everyone here has an Andromeda!