oddball synths

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Re: oddball synths

Post by gcoudert » Sun Feb 01, 2009 6:11 pm

Roland D70. The synth I hated the most. Unlike other Roland synths, it is totally unusable without the manual and a complete pain to use even with the manual. It's a great MIDI controller when you know what you're doing but that's about it. The synth engine is rubbish and that synthesis system (can't remember what it was called) whereby you can change the loop point of a sample never yielded any interesting results. Unlike the D50, tones and patches are saved separately (like on the Wavestation) so you have to be careful when you alter a tone as this can have repercussions on other patches. Yuck... Essentially a U20 with a synth engine. Of a sort...

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Re: oddball synths

Post by killedaway » Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:46 am

can't believe this trainwreck didn't get mentioned yet!


i actually bought this thing despite the dozens of reviews i read that said it was difficult to program and use. i figured i'd be that one guy that learned the thing and got something amazing -- or at least useful -- out of it. dead wrong. this thing is an exercise in pure masochism.

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Re: oddball synths

Post by slinkyjr » Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:56 am

oddball synths, Arp Quadra, Polymoog,
Rogue, Minimoog, LAMM(w/blue LEDs), MemoryMoog+, PolyMoog keyboard, PolyMoog synth, Jupiter 8,VP-330, JD-800,TB-303, Polysix, 2600, Odyssey, Quadra, Xpander,Matrix 1000,Prophet 5,Pro-one,Prophet 600,Prophet 10, Nord 2X, Virus KC,Prophet 08

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Re: oddball synths

Post by Pighood » Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:52 am

Got four oddballs in my current rig: pick from the list below.
Triton Pro * V-Synth * Q * Andromeda * Fizmo * MEK * Virus TI * A-100 * X-Station

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Re: oddball synths

Post by iProg » Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:24 am

Fizmo is odd. For sure.

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Re: oddball synths

Post by oryjen » Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:35 pm

For Korg, Everything after the POLY-SIX.
For Roland, everything after the SH9.
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Re: oddball synths

Post by rockmanrock » Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:01 am

griffin avid wrote:I'm going to go with the Hartman Neuron.
Odd-ball to me is...
1. Out of nowhere
2. No demand fot it at the time of release
3. No similar product to compete with
4. Not based on previous product line (even if it's a radical departure from the apparent direction of 'adding more')
5. No follow up products (the little controller thingie doesn't count) so it can't be considered a first.
6. Does miserable so it's not copied, cloned or emulated.

So the perfect odd-ball is a wonderful dead-end.
"White Elephant" is the phrase I think of when I look at the Neuron. A PC based soft-synth with a massive "sexy" dongle in the form of a fancy keyboard with too many joysticks.

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Re: oddball synths

Post by ItsMeOnly » Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:03 am

Kawai K3m - neither digital, nor analog, a crossbreed between those two
Casio VZ - a monumental f*** up of an enormous potential.
Yamaha TG/SY77/99 - antithesis of VZ, but Yamaha took great care of making it greatly incomprehensible to a mere mortals

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Re: oddball synths

Post by Gianni » Fri Feb 06, 2009 4:09 am

Oddball synthesizers? Usually the best or the worst you can remember.

My favorite: V-Synth and Andromeda.

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Re: oddball synths

Post by justin_havu » Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:10 pm

I'd have to say Akai's AX line just because Akai has been better known for the S series samplers, and MPC boxes.
Waveforms, and filters, and knobs. Oh my!

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