Whats your studio workhorse?

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Re: Whats your studio workhorse?

Post by killedaway » Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:53 am

my EMX, which i use to start almost every idea or track, followed very closely by the SFX-60MKII and then the ESX. it's odd: i'm not currently using a full-size keyboard for anything! after i sold my Ion a couple months ago, i haven't decided on (or been ready to afford) a replacement. when i just want to noodle up a new sound, i've been using my microKORG, and while my HS-10 is hooked up, it hasn't been inspiring me to create anything on it, or even use it in a track. also sitting off on the sidelines (and not connected) are a Fantom-S, DX21, QS6 and a K1.

i've been wanting to try a JP8000 or Lead 2x as a "main" full-size VA. also just recently, i've been reconsidering re-buying a Virus or even taking a chance on a Little Phatty, but obviously i'll lose a lot of versatility there.
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Re: Whats your studio workhorse?

Post by clusterchord » Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:33 am

hard for me to pinpoint a single studio "workhorse", but if there are synths that make it to almost every track i do, its A6, JP-8 and JD990, that fell bk in favor - recently i had a few projects that fit its character like a glove. its been with me for 15yrs and it still manages to amaze me.

if i were to include other equipment; i don't do anything without Lexicon 300 and PCM-70 reverbs, they are always the first outboard i turn on, and last to go off. i'm absolutely in love w this sound. on the software front, Nuendo is the mothership, and Kontakt is utilitarian for sample playback.

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Re: Whats your studio workhorse?

Post by StepLogik » Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:44 am

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Re: Whats your studio workhorse?

Post by Clavier » Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:55 am

My Allen 301-C Church organ. It is both very immediate and great sounding. I can often sit down at it and sketch out ideas intuitively. It has ability to transmit MIDI also, which allows me to layer and split various synths and other instruments on different parts of the organ:

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Re: Whats your studio workhorse?

Post by Spadz » Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:15 am

It's funny there is a thread about this. I've been wondering myself, in all that I have, which one would be the main beast. And I have none... I mean, I haven't found it yet.

My E-synth been my most loved piece for many years, but things change.
So lately I changed my approach. I use mainely the soft synths that come with Cubase 4 for composing. I find I waist much less time on choosing the sounds.

So I guess that for now it's Cubase 4, til I find my true love.

But this thread is a great idea 'cause it gives several points of view from different people.

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Re: Whats your studio workhorse?

Post by tyrannosaurus mark » Tue Jan 20, 2009 5:31 am

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Re: Whats your studio workhorse?

Post by xpander » Tue Jan 20, 2009 5:42 am

24" iMac, the heart of my studio.

synths: UltraProteus, Xpander, the Model D minimoogs.

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Re: Whats your studio workhorse?

Post by garranimal » Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:19 am

It's def not my Memorymoog - another voice went out the other day so now I'm down to 4. And I'm afraid to touch it lest something else happen. Andromeda is becoming my go-to synth more and more.

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Re: Whats your studio workhorse?

Post by Gregor Samsa » Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:24 am

My EMX is my most used piece by far, especially since I replaced the tubes.
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Re: Whats your studio workhorse?

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Re: Whats your studio workhorse?

Post by cornutt » Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:17 am

Used to be the JD-800, but I'm fanning out more now that I have more choices. Over the past six months or so, the ones I've spent the most time with have been the V-Synth, the Fizmo, and the Morpheus. Least used have been the K5m and the TG-33, which I've hardly touched. The reason the K5m hasn't been used is because I need to put in a new backlight (the display is all but impossible to read without it). However, the reason the TG-33 hasn't been used is because I'm just not clicking with it. So I'm starting to think about selling it.
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Re: Whats your studio workhorse?

Post by hyphen nation » Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:16 am

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Re: Whats your studio workhorse?

Post by spookyman » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:41 am

carbon111 wrote:The two Nords are ruling the roost right now. The Wave for synths the Stage for pianos...

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I take this picture and can say allmost the same than you...

My workhorses are the Nord Stage Compact and the Roland Juno 60.

The rest is only good to have...But are not workhorses that are used in allmost every composition.
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Re: Whats your studio workhorse?

Post by iProg » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:42 am

The JP-8000.

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Re: Whats your studio workhorse?

Post by Umbe78 » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:45 am

Ableton Live 7 ... every time I use it I discover some new tricks
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