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Re: What was the worst synthesizer you've ever owned?

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:30 am
by hfinn
After picking up a MS2000 again after 8 years I must say it's not that bad. It takes a little bit for me to get a sound to a point where I'm happy with it, but it's definitely okay especially for it's price point. I picked it up locally for cheap and was hoping that the sequencer would output midi so I could drive my Macbeth M5 with it. Sadly only the arppegiator outputs midi so I don't know if I will keep it, but it's definitely interesting coming back to the synth that I started to learn synthesis on. It's more capable than I remember (although some things leave me scratching my head as to why it won't do certain things).

Re: What was the worst synthesizer you've ever owned?

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:12 am
by tallowwaters
rockmanrock wrote:Would be helpful if people said WHY they thought these synths are so bad.
Get a clue, dude. This is VSE, where we can outhate the hatenist mane in the world on the hatenist day of the year, even if he has an electrified hatein machine. And we do it all for reasons we can rarely explain, vague mutterings about 'fat' and 'warmth' and 'that sound' aside...

I would put a winky smiley face, but unfortunately, I am pretty on spot.

I will stick up for the Kawai machines. Those things are digital harshness and pad heaven and all sorts of amazing if you use the fleshy organ between your ears or care to make new sounds.

Re: What was the worst synthesizer you've ever owned?

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:32 am
by Computer Controlled
I programmed the h**l out of the K1. I just couldn't get on with it. Just too boring of a synth. Horrid samples. Just lifeless. The K4 wasn't much better.

Re: What was the worst synthesizer you've ever owned?

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:56 am
by vanitypolice
rockmanrock wrote:Would be helpful if people said WHY they thought these synths are so bad.
Agreed. I thought I was pretty in depth with my Supernova slam but I need to weigh in on the microkorg slam 2 posts back.

I think that's a great little synth. The engine is SOOOOO easy to use and though layering is a b***h and polyphony is limited, I have been able to get some EXCELLENT sounds out of it. Best part about it is that it's battery powered. I'm in a long distance relationship and I got this just so I could be productive on my 5-hour bus rides. Now I have a microkorg with 128 unique patches. No vocoder ones of course. :wink:

This is a worthwhile synth IF ONLY for its battery powered nature.

Re: What was the worst synthesizer you've ever owned?

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:06 am
by Electroluver
Computer Controlled wrote:I programmed the h**l out of the K1. I just couldn't get on with it. Just too boring of a synth. Horrid samples. Just lifeless.
The Redstar Darkstar was a pain in the a*s to program and sounded pretty boring too. It was much better than the K1.

Re: What was the worst synthesizer you've ever owned?

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:14 pm
by justin_havu
The worst synth... would probably be my JX10. Why? Although I could get some decent sounds out of it, the preset section flustered me a little. You had to layer two "tones" to create a "Patch" and I just didn't have the time to sit down and figure it out. The single-line display wasn't much help. And don't get me started on the aftertouch. I had to put all of my weight on the keybed just to trigger it. 'Nuff said.

Re: What was the worst synthesizer you've ever owned?

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:50 pm
by cornutt
Has the Polymoog come up yet? Maybe not the absolute worst synth ever made, but for the price... oy. And it was pretty much a one-trick, okay two-trick pony: killer crushing pad/string sounds, and passable harpsichord-type stuff. Everything else that comes out of it sounds like dog whistles. #-o And every one of them comes with a stack of engineering change orders almost as tall as the synth itsef.

Re: What was the worst synthesizer you've ever owned?

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:46 pm
by tallowwaters
Computer Controlled wrote:I programmed the h**l out of the K1. I just couldn't get on with it. Just too boring of a synth. Horrid samples. Just lifeless. The K4 wasn't much better.
To each their own, I suppose. I doubt I could entertain myself with a 303 for more than 15 minutes.

Re: What was the worst synthesizer you've ever owned?

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:59 pm
by schmidtc
tallowwaters wrote: To each their own, I suppose. I doubt I could entertain myself with a 303 for more than 15 minutes.
It's nice to know someone else feels this way in a sea of hype around that little box.

Re: What was the worst synthesizer you've ever owned?

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:15 pm
by otto
I have not had a 303 but did the x0xb0x thing and felt the same way. I guess I get the whole great for acid thing but that’s about all it does well and if you’re not into acid, well…

Re: What was the worst synthesizer you've ever owned?

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:45 pm
by Mush
otto wrote: I guess I get the whole great for acid thing but that’s about all it does well and if you’re not into acid, well…
Nah...


Re: What was the worst synthesizer you've ever owned?

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:06 pm
by Computer Controlled
tallowwaters wrote:
Computer Controlled wrote:I programmed the h**l out of the K1. I just couldn't get on with it. Just too boring of a synth. Horrid samples. Just lifeless. The K4 wasn't much better.
To each their own, I suppose. I doubt I could entertain myself with a 303 for more than 15 minutes.

That's cause the 303 IS a limited POS. But it's a great sounding limited POS.

Re: What was the worst synthesizer you've ever owned?

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:07 pm
by Computer Controlled
otto wrote:I have not had a 303 but did the x0xb0x thing and felt the same way. I guess I get the whole great for acid thing but that’s about all it does well and if you’re not into acid, well…
Well, if you're buying a 303 or x0xb0x for anything else OTHER than Acid, you're setting yourself up for disappointment. Unless you're just using the sequencer.

Re: What was the worst synthesizer you've ever owned?

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:15 pm
by otto
My point exactly...

Re: What was the worst synthesizer you've ever owned?

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:35 pm
by Phollop Willing PA
Computer Controlled wrote:
otto wrote:I have not had a 303 but did the x0xb0x thing and felt the same way. I guess I get the whole great for acid thing but that’s about all it does well and if you’re not into acid, well…
Well, if you're buying a 303 or x0xb0x for anything else OTHER than Acid, you're setting yourself up for disappointment. Unless you're just using the sequencer.
I disagree! While I had one, it was for mainly backup of songs, not acid related. The limited memory was the main reason I upgraded to a 505. I found it very useful for my stuff, which falls closer to rock done synth style, a bit of funk and blues. If it wasn't for the 303, I wouldn't have been able to do the amount of gigs I did that year I first bought it. It does demand some work for the way I used it.

The acid thing, though I wasn't using much that way, is easy to do. The song thing, a bit harder...

These comments are only about the 303 since I don't have any experience with the other x0xb0x thing.