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Worst Roland, Korg and Yamaha Synths?

Post by Analogue Crazy » Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:44 pm

So then Synthheads: in your opinion what are the big 3's worst Synths?
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Re: Worst Roland, Korg and Yamaha Synths?

Post by nathanscribe » Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:56 pm

Just off the top of my head from what I've used:

Roland D-5
Korg Poly 800 (also didn't like the MicroKorg, but can see the appeal)
Yamaha FB-01

Awful.

The Roland has probably just dated badly, but even in the early 90s I thought it was a bit c**p. The Korg was too plasticky and did one good sound, maybe two, and they both sounded alike. The Yamaha wasn't even a synth, just a doorstop that made really bad noises.

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Re: Worst Roland, Korg and Yamaha Synths?

Post by shaft9000 » Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:07 pm

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Re: Worst Roland, Korg and Yamaha Synths?

Post by XpanderXt » Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:08 pm

Roland Alpha Juno's
Korg any ROMPLER
Yamaha FB-01

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Re: Worst Roland, Korg and Yamaha Synths?

Post by ItsMeOnly » Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:33 pm

That's a heavy one. It's difficult to find any "worst" synth, previous suggestions were for "budget" synthesizers, that were cut down so the price would be affordable to enthusiasts.
However, when you think about price vs. build quality vs. features:

Yamaha: VL1 - the price tag that was really devastating, which was later proven with PLG-VL and VL70m (latter especially with Patchman ROMs)
Korg: OASYS - time has proven that it was a mouse in the skin of an elephant. Promising design... that nobody wanted...
Roland: U-50... erm, D-70, an idea how to foul up the most promising design (later proven in JD series - design, not the idea).

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Re: Worst Roland, Korg and Yamaha Synths?

Post by braincandy » Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:14 pm

Yamaha: DX7s
Roland: RD700SX
Korg: tie between the Wavestation and M1

I'm not being serious, but I'm wondering how long it will take this thread to devolve into a pissing match.
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Re: Worst Roland, Korg and Yamaha Synths?

Post by pflosi » Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:17 pm

dx7 d50 m1

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Re: Worst Roland, Korg and Yamaha Synths?

Post by Electroluver » Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:28 pm

XpanderXt wrote:Roland Alpha Juno's
Korg any ROMPLER
Yamaha FB-01
How can you say the Alpha Juno is the worst Roland :?

Roland Saturn 09
Korg Microkorg
Yamaha DX-7

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Re: Worst Roland, Korg and Yamaha Synths?

Post by wiss » Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:31 pm

Roland MC-303
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Re: Worst Roland, Korg and Yamaha Synths?

Post by retrosounds » Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:40 pm

What's with all the hating on the MicroKorg and the DX-7?
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Re: Worst Roland, Korg and Yamaha Synths?

Post by braincandy » Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:55 pm

retrosounds wrote:What's with all the hating on the MicroKorg and the DX-7?

Who cares? It's a stupid thread.
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Re: Worst Roland, Korg and Yamaha Synths?

Post by MarcinP78 » Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:59 pm

So then Synthheads: in your opinion what are the big 3's worst Synths?
What's your budget and what kind of music do you play? :lol:

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Re: Worst Roland, Korg and Yamaha Synths?

Post by clusterchord » Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:10 pm

korg poly800, n series, extreme, triton series.. ive had my share of those..
yamaha... dunno.. havent used that much..
roland juno d junog , most recent small romplers.. terrible sound.. sh201 definitely the worst
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Re: Worst Roland, Korg and Yamaha Synths?

Post by Pro5 » Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:21 pm

The worst 3 from the big ones are the ones you paid over the odds for on ebay, then they arrived in pieces with no chance of a refund :lol:

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Re: Worst Roland, Korg and Yamaha Synths?

Post by balma » Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:06 pm

Yamaha: they never did it with the "groovy" boxes or dance-oriented desktops, except the RS 7000 wich is a cool sampler.

Korg: their rompler series like someone said. IMO Triton classic is one of the most boring synths I ever played.
Thin and plastic sound.

Roland. After the V synth, I haven't seen anything interesting from them.....
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