Name your all-battery-operated synth setup

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Name your all-battery-operated synth setup

Post by xenomorph313 » Sat May 08, 2010 7:05 am

With storm season here, I would like to know what everyone uses when the power goes out.

I'm looking to build a setup like this with my 606, but obviously dont have the $$ to shell out for a 303, 101, or any other roland for that matter.

So I guess I just need some little portable synth that maybe has a couple of multitimbral parts and an audio-in, if its possible.

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Re: Name your all-battery-operated synth setup

Post by sequentialsoftshock » Sat May 08, 2010 7:20 am

My stylophone and 606 get me a long way. No need for any external mixer or speaker. Also the microkorg is a cheap battery powered synthesizer.
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Re: Name your all-battery-operated synth setup

Post by crystalmsc » Sat May 08, 2010 8:02 am

Most are in the picture >>>
Which are the QY70, SU10, NDS (running DS10 and others) and Beaterator on the PSP. The others are the X-stn, SHS-10, SYB-3, PSS-560 and Zoom SB-246. But nothing beats the DS10 for portability, by size, interface and rechargeable battery.
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Post by EmptySet » Sat May 08, 2010 9:40 am

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Re: Name your all-battery-operated synth setup

Post by JJQ » Sat May 08, 2010 12:15 pm

The 303, and a 202, and a Boss Dr-110 with sync in. Its a 3,5mm jack and not the same sync pulse but I program a fast gate from the 202s second sequencer.
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Re: Name your all-battery-operated synth setup

Post by Sir Ruff » Sat May 08, 2010 4:51 pm

Too bad JSRockit's gone AWOL... he would be all over this thread.

The problem is, while there are many batt-operated drum machines, there are few synths except for like the tb303/mc202/microkorg (which is also great for its size).

EDIT: just remember the cz101 and korg 707 are also battery powered. Is the DX100? (even if it's not, there are a million consumer-grade Yamaha FM synths that are). You could actually have a pretty tight and portable "mini-keys" synth setup using a couple of the aforementioned synths.
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Re: Name your all-battery-operated synth setup

Post by xenomorph313 » Sat May 08, 2010 6:28 pm

I also remember a couple more batt-powered synths from an old thread, so to compile all these into one list, thus far we have :
TB-303
MC-202
SH-101
CZ-101
korg 707
microKorg
poly-800
x-STN
QY-10
QY-70
SU-10
SHS-10
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Re: Name your all-battery-operated synth setup

Post by retrosounds » Sat May 08, 2010 7:04 pm

SK-1
VSS-100
MT-205
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Re: Name your all-battery-operated synth setup

Post by pricklyrobot » Sat May 08, 2010 7:51 pm

My CZ-1000 chewed through those D-cells pretty damn quickly the one time I tried it. I think the battery option for the CZ's is best viewed as a novelty rather than a viable alternate means of powering them. ;)

The only other battery-powered things I have are the MiniKP, DR-110, and Zoom MRT3b drum machine. They all seem to have decent battery life.
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Re: Name your all-battery-operated synth setup

Post by Alex E » Sat May 08, 2010 9:29 pm

SH-101, TB-303, TR-626 and TR-606.
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Re: Name your all-battery-operated synth setup

Post by th0mas » Sat May 08, 2010 9:36 pm

soundlab mini-synth gets you a 2-vco CV monosynth on 2 9-volts

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Re: Name your all-battery-operated synth setup

Post by masyst » Sat May 08, 2010 9:39 pm

I have my MicroKorg and DR-110 + loads of toy keyboards...
Did the Yamaha CS-01 run on batteries?
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Re: Name your all-battery-operated synth setup

Post by Blue Monster 65 » Sat May 08, 2010 9:41 pm

Akai XR20. Not a synth, but it does have synth samples in it, along with plenty of drums, etc.
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Re: Name your all-battery-operated synth setup

Post by Alex E » Sat May 08, 2010 10:00 pm

masyst wrote: Did the Yamaha CS-01 run on batteries?
Yep. Six AA's. And the battery life is pretty good too.
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Re: Name your all-battery-operated synth setup

Post by krzeppa » Sat May 08, 2010 10:43 pm

The Novation XioSynth runs on 6 AA Batteries....
I find it useful if the power goes on or your travelling.
Oh....and it's also a fairly cheap synth to purchase.

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