Are you glad synths aren't more popular?

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Are you glad synths aren't more popular?

Post by goober » Wed May 26, 2010 12:39 am

Are you glad that synths aren't that popular? Part of me wishes they were, just so there will be a more competitive market, therefor hopefully creating better synths. But, then I like the fact that synths are behind the scene, compared to guitars, bass, and drums and what not. They are kind of a hidden gem. Sadly, you never see a chick say, "Oh, you play a synth?" that's hot.

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Re: Are you glad synths aren't more popular?

Post by adhmzaiusz » Wed May 26, 2010 12:41 am

Maybe where you come from!!! ;)
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Re: Are you glad synths aren't more popular?

Post by Dubby_Wubby » Fri May 28, 2010 11:32 pm

Huh what are you talking about have you seen the prices on ebay!!??

Except for the late 70's early 80's they have never been more popular.

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Re: Are you glad synths aren't more popular?

Post by cartesia » Sat May 29, 2010 3:15 am

if only they hadn't invented presets.. with presets even the stupid norms can operate a synth

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Re: Are you glad synths aren't more popular?

Post by Yatmandu » Sat May 29, 2010 5:09 am

I'm just glad that the some of these synth manufacturers pumped out enough analog synths in the 80's (especially Roland) to make it possible to still pick something up like a Juno2 or a JX-8P for <$300 today.

My real wish is that synths are (falsely) proven to cause sterility and permature onset of Alzheimers and Tourrette's so I can pick up an EMS VCS3, an old Mini Moog, a JP8, an MS-20, and a Prophet5 for a couple of hundred bucks.

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Re: Are you glad synths aren't more popular?

Post by nvbrkr » Sat May 29, 2010 7:33 am

goober wrote:Sadly, you never see a chick say, "Oh, you play a synth?" that's hot.
Just say that you play the piano.

Geez, novices. :roll:

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Re: Are you glad synths aren't more popular?

Post by mute » Sat May 29, 2010 12:38 pm

nvbrkr wrote:
goober wrote:Sadly, you never see a chick say, "Oh, you play a synth?" that's hot.
Just say that you play the piano.

Geez, novices. :roll:
I don't play the piano, I play/program synthesizers... and when explaining it to someone I almost always mention that.

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Re: Are you glad synths aren't more popular?

Post by goober » Sat May 29, 2010 5:04 pm

Haha, when someone asks me if I play an instrument, I say I play the keyboard, I find it to be a nice middle ground between synth/piano haha..

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Re: Are you glad synths aren't more popular?

Post by ZeeOne » Sat May 29, 2010 7:00 pm

cartesia wrote:if only they hadn't invented presets.. with presets even the stupid norms can operate a synth
Too bad they almost always suck...really, how many synths have you come across with more than few usable presets? Personally, I don't like to use too many presets, because I'd hate for someone who owns the same synth to think, "oh, they just used the 'Stargate' patch"...

I think they reason synths don't have a whole lot of glamor has a lot to do with band member stereotypes than anything:

Singer: egotistic sex god
Guitarist: easy going, in it for the music not the money
Bassist: whiny, act like they've got something to prove
Keyboardist: pretenious and neurotic
Drummer: all muscle, no brain, and a bit overweight

Which one would you rather fit in to?

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Re: Are you glad synths aren't more popular?

Post by tallowwaters » Sat May 29, 2010 9:01 pm

Oh boy, another whine about being a synth player thread.
Brains can be used like a "stress ball," but only once.

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Re: Are you glad synths aren't more popular?

Post by Roby31 » Sun May 30, 2010 1:44 am

I'll go with "fat, pretentious and neurotic". Synthesizers aren't really popular where I live. Culture isn't, either. I can't say that I would like lots of attention about synths but a bit more knowledge, coupled with more market competition and lower prices would be appreciated.
I also remember somebody asking for a new analog poly for under 250$. I'll have that as well.
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Re: Are you glad synths aren't more popular?

Post by masyst » Tue Jun 01, 2010 5:33 pm

Yatmandu wrote:My real wish is that synths are (falsely) proven to cause sterility and permature onset of Alzheimers and Tourrette's so I can pick up an EMS VCS3, an old Mini Moog, a JP8, an MS-20, and a Prophet5 for a couple of hundred bucks.
Well, you have to remember if that was falsely proven loads of old synths would be thrown away...
A synthesizer will be for you what you want it to be...

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Re: Are you glad synths aren't more popular?

Post by iProg » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:00 pm

When a chick asks me what instruments I say I just tell her:

I get drinks, chicks and money from playing WTF I like at the moment.

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Re: Are you glad synths aren't more popular?

Post by Plumpudding » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:08 pm

I usually boast to chicks about playing the jews harp. It's a real good cunnilingus workout device.
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Re: Are you glad synths aren't more popular?

Post by organsymphony » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:29 pm

goober wrote:Sadly, you never see a chick say, "Oh, you play a synth?" that's hot.
you need to hang out with more hipster chicks.

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