What's your "must have" synth?

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What's your "must have" synth?

Post by orbit400 » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:51 pm

1. What synth/keyboard is your all-time favorite and why?

2. If you could ONLY have ONE synth/keyboard, what would it be?

Asking because I own a studio that specializes in synths. Always want to know with the people out there are in love with!

The website is NOT complete, but a our current studio's keyboard list is at:

http://studio400.webs.com/studioequipment.htm

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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by White » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:56 pm

For me it would have to be a Yamaha AN1x.
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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by space6oy » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:04 pm

mean no offense, but if i were you i'd keep the JX-10, maybe the nord though personally i won't ever get one, the 770 and then dump all the rest of those & get a few good ones that are more commonly known. roland, DSI, moog, korg, stuff like that. new or old.

i don't have one all time favorite, but my 777, MS-20, jupiter 6 & eurorack modular would all be up there.

orbit400's website wrote:Roland Super JX (JX-10)
Nord Lead 1 (12 voice)
Yamaha CS2X
Akai Miniak
Korg 770
Korg DSS-1 (2)
Casio CZ-1
Yamaha PSS-130 (toy)
Yamaha DX-27S
Kawai K1r
E-MU Vintage Keys Plus
E-MU Audity 2000
E-MU E5000 Ultra Sampler
E-MU ESI-32 Sampler
Yamaha TG33
Roland SC-55mkII
Yamaha TX-7
Korg X5DR
Roland MT-32
Kawai XS-1

Kawai R-100
Alesis HR-16
Alesis SR16
Roland TR-505
50+ sample CD's

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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by rhino » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:13 pm

Will keep and use my SQ-80 until it can no longer be repaired, but that's just nostalgia.

All-time favorite (as of now) Ensoniq TS-12

Only had one: Yamaha SY-99 or Kurzweil K2xxx: Creating new sounds is my G-spot. Would want something that could keep me happy for the rest of my life.
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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by Scories » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:13 pm

Hi and welcome aboard. Unless you are working in a very narrow musical style (or enjoy working with workstations), I don't think there is such thing as a complete synth. But my minimal setup would include the Korg Z1, a nanopiano and an analog monosynth.

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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by Polyroy » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:33 pm

SH101 for me, i'm just going to use mine until it physically can't make any sound anymore and then either get it fixed or buy another. I'd love to own a CS80 and a system 100 though, maybe one day when i'm loaded i'll be able to say they are my favourite that I own.

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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by orbit400 » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:37 pm

space6oy wrote:mean no offense, but if i were you i'd keep the JX-10, maybe the nord though personally i won't ever get one, the 770 and then dump all the rest of those & get a few good ones that are more commonly known. roland, DSI, moog, korg, stuff like that. new or old.

i don't have one all time favorite, but my 777, MS-20, jupiter 6 & eurorack modular would all be up there.

orbit400's website wrote:Roland Super JX (JX-10)
Nord Lead 1 (12 voice)
Yamaha CS2X
Akai Miniak
Korg 770
Korg DSS-1 (2)
Casio CZ-1
Yamaha PSS-130 (toy)
Yamaha DX-27S
Kawai K1r
E-MU Vintage Keys Plus
E-MU Audity 2000
E-MU E5000 Ultra Sampler
E-MU ESI-32 Sampler
Yamaha TG33
Roland SC-55mkII
Yamaha TX-7
Korg X5DR
Roland MT-32
Kawai XS-1

Kawai R-100
Alesis HR-16
Alesis SR16
Roland TR-505
50+ sample CD's

Thanks for your input! But, for arguments sake, if we have all of the same synths (sounds) that everybody else has, doesn't that make us sound like everybody else? I'd like to think that unique synths create unique sounds and that is one thing that can make a keyboard studio stand out. Again, no right or wrong answer, just my philosophy!

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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by tekkentool » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:40 pm

IF i could only use one synth it would either be the virus TI kb or alesis andromeda. based on the flexibility and high sound quality both offer.

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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by orbit400 » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:42 pm

rhino wrote:Will keep and use my SQ-80 until it can no longer be repaired, but that's just nostalgia.

All-time favorite (as of now) Ensoniq TS-12

Only had one: Yamaha SY-99 or Kurzweil K2xxx: Creating new sounds is my G-spot. Would want something that could keep me happy for the rest of my life.
Thanks Rhino! Just the kind of answer I was looking for! By the way, I don't own any Ensoniq stuff, but I'm looking to explore it soon! Thanks again!

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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by Solderman » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:02 pm

  1. I don't think in static or absolute terms, just what I like alot atm, which would be my Polivoks. Like all synths I've owned, it annoys and disappoints just as much as it pleases. The Virus b would be a close second, but it aisles badly in the upper register and sounds too precise half the time, which gives it a lower score. I tried the newer Virus, but it sounded too clean.
  2. Lame answer, but it's my PC if I only get one. If it has to be outboard, I guess it would be the Kurzweil K2600, although I've yet to try that other do-all great synth, the Roland V-Synth.
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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by orbit400 » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:20 pm

I ask only out of lack of experience, but what's so great about a Kurzweil? Two out of eight people have mentioned one.

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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by orbit400 » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:26 pm

Polyroy wrote:SH101 for me, i'm just going to use mine until it physically can't make any sound anymore and then either get it fixed or buy another. I'd love to own a CS80 and a system 100 though, maybe one day when i'm loaded i'll be able to say they are my favourite that I own.
Polyroy,

I'll wish for you to get "loaded"! Good luck on getting those classics!

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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by space6oy » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:48 pm

orbit400 wrote:
space6oy wrote:mean no offense, but if i were you i'd keep the JX-10, maybe the nord though personally i won't ever get one, the 770 and then dump all the rest of those & get a few good ones that are more commonly known. roland, DSI, moog, korg, stuff like that. new or old.

i don't have one all time favorite, but my 777, MS-20, jupiter 6 & eurorack modular would all be up there.
Thanks for your input! But, for arguments sake, if we have all of the same synths (sounds) that everybody else has, doesn't that make us sound like everybody else? I'd like to think that unique synths create unique sounds and that is one thing that can make a keyboard studio stand out. Again, no right or wrong answer, just my philosophy!
sure thing. if you're trying to run a studio as a business, vast majority of your clients will be people with far less knowledge of the vast catalog of synths out there than we VSE nerds. a potential customer would be far more turned on by a synth they've heard of than a whole bunch they haven't.

friend of mine is kind of a good example, lives off his recording studio, but i was the first person to freak out about his prophet 600 & i don't think a single person has ever given a s**t about his sixtrak. if he'd shell out for an 808, every wannabe rapper that stopped in there would flip & totally want to pay to get to record there & use it.

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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by wiss » Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:17 am

1. ROLAND PARAPHONIC RS 505
2. MINIMOOG
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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by JJQ » Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:47 am

1. Jupiter-8
2. Minimoog
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