What's your "must have" synth?

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

Post by rhino » Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:55 am

orbit400 wrote:I ask only out of lack of experience, but what's so great about a Kurzweil? Two out of eight people have mentioned one.
IMHO: Not just a great ROMpler/Sampler. In its own way (no flames please) it is like the SY-99. You can mix sample-playback with virtual oscillators, then feed thru various filters, waveshapers, wavebenders, wave-f**ers etc. and get crazy noises.
The older K2500 has TWO ribbons: the shorter one with position AND pressure comtrol
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Again IMHO: the presets (seems to be a synth rule) are kinda lame...too heavy on SciFi pads, and effects.
Start learning the system, and you can get some great acoustic and orchestral simulations. You can have up to 32 velocity layers for timbreal control.
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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by felis » Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:11 am

Current favorite is the Andromeda.

If I had to limit myself to one board (never :lol: ), I'd probably wait for the upcoming Kurzweil PC3KX. From what's available right now, I'd stick with my Kurzweil K2600.

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

Post by moremagic » Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:50 am

I think I'm stuck on my mono/poly

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

Post by Z » Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:06 am

As I've said many times before: Roland JD-800 is my "desert island" synth.

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

Post by aeon » Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:53 am

orbit400 wrote:1. What synth/keyboard is your all-time favorite and why?
Clavia Nord Modular G1 keys w/DSP expansion.

I love the possibilities, the sounds, the form factor, the morph groups, the pattern sequencing, the patch-as-composition aspect, the external inputs, the single-sample feedback looping, the wide variety of spectral shaping tools, the near-endless modulation routings, the user community...
orbit400 wrote:2. If you could ONLY have ONE synth/keyboard, what would it be?
A Bösendorfer 290.


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

Post by crystalmsc » Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:26 am

It's the uWaveXT for me, there's just something about it.
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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by nvbrkr » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:07 am

I just woke up from a dream I had of the Minimoog, so I guess it would have to be that one. :|

I have a Voyager so I really shouldn't have anything to complain though.

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

Post by Stab Frenzy » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:59 am

space6oy wrote: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.
This is the best advice offered in this thread so far.
orbit400 wrote: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!
Synths don't create unique sounds, the people programming them do.

I think if you're putting together a keyboard studio you need a good rompler with a nice weighted keyboard for pianists, and you can't really go past a Kurzweil for that. You also need something well known and vintage that looks and sounds great, even if it's not used all the time. Prophet 5, Minimoog, Arp2600 fit the bill. Most important is that the people programming them really know their s**t and can pull together great sounds while the clock is ticking. You might find that you'll have your showy pieces to get clients in the door but most of the time you're using more workhorse synths that still sound good but have heaps of good patches you've programmed saved to them.

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

Post by moremagic » Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:57 am

nvbrkr wrote:I just woke up from a dream I had of the Minimoog, so I guess it would have to be that one. :|
Who hasnt had at least one dream of owning a minimoog ?

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

Post by nvbrkr » Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:11 pm

On the previous night it was the Rhodes Chroma. :lol:

I think I really need to just buy a synth. My id is starting to get out of control, obviously.

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

Post by Hybrid88 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:46 pm

No doubt V-Synth original for me, if I had to sell all my synths it would definitely be the last to go. ;)

I'd just hate to be without one, in fact I kinda want a spare just in case... :oops:

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

Post by Syn303 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:23 pm

No 'must have' synth for me. I simply see a synth as a tool for music creation, not an object of desire or lust. Those that dream of synths while sleeping is not normal.
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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by nvbrkr » Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:29 pm

It's perfectly normal to have dreams of things that you want. In fact, it's one of the main characteristics of dreams.

I hope your comment made you feel better about yourself.

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

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

Post by cram1960 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:20 pm

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