What's your "must have" synth?

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

Post by balma » Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:33 pm

An EMU COMMAND STATION with 4 ROMS installed. Untouchable...

I could get rid of all my synths, except the 4roms command station. I could go walking to the North Pole with it.
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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by moremagic » Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:02 pm

Syn303 wrote: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.
If you dont dream about music, why be a musician ?

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

Post by balma » Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:33 pm

If you are poor the only thing that you can do is to dream about synths. Nothing weird about it
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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by Syn303 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:42 pm

moremagic wrote:If you dont dream about music, why be a musician ?
The subject thread is not about 'dreaming about music'

Music is an imaginative/creative process, if it was a dreaming process, musicians would be getting out of their beds in the middle of the night to record, and when they had finished they would go back to bed and sleep.

Anyway this is going off Topic, keep dreaming about what synth for you is a must have. I have my must have synths, no more, no less.
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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by Phollop Willing PA » Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:47 pm

I must have a brand new ARP 2600. My life will be complete when they bring this one back and even if I'm too old to have the momentum of synth explorations that I had in my youth, I will get up off of my death bed and smoke one up and glorify the Gods of Analogue with one final composition. I mean it.

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

Post by shaft9000 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:20 pm

besides the modular the Sunsyn kicks the hardest out of the gate, and can sound achingly beautiful (i mean like CS-80 beautiful).
It's a buggy synth without OS 2.0 though. But what a sound!

I can cover 95% of vintage analog synth sounds w/ just the 2600 and Jupiter-8

older 'players' would likely most be impressed by a CS-80.

but this is not 1982, so in a modern environment the all-around flexibility/sound winner is: A6 Andromeda
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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by balma » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:24 pm

There are not synths but features, that you MUST have, otherwise you cannot compose music.

I do not use computers, so it's a must for me, to have a decent hardware sequencer. Without hardware sequencing I could quit using synths.
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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by krzeppa » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:51 pm

I would like to say my "must have" would either be a Prophet 5 or CS-80, or the Andromeda; but I'm only guessing. I've never owned any of them or even played with them.
From the synths I have owned, I think I would have a to say my Supernova II Pro X or my Virus TI2....They can pretty much do everything that I need.

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

Post by vin14 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:01 pm

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

I'll have to go with one I've owned, I'm not sure how I could choose something exotic I've never even seen 'in the flesh'! So I'd pick the humble Alpha Juno 1, while it's not the best one I own, It's served me so well for so long.

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

Again, I'm going to be practical and go with one I've used. Something like a Jupiter 8 would be great, but I'm not sure about it as an only synth. So I'll go with the virus ti, because of the wide range of sounds it's capable of. I'm not saying that a JP8 doesn't have a wide range of sounds, but it doesn't do digital!

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

Post by rharris07 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:04 pm

Its a real toss-up between my Prophet '08, Motif 8, and Indigo 2. All 3 serve different purposes, but I rely on all three very heavily these days.

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

Post by ninja6485 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:37 pm

i have unfortunately dreamt about mastering audio...several times...very very boring dreams.

1. What synth/keyboard is your all-time favorite and why?
right now i want to say my arp odyssey. it has this great sound where you get some white noise and S&H modulation, and it sounds like a frothy drink of something. i don't drink coffe, but if i did i would be driven to having a cup after hearing that patch. and the super low tones are not so much tones as they are smacking bubbly frothy noises.
vin14 wrote:2. If you could ONLY have ONE synth/keyboard, what would it be?
well for a long time all i had was a korg radias, and it did just fine, so i'm inclined to pick that, but i've already done that, so i'll have to pick a different one. i could do the same thing with the virus TI, so that's no fun. plus though i like programming it, it doesn't really "wow" me as much as i wished it did. it's a toss up between an sh-101, tr-727, and jx-8p. the odyssey's too predictable being that it was used for question 1, but i could substitute it in for the 101 and not loose a step. i think the safe bet to make all sounds, drums chords, leads, pads, effects - 101. BUT the challange would be 727, so i'm going to go with that, especially if i have some ability to record and multi track and get into the starchime with some destructive sample editing.
This looks like a psychotropic reaction. No wonder it's so popular...

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

Post by tallowwaters » Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:50 pm

[quote="Syn303"]if it was a dreaming process, musicians would be getting out of their beds in the middle of the night to record, and when they had finished they would go back to bed and sleep.
/quote]

I do this frequently, thought I rarely get back to sleep. As a matter of fact, if I wake up with an idea, there's no sleeping until I get it out. That said, I never dream about instruments, but there is always sound/music/colors/words in my dreams.

As far as what synth I need - whatever you give me. They all make relatively similar sounds, my brain and hands being the common factor for having any of them make any sound. I suppose something deeper with lots of menus would keep my attention longer, while something with 20 one duty per function knobs when put me asleep after I've found the 10 sounds it's useful for making.
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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by spookyman » Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:16 pm

Yamaha CS-80
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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by griffin avid » Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:47 am

1. What synth/keyboard is your all-time favorite and why?
Andromeda A6: Sound, look and knobbage. I find it to be inspirational. Sometimes I just turn it and make sounds with no intentions of making anything musical. The JD 800 is a close second for its ability to make new sounds so quickly. I am very surprised at some of the sounds that come out of this machine.

2. If you could ONLY have ONE synth/keyboard, what would it be?
Roland Juno G. It has the ability to record vocals and plenty of usable sounds out the gate.
A sequencer so it's my song palette. A huge variety of drum sounds...so I can make lots of different styles of music.
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Re: What's your "must have" synth?

Post by orbit400 » Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:16 am

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