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Synth question.

Post by breckjay » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:14 pm

how many synth's does one really need?
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Re: Synth question.

Post by Stab Frenzy » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:26 pm

In the greater scheme of things, zero. Any else on top of that is a bonus.

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Re: Synth question.

Post by rhino » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:34 pm

First, welcome to our mad little world.

My witty replay got lost in transit. Here's the gist...

That's a question only YOU and answer. Information is your friend. Think hard about your needs/wants/budget/ect.
Read up on the zillion synths out there, and make good choices.

EDIT: I'd say a good start would be four:
1. A good ROMpler
2. A modern digital polysynth
3. An analog monosynth
4. Something vintage
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Re: Synth question.

Post by rakk95 » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:37 pm

breckjay wrote:how many synth's does one really need?
How odd...my wife asks that same question at least once a week...

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Re: Synth question.

Post by rhino » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:44 pm

rakk95 wrote:
breckjay wrote:how many synth's does one really need?
How odd...my wife asks that same question at least once a week...
I must be married to your sister-in-law.

EDIT: If she only knew what's behand the curtain in the basement...
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Re: Synth question.

Post by blackdiscoball » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:18 pm

I tell my fiance Im just giving a good home to neglected instruments.
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Re: Synth question.

Post by Solderman » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:24 pm

If you are strictly a collector with infinite storage space, it depends on how insecure you are about the size of your genitals.
Otherwise it's too subjective to get a straight answer. There exists the tenacious attitude that a synth which almost makes the sound you want just doesn't cut it, or to get that evasive sound with existing gear requires too much effort. This attitude is slowly but surely being muted by the more vociferous clang of ever-increasing used market prices, especially amongst talentless consumerists who happen to like music alot, and scoff at the notion of using software.

Then there is the logical conclusion of getting the right tool for the right job, especially where money is no object. I like this idea in light of talented professionals needing to focus on creativity, and being inspired by quality.

Pick your poison.
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Re: Synth question.

Post by krzeppa » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:30 pm

Solderman wrote:If you are strictly a collector with infinite storage space, it depends on how insecure you are about the size of your genitals.
Otherwise it's too subjective to get a straight answer. There exists the tenacious attitude that a synth which almost makes the sound you want just doesn't cut it, or to get that evasive sound with existing gear requires too much effort. This attitude is slowly but surely being muted by the more vociferous clang of ever-increasing used market prices, especially amongst talentless consumerists who happen to like music alot, and scoff at the notion of using software.

Then there is the logical conclusion of getting the right tool for the right job, especially where money is no object. I like this idea in light of talented professionals needing to focus on creativity, and being inspired by quality.

Pick your poison.
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Re: Synth question.

Post by Phollop Willing PA » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:42 pm

eight :keys1:
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Re: Synth question.

Post by stephen » Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:32 pm

I've just discovered the delights of messing with samples after buying myself a pocket audio recorder. Great fun! Throw in maybe one or two synths and I'm sorted.

If I had loads of money to spend on this stuff my opinions might change :D . But there again I'd probably buy a load of kit, just use one or two instruments, then sell the rest.
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Re: Synth question.

Post by Dano » Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:54 pm

It depends on what you want/like to do. In some cases a single synth might be fine.

There are basic questions you can ask yourself to help zoom in on an answer e.g.: What types sounds will you need or want - Basses, leads, pads, acoustic, SFX? Will you be playing at home or playing out live? Are you interested in collecting synths?

In a very general sense I'd recommend the same 4 as Rhino did or maybe even pare it down to a ROMpler and either a virtul analog or real analog synth.

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Re: Synth question.

Post by Z » Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:00 am

All of them :)

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Re: Synth question.

Post by TheKeytarist » Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:11 am

There are a lot Of options. You could have one awesome synth that dies it all, or you could have lots of great synths that each do a different thing.
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Re: Synth question.

Post by colorbars » Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:12 pm

hmmm well i think i'm at about 11 not including samplers and drum machines and i could still use more :)

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Re: Synth question.

Post by Psy_Free » Sat Feb 05, 2011 7:16 pm

Good question. I'm a compulsive gear monkey so I need lots :D

My synths have been acquired over a period of nearly 25 years, during which time many musicians will have bought and sold some or many of theirs. I just haven't sold any, I just love them too much to part with any.

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