DIGITAL SCREAMS wrote:The thing people have to realise is that back in the day....all our favourite artists (inc. Numan) were utilising synths which were new-ish or cutting edge at the time. It was a stark contrast both musically and technically from what had gone before. Very few of these artists would use the old synths now...except for some nostalgic or practical reason.
Very good point, the sounds that we think of as retro now were all cutting-edge at one point.
All the synths and recording gear I use was available new in the last five years, except for my E1010 delay. The thing with equipment available today is that it has been influenced by everything that's come before, so new modular equipment can cover the sounds of vintage monosynths etc. There are very few sounds that can only be obtained by buying a vintage piece of gear, and IMO they're the vintage polysynth sounds although the SE stuff and SunSyn do a very good job of covering them. The newer stuff has the bonus of being much more flexible though, for example the Evolvers can cover all the sounds of an ESQ-1 and then extend them in ways that the ESQ is just not capable of.DIGITAL SCREAMS wrote:Like many of you, I have been on a personal quest over the last 12 years to acquire and use classic synths...partly because thats what my favourite bands used. If im honest, I think I wanted to capture the spirit of music during a happier time of my life. If I really wanted to embrace the excitement of creating new music then perhaps I should be using the 'synths of today'. Its a hard choice to make - im torn between nostalgia and the belief older synths sound nicer...and the feeling of wanting to create something new using current technology. Maybe some others here feel the same way?
The only real advantage old stuff has is that it's cheaper because designing and manufacturing new things is always inherently more expensive than finding things second-hand, unless demand for the old things grossly exceeds supply. There is also nostalgia and UI, although nostalgia isn't a real advantage as it exists in the mind of the user and midi means that almost every UI con be completely customised now, at a price.