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Re: Synths that didn't impress you

Posted: Thu May 08, 2014 1:51 pm
by Hybrid88
Well I've played a lot of synths and let me just say they all have their own specific weaknesses, but I can only think of one that really underwhelmed me and that was the moog voyager.

I can't really say it's a bad synth, but for what it should be, for what it costs, for what it's based on, for all the hype... it is really nothing special. :|

Re: Synths that didn't impress you

Posted: Thu May 08, 2014 2:25 pm
by commodorejohn
The thing about the Voyager is that for the cost, you really might as well just scrape together another thousand bucks and get the real deal...

Re: Synths that didn't impress you

Posted: Thu May 08, 2014 3:40 pm
by Hybrid88
^ Which as it turns out is exactly what I did, can't say I've regretted that one bit :)

Re: Synths that didn't impress you

Posted: Thu May 08, 2014 9:24 pm
by Hallu
Almost every analog synth, to be honest. And the ones that impressed me still didn't leave me impressed enough to want one. A slightly more organic saw versus a wavetable synth's billion plus extra features is hard to pass up for me.

I pushed the idea for the boomstar 700 and they actually made it, and I am excited for it so much ... basically the only analog synth I am blown away by. The other being Buchla, but thats more of a mad scientist tool, and I'm building old 200 series modules but it'll take years before I'm done with it, probably.

Re: Synths that didn't impress you

Posted: Thu May 08, 2014 9:44 pm
by Hallu
zoomtheline wrote:Damn, I'm going to have to have another go on the 700s, seems I'm in the minority. I must be missing something if people are describing it like "weird little ball", I love weird little balls, errrr.
The Korg 700s is a player's synth for sure. Its not about modulation, the tone of it is truly special but it IS limited. How it sounds is in a league of its own though, up there with CS-80, MiniMoog and the like. A nonlinear diode array 12db LPF/6db HPF that sounds like 70s after school specials. Everything from the oscillator (square core VCO, the saw is stacked pulses) to the envelopes are unique - flawed, simplistic, but unique. You will not find another envelope that pops and sings like that one.

If you want a fancier sounding 700, SE is making a BoomStar with a 700 filter. It loses the oscillator sound, has a cleaner VCA, and doesn't capture any of the vintage mojo (and if there is a synth that has a ghost in the machine, it is the MiniKORG) ... but the Boomie sounds amazing in its own right, has more modulation than most synths excluding modular, and truly sounds "new". Very few synths have a tone that sounds new, just a different copy of an old one



The 700/770 korgs are the only analog synth I like, I tend to get excited ...

Re: Synths that didn't impress you

Posted: Fri May 09, 2014 7:25 pm
by JMP
In relation to the OP, Korg Micro Preset. Just awful....

Re: Synths that didn't impress you

Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:41 pm
by dr.blitzen
Roland MC 303 Groovebox. Midi implimentation was just plain weird and once you'd written your tune there was nowhere to save it to once the memory got filled up. Good drums though.

Roland TB 3 - was thinking of getting this then discovered it had no tune dial?? WTF - what happens if I wanna jam along to something not quite in tune like a record??

Re: Synths that didn't impress you

Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:57 pm
by calaverasgrande
The Volcas

What made the Monotrons and monotribe so great is lost on the Volcas.
Adding all those function + _ Key parameters expanded the abilities of the boxes a bit. But they are just not as intuitive to use at all. The monotrons and monotribe are easy, straightforward and intuitive.
The Volcas are kind of a PITA and to be honest you don't really get a lot more ability in terms of sounds with all the multi-key press foolishness.
The worst part is that while they do have ability to save 8 patterns, there is no way to chain these into anything like an A part/B part /chorus.
These would have been tons more fun, and far better as starter gear for kids if they could actually make songs, and not just isolated patterns.

I mean, yeah I'll keep them, but they will get dusty.

Re: Synths that didn't impress you

Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:34 pm
by Jacob Hunt
The Moog Source
The sound was just way smoother and cleaner than what I expected, especially compared to the Prodigy's roughness. I also don't quite get along with the touch panel/data wheel. One more thing was that the parameters just didn't seem wide enough.

Re: Synths that didn't impress you

Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:29 pm
by super_doraemon
Realistic MG-1
Roland MC-505
Korg Triton Extreme
Alesis Micron
Microkorg XL
Yamaha SK-15

Re: Synths that didn't impress you

Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:31 pm
by calaverasgrande
super_doraemon wrote:Realistic MG-1
Roland MC-505
Korg Triton Extreme
Alesis Micron
Microkorg XL
Yamaha SK-15
Whats not to like about the MG1?
Okay the 'polyphony' kinda sucks, but it is one of the brattiest sounding Moogs I own.
It just sounds...fluorescent?

Re: Synths that didn't impress you

Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:07 am
by meatballfulton
calaverasgrande wrote:What made the Monotrons and monotribe so great is lost on the Volcas.
Like what, trying to play actual melodies on a tiny ribbon? At least membrane keys can be played and they have superior sequencers.

They're classic Korgs...impressive for the price if not impressive overall ;)

Re: Synths that didn't impress you

Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:26 pm
by calaverasgrande
meatballfulton wrote:
calaverasgrande wrote:What made the Monotrons and monotribe so great is lost on the Volcas.
Like what, trying to play actual melodies on a tiny ribbon? At least membrane keys can be played and they have superior sequencers.

They're classic Korgs...impressive for the price if not impressive overall ;)
Like being fun little cheap toys as opposed to kinda fun boxes you poke with one finger while you RTFM.

Re: Synths that didn't impress you

Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:24 pm
by super_doraemon
calaverasgrande wrote:
super_doraemon wrote:Realistic MG-1
Roland MC-505
Korg Triton Extreme
Alesis Micron
Microkorg XL
Yamaha SK-15
Whats not to like about the MG1?
Okay the 'polyphony' kinda sucks, but it is one of the brattiest sounding Moogs I own.
It just sounds...fluorescent?

I don't really like the tone and it never seemed 'up front' enough to me. The build quality had a lot to be desired. It also lacks pitch and mod wheels (but that's kinda minor). The MG-1s are amazing for the price, though.

Re: Synths that didn't impress you

Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:54 pm
by knolan
The Korg M1 never impressed me from the get-go. But when the SY77 came along, I was blown away (and have never looked back).