How many hardware synths do you own?

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How many hardware synths do you own?

0
2
1%
1 - 2
14
9%
3 - 5
26
16%
6 - 10
56
34%
11 - 15
21
13%
16 - 20
12
7%
21 - 25
12
7%
26 - 30
5
3%
31 - 35
0
No votes
36+
16
10%
 
Total votes: 164

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Re: How many hardware synths do you own?

Post by CS_TBL » Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:34 am

fh991586 wrote:How do I calculate a Yamaha TX-816? It's one or 8 synths?
The concept is somewhat comparable with the voice expansions for the Supernova 2 (24 -> 36 or 48 voices), which still remains to be one synth. I would say the whole thing is one synth. The only difference compared to one board (or one DX7) would be you made it multi-timbral and more polyphonic.
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Re: How many hardware synths do you own?

Post by gcoudert » Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:39 am

Only two these days. The most I owned at any one time was about 6, not counting drum machines, for want of space and money. Who knows what would have happened if I didn't have a family!

Edit: having read the first page of posts, I realised I should have counted my sampler and drum machine after all so I have 4 in total. I am not counting my second, non-working S5000 that I am keeping for spare parts.
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Re: How many hardware synths do you own?

Post by Broadwave » Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:32 am

I've got mine down to 7 that I can't do without, it was a painful cull down from 19 (most of them hidden away under the bed or shoved to the back of wardrobes etc. just gathering dust).

I'm also down to 4 guitars and just the 1 violin ;)

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Re: How many hardware synths do you own?

Post by zoomtheline » Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:19 am

I think 16 without going to count.
Mainly older analogue synths all having their own sound and niche.
3 elektron boxes, one groove box sampler and 3 up to date digi synths.
Not counting yamaha pss's even though I use them as much as the analogues. Or should I ?
20 with those and hopefully 21 when the sub 37 comes, if it does ha.
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Re: How many hardware synths do you own?

Post by pelican » Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:27 am

I have 3 monos, 3 polys, and 3 drum machines
Works for me. They are all totally different so keeps me entertained. Find it works better for my workflow too. Would love a couple more, but i'm limiting myself.

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Re: How many hardware synths do you own?

Post by baz99 » Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:23 pm

So we have 12% of us here (the 36+ group) who should urgently visit a G.A.S. doctor as they clearly need help to get their addiction under control... :shock:

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Re: How many hardware synths do you own?

Post by Voodoo Ray » Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:15 pm

3xAnalogue, 5xDigital, 2xSampler, 5xDrummachine, 1xmodular
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Re: How many hardware synths do you own?

Post by mharris80 » Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:56 pm

Counting the RX7 and Casio SK5, I've got 8. Unfortunately, my M1 and ESQ are in the cases right now pending me getting another stand to put them on.

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Re: How many hardware synths do you own?

Post by Cybercardinal » Sun Sep 14, 2014 4:39 pm

12 synths, 4 digital 8 analog/hybrid
5 drummachines, 3 digital 2 analog

Would like to downscale but can't decide which to let go #-o

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Re: How many hardware synths do you own?

Post by Z » Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:29 pm

100+ synths, 3 stringers (+1 Streichfett en route), 3 samplers, 2 electro-acoustic pianos, 20+ drum machines, 12+ drum synths

Trying to get the synth count under 40, though.
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Re: How many hardware synths do you own?

Post by Hugo76 » Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:54 pm

Z wrote:100+ synths, 3 stringers (+1 Streichfett en route), 3 samplers, 2 electro-acoustic pianos, 20+ drum machines, 12+ drum synths

Trying to get the synth count under 40, though.
Wow! Where do you find the space to all of that?

I have 10 hardware synths/samplers, I think.
But what about plug in-synths? Would you include them? I have the D50-plug in for the V-Synth, and the Radias plug for the M3. And what about stuff like the Kaoss Pad3? Effect processor, but also a sampler

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Re: How many hardware synths do you own?

Post by Z » Sun Sep 14, 2014 6:01 pm

Hugo76 wrote:
Z wrote:100+ synths, 3 stringers (+1 Streichfett en route), 3 samplers, 2 electro-acoustic pianos, 20+ drum machines, 12+ drum synths

Trying to get the synth count under 40, though.
Wow! Where do you find the space to all of that?

I have 10 hardware synths/samplers, I think.
But what about plug in-synths? Would you include them? I have the D50-plug in for the V-Synth, and the Radias plug for the M3. And what about stuff like the Kaoss Pad3? Effect processor, but also a sampler
About two-thirds of that are at home in my "music room" which is a combined formal living and dining room. The other third is occupying 3 offices at my furniture shop.

There's probably more items to those lists that might have missed. Also, I have no software except a few apps on an iPad. I mainly record straight to 2 track (usually camera input or Zoom H4N) and the rare occasion that I do multi-track, I'll use the Roland Fantom X6, Alesis HD24 or Tascam 238 8 track cassette or 424 4 track cassette.
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Re: How many hardware synths do you own?

Post by fh991586 » Sun Sep 14, 2014 6:10 pm

CS_TBL wrote:
fh991586 wrote:How do I calculate a Yamaha TX-816? It's one or 8 synths?
The concept is somewhat comparable with the voice expansions for the Supernova 2 (24 -> 36 or 48 voices), which still remains to be one synth. I would say the whole thing is one synth. The only difference compared to one board (or one DX7) would be you made it multi-timbral and more polyphonic.
Actually, TF1 modules are a an stripped down engine, not simply a voice. They can be controlled independently: they all have a midi input...
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Re: How many hardware synths do you own?

Post by Jabberwalky » Sun Sep 14, 2014 6:23 pm

I can't believe my 10 is the average. I feel guilty for the ones against the wall. Time to clear more s**t out.

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Re: How many hardware synths do you own?

Post by ninja6485 » Sun Sep 14, 2014 6:28 pm

I would say if you can play it as one thing, list it as 1 thing in your gear list, sell it as one thing, buy it as one thing, and review it as one thing; it makes sense that it would count toward the vote as one thing. If you really think it should count as a bunch of things for some good reasons, then go for it.
This looks like a psychotropic reaction. No wonder it's so popular...

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