Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

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Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

Post by knolan » Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:19 pm

Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

To me the CS70M and CS40M have the nicest knobs of any synth past or present, Minimoog a close second, P5 third.

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Re: Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

Post by griffin avid » Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:59 pm

Bored post of the day...


Well, I suggest you/we post a picture- cause my google search found a synth with faders/sliders.
Or maybe that number could go to several synths? I dunno.
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And also, what makes a good....POTS....thing to turn and edit settings for your gear? lol
I like a firm twist- too loose is no good. Just like the faders on a mixboard or pads on a drum machine.
I like a lot of sensitivity, but also lots of resistance.
I like detented and not a fan of endless knobs. I can write down or note the relative knob position using time like a clock, but I need to write down the numbers when it's all from a digital readout.

Not be spinal tap, but I like the size of the dial to be relative to the function.
Like the Alesis Andromeda A6. I can sort of glance over and see what I'm grabbing
and the surface has that outline colored frame..
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...unlike a DSI prophet where the whole surface looks very uniform.
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I would find that confusing until I worked a while with the synth.

This is another one I don't like.
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*Someone hurry up and make a matching synths to knobs joke...
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Re: Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

Post by knolan » Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:12 pm

Good idea. Not being too serious about this - why not include faders too :-)

You're right - the 70M has more faders than knobs - the 40M more knobs. This post was prodded as I was cleaning the gluey goo that oozed out of my JD800 keyboard down onto my CS40M on the stand below it - thankfully only a very small amount left over after I had my JD800 fully serviced in this regard actually - but as I was cleaning that little drop of horrid glue off my lovely CS40M I remembered how much I initially liked the cosmetic look of the CS40M knobs (and indeed CS70M faders). Fabulous design by Yamaha at the time (perhaps not matched by the false wooded end panels ! :-) ).

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Re: Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

Post by griffin avid » Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:17 pm

I had the same JD problem....and had the keybed replaced.
And yep, glue dripped down on some other synth.

Moog does use some of the best POTs. The turn tension feels analoggy. lol.
But we should make a pet peeves list too.


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Re: Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

Post by V301H » Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:56 pm

The sliders on the CS70M have a firm high-quality feel unlike those on some Roland Synths which feel looser and more fragile. The knobs on OB series Oberheims also have a solid feel.
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Re: Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

Post by Yekuku » Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:00 pm

Although I am huge fan of the CS series, I dislike the look of CSxxM series.
I hate the knobs too, the knob cap usually turns yellow, looking awful for my taste.
My personal pick is the Alco #PKES-90B-1/4 ,used on MOTM modulars.
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Re: Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

Post by squatski » Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:14 pm

DX7

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Re: Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

Post by squatski » Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:16 pm

hmmm, i feel if that had been the 1st reply that would have been more funny

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Re: Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

Post by knolan » Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:19 pm

Well it beats the Fairlight

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Re: Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

Post by meatballfulton » Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:06 pm

MiniMoog for both look and feel
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Re: Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

Post by ninja6485 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:25 pm

Jx-8P, definitely
This looks like a psychotropic reaction. No wonder it's so popular...

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Re: Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

Post by ninja6485 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:27 pm

squatski wrote:DX7
damn, you beat me to it!
This looks like a psychotropic reaction. No wonder it's so popular...

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Re: Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

Post by nuketifromorbit » Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:51 pm

Out of the synths I've owned, I'd say that the Doepfer Dark Energy had the best. Also I'm a big fan of the Nord Lead 2's high quality pots.
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Re: Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

Post by Zamise » Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:55 pm

Yo dawg I heard you like knobs! My vote goes to the OB 4 Voice which has knobs on knobs.
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Re: Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:55 pm

RSF Kobol Keyboard and early Serge (the knobbly MXR-like knobs).

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