Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

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

Post by Alex E » Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:05 am

Alesis Ion. Man those encoders feel great...

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

Post by knolan » Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:27 am

Got to say - I've never given the Alesis Ion a single thought - but the posts here have caught my attention and Youtube demos of it show it to be quite an interesting synthesizer

Back on thread - even though I loath Korg's minikeys, the knobs on the Minilogue and monologue synths look very good from an ergonomic stand point - and not dissimilar to the Alesis Ion's from appearances.

The MS range knobs are great too - and indeed - the knobs on the Trident Mark1 are exquisite - and thoug I own a Monopoly and Trident Mark2, I do not like the look of their knobs. the Trident Mk1 is a classier looking instrument (to me).

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

Post by pflosi » Tue Nov 15, 2016 4:18 pm

Regarding looks, I've always enjoyed the EMS VCO frequency knobs

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Pragmatically, Cwejman. You can "feel" their position unlike most knobs. The design of the stuff controlled by the knobs is always great - ranges are beautiful and useful, resistance is just right, etc.

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

Post by gs » Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:41 pm

griffin avid wrote:This is another one I don't like.
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What is bad about the knobs/layout of the Alesis ION? Not only are those some of the best feeling knobs on a synth I've ever twiddled, but they are laid out in a completely logical fashion... similar to a Minimoog layout (osc section, followed by osc mix, then filter section, and then envelopes).
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Re: Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

Post by griffin avid » Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:16 pm

It's not the knob quality- If I remember, it had a covered-in-rubber feel that was pleasing.
I'm speaking about many knobs that look so uniform, I'd have to read that little text printing to see what each does.

I guess that's not a bad thing, I just don't like too much uniformity in the surface.

EMS VCO frequency knobs

Looks like the dials on a safe. That's real crazy.

I have some stuff that has a dial that looks like a birds head. It has Dials with a pointer and it clicks hard in every position. I feel like it's going to break one day. Like an egg timer.
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Re: Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

Post by madtheory » Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:31 pm

squatski wrote:DX7
squatski wrote:hmmm, i feel if that had been the 1st reply that would have been more funny
knolan wrote:Well it beats the Fairlight
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Moog Voyager best feel I've ever experienced. I loved the JD-800, still do, it looks SO COOL. Don't remember the knobs on the Ion the sound was really great but it was a bit annoying to use compared to some other VAs. I like the Novation KSR more. Knobs are not the best but it has a wide sweet spot, and sliders for envelopes are excellent.

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

Post by ninja6485 » Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:43 pm

griffin avid wrote:It's not the knob quality- If I remember, it had a covered-in-rubber feel that was pleasing.
Personally, I think it feels a little more pleasing when the knob's not covered in rubber... But then you lose that extra protection, which is worth the peace of mind. I do find that using a little extra lubrication can make twiddling feel more "natural" if you catch my drift. ;)
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 Virgule » Wed Nov 16, 2016 1:58 am

Those Kobol knobs are huge!!

And while I never played one, the clear Gleeman Pentaphonic sports the oddest looking knobs ever.


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

Post by Tidda » Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:08 am

ninja6485 wrote:
griffin avid wrote:It's not the knob quality- If I remember, it had a covered-in-rubber feel that was pleasing.
Personally, I think it feels a little more pleasing when the knob's not covered in rubber... But then you lose that extra protection, which is worth the peace of mind. I do find that using a little extra lubrication can make twiddling feel more "natural" if you catch my drift. ;)
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Re: Which synth do you think has the nicest knobs ?

Post by abruzzi » Wed Nov 16, 2016 5:15 am

pflosi wrote:Regarding looks, I've always enjoyed the EMS VCO frequency knobs

The great thing about EMS frequency knobs is the knob turns at a different rate from the outer ring, meaning a full turn of the inner knob will only mover the outer ring a small amount, making fine setting easier. It also feels great.

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

Post by Rbh » Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:39 am

Yup on the Oberheim 8 voice.

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

Post by Ncapone » Thu Dec 01, 2016 4:24 am

Can't go wrong with Moog knobs.

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

Post by Hubaswift » Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:09 am

Synthesizers.com knobs, or moog style knobs in general.

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