Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

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Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

Post by wiss » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:54 pm

Questions:
1) The synth that made you want to play music: I always wanted to play music, nothing to do with synths.

2) Your first synth:Yamaha SK-1

3) The synth that has surprised you most: Waldorf Blofeld

4) The synth that has disappointed you most: Prophet-600 (that stepping)

5) The synth you love most: Prophet 5, only because I have never been able to track one down at the price I was willing to pay.

6) The synth you've gigged with the most: not sure

7) THE synth you really would like to own: McBeth Elements, Prophet 5,

8) Your newest synth: micro brute (grabbed for $125 on craigslist)

9) The next synth you are going to buy: Dave Smith Pro2

10) The synth with the best filter: Roland SH-2 filter always did it for me.

11) Favorite synth manufacturer: Sequential Circuits
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Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

Post by zaphod betamax » Thu May 31, 2018 7:09 pm

1) The synth that made you want to play music:
The Moog modular one of my paper customers was playing
back in the mid Seventies in London, Ontario

2) Your first synth:
ARP Solina

3) The synth that has surprised you most:
Vermona '14

4) The synth that has disappointed you most:
Siel DK-70


5) The synth you love most:
Dreadbox Nyx


6) The synth you've gigged with the most:
Waldorf Blofeld


7) THE synth you really would like to own:
Waldorf Quantum


8) Your newest synth:
Vermona '14


9) The next synth you are going to buy:
Dreadbox Abyss

10) The synth with the best filter:
Korg Monotribe

11) Favorite synth manufacturer:
Vermona

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Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

Post by johans121 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:18 pm

First post in a long long time.....

I have had many many synths come and go through my studio over the years. Andromeda, Voyagers, Studio Electronics stuff, XTK, Pulse+, Nords, 106, 303, evolver, ion, Jomox stuff, FR Revolution, FR-XS, 909, and i'm sure there were others that I can't think of at the moment.

What I have left is a Largish 5U modular, Pro One, PEK, Juno 60, 777, 606, ER2, RS-09.

Questions:
1) The synth that made you want to play music: Jupiter 8, Can't recall any specific song; however, a friend had one back in high school (early 90's) and it was just sooooooo baadd @$$!

2) Your first synth: Alesis Ion. What a great first synth! Seriously! It's crazy, they sell for the same price today that they did when they were new..

3) The synth that has surprised you most: Juno 60; lots of happy surprises with that simple interface... If you by chance happened to make a bad sounding patch, yea right - just turn the chorus on and it will sound amazing!

4) The synth that has disappointed you most: Alesis Andromeda, the thing sounded friggin awesome; I loved the ribbon controller; however, the firmware just seemed so glitchy AND even though it had an enormous amount of knobs and buttons there was still a tremendous amount of menu diving involved in creating patches. I wanted to love it but in the end I couldn't :|

5) The synth you love most: Pro One, I am on the fence about selling it to fund something new.... however I just love that thing. The filter is ground shaking, it plays wonderfully, with its basic mod routing it can sound bizarre, it can control my modular AND my modular can control it... I simply love that thing. What to do? What to do?

6) The synth you've gigged with the most: Never played live

7) THE synth you really would like to own: DSI Prophet X It will most likely never happen. But, yep, I want it.

8) Your newest synth: Future Retro 777 (purchased in 2007, I haven't bought anything in a really long time)

9) The next synth you are going to buy: DSI Rev2 16 Voice. I love my PEK but I want more voices and I am not going to shell out $2k for a PER (I should have bought one when they were selling for less than $1k)

10) The synth with the best filter: Future Retro 777

11) Favorite synth manufacturer: Probably DSI
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Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

Post by Hyde » Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:52 am

1) The synth that made you want to play music:

2) Your first synth:

3) The synth that has surprised you most:

4) The synth that has disappointed you most: Quadrasynth

5) The synth you love most: SQ1+

6) The synth you've gigged with the most: Quadrasynth

7) THE synth you really would like to own: Prophet VS

8) Your newest synth: SY35

9) The next synth you are going to buy: DSS-1

10) The synth with the best filter: Haven't played with enough. Sample, Mirage has a nice filter

11) Favorite synth manufacturer: Ensoniq
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Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

Post by SeventhStar » Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:41 am

1) The synth that made you want to play music:
Sequential Prophet 5 (as played by John Carpenter)

2) Your first synth:
Sequential Multi-Trak

3) The synth that has surprised you most:
Multi-Trak.. It actually sounds decent, and has a nice built in sequencer. Key bed works better than expected. I only paid $470 for it, so wasn't expecting much when I got it 4 years ago. A 1-voice, 1-VCO bass line from it really shook the car, when I recently played a track made from it in a new Dodge Challenger. I thought, my Multi-Trak did this?!?! I was impressed..

4) The synth that has disappointed you most:
None so far..

5) The synth you love most:
Haven't totally fallen in love with one yet.

6) The synth you've gigged with the most:
Have never gigged.

7) THE synth you really would like to own:
Prophet 10 or 5

8) Your newest synth:
Prophet 600. The synth I couldn't afford to buy 4 years ago, but finally got last month. Bought it from the original owner, who bought it new in 1984. It has original everything in it and on it, including the 34 year old battery, which amazingly is still retaining the program memory! If this were a vintage car, it would be classified as an excellent condition "Survivor". It was located in my city, only 20 minutes from my house! I was meant to be its 2nd owner I suppose..

9) The next synth you are going to buy:
A Mono synth, not sure which one yet..

10) The synth with the best filter:
Don't know..

11) Favorite synth manufacturer:
Sequential

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Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

Post by knolan » Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:09 pm

1) The synth that made you want to play music:
- (it was a Piano :-) ).

2) Your first synth:
Clef Microsynth

3) The synth that has surprised you most:
JD800 (It's a "Vangelis" machine - still :-) ).

4) The synth that has disappointed you most:
Nord Lead 2 (It really does sound great, but it's so bloody hard to use (so I don't!) - it's OS is a bit of a mess - for example storing and accessing memories is a mess)

5) The synth you love most:
Cannot separate (for personal usage and history reasons): Casio 1000P, Juno106, MonoPoly, SY77/99, JD800, CS80, CS40M, ProphetT8

6) The synth you've gigged with the most:
Juno106

7) THE synth you really would like to own:
Jupiter8

8) Your newest synth:
Subsequent 37

9) The next synth you are going to buy:
Jupiter8

10) The synth with the best filter:
Minimoog

11) Favorite synth manufacturer:
Yamaha
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Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

Post by Music Bird » Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:46 pm

1) The synth that made you want to play music:
JV-1080 in the 90’s TV shows and music I grew up with
2) Your first synth:
Yamaha MX49 (for ROMpler), Korg Minilogue (for analog synth)
3) The synth that has surprised you most:
Minilogue.
It’s better than I thought it would be.
4) The synth that has disappointed you most:
None so far
5) The synth you love most:
Minilogue
6) The synth you've gigged with the most:
Never gigged yet
7) THE synth you really would like to own:
Poly-800 or Sound Canvas SC-55 or SC-88 (Pro) or 8850.
8) Your newest synth:
Minilogue
9) The next synth you are going to buy:
D-05, Model D Behringer, Keystep and SR-16
10) The synth with the best filter:
Minilogue
11) Favorite synth manufacturer:
The big 3 from Japan (Korg/Roland/Yamaha), Casio, and Technics (KN series).
Korg, Casio, Alesis, and Yamaha (Minilogue, WK-7600, SK-1, CT-X3000, SR-16, MX49)
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Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

Post by genshi » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:40 am

I haven't posted in a long while, thought this would be a fun post to get back into it all...

1) The synth that made you want to play music:
I was playing music long before I got into synths (Drums since I was 4 years old, Guitar since I was 8, Bass since I was 13.) The question should be, "What synth made you want to get into synths..." and my answer; the day my Father took me into a music store in 1978 and there was a brand new ARP Odyssey MkIII. It was the first synth I had ever touched, and I fell in love that very moment... went back every week to play it!

2) Your first synth:
The first synth that was bought for my Band at the time that I was designated to play was the then new Yamaha CS-80, a few months after my first touch of the ARP Odyssey. Unfortunately, the band broke up 4 months later and I had to give the synth back. The first synth I bought myself was the Sequential Circuits Prophet 600 the week it came out.

3) The synth that has surprised you most:
Make Noise 0-Coast.

4) The synth that has disappointed you most:
Stylophone 2.

5) The synth you love most:
Ooh, that's a hard one... either my Waldorf Microwave XTk or my Buchla Music Easel.

6) The synth you've gigged with the most:
My Eurorack setup. A close second is my Korg ARP Odyssey and my Korg MS-20.

7) THE synth you really would like to own:
EMS Synthi AKS or VCS3. They're number one on my wishlist, number two being the ARP 2600.

8) Your newest synth:
Buchla Music Easel.

9) The next synth you are going to buy:
Waldorf Quantum. I'm first in line for the U.S. (not counting the sound designers who got their's first.)

10) The synth with the best filter:
Too subjective, but I love the analog grit of the MS-20 filters and the variety of the Waldorf Microwave filters.

11) Favorite synth manufacturer:
Waldorf!

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Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:03 am

genshi wrote: [...] 4) The synth that has disappointed you most: Stylophone 2. [...]
Now that's a bit of a surprise.

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Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

Post by Jabberwalky » Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:41 pm

genshi wrote: 9) The next synth you are going to buy:
Waldorf Quantum. I'm first in line for the U.S. (not counting the sound designers who got their's first.)
Excellent! Please make a post of your first impressions when you get it.

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Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

Post by hageir » Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:38 pm

1) The synth that made you want to play music:
Fender Rhodes (not a synth, but dang that sound)

2) Your first synth:
Korg Poly 800 (well first piece of gear: Electribe ER-1 MK-1)

3) The synth that has surprised you most:
Kurzweil K2000R / Elektron Monomachine

4) The synth that has disappointed you most:
Roland MC-303

5) The synth you love most:
Prophet REV2 16 Voice

6) The synth you've gigged with the most:
Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1 UW

7) THE synth you really would like to own:
Crumar Spirit

8) Your newest synth:
Kurzweil K2000R

9) The next synth you are going to buy:
Quite possibly an extra oscillator for my monos (eurorack?)

10) The synth with the best filter:
Roland SH-2 (?)

11) Favorite synth manufacturer:
Elektron
Elektron MnM & MD UW, DSI MEK & Prophet REV2 16 Voices baby!, Ensoniq VFX & ESQ-1, SE-1X, Korg MS-20mini, Polysix, SH-101 (red), 707, CR-8000, KPR-77, PO-12, Yamaha C1 Music Computer, Synare PS-1, FX, mixers, some more stuff..

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Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

Post by clusterchord » Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:55 pm

1) The synth that made you want to play music: Hammond X5 my older brother had

2) Your first synth: Korg Poly 800

3) The synth that has surprised you most: PPG Wave 2

4) The synth that has disappointed you most: Oberheim Xpander and Elka Synthex

5) The synth you love most: Jupiter 8

6) The synth you've gigged with the most: Andromeda

7) THE synth you really would like to own: Synclavier II fm, Quantum

8) Your newest synth: Emulator II+

9) The next synth you are going to buy: not sure

10) The synth with the best filter: Prophet 5 Rev2, vintage Minimoog & Sem

11) Favorite synth manufacturer: Roland and Oberheim during golden age of analog.
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Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

Post by DesolationBlvd » Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:53 am

1) The synth that made you want to play music:
Yamaha DX7
The cut-down FM implementations on old PC sound cards and the Sega Genesis have imprinted my mind with FM.

2) Your first synth:
Roland D-5
Broke kid using his Christmas money...

3) The synth that has surprised you most:
Moog MG-1
Bought to fix and flip, but made me put my finger on why the Voyager didn't quite hit the spot. It could get really dirty. Traded the Voyager towards a Matriarch and haven't looked back.

4) The synth that has disappointed you most:
Roland D-5
Yep, once I got an Alpha Juno, D-5 was out the door.

5) The synth you love most:
Roland Jupiter-8
The Platonic ideal of analog polysynth tone.

6) The synth you've gigged with the most:
N/A

7) THE synth you really would like to own:
Oberheim OB-8
I passed on it seven years ago because I thought the 12dB mode wasn't the real Oberheim state variable filter like X/Xa, but a cascade with stages removed like Matrix-12 and Jupiter-8. Got an Xa that was dead on arrival and couldn't get it fixed. I was so wrong, the OB-8 12dB is a real state variable filter.

8) Your newest synth:
Korg ARP Odyssey FSQ
Saw a great deal from a store on Reverb slashing prices.

9) The next synth you are going to buy:
Roland MKS-80
Saw a great deal used, waiting for the seller to get back from vacation. It'll be nice to revisit it with the patch programming experience I've gained over the years. This is the conclusion of the "modern poly to tide me over" thread...but the start of another one.

10) The synth with the best filter:
11) Favorite synth manufacturer:
Both of these are just too hard to answer.
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Post by the_chemist » Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:46 pm

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1) The synth that made you want to play music:

Korg Delta. Not the prettiest sounding machine, but I played one when I was around 18 or so and loved it. I had no real idea what I was doing but I loved it.

2) Your first synth:

Roland JX-1.

3) The synth that has surprised you most:

Juno 106 without a functioning Chorus. Thin sounding, the chorus needs to be there.

4) The synth that has disappointed you most:

Roland JX-1. Sounded quite bad in retrospect, made a good controller however.

5) The synth you love most:

Jupiter 6. Not as weighty sounding as a Jupiter 8, not as sraight forward as the Junos. A strange machine that never really gets talked about.

6) The synth you've gigged with the most:

Yamaha MX-61. Not the prettiest, but versatile.

7) THE synth you really would like to own:

Super Jupiter.

8) Your newest synth:

Plugout 106.

9) The next synth you are going to buy:

Sledge 2 or Deepmind 6.

10) The synth with the best filter:

OB-8.

11) Favorite synth manufacturer:

Roland.

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Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

Post by Kenneth » Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:53 pm

it's been a few years since I replied to this thread, and, since my feelings towards certain models have changed and I've bought and sold several more than I had back then, I'll do this again! so here goes:

1) The synth that made you want to play music: I said something about Kraftwerk's "Computerwelt" last time, about how it was the first thing I ever heard that made me go "I want to do that". I think that's still accurate, though I'm not sure what they used on that album, so I don't know if I can use that as an answer. I suppose diving into their catalogue revealed a lot of really warm, thick Moog bass tones that I thought were just gorgeous, so I'll use that as my answer. I know they used a Minimoog, a Polymoog, and a Micromoog in the late 70s so any of those three could act as my answer.

2) Your first synth: MicroKorg. I got into making music with a pirated version of FL Studio circa 2006 and quickly decided that I wanted a hardware instrument to play, and back then there wasn't a plethora of analog stuff on the market, so I went for the obvious choice. the edit system was pretty clunky so I can't say it was a great intro to synthesis.

3) The synth that has surprised you most: Yamaha AN1x (when I had one). I just couldn't believe some of the thick tones I could get out of that thing. Pushing the amp feedback a bit gives you really rich analog-esque sound, but then you can do DX-style FM synthesis in the same patch. the edit system is well laid out enough so that you can achieve some quite complex and convincing sounds with minimal effort, and I always thought that it had an unusually wide sweet spot. considering everything it's capable of, it's pretty amazing how hard it it to make it sound bad. I regret selling mine and I'd like to buy it back one day.


4) The synth that has disappointed you most:
Probably the MFB Dominion I. I liked the sound enough, but I thought it was pretty generic in a Yamaha CS-5 kind of way (with more oscillators and filter types), and the build quality is pretty bad. I also remember the keyboard being extremely bouncy, to the point where it was hard to avoid re-triggering notes even if I played softly.

5) The synth you love most: The Juno-60. I know it is a cliche at this point, and sure it's quite limited (I also own a DX7 and thoroughly enjoy that as a sound-designer's canvas), but the basic tone of the thing is just so pure and wholesome, I can't think of anything bad to say about it. every sound that emanates from it fills me with joy and reminds me why I love synthesizers, and it's so simple and easy to program that I don't get hung up on making new sounds and that helps me focus on just making music. that's hard to argue with.

6) The synth you've gigged with the most: Korg Monologue. I'm with a band now, since the last time I answered, and we do a lot of 80s-style, DEVO-influenced new-wave type stuff, and the Monologue has been my main synth for that project. I've got my gripes with it, as it is far from perfect, but I struggle to replace it with something else simply because it is so small and simple. on top of that, it is a perfectly fine sounding instrument. not brilliant, but good enough.

7) THE synth you really would like to own: A CS-80 would be great. So would a Jupiter 8, or a Minimoog, or a 2600, or a DX-1, or a Synclavier.... I don't know. it's hard to pick just one of these because honestly I haven't played many of them. but I suppose out of the synths I have played and do not own, the Jupiter 8 takes the cake.

8) Your newest synth: I've had the Juno-60 since June, so I guess that's my newest one. I've slowed down buying and selling a bit, because I think I have a good idea of what I like now. as I said before, the Juno has already become a favorite of mine, and it might even be the one I kept if I had to sell everything else (or if my house burned down and I only had time to grab one before escaping with my life). it's been in the shop for a few weeks though; I'm having the Tubbutec Juno-66 mod installed on it for MIDI and extra functions like glide and chord modes. I can't wait to have it back.

9) The next synth you are going to buy: it will probably be a while before I buy another. I'm in a place now where I think all my bases are covered quite well, but I also know myself well enough to be able to admit that I certainly will buy another synth in my life. I don't really need it, but the Moog Matriarch has really grabbed my attention since it was announced earlier this year. those videos with Lisa Bella Donna have been absolutely stunning, and I wouldn't mind selling off some of my stuff to fund one.

10) The synth with the best filter: I've always loved the MS-20 for its high-pass/low-pass combo and the scope of sound design possibilities present when you adjust the resonance and cutoff of each so that they start to break each other up like some kind of cross-mod drive.

11) Favorite synth manufacturer: whoever does something new and exciting, and doesn't pander to trends or the mass-market. I think Bastl has done some really interesting things recently with the Thyme; Novation keeps updating the BS2 which I think is a very respectable thing to do instead of just coming out with new hardware; Moog just released the Matriarch which is the most interesting modern analog synth in my eyes. Out of the synths I've had though, Yamaha makes some of the most robust, pretty-looking, great sounding, fun-to-play instruments I've ever used. the DX7 is one of my all-time favorites. so, them I guess.
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