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Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:47 pm
by Jabberwalky
Questions:
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:

5) The synth you love most:

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

7) THE synth you really would like to own:

8) Your newest synth:

9) The next synth you are going to buy:

10) The synth with the best filter:

11) Favorite synth manufacturer:

I'll start
1) The synth that made you want to play music:
Minikorg700. One of my first synths, and the moment I used it and played some leads on a few tracks I was hooked.

2) Your first synth:
An Oberheim Matrix6 that I was completely baffled by. Not a good first synth, but sounded pretty cool.

3) The synth that has surprised you most:
The Novation Ultranova. This synth just looks kinda meh, kind of plain. It's incredible deep, and capable of some wild things. It's like a PPG, or Evolver on steroids.

4) The synth that has disappointed you most:
Moog Prodigy. Looks great. Has a cool layout. That's about it imo. Very basic and limited without a unique character I thought stood out.

5) The synth you love most:
Minikorg700s. Nothing comes close to it's uniquely f'd up sound. It's versatile in ways you wouldn't expect. My favorite filter too.

6) The synth you've gigged with the most:
Yamaha An1x. Great sound, great keys, and overall a workhorse for live use. I might retire mine soon though because it needs some pot and tact switch love.

7) THE synth you really would like to own:
I still want a Prophet 5. Maybe someday. Talking Heads got me into it years ago.

8) Your newest synth:
Korg Monologue. This thing is incredibly fun. Sounds really good. Has the best layout and form factor. Really enjoying it.

9) The next synth you are going to buy:
Karp Odyssey. It's already on the way. I've always wanted one. People like John Foxx and Kraftwerk have been a big influence, so I'm pretty excited about it.

10) The synth with the best filter:
The Ms20 has the craziest and most interesting filter I think. resonant high pass is amazing.

11) Favorite synth manufacturer:
Korg all day!

Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:39 pm
by philip
Questions:
1) The synth that made you want to play music:Silly,I'll skip that.I came from a classical music.

2) Your first synth:Korg IS35(made in italy)

3) The synth that has surprised you most: It was the Z1, I was just like, WTF!?!?This is the best ever dig synth I've ever heard

4) The synth that has disappointed you most: Moog Prodigy(( It's just boring and uninspiring

5) The synth you love most:Juno 106(of course)

6) The synth you've gigged with the most:none

7) THE synth you really would like to own:dunno.maybe the PS3300

8) Your newest synth:the DX1

9) The next synth you are going to buy:pretty sure, it will be the JP8 or some mono,like the 770 or new minimoog d

10) The synth with the best filter:the CS70m

11) Favorite synth manufacturer:Roland

Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:50 pm
by Hubaswift
Neat idea!

1) The synth that made you want to play music:
JX-3P The built in sequencer makes it a lot of fun to make a simple repeating bassline and try out ideas over it. The controls aren't too numerous so you end up playing it a lot rather than fiddling with knobs.

2) Your first synth:
MicroKorg, got it for Christmas. At the time all I new how to do was click presets. Only about 2 years later did I become addicted with it when I discovered that I could actually make my own sounds.

3) The synth that has surprised you most:
My MU modular. Seems like every time I create a patch on it I get surprised with some weird new sound!

4) The synth that has disappointed you most:
Eurorack modular. I was going to get an euro setup, but just to make sure I liked eurorack, I decided to make a journey out to the nearest big city to try one in their music store. I didn't like it very much at all. Felt very cramped and unfocused. All the different styles, colors, and fonts made it look a bit horrendous too. That's all just my opinion though.

5) The synth you love most:
That's like asking a parent which child they like most, I can't do it!

6) The synth you've gigged with the most:
JX-3P, definitely.

7) THE synth you really would like to own:
any from the Korg PS-3xxx series, probably the PS-3300

8) Your newest synth:
I actually can't remember, Is that a good thing? I got a few modules for my MU modular about 4 months ago if that counts.

9) The next synth you are going to buy:
The DSI 16-voice Rev2 looks very tempting!

10) The synth with the best filter:
I, like many, love the sound of the Moog transistor ladder filter, my synthesizers.com one sounds great!

11) Favorite synth manufacturer:
Probably Roland, just for their Jupiter series, great synths. I do also like Korg for their simplistic design in terms of circuitry. They've done some very creative things to save costs in the past.

Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:17 pm
by desmond
philip wrote:8) Your newest synth:the DX1

9) The next synth you are going to buy:pretty sure, it will be the JP8


You just won the thread, for me... ;)

Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:30 pm
by gcoudert
1) The synth that made you want to play music:
I didn't know it then but they were an Oberheim poly from the OB range and a Yamaha CS80.

2) Your first synth:
Roland Juno 60 (1985)

3) The synth that has surprised you most:
Korg Wavestation

4) The synth that has disappointed you most:
Roland D70

5) The synth you love most:
That I (have) own(ed): Roland Fantom X
Never owned: Roland Jupiter 8

6) The synth you've gigged with the most:
Yamaha DX7

7) THE synth you really would like to own:
Roland Jupiter 8 and/or SCI Prophet 10

8) Your newest synth:
Roland Fantom X7

9) The next synth you are going to buy:
I am quite tempted by a first generation V-Synth

10) The synth with the best filter:
Very subjective but I like the JP8's and the Prophet 5's filters

11) Favorite synth manufacturer:
I'm a huge Roland fan for the sounds, features and looks of their products, but their lack of continued support for their customers and products is shocking. I have owned gear from other manufacturers as well!

Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:13 am
by abruzzi
1) The synth that made you want to play music:

Synths didn't make me want to play music. I love synths, but I love piano and violin more.

2) Your first synth:

Roland MT32. First and last Roland.

3) The synth that has surprised you most:

Korg EX8000. Sounds surprisingly good for a basic, simple synth.

4) The synth that has disappointed you most:

Yamaha FS1R. It's like watching p**n. It looks good, but you'll never get there on your own.

5) The synth you love most:

Tie: Kurzweil K2661 or Yamaha VL-1

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

Kurzweil K2vx

7) THE synth you really would like to own:

Yamaha VP-1

8) Your newest synth:

E-mu Proteus 2000 with world ROM.

9) The next synth you are going to buy:

Probably a local Arp Omni.

10) The synth with the best filter:

Yamaha DX7 ;)

11) Favorite synth manufacturer:

Tie: Kurzweil or Yamaha.

Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:32 am
by Broadwave
1) The synth that made you want to play music:

ARP Odyssey - Influenced by Ultravox, John Foxx & Magazine

2) Your first synth:

Transcendent 2000 (Self built from a kit in 1979)

3) The synth that has surprised you most:

Novation Ultranova/Korg Kronos

4) The synth that has disappointed you most:

1. Oberheim OB12 - Flat and unresponsive. Nothing like I imagined it would be
2. Minimoog - Lack of modulation options and way too overrated IMHO

5) The synth you love most:

ARP2600

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

Jupiter 6/SCI Pro One (Ahh... those were the days)

7) THE synth you really would like to own:

None :o I'm happy with what I have

8) Your newest synth:

Broadwave Sparta

9) The next synth you are going to buy:

See answer to Q7 - But maybe Deepmind 12 if I'm pushed

10) The synth with the best filter:

ARP Odyssey MKI, 12dB - Sharp and aggressive

11) Favorite synth manufacturer:

Korg and the original ARP brand

Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:53 am
by Weirdofromouterspace
1) The synth that made you want to play music:

None. I had already played music (mainly guitar, plus some trombone) for about 17 or 18 years when I bought my first synth since I had the impression (which proved correct ;)) that some of of our guitar based rock band songs could do well with additional keyboard/organ/synth sounds.

2) Your first synth:

Yamaha DX21. I still have it today :).

3) The synth that has surprised you most:

Hard to tell, perhaps the Arturia MiniBrute. The range of sounds you can get out of this little thing is amazing.

4) The synth that has disappointed you most:

e-Mu ESI-32. Not because of its functionality or sound as such, but because the implied SCSI fiddling was a nightmare. Got rid of it quickly.

5) The synth you love most:

My self-built stuff, especially my MFOS Synth.

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

That's easy - the only synth I gigged with was the DX21 back in the 1990s. These days, it's home studio plus the occasional jam session with friends :).

7) THE synth you really would like to own:

Minimoog

8) Your newest synth:

TTSH (basically finished, currently it's calibrating & troubleshooting), and Jasper (still building it, I've roughly finished a third or so).

9) The next synth you are going to buy:

MFOS DIY Vocoder, if that counts?

10) The synth with the best filter:

Hard to tell because it's what we call "comparing apples with pears" in Germany. I'll skip this one.

11) Favorite synth manufacturer:

That'd be Korg.

Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:18 am
by ppg_wavecomputer
1) The synth that made you want to play music:

Moog Modular (Wendy Carlos, and a little later Tangerine Dream, ca. 1975)

2) Your first synth:

Korg MS-10 (loaned, 1987), Moog Prodigy (1988, still have it)

3) The synth that has surprised you most:

Roland JX-3P, Technics WSA-1

4) The synth that has disappointed you most:

Memory Moog, RSF Kobol 1/2, Serge Modular -- my expectations probably were a bit too high

5) The synth you love most:

Yamaha CS80

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

Mini Moog

7) THE synth you really would like to own:

Korg PS-3300, Synton Syrinx

8) Your newest synth:

Korg Wavestation EX, Emu E4XT

9) The next synth you are going to buy:

Oberheim Two Voice (black) -- when there is happy money to burn

10) The synth with the best filter:

Oberheim SEM

11) Favorite synth manufacturer:

PPG

What exactly do you mean by "newest"? My latest acquisition, or the youngest member of the bunch?

Stephen

Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:48 pm
by meatballfulton
1) The synth that made you want to play music:

Not a synth, it was seeing the Beatles first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. I played organ and bass for years before I got a synth.

2) Your first synth:

Casio CZ5000

3) The synth that has surprised you most:

Yamaha Motif XF...the longer I own it, the more things I find buried inside that I didn't know it could do. My latest find was that it can do wave sequencing.

4) The synth that has disappointed you most:

Korg Minilogue, although not sure why I bought it in the first place.

5) The synth you love most:

Motif XF

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

I've played less than a half dozen gigs, all with the XF.

7) THE synth you really would like to own:

Another synthesizers.com modular, but I can't afford one.

8) Your newest synth:

Make Noise Zero Coast

9) The next synth you are going to buy:

Probably none...I'm focusing on my bass playing again and the only reason I will ever buy another synth is becasue the ones I own now break down and need to be replaced.

10) The synth with the best filter:

Still a sucker for the Moog filter after all these years. I've owned a Slim Phatty and a Voyager RME.

11) Favorite synth manufacturer:

Dave Smith

Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:21 pm
by mini700
1) The synth that made you want to play music:
I was already playing music, but the sounds of the Minimoog on records was definitely an influence.

2) Your first synth:
Minikorg 700. Got it for next to nothing in the late-eighties. Still have it.

3) The synth that has surprised you most:
Probably the Moog Prodigy. You don’t have too many soundmaking choices, but it just sounds so damn good. Wish I had one.

4) The synth that has disappointed you most:
Probably the TB-303. But I plan to get really into it one day …

5) The synth you love most:
Korg Polysix. I never get tired of it.

6) The synth you've gigged with the most:
The Novation bassstation, on top of my Acetone-organ.

7) THE synth you really would like to own:
The Minimoog, but even more: A working Fender Rhodes Mark I.

8) Your newest synth:
The Korg MS-20 mini. It gets used a lot.

9) The next synth you are going to buy:
Don’t know, I think I have enough for now.

10) The synth with the best filter:
Moog or Korg.

11) Favorite synth manufacturer:
Korg.

Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:59 pm
by ninja6485
1) The synth that made you want to play music:

None of them. I grew up with music classes in school, but never really took to it, although I loved my toy Xylophone as a kid... I always knew I could make music, but didn't start until I got into heavy metal. Experimenting with some of my friend's instruments at the time inspired me to play the guitar, which made uo the majority of my early projects; but my evolving interests and creative ambition demanded I expand into more a more diverse arena.

2)my first synth:

I started with Cubase, and some plugins, but my first hardware Synth was the Korg Radias.

The synth that surprised you the most:

The akai s2000. Thought it was dirt cheap and basic, but ended up being extremely useful, deep, and reliable.

The synth that has disappointed you the most:

Probably the ESI 4000. It has a great reputation, and is very nice - when it decides it wants to work properly.

The Synth you love most:

Too many to list - I wouldn't want my other synths to get jealous ;). The sh 101 is definitely on the list though!

Synth you've gigged with the most:

I don't do gigs. But I have carted the radias around to various places. Held up well!

THE synth you would like to own:
Probably a Jupiter 8 - still after getting the JP-08.

Your newest synth:
The JP 08

The next synth you are going to buy:
Who knows!

The synth with the best filter:

Probably the Juno 60, or the TB 303

Favorite synth manufacturer:
For the synths themselves, it has to be Roland! For supporting gear like monitors, mixers, sequencers, etc it has to be Yamaha.

Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:08 pm
by Walter Ego
Fun thread! =D>

1) The synth that made you want to play music:
Probably DX-7 and MS-20. Why? Because everyone cool I was listening to in the late 90s had an MS-20. And Covenant rocks a DX-7 all over the place.

2) Your first synth:
Poly-800, baby. Still have it, now modded.

3) The synth that has surprised you most:
MicroKorg, hands down. Great for bread and butter, weaknesses and all. Great for learning synthesis too, if you just read the frikkin manual.

4) The synth that has disappointed you most:
This is relative, but the Juno-60. Probably because it's so popular, and because I downgraded from a Jupiter 6. Still one of the biggest regrets of my synth life. It was disappointing because of how limited it is (say, compared to a Jupiter). Don't get me wrong. It's a great synth with a great sound. But it has a limited range.

5) The synth you love most:
MS-20m. Such a powerful creative tool. More than just a synth.

6) The synth you've gigged with the most:
Juno-60.

7) THE synth you really would like to own:
Sequential Pro-One.

8) Your newest synth:
Small Aries 300 modular with a funktastic homemade analog sequencer. Raw germanium power. Simple but inspiring.

9) The next synth you are going to buy:
Probably Toraiz AS-1. I hear it's got Pro-One mojo.

10) The synth with the best filter:
MS-20. Naughty boy with serious attitude.

11) Favorite synth manufacturer:
Korg. Duh.

(I have such a man crush on Tats Takahashi)

Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:18 pm
by vin14
[quote="Jabberwalky"]Questions:
1) The synth that made you want to play music:
At the time I had little to know idea what synths were being used in the music I was influenced by.
In retrospect Odyssey, Minimoog, Jupiter 8 and various string machines like Solina, Performer, SS30.

2) Your first synth:
Korg Poly800 II

3) The synth that has surprised you most:
Yamaha CS5, I bought it because I wanted an old mono, and it was one of the few I could afford. It's much nicer than I was expecting.

4) The synth that has disappointed you most:
Korg Prophecy, just couldn't get to grips with it.

5) The synth you love most:
Like trying to choose your favourite child, the Alpha Juno 1 is the one I go back furthest with, but I'm quite font of all of them.

6) The synth you've gigged with the most:
I've only gigged twice, Alpha Juno 1 featured both times.

7) THE synth you really would like to own:
Jupiter 8

8) Your newest synth:
Minibrute

9) The next synth you are going to buy:
No idea, depends if something irresistible pops up in the loved used market.
If we're talking new I'd like a Prophet 6 or Odyssey FS, but I don't think it will happen.

10) The synth with the best filter:
That I own, Voyager Old School or Trident

11) Favorite synth manufacturer:
I've more Yamahas (4) that anything else, so perhaps that's the answer.

Re: Synths and You (the collection of opinions)

PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:49 pm
by HalloweenJack
1) The synth that made you want to play music:

At the time I didn't know much about synths, but I started with a Korg M1, I needed a workstation because my first band in the early 90s was a duo, the other guy was a guitarist so I needed a workstation with a sequencer and lots of sounds, from real instruments to synthetic ones, but I have to say that what I really wanted was a Korg MS20, I was in love with its sci fi look and acid sounds, but it was not the right tool for me

2) Your first synth:

Korg M1

3) The synth that has surprised you most:

DX7, everybody were raving about how difficult it was to edit, that it was a preset sounds machine, but actually when I learned how to program it I entered an amazing world of sonic wonders, it was incredible what I could obtain with this synth with some fx, I fell in love with FM synthesis and then purchased an FS1R, another wow! synth for me

4) The synth that has disappointed you most:

Korg M1, I discovered pretty soon that I was not interested in its romper side, also the filter was meh!

5) The synth you love most:

I have to say that I love all the synths that I own now, but FS1R and V Synth with their endless sonic possibilities have a special place in my music

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

I don't gig

7) THE synth you really would like to own:

EMS VCS3, mainly because I am a huge Brian Eno fan :lol:

8) Your newest synth:

Korg Arp Odyssey module

9) The next synth you are going to buy:

I am really tempted by Dave Smith Rev2, and every now and then I think about grabbing an Ensoniq Esq1

10) The synth with the best filter:

That I own: Korg Arp Odyssey the MK1 filter

11) Favorite synth manufacturer:

Roland and Dave Smith Instruments