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MIDI synth to reproduce classic vintage synths

Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:10 am
by tris72
Hi, I am almost new to synth world and I need an advice on which synthesizer best suits my needs.

I have a big collection of old computers (e.g. Commodore 64, Amiga, Apple II) and of musical keyboards that are meant to attach to those computers to turn them into synthesizers making also use of proprietary software.
Most of this keyboards and softwares are pre-MIDI, but some are MIDI compatible and this is where a synthesizer may help: I would use its MIDI Out capability to control the software on the computer, mainly to “compose” a piece of music.
The most interesting use would be its capability to reproduce vintage synthesizers’ sounds (e.g. Moog, ARP, Prophet) controlled by the computer via its MIDI In port.

So, my question is: which (hardware) synthesizer would you suggest me to buy in order to have MIDI In and Out compatibility and the availability of many vintage synthesizers’ sounds as presets/tones bank?

I was thinking of buying a Yamaha DX7-II or an Arturia but, please, share your thoughts.

Thanks,
Tris72

Re: MIDI synth to reproduce classic vintage synths

Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:09 am
by ItsMeOnly
What's your budget? If you like Moog, there's a lot from Moog itself (MM Voyager, Phatty, Model D) - if you're low on cash, Behringer is about to release MM clone. Then there's Dave Smith for Sequential Circuits (Prophets etc.). Also you have analog synths and VA emulations from Korg (MS series, ARP re-releases, MOSS), Yamaha (AN1x as Prophet 5 v. 3), Roland (JP, JD, JX). For small budget, Behringer has released their "Juno-on-steroids" Deep Mind 12, which seems to be rather good. Almost everything I mentioned is MIDI-equipped, too.

Bear in mind, that many of current workstation have pretty solid filters, that can emulate their analog counterparts.

PS.: You'll have hard time emulating analog synthesizers on a DX.

Re: MIDI synth to reproduce classic vintage synths

Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:45 am
by gcoudert
Roland JV-1080 module or keyboard equivalent (XP-80) but only with the Vintage Synth card.

Re: MIDI synth to reproduce classic vintage synths

Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:32 pm
by meatballfulton
tris72 wrote:a synthesizer may help: I would use its MIDI Out capability to control the software on the computer, mainly to “compose” a piece of music.
You don't need a synthesizer, any keyboard with a standard MIDI OUT jack (not just a USB connection) will work for that purpose. While many inexpensive controller keyboards today lack real MIDI jacks, some still do. Or buy any vintage synth, portable keyboard, organ or stage piano that's really cheap and has a MIDI OUT jack. It doesn't even matter if it makes sound any more as long as the MIDI functions still work.