Buying my first synth (Moog Sub37, DSI P6, DSI Rev2)

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Buying my first synth (Moog Sub37, DSI P6, DSI Rev2)

Postby KinijAjaw » Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:20 pm

Hi,

I decided to buy myself an analog synth for xmas. Which leaves me only about a day or two decide ;)

I experimented with a volca keys the past 6 months and had great fun with it, although I'm also an absolute beginner with music & piano in every other way. I love the volca, but it's usually a very limited sound spectrum that I really like and use. Time for a big synth with a proper keyboard.
I will eventually buy all of them :lol: but saving money takes a lot of time.

Unfortunately there is no shop around where I live to actually try the synth before buying and compare. So I mainly rely on YouTube videos watching and listening to others and I particularly liked the sounds of the following ones:

* Moog Sub(sequent) 37
* DSI Prophet 6
* DSI Rev2
* Roland Juno 60

I guess, I wont go for the Roland as my first, because of its prices on ebay and its lack of Midi. I use Midi a lot with the volca, because I'm still too bad on the keyboards.
About the Moog: I absolutely love how it sounds (and looks), but from the videos I listend to, it sounds always almost the same or lets say very similar. So I wonder if its a good "first" synth versatilitywise. I know it's a Mono, but thats probably ok.
Between the two DSIs I think I prefer the sound of the Prophet 6, but the pricetag of the Rev2. Though I read that the build quality and keys of the Prophet 6 are far better. I know that many praise the versatility of the Rev2, but in most of the demos I saw I wasn't convinced by its sound until I stumbled upon a vid of the "once upon a synth" guy on YouTube which put the Rev2 back on my list.

About my preferred genres: I'd say mostly synth wave with only little use of drum machines. I like Carpenter, Brian Eno, some of the stuff Moroder and Jan Hammer did back in the day. And perhaps how video game soundtracks of the 80s would have sounded if they had access to modern playback techniques.

Any ideas where to start from people who own(ed) one or two of these synths?
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Re: Buying my first synth (Moog Sub37, DSI P6, DSI Rev2)

Postby meatballfulton » Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:29 pm

KinijAjaw wrote: I read that the build quality and keys of the Prophet 6 are far better


That is BS. They are made by the same mfr. The P6 only costs more because it has more analog components. The only difference in the keys is that the P6 has less of them...49 vs. 61 on the Rev2.

The Moog is monophonic. That means one note at a time...no chords!

As your first synth after a Volca, I would take the Rev2 hands down. It has far more functionality than the P6, so you it will take you a lot farther. Plus it's much cheaper.
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Re: Buying my first synth (Moog Sub37, DSI P6, DSI Rev2)

Postby Ashe37 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:23 pm

plus if you want to there's a cheaper less-voice version of the Rev2.
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Re: Buying my first synth (Moog Sub37, DSI P6, DSI Rev2)

Postby KinijAjaw » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:10 pm

Yes, the Rev2-8 would be about the same price as the Subsequent 37 and both of course less expensive than the P6.
I think I wouldn't buy the "big" Rev2-16 anyway and safe the money, as its' a long way until I'll even manage 6 keys at a time.

Thanks for the advice so far. Not being able to play chords with the Moog is something that bothers me.
But I'll give myself a couple more minutes until hit the buy button ;)
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Re: Buying my first synth (Moog Sub37, DSI P6, DSI Rev2)

Postby Ashe37 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:14 pm

2-voice (and more) unison, and layering, mean you can end up using multiple voices per key.
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Re: Buying my first synth (Moog Sub37, DSI P6, DSI Rev2)

Postby KinijAjaw » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:44 am

Thanks, guys!
The Rev2-8 is on its way.
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