Cheap(est) analogue synths - recommendations please?

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Post by clubbedtodeath » Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:00 pm


We already have one 'analogue versus blah' thread, let's not have another.

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Post by Jack Spider » Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:40 pm

Not to mention that Henry has specified that he wants an analogue synth.

Up your budget, Henry!
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Post by ramos » Mon Jul 14, 2008 1:06 pm

One of the Korg Poly's or a Juno-6
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Post by Phenom » Mon Jul 14, 2008 1:38 pm

I quite like Poly 61s, but they're really unpopular and go for cheap. The Alpha Juno 1 is a great little synth and goes for around £100, the HS10 is exactly the same synth, and I seen one of those go a few weeks ago on Ebay UK for under a hundred. The Poly 800 goes for very cheap and can sound ok, but I don't think it's all that much fun. I've seen JX's 3p and 8p go for under a hundred too, so the situation isn't hopeless.

As for monos I bought a CS01 a couple of years ago for about £70, but when I sold it on it went for close to 200. It's an expensive time to get into analogue I'm afraid. How about a BassStation rack £100-150, they've got nice features and a killer filter.

In terms of weirdness... weirdness stems from flexibility, and on analogue synths flexibility costs.

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Post by Mooger5 » Tue Jul 15, 2008 1:24 am

My first real synthesizer was a Korg DW-6000 and it´s what I recommend as you might get one for really cheap these days. It´s been overshadowed by the 8000 for apparently obvious reasons as the truth is it´s quite a powerful synth, capable of a wide range of sounds.
Search the database for the specifications. I´ll add this synth has got one of the best sounding true analogue filters around.
It´s very good at unison lead lines, harmonically rich pads and choirs, the sweetest strings I´ve heard and window-rattling basses.
For an early hybrid it´s good at emulating acoustic instruments and generating some crazy sound effects.
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Post by Reverend Sunrise » Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:26 pm

Have really been surprised by the diversity and quality of sounds that I've programmed from the Jx-8p. Would take this over a Juno anyday. Not just pants-wetting pads and strings. Pretty sweet-a*s basses, though obviously not Moog-phat or anything. Sync leads and bell type s**t are solid. With the PG, programming is straight-f**k instant gratification. I recommend it highly to anyone, as I've heard many others do. Still the value of all values in my experience.

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Post by sacredcow » Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:51 am

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