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Post by Sir Nose » Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:11 pm

Compre this list for me. I know the major differences, but I'm sure there is a lot of insight you all can share.

MacBeth M3X
Moog Little Phatty
Waldorf micro Q
DSI Evolver
Novation BassStation

I am looking for a synth for tweeking out the low end. This will be my 1st synth. Looking to play bass leads on it in a live setting possibly using both a keyboard and a sequencer.

Thanks
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Re: Comp

Post by otto » Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:46 pm

:lol:

I’ll do that for you if you’ll compare these synths for me:
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Post by Sir Nose » Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:03 pm

My review would be of very little value since I would be extracting it from my butt.
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Post by GeneralBigbag » Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:49 pm

I think the point is that without knowing what you want to use the synths for (live with a band, studio recordings, what genre of music etc), all people could give you are spec sheets, and those are already online.
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Post by Solderman » Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:04 pm

Moog Little Phatty - I only like its overdriven bass sounds myself. Can't stand the leads on it.
Waldorf micro Q - Tried it once, walked off saying "It's no Virus". I'd much rather have a Microwave XT.
DSI Evolver - Always sounded like a wimpy modular to me. I'm sure it can be fun with the sequencer. The wavetables sound more interesting, so I passed on it.
Novation BassStation - Cheap and dull-sounding(as in not bright) analogue. The Moogy sounding 4 pole filter overdrives nicely, but that's about it. Get the rack for a cheap Midi to CV converter. You can buy mine for 80 bucks.

I don't know anything about the MacBeth M3X. Demos sound vintage-like but I read somewhere it can be awkward to use.
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Post by Sir Nose » Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:08 pm

GeneralBigbag wrote:I think the point is that without knowing what you want to use the synths for (live with a band, studio recordings, what genre of music etc), all people could give you are spec sheets, and those are already online.
It states that below the list.
But for more clarity:

Live as part of a band performing
Electromagnetic-Space-Funk
with my contribution focusing on the low end
with the ability to use both a keyboard and a sequencer to trigger notes
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Post by Sir Nose » Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:12 pm

Solderman wrote:Moog Little Phatty - I only like its overdriven bass sounds myself. Can't stand the leads on it.
Waldorf micro Q - Tried it once, walked off saying "It's no Virus". I'd much rather have a Microwave XT.
DSI Evolver - Always sounded like a wimpy modular to me. I'm sure it can be fun with the sequencer. The wavetables sound more interesting, so I passed on it.
Novation BassStation - Cheap and dull-sounding(as in not bright) analogue. The Moogy sounding 4 pole filter overdrives nicely, but that's about it. Get the rack for a cheap Midi to CV converter. You can buy mine for 80 bucks.

I don't know anything about the MacBeth M3X. Demos sound vintage-like but I read somewhere it can be awkward to use.
Thanks!!!
I am interested in your BassStation. Is there anything damaged or missing?
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Post by OriginalJambo » Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:40 am

The Moog LP rocks for bass. :thumbup:

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Post by crystalmsc » Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:57 am

Sir Nose wrote:Waldorf micro Q
sounds on the digital side which is a bit boomy/big sounding with less oomph. on the similar range, I would rather vote for the Korg Prophecy for a bass lead sound.
Sir Nose wrote:DSI Evolver
might pull some nice analog bass, but the hybrid side is what I'm digging. using the processing features such as the distortion and output hack might produce some basses from h**l or a vintage gaming machine.
Sir Nose wrote:Novation BassStation
some nice filter which might need some stronger sounding osc, but still sounds sweet. It might not be as big/raw as the others, but has certain spot or everyday character that I like. Work nice as an additional basic analog tone.
Sir Nose wrote:This will be my 1st synth. Looking to play bass leads on it in a live setting possibly using both a keyboard and a sequencer.
let's put the ION into the comparison, synth it has some nice bass lead sound and a knobby interface as a first synth.
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Re: Comp

Post by JSRockit » Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:48 pm

Sir Nose wrote:
I am looking for a synth for tweeking out the low end. This will be my 1st synth. Looking to play bass leads on it in a live setting possibly using both a keyboard and a sequencer.
No need for comparison... gte the LP and be done with it.
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Post by xibalba » Thu Dec 11, 2008 5:59 pm

Sir Nose wrote:Compre this list for me. I know the major differences, but I'm sure there is a lot of insight you all can share.

MacBeth M3X
Moog Little Phatty
Waldorf micro Q
DSI Evolver
Novation BassStation

I am looking for a synth for tweeking out the low end. This will be my 1st synth. Looking to play bass leads on it in a live setting possibly using both a keyboard and a sequencer.

Thanks
:D
im not even going to go in depth as there is plenty of info on all of them on here and google.

macbeth - nope no experience
waldorf - no experience either
Moog - loved it wish i never sold it, will have one again or some type of moog.
dsi evolver - had it, neat little "mono" synth good more for experimental not "norm" style sounds.
bass station - never had it but have always wanted one (keyboard version) seems like its a nice fun little synth.

i like a synth that doesnt have a lot going on so i would def go with the phatty or the bass station. the moog to me being the more serious one has an interface i love so damn simple and easy to get nice rich sounds.

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Re: Comp

Post by Sir Nose » Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:35 pm

I went with the LP. :D

An m3x ended on ebay last night for an extremely low price ~1000.
lowest I've seen publicly was 1400 with plenty selling over 1600. But it was a bit out of my price range.
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