cheap interesting synths

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cheap interesting synths

Post by magredc6 » Mon Aug 24, 2009 5:35 am

anyone have some ideas for cheap synths that are interesting. im saying like under $200. stuff that has fun and some quirky sounds or has unusual properties and things like that.

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Re: cheap interesting synths

Post by plikestechno » Mon Aug 24, 2009 7:25 am

Although this topic has been done nine billion times the under $200 market is always getting smaller and smaller. Just try typing "cheap" in the search engine.

For around $200 I would most def recommend a Casio CZ, Especially a 5000 or CZ-1 if it comes your way.

Alpha Juno 1, 2 or MKS-50

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But the CZs would be the most interesting by far.
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Re: cheap interesting synths

Post by clusterchord » Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:57 pm

ditto on MKS50.


sometimes you can run into a Matrix1000 locally for little above this figure.. thats a positively interesting board. can get complex, deep. just need an editor.
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Re: cheap interesting synths

Post by mcomeg » Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:55 pm

Unless things have changed drastically in the past couple years, the Korg DW8000 is a good bet. I got one for $100 in 2005. Then I underestimated it and sold it. Oops. Maybe you won't make the same mistake.
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Re: cheap interesting synths

Post by HideawayStudio » Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:58 pm

clusterchord wrote:ditto on MKS50.


sometimes you can run into a Matrix1000 locally for little above this figure.. thats a positively interesting board. can get complex, deep. just need an editor.
I wouldn't say the MKS-50 is that cheap - at least not in Europe. It's a cracking good little analog rack synth - especially with a programmer. I've had one in the studio for years now.

I have a DW-8000 - which has also been suggested above - it's lovely synth, great for leads BUT again it's not that cheap.

The CZs are cheap - and I must admit I've been tempted on several occassions - it would have to be cheap though. They are capable of some pretty off the wall sounds and well as some seriously cheezy organs. For me it would have to be the CZ5000. Mind you, even these are becoming more difficult to find in this price range.

A very cheap TG-33 is interesting - it's one of Dave Smith's lesser known synths and is a vector synth. One of these for $50 would be well worth it - like an ultra cheap Wavestation.

You can sometimes find JX-3Ps for this kind of money - in my opinion the best buy out of everything stated above so far. Despite it's almost toy like looks it's a lovely warm analog and if you can find a programmer at a later date - even better!

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Re: cheap interesting synths

Post by plikestechno » Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:13 pm

Also stay away from the multitude of cheap DIY noise synths that you can find on Ebay. I bought a few of these when I was getting into synths. They all sound the same and the only one actually remotely useful and the only one I kept was the Bugbrand Board Weevil.
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Re: cheap interesting synths

Post by Murderhausen » Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:29 pm

You can get a synth with 3 oscs, 3 LFOs, and 4 ENVs with an analogue filter for approximately $200. It's the ESQ1 by Ensoniq.
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Re: cheap interesting synths

Post by Ashe37 » Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:39 pm

My recent purchases:

MKS-50, $100
ESQm, $150

There's several in this range. You'll see the ESQ keyboard, SQR module, Alpha Juno 1 and 2, and occasionally a JX-3p all in the sub-$200 range.

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Re: cheap interesting synths

Post by Z » Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:24 am

Kawai K3 / K3M - digital wave synth with analog filters

+1 on Casio CZ series

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Re: cheap interesting synths

Post by Stab Frenzy » Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:59 am

Korg Poly-800 and a few guitar pedals. You'll get a sound nobody else has because it's paraphonic and nobody will have the exact same pedals as you.

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Re: cheap interesting synths

Post by c.circuits » Tue Aug 25, 2009 2:53 am

Stab Frenzy wrote:Korg Poly-800 and a few guitar pedals. You'll get a sound nobody else has because it's paraphonic and nobody will have the exact same pedals as you.


Don't forget the Moog Slayer mod.

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Re: cheap interesting synths

Post by Sir Nose » Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:47 pm

I got an Elka Solist 505 locally off Craigslist for $50. There are 3 or 4 sounds that are worth $50 alone. I find the filter cutoff to be extremely expressive. There are not many on the market so finding one might be tough. Also, the range of sounds that you can produce is fairly limited.
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Re: cheap interesting synths

Post by calyx93 » Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:17 pm

ESQ-1/M - no doubt about it. if you really get into programming, you'll be astounded. trust.

ditto for the DX-7
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Re: cheap interesting synths

Post by crystalmsc » Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:27 am

WavestationSR and the E-mu Morpheus are sometime being sold for cheap just because of the "looking through the Key hole" type interface. With an editor or a controller, both are actually wonderful hardware. The WavestationSR sounds way better than the Legacy Digital, which I also like. I have compared the Keyboard, the module and the software side by side. There are no comparisons..but both complementing each other, I'm using the Legacy Digital whenever looking for a cleaner, thinner type of Wavestation sound. The Keyboard version sounds best, that I keep one standard and another EX version.
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Re: cheap interesting synths

Post by tom Cadillac » Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:43 am

Glad the bugbrand thing has respect - I'v been scared of the cheap 'homemade' ebay stuff - though I once got another that was useful - too long ago to remember the maker (though he was great to deal with) - it just has 6 printed on it - 6 osc and 2 lfos - you twist the knobs and the drone pulses interestingly. I think anyone who gets a good one should post about it.
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