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synth recommendations

Post by glenno » Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:40 pm

hi everyone

Can anyone recommend some good synths to buy or track down to get good lead sounds that are very expressive similar to vangelis 70's or 80's sounds with plenty of aftertouch and other hands on expression .Sounds that are mellow and expressive rather than modern heavy dance sounds.

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Re: synth recommendations

Post by rhino » Mon Sep 13, 2010 3:20 pm

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My first thoughts are the Korg Prophecy and the Yamaha VL-1.

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Re: synth recommendations

Post by CS_TBL » Mon Sep 13, 2010 3:22 pm

Hardware? Software? Module? Keyboard model? First synth? Studio expansion? Price range? Preset box? Program-it-yourself box?

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Re: synth recommendations

Post by bhrama » Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:08 pm

rhino wrote:Expressive sounds come from technique - not gear.

I like this

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Re: synth recommendations

Post by CS_TBL » Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:18 pm

More specific: expressive sounds come from synthesis functionality: the way controllers (key, AT, Mod, PB etc.) influence loudness, pitch and sound color.
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Re: synth recommendations

Post by ImperatorDX » Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:55 pm

Real time control functionality is only half of the solution. For Vangelis' 70's and 80's leads you need a synth with full, homogeneous sound, which rules out the modern digital, software and VA synths. Of course, many people try to recreate these sounds with digital technology but it always sounds inferior.

Ensoniq ESQ-1 and SQ-80 are an exception - they sound homogeneous despite having digital wave generators but they have limited realtime control. I would avoid Moogs as they tend to sound too in-your-face while Vangelis' sound is more introspective. I'd recommend an ARP Pro Soloist, Korg Minikorg, Korg M-500 or Yamaha Sy-1.
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Re: synth recommendations

Post by Hybrid88 » Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:24 pm

Well, since there is no mention of budget, you could always get a CS-80 - I've heard they can be pretty expressive...

...but seriously, a Prosoloist would be perfect for what you're looking for ;)

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Re: synth recommendations

Post by 101 Force » Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:19 pm

As far as fairly inexpensive, digital synthesizers go, I'd recommend the Roland D-50/D-550. You can coax analogue-like tones out of it in a similar vein to Vangelis or Kitaro, and it can create complex pads and sounds similar to real instruments that wouldn't otherwise be possible with an analogue synthesizer that would probably work well for you. Looking over VSE's page for the D-50/D-550 I see both Vangelis and Kitaro are listed as users, in fact.

Classic analogue polysynths like the Roland MKS-80, Oberheim OB-X, Oberheim OB-Xa and the Oberheim OB-8 can all achieve similar sounds quite easily, as well as the famous Yamaha CS-80, Yamaha CS-70m and Yamaha CS-50 synthesizers.

There's plenty of software synthesizers that would work well for you, among which I suggest you check out the excellent (and free) Green Oak Crystal.
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Re: synth recommendations

Post by JJQ » Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:52 pm

bhrama wrote:
rhino wrote:Expressive sounds come from technique - not gear.

I like this

Nope. Thats wrong. I play like c**p, but what I do with my CS-50 sounds expressive and very Vangelis. :D
And the CS-50s are pretty cheap to.
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Re: synth recommendations

Post by Stab Frenzy » Tue Sep 14, 2010 3:58 am

This should be in Buyers Guide and should also contain enough information for people to actually help you, rather than just randomly say the names of synths.

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Re: synth recommendations

Post by sqweebking » Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:01 am

Roland Super JX-10, if the aftertouch is still working its a very expressive and beautiful sounding board.

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Re: synth recommendations

Post by tom Cadillac » Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:17 pm

Maybe the Dve Smith mopho keyboard?

Its a bit of an unknown quantity yet. But I'd say it shines at expressive leads. The aftertouch and keyboard action is v good. But it may well be too agressive for what you want.?

Heh! - at least you can go in a shop and check it out!

Going by what's written about synths is a hard way to tell if you actually will like them.
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Re: synth recommendations

Post by cartesia » Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:39 am

ImperatorDX wrote:homogeneous sound
Trying to figure out what you mean by this...

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Re: synth recommendations

Post by Phenom » Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:23 pm

Maybe a JP8000, cheap, plenty around and have read from people in the know that well programmed, it's still the best VA synth for CS80 impersonations. (I remember not being wholly convinced by its Chariots preset, but I'm told it can do a lot better with good programming).

The ribbon controller would probably be really useful for these sounds too.

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Re: synth recommendations

Post by Bohemian86 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 4:13 am

Seconding the SQ-80, SY-1, and Prosoloist. The early korg synths of course are good as well. Vangelis used a 700s for a while I believe. They dont have aftertouch however.

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