Which synth should I get for $700 or less...

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Which synth should I get for $700 or less...

Post by Omniant » Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:19 pm

I've already got EP sounds and Pads covered. I'm looking for suggestions for something with good leads (but not purely monophonic) and other cool expressive sounds. Not really looking for something that is ONLY good after thorough editing. If it has built in effects that would be good as well (but not absolutely necessary). I'm also using this in a band/live environment so take that into consideration as well. Take the Nord Lead's out of the equation because although I love the layout, I cant stand the sounds. I've considered the Radias because you can get them very cheap now but of the demo's I've heard I wasn't really impressed with them either.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Re: Which synth should I get for $700 or less...

Post by MIDI_Thru_Kid » Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:09 pm

Man, if you could FIND a Radias for $700 or less, I would look into that. The synthesis, I think is VERY good, and you can get some REALLY think leads, stacking all the voices and timbres together.

Are you looking at getting specifically analog or digital?

Maybe look into Roland's new GAIA? Or their SH-201? They've been getting a lot of flack and critisism, but they aren't bad for digital synths. The GAIA is QUITE good at making some cool leads.
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Re: Which synth should I get for $700 or less...

Post by Omniant » Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:44 pm

I'm really open to analog or digital. Don't particularly have a preference as long as it sounds good.

Well Radias got its price slashed since its discontinued. I know for a fact I can get a used one for $550.

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Re: Which synth should I get for $700 or less...

Post by monolith » Wed Oct 06, 2010 1:10 am

Definitely try the Radias out in person, before you decide you don't like the sound.
You haven't mentioned MIDI, so what about a Juno-60 (which can be midi retrofit) or a Juno-106 (midi, has an easily accessible unison mode and Portamento)

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Re: Which synth should I get for $700 or less...

Post by b3groover » Wed Oct 06, 2010 1:18 am

Blofeld.

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Re: Which synth should I get for $700 or less...

Post by RD9 » Wed Oct 06, 2010 1:22 am

MS2000! I've been seeing so many around for cheap.

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Re: Which synth should I get for $700 or less...

Post by jeeroj » Wed Oct 06, 2010 1:25 am

Omniant wrote: Not really looking for something that is ONLY good after thorough editing.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
do you mean in a ROMpler way or in a 303 way?
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Re: Which synth should I get for $700 or less...

Post by Omniant » Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:06 pm

Jeeroj due to my noobism I'm unable to translate your dialect.

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Re: Which synth should I get for $700 or less...

Post by sequentialsoftshock » Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:38 pm

Omniant wrote:Jeeroj due to my noobism I'm unable to translate your dialect.
I believe what he means is (and this interpreting his opinion, not my own) this- With a ROMpler you need to process it just to sound good, and with a 303, it gets processed to add to it and not because it sounds good.
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Re: Which synth should I get for $700 or less...

Post by Omniant » Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:42 pm

Ah yes, thank you for being my VSE rosetta stone.

I guess my answer then would be in a 303 way. I'm not looking for a synth which sounds terrible but can sound amazing through editing. I want something that's at least RELATIVELY plug and play. Everything I'm doing is live and I just don't have the time to spend countless hours creating single patches.

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Re: Which synth should I get for $700 or less...

Post by jeeroj » Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:46 pm

I've no idea what i was on about either! :lol: I don't remember posting this but I do remember having a few cider's last night :drinks:

What I think I meant was something to do with having sounds/patches ready to go so you don't need to fiddle with them whereas a 303 always wants some knob tweaking going on.

quite what this has to do with your question, I don't know......:-?
wish i could offer a better explanation lol
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Re: Which synth should I get for $700 or less...

Post by Omniant » Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:58 pm

No I think its a reasonable question. But yea I'm looking for something with sounds/patches ready to go. Anyone know if a Virus KC is obtainable for around $700? I played around with one a few years ago and loved it but I have a feeling they're still over $1k.

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Re: Which synth should I get for $700 or less...

Post by Phenom » Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:37 pm

Wouldn't say the Juno 60 or 106 are great lead synths, the alpha Juno is capable of interesting things tho, but require work so maybe not plug in and play like you asked for.

MS2000 does great leads, the lead presets aren't to my taste, but it only takes the spin of a knob to get something nice.

The JP8000 has a different flavour of leads, less plumby maybe, but have a nice quality to them and lots of definition.

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Re: Which synth should I get for $700 or less...

Post by Malpine Walis » Fri Oct 08, 2010 3:44 pm

Omniant wrote:No I think its a reasonable question. But yea I'm looking for something with sounds/patches ready to go. Anyone know if a Virus KC is obtainable for around $700? I played around with one a few years ago and loved it but I have a feeling they're still over $1k.

A couple of questions:

Are you willing to go for a deal on ebay?

Are you thinking that you must have something by a certain date?

This may just be me but if you are willing to check ebay every couple of days and keep in mind that there is nothing there that you simply must have, the deal will show up sooner or later.

Right now there is a virus C rack unit on buy it now for $775. If you want to gamble a bit, it is currently at $400 with a secret reserve price. Three days left and only seven bids means that unless there is someone waiting to snipe it, you can proxy bid to pop the reserve price and it can be yours for whatever the guy has in mind. Of course you will need a keyboard/controller for that.

Or if you are willing to just check every couple of days, another similar deal will turn up at some point. The only thing is that nobody can say if that means a week or three months but it will happen eventually.
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Re: Which synth should I get for $700 or less...

Post by Omniant » Fri Oct 08, 2010 4:33 pm

Absolutely willing to do it on ebay. Most of the gear I've purchased since I can remember has been on eBay and no, there is no absolute particular I'm looking for (which is why I made this thread), nor do I absolutely need it by a certain date. I'll have to check that Virus out.

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