whats a good mono analog synth under $500

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whats a good mono analog synth under $500

Post by bladerunner555 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:09 am

Thats the question..Please give me an answer... ;)

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Re: whats a good mono analog synth under $500

Post by CfNorENa » Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:08 am

Vintage: Roland SH-09; Yamaha CS-5 or CS-10 (you might even be able to swing a CS-15 at that price).

Old(ish): Waldorf Pulse.

Current: DSI Mopho (module) etc. etc.

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Re: whats a good mono analog synth under $500

Post by sqweebking » Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:23 am

Novation Bass Station
DSI Evolver module

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Re: whats a good mono analog synth under $500

Post by garranimal » Tue Feb 01, 2011 6:19 am

Switchedon has an SH-1000 for $500. I personally never tried one but looks fun.
http://www.vintagesynth.com/forum/viewt ... =9&t=60468

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Re: whats a good mono analog synth under $500

Post by bladerunner555 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:24 am

Thanks for the advice.
I just want something to make fat bass and play some proggy Wakeman/Emerson like solos.
Cool user name,garranimal!Reminds me of shopping for new school clothes,30 something years a go :D

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Re: whats a good mono analog synth under $500

Post by garranimal » Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:15 pm

bladerunner555 wrote:Thanks for the advice.
I just want something to make fat bass and play some proggy Wakeman/Emerson like solos.
Cool user name,garranimal!Reminds me of shopping for new school clothes,30 something years a go :D
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Re: whats a good mono analog synth under $500

Post by Z » Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:34 pm

bladerunner555 wrote:Thanks for the advice.
I just want something to make fat bass and play some proggy Wakeman/Emerson like solos.
Of course, they were both Moog users. It wasn't too long ago that you could get a MicroMoog for under $500. You can still find Moog's The Rogue synth for around $500. A Moog Prodigy would also be another one to look for, but their current value is close to a grand.

The Roland SH-09 gets a vote from me, too.

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Re: whats a good mono analog synth under $500

Post by Automatic Gainsay » Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:33 pm

I always have to suggest the Realistic MG-1. It's one of the only two (actually nearly three) oscillator synths in that price range... and it has a load of features and even basic polyphony (do not listen to the "cheesy organ" descriptions you'll see... it sounds like a cheesy organ if you program it to).
Unfortunately, though... its one weakness is bass. You can do bass sounds with it, but some other synths are going to do way better in the bass category... but of course, the best bass synths are going to usually cost more than that, anyway.
Lead-wise, two oscs is going to be better than most others.

Otherwise, I'd suggest the CS mono synths (anything with a resonant high-pass filter is going to give you good bass).

SH-09 is awesome if you can find one for $500.
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Re: whats a good mono analog synth under $500

Post by space6oy » Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:36 am

i <3 my CS-5. my first hardware synth.

bass station's another good possibility though.

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Re: whats a good mono analog synth under $500

Post by bladerunner555 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:00 am

garranimal wrote:
bladerunner555 wrote:Thanks for the advice.
I just want something to make fat bass and play some proggy Wakeman/Emerson like solos.
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I was thinking more like this...

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Re: whats a good mono analog synth under $500

Post by garranimal » Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:12 am

Poor kid that one, glad that isn't you. Alrighty then, moving on. I was going to suggest the Moogs mentioned above but prices for even those models seems to be getting out of hand whenever I see them up for sale. You might get lucky someday though and find a reasonable price, but even so may have some work cut out for ya to get them restored to playing condition.

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Re: whats a good mono analog synth under $500

Post by Stab Frenzy » Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:41 am

bladerunner555 wrote:Thats the question..Please give me an answer... ;)
Define 'good'.

Any analogue synth under $500 is 'good' to somebody if it works. Some are 'very very good' while others are just 'good'. One person might think the Evolver is the best under $500, another might not want all that power and would prefer a Paia Fatman. Some people need a keyboard. Some people want patch points. Some people just want to make a 303 sound.

Really you need to actually give some information in this question or you'll just have people listing every synth under $500.

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Re: whats a good mono analog synth under $500

Post by bladerunner555 » Fri Feb 04, 2011 2:30 am

As mentioned above;fat bass and play some proggy Wakeman/Emerson like solos
Maybe some Clarke/Gore like solos..

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Re: whats a good mono analog synth under $500

Post by smoothcriminal » Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:22 am

Seriously - Novation Bass Station. It's by far the best-sounding synth I've ever owned as far as character. Very very good for proggy solos. Not very deep programming-wise but its absolutely solid for smooth basses and proggy leads.

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Re: whats a good mono analog synth under $500

Post by madrasputin » Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:07 am

Dude as AG, Z and a few others said, find a Moog Rogue, Bass Station or a CS-10 or 15. Those are your safest "older" and "vintage" synths that do some serious damage with bass. If you're going to want something newer though and you know isn't going to be problematic in any area because it's new, get a DSI Mopho which has been mentioned or an Vermona Mono Lancet (even though it's 100 bucks more than what you are looking to spend). Any of those choices should bring you some great bass enjoyment.
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