Picking a lesser used but interesting synth...

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Re: Picking a lesser used but interesting synth...

Post by analoglsd » Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:55 pm

I'd go with the Polivoks for sure.
The DS-2 I've owned, and its like an MG-1 with a weaker filter, horrible build quality, in a bulky case.
The EOwave I don't find very interesting especially at the price.
The Polivoks I've only had limited exposure to, but I remember the filter sort of combining the raspy overdrive of the MS-20, with the fluid definition of a Mini.
Also had a couple unique modulation routings as well.
My 2 cents.

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Re: Picking a lesser used but interesting synth...

Post by GuyaGuy » Sat Aug 27, 2011 6:31 pm

visceralvoids wrote:
griffin avid wrote:I was also going to say do it Strange in the post patch effects.
Buy a massive chain of effect boxes (guitar ones) and filter toys.

You have one massive monster and run MANY synths through it.
Is a Line 6 M13 recommended for this it is around $400 on a drum machine?
when I used to play guitar and I would dream about the TC Electronic G-System

EDIT: As for what synth I would pick Oberheim OB-12, Korg Karma if you like workstations... I tried Novation once. and they are worth a try
I have the Line 6 M9 and find it pretty useful for synths (although I haven't tried it with drumboxes). Not only are most if the fx good, it has stereo outs AND ins and has MIDI i/o so you can sync fx to your LFOS and all that fun stuff.

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Re: Picking a lesser used but interesting synth...

Post by prinsen » Sun Aug 28, 2011 8:21 am

:idea:

How about one of the Quasimidi boards like Sirius or Raven?
Definitely quirky and not sounding quite like anything else, no large fanbase, atypical workflow.

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Re: Picking a lesser used but interesting synth...

Post by AnalogKid » Sun Aug 28, 2011 6:17 pm

Hunt down a Quasimidi Sirius. This lesser known synth can sound downright evil.

I don't much care for the beginning sections of this demo clip, but as it progresses it does give an idea as to the aggresive, sinister sounds that this synth is capable of producing:


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Re: Picking a lesser used but interesting synth...

Post by silikon » Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:24 pm

analoglsd wrote:I'd go with the Polivoks for sure.
The DS-2 I've owned, and its like an MG-1 with a weaker filter, horrible build quality, in a bulky case.
The EOwave I don't find very interesting especially at the price.
The Polivoks I've only had limited exposure to, but I remember the filter sort of combining the raspy overdrive of the MS-20, with the fluid definition of a Mini.
Also had a couple unique modulation routings as well.
My 2 cents.
Thanks for that. I've heard the DS-2 build quality is that of legend, especially given that finding one actually in good repair is sort of bordering on extinct...

Polivoks is surely an interesting beast, Consideration given. I appreciate the input.
Richard Gear wrote:Actually, I don't think you need to have more synth. You probably just need some inspiration from whithin.
Appreciate your concern, but my question wasn't "where should I draw inspiration from?" it was a query for interesting machines. I certainly will take into consideration your application towards "my other Mother", however. ;)
AnalogKid wrote:Hunt down a Quasimidi Sirius.
Owned one (as well as everything else Quasimidi, quite frankly), and while it certainly had a bit of intrigue to it, it never really made me want to frolic naked in my studio.
prinsen wrote:How about one of the Quasimidi boards like Sirius or Raven?
Also had a Raven Max; Wouldn't mind owning one again as long as someone's not trying to milk exorbitant amounts of money.

That being said, I'm confident that the Virus TI I currently have pretty much covers a good amount of the sounds that the QM stuff had.

Appreciate all the input...greatly :)
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Re: Picking a lesser used but interesting synth...

Post by noha » Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:20 pm

ESQ-1 FTW

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Re: Picking a lesser used but interesting synth...

Post by iProg » Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:49 am

Korg Polysix.

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Re: Picking a lesser used but interesting synth...

Post by tomorrowstops » Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:14 pm

I'll third the DS-2. If you need to be sold on it completely listen top-bottom to the album 'Rules' by Whitest Boy Alive.

The ARP Quadra would be one the coolest things to own ever, if you A: could find one, and B: found one that worked!

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Re: Picking a lesser used but interesting synth...

Post by georgemarauder » Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:09 pm

I'll throw out another vote for the OB-12. Feature-wise it's like a Jupiter 8 on steroids. It's great, and not many people use it or know about it.

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