Desktop Monosynth

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Desktop Monosynth

Post by Sir Nose » Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:36 pm

I am considering a small desktop synth for when I do not want to take the phatty out of the house. Budget is a plus.

Micromac: out of my league
SEM: a used midi version might be the ticket
Will I miss the patch panel that much? The Pro is in the same range as the elektron A4. I would have a tough time not going for an A4 over a SEM pro.

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Re: Desktop Monosynth

Post by shaft9000 » Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:46 pm

Futureretro XS and MFB dominion x are worth a look, too

the SEM eats the A4 alive in raw tone...the A4 sounds very good, sure, but there is a difference between 4 duplicate voices+sequencer+FX vs. just ONE voice for similar money. the SEM is one of the out-and-out CLASSIC monosynth sounds and hasn't really been beaten at what it does in 40 years.
if you get the patch panel be sure to get some attenuator modules. attenuators are passive, so you don't need a PSU or case at all to use them.
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Re: Desktop Monosynth

Post by Z » Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:55 pm

Don't forget the MFB Kraftzwerg.

I originally had the patch panel version of the new SEM and sent it back to Tom for the Pro upgrade last year. Like Shaft said, the SEM has a classic sound and the multi-mode filter is so versitile. If you don't want to srping the extra $ for the Pro, get the patch panel if you've got a MIDI/CV converter.

Though I haven't heard it yet, the ARP filter Boomstar would be a good choice, too.

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Re: Desktop Monosynth

Post by Jabberwalky » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:57 pm

There's also the FR777. The new Waldorf Rocket looks cool and very small too.

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Re: Desktop Monosynth

Post by megamanx » Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:56 pm

slim phatty

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Re: Desktop Monosynth

Post by 2manydrummachines » Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:17 am

shaft9000 wrote:Futureretro XS and MFB dominion x are worth a look, too

the SEM eats the A4 alive in raw tone...the A4 sounds very good, sure, but there is a difference between 4 duplicate voices+sequencer+FX vs. just ONE voice for similar money. the SEM is one of the out-and-out CLASSIC monosynth sounds and hasn't really been beaten at what it does in 40 years.
if you get the patch panel be sure to get some attenuator modules. attenuators are passive, so you don't need a PSU or case at all to use them.

Who makes the SEM & Micromac?

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Re: Desktop Monosynth

Post by Z » Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:23 am

2manydrummachines wrote: Who makes the SEM & Micromac?
SEM (Synthesizer Expander Module) www.tomoberheim.com

MicroMac - www.macbethstudiosystems.com/
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Re: Desktop Monosynth

Post by 2manydrummachines » Wed Mar 05, 2014 2:44 am

Hey thank you for the information. Have you seen the smaller monophonic synths? I was looking for one of those. It's a German manufacturer and from what I saw of it, it only has MIDI in and audio out. I will know it when I see it.

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Re: Desktop Monosynth

Post by Sir Nose » Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:38 am

Waldorf Rocket or Pulse 2
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Re: Desktop Monosynth

Post by adekoyote » Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:21 am

Desktop Evolver!

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Re: Desktop Monosynth

Post by meatballfulton » Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:43 pm

2manydrummachines wrote:It's a German manufacturer and from what I saw of it, it only has MIDI in and audio out.
Ploytec P-L squared

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Re: Desktop Monosynth

Post by 2manydrummachines » Wed Mar 12, 2014 2:07 am

meatballfulton wrote:
2manydrummachines wrote:It's a German manufacturer and from what I saw of it, it only has MIDI in and audio out.
Ploytec P-L squared

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No these aren't it either.

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Re: Desktop Monosynth

Post by skunk3 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:04 pm

Technosaurus Microcon II... very small size, sturdily built, FAT analog sound. (Hard to find though.)

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Re: Desktop Monosynth

Post by Weirdofromouterspace » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:48 pm

Arturia Minibrute. Great sounds, well built (except maybe for the keyboard weights, which may need to be glued on back again after they fell off :? ), and great value for the money.
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Re: Desktop Monosynth

Post by ryryoftokyo » Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:43 pm

DSI Mopho desktop?
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