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Need help on a rare opportunity!

Post by kdsf1981 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:00 pm

This is my first post and I am excited to announce that I have a chance to pick up some synths! This will be my first time owning actual synths. I am trading an Orange OR120 1974 for a choice of this list(NOTE I can couple some but I think the Cat is an even swap): Moog Prodigy 1978, Arp Axxe, The Cat by Octave, Yamaha Cs5, Yamaha SK30 I am waiting on the gentleman to respond on which other poly synths he is offering to trade.

I know the Prodigy does not have capability to sequence or arpeggiate. Styles of music I love to make is Rock (HUM, M83) to Electronic (Clark, Rustie, AFX, Squarepusher). I am not trying to mimic but simply giving examples of music styles I like to make. I have 0 experience with vintage keys so I do not want to be overwhelmed with difficulty yet(serious maintenance). I do want to pick out a few that I will enjoy for long time that will give me analogue euphoria! He is also offering a put together modular but not sure if I want to get into that yet. Thank you for any help and input!

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Re: Need help on a rare opportunity!

Post by Z » Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:09 pm

None of those synths can sequence or arpeggiate on their own.

The Octave Cat would be the most powerful/versatile synth on the list. The Moog Prodigy is probably the most straight-forward as far as ease of programming.

The Cat and Axxe will be the easiest to hook up to other CV/Gate gear including modern modular and MIDI/CV converters to use with your computer.

The Yamaha SK30 is actually a paraphonic organ/string synth allowing you to play more than a single note at once, but its synthesis capabilities are minimal at best.

The Yamaha CS5 is the only synth on the list with a selectable, multi-mode filter. While the Axxe, Cat and Prodigy have traditional low-pass filters, with the CS5, you can select low-pass, high-pass and band pass filters.

If you end up passing on the Cat, send me the seller's info - I might be interested. ;)
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Post by fh991586 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:12 pm

You must understand that any 30+ years old synthesizer will need maintenance one way or the other in the future: the Yamahas on your list would be the safest choice on this matter (less likely to defect, and easier to fix).
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Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:20 pm

Get yourself one of those cheapo little Moogs they seem to churn out on a weekly basis.

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Re: Need help on a rare opportunity!

Post by kdsf1981 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:06 pm

Thanks for the help people! Much appreciated. He also offering a Roland JX3p with PG200 programer and an Ensoniq SQ80.

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Post by Jabberwalky » Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:43 pm

The Cat is amazing. I only own the Kitten but could only imagine the power. The axxe is very similar to the cat sound wise. Keep in mind the octave synths aren't too easy to service. Very poor service manuals.

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Post by fh991586 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:04 pm

kdsf1981 wrote:Thanks for the help people! Much appreciated. He also offering a Roland JX3p with PG200 programer and an Ensoniq SQ80.
I will always vouch for the JX-3P (with or without the PG-200)! =D>
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Re: Need help on a rare opportunity!

Post by natrixgli » Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:03 am

I would take the Prodigy and JX3P out of that list, but I wouldn't limit myself to that list. I'd sell the amp and buy either a prophet 08 or Mopho x4 depending on how much tha amp fetches. Vintage gear is fun to own unless it breaks, which it will. Then, unless you can solder, read a service manual, and operate test equipment, it will cost you.

I'd shoot for the Prophet 08 if you can. Very smooth and dreamy sounds.

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Post by Rick N Boogie » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:13 am

I agree, sell the amp and buy a couple of modern synths. You could get a sweet analog mono like a Moog Phatty of some sort, AND a nice polyphonic VA like a Virus, or something from Waldorf or Dave Smith. So many great synths out now, save the high cost and maintenance and PLAY.
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Post by madtheory » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:45 pm

Yup, sell the amp, avoid vintage.

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