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which synth

Post by omerta81 » Wed Apr 02, 2014 2:01 pm

Hey wondering if anyone can help. Im looking to purchase an affordable but decent synth but not sure which one to get. Im trying to make some Sounds like 80s horror flicks. Eg zombie flesh eaters and john carpenter. While I know these synth aren't perfect any advice would be appreciated. I thinking a Yamaha dx100 or Yamaha sy55. Cheers

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Re: which synth

Post by Z » Wed Apr 02, 2014 2:27 pm

The DX100 is overpriced for what it is/does. I think the reason is due to its portability and association with talk-box use.

The DX21 is the same synth, but with full size keys. FM synths are capable of a wide pallet of sounds. I'd look into the DX21 and with the extra money, get a mutli-fx unit or a couple of pedals. Delay is essential (analog for dark echos, digital for crisp echos and ping pong echos), chorus to fatten up the sound and reverb to add cavernous space to the sound.
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Re: which synth

Post by omerta81 » Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:42 pm

Cool thanks for your advice, much appreciated

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Re: which synth

Post by Swayze » Thu Apr 03, 2014 1:41 am

Also look into the Ensoniq ESQ-1, very similar to the SQ-80 that John Carpenter used. They can often be found for only a couple hundred bucks. Analog filters and subtractive synthesis which I always prefered over Yamaha's FM style synthesis.

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Re: which synth

Post by synthypoo » Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:29 am

ESQ1 is pretty damn cheap for what sound possibilities you get. If it had knobs, everyone would want one.

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Re: which synth

Post by commodorejohn » Thu Apr 03, 2014 3:02 am

Another good hybrid synth is the Korg DW-8000, which you can get pretty cheap and which has a very solid (if noisy) keybed with good performance controls.
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Re: which synth

Post by Swayze » Thu Apr 03, 2014 3:39 am

The DW8000's analog filters have this great dark quality to them, perfect for slasher films. I was planning on selling my EX8000 but I feel like I'd miss it. Great tool for quick unison basses and leads that sound huge.

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Re: which synth

Post by Rezisehtnys » Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:16 pm

The Ensoniq VFX is what followed the SQ-80, but it's fully digital. They're cheap though and very capable of sound effects. I haven't owned an ESQ-1, but having a filter with resonance helps with certain sound effects. An inexpensive, but quality, analogue and digital unit should get you quite a ways.

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