Easiest Mono Synth to learn

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Easiest Mono Synth to learn

Post by Plasma Face » Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:47 pm

I am looking to get a synth for my lead singer. She is a great musician, went to music school, knows a decent amount of piano but is someone who prefers to have patches and would rather do without too much tweaking. So i'm in the market for a gigging synth (reliable) that has presets, modulation and pitch bend wheels, great lead sounds and arpeggiator is a huge plus. Could also be poly synth but as long as it has these mono synth lead type elements then I'm good to go. Also looking not to spend too much maybe under 5-600 range. What should I get?

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Re: Easiest Mono Synth to learn

Post by Z » Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:13 pm

Probably the easiest monosynths to learn would be the Roland SH-101, Arturia MiniBrute or MicroBrute - but those don't have presets.

The Novation Bass Station II is fairly easy to learn and has presets and arpeggiator. New: $500, Used: $350ish.

Might be hard to find an analog polysynth with the features you're looking for in the $500 - $600 price range. Korg DW-8000 would come close, but has digital oscillators and analog filters. No sliders for easy editing, so you'd already need to be familiar with subtractive synthesis.

There are several virtual analog polysynths that fit the bill. I've bought a used Roland Gaia a couple of years ago for under $400.
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Re: Easiest Mono Synth to learn

Post by megamanx » Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:20 pm

novation bass station ii

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Re: Easiest Mono Synth to learn

Post by silikon » Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:08 pm

Given your requirements, I'd probably suggest something like a Korg Prophecy, Alesis ION, or even the Korg MS2000b.

All three have reasonably decent presets that also allow one a fair latitude to tailor with ease, arpeggiator functions, and not too hard on the pocketbook.
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Re: Easiest Mono Synth to learn

Post by vicd » Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:02 pm

"lead singer" + "gigging synth" immediately made me think of a keytar.
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Re: Easiest Mono Synth to learn

Post by Stab Frenzy » Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:08 am

Don't let your bandmate be a keytard.

OP: Having presets and best to learn on are mutually exclusive. Luckily if you get a nice simple synth like a mini or microbrute then you learn how synths work and how to make the sound you want so you don't need preset patches. They both come with patch overlays to get started, which is like having presets but manual. Minibrute would be my recommendation.

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Re: Easiest Mono Synth to learn

Post by moremagic » Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:06 am

^^^^ def this, but id say go with the microbrute because its even more dead simple plus the patch matrix makes it more interactive should her immune system not fight off the synth virus
and shes your bandmate and its cheaper so she can buy another round!

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Re: Easiest Mono Synth to learn

Post by Jabberwalky » Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:20 pm

The Bs2 is easy, but I wouldn't say it's THAT easy for someone completely new. You can't see where the knobs are on the presets, and the switch functions hide where certain things are set. I'd also suggest the Minibrute, or a more knobby virtual analog (Gaia,Sh201, possibly even the SH1 plugout thing).

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Re: Easiest Mono Synth to learn

Post by space6oy » Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:38 pm

this reads like she needs a microkorg...

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Re: Easiest Mono Synth to learn

Post by Plasma Face » Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:05 pm

Thanks for all the replies. Looks like either the mini brute or the bass station 2. Thanks for all the help.

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Re: Easiest Mono Synth to learn

Post by Sheherezadeh » Fri Aug 15, 2014 3:45 pm

25 key synths are annoying for leads. I don't know how much traveling her melodic playing will need, but I'd recommend at least 37 keys. That lends itself to a VA, possibly a used Ion, JP8000, Nord Lead or such.

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Re: Easiest Mono Synth to learn

Post by Rick N Boogie » Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:58 pm

I've always thought of the Moog Little Phatty as an excellent "starter synth". Dead simple control interface, and not super deep in topology. It does have everything you need, including 37 keys, and a nice arpeggiator. It's what I learned on, and I liked it so much I bought a 2nd one.
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Re: Easiest Mono Synth to learn

Post by sequentialsoftshock » Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:23 am

Sounds like either a MicroKorg or Alesis ION would be perfect. Honestly though, I'd go with the Alesis only for the fact that it has full sized keys, and many more knobs. Plus it is 8 voice polyphony as opposed to 4.
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Re: Easiest Mono Synth to learn

Post by corndogssg » Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:24 pm

alesis ion, great sound's, cheap, plus it has a pitch wheel and 2 mod wheels. and the presets are pretty decent, and to tweak away at em is pretty straight forward.

just picked up a minibrute last month, boy I wish that was around when I was learning how to make my own sounds, it is truly bad a*s, (but so is the bass station 2)

I am curious what your bandmate ended up getting?

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Re: Easiest Mono Synth to learn

Post by Jabberwalky » Fri Sep 26, 2014 4:55 pm

This person asked a question and ditched. Don't waste the time helping.

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