what is a good starting synth?

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what is a good starting synth?

Post by Music Bird » Thu Dec 03, 2015 3:28 pm

Is there any synth that is good for people who are new to synths?
I have seen the Microbrute and it sounds good. I would prefer polyphony though?
I am looking at something other than Casio/Yamaha synths.
maybe the Microkorg. It has good sounds for experimenting and it has modulation control.
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Re: what is a good starting synth?

Post by meatballfulton » Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:34 pm

Many people will tell you to avoid the MicroKorg, but it is actually an excellent first synth.

You should also take a look at the Roland Boutique line which are priced competitively with the microKorg and the Roland Gaia which is about twice the price.

All of these are good starter choices.
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Re: what is a good starting synth?

Post by LordVampyre » Fri Dec 04, 2015 4:28 am

Im so new I still have the price tag on me :) I have a microbrute and a Korg R3 and I have to say Ive learned a great deal with these two machines.

I have a long way to go, but I have a blast every day.

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Re: what is a good starting synth?

Post by mm1 » Sat Dec 05, 2015 6:20 am

My starter was an MS-20 mini, it may look overwhelming but it's really quite a simple synth to use.

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Re: what is a good starting synth?

Post by Percivale » Sat Dec 05, 2015 8:07 am

I am no expert but I would chip in to say something that allows you to fiddle with a fair amount of parameters yet not be overwhelmed with too many options.

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Re: what is a good starting synth?

Post by garranimal » Sat Dec 05, 2015 7:03 pm

Something fun with lots of controls. MS-20 mini fits that, so does Microbrute. Korg Volcas are cheap and fun. MiniNova is deep and packed with features. System-1 is great by itself, and you can load plug-in synths from Roland.

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Re: what is a good starting synth?

Post by moodorf » Sun Dec 06, 2015 5:30 am

JUNO 106

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Re: what is a good starting synth?

Post by JeEA » Sun Dec 06, 2015 7:25 am

The analog ones like korg have no memory.
I would also recomend the Roland boutique Line

The volca Keys are cheap and with volca control You Can save and load patches

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Re: what is a good starting synth?

Post by JeEA » Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:19 am

Why not Yamaha and casio ?
How about used equipment?
The cz Casio line sounds really good and analog even though it is digital.

The Yamaha cs1x and cs2x sounds really cool and the AN1x also Yamaha all digital

Access virus lot of control knobs digital synth emulate analog more powerful than Korg micro

Korg M1; Korg X5; Korg T series or N series.

Nord line of synths

If you have an iPad, that would be the cheapest way to learn synthesis. Lots of programs for iPad
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Re: what is a good starting synth?

Post by Rick N Boogie » Tue Dec 08, 2015 12:02 am

Honestly, try to find a used Moog Little Phatty. Pure analog magic, and a very easy set of controls that will have you synthesizing in no time at all. I got my start on a Stage I model, and still own a Stage II purely for it's sound.
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Re: what is a good starting synth?

Post by JeEA » Tue Dec 08, 2015 6:33 am

Roland boutique series. Portable runs on batteries and small
Lots of knobs and sounds really good. ;-)

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Re: what is a good starting synth?

Post by Yekuku » Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:15 am

If I could change the way that I got involved into synthesis, I would have started with a single oscillator synth with no patch memory. Limitations like these , can make you appreciate the features that the synth has and force you to tweak and to be creative while learning synthesis. It is very important to have a control per function , so that you can actually "hear" what you are doing.
I come from the early digital synth age , I studied synthesis through buttons, menus and endless user manuals, it took me many years to understand simple synthesis parameters like osc, lfo etc.
30 years ago, I would have suggested the SH-101 to be a good starting synth, but today it is insanely overpriced.
Microbrute is a fun synth and a great tool in learning synthesis but if you are not into beeps n blips, you might get bored quickly. I find the steiner parker filter a bit too aggressive for my likes, although I do enjoy its aggressiveness , most of the times I am trying hard to get a smoother sound out of it.
I would also suggest the SH-201 to be a great synth for learning synthesis since it is cheap and very well laid out.
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Re: what is a good starting synth?

Post by Swayze » Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:46 am

Yekuku suggested the exact 2 synths that I had in mind. You should be able to snag both of them for under $500 total. The Microbrute will give you a good idea of what a real analog VCO sounds like and you will have fun with the sequencer. I've never owned an SH-201 but it's a bargain these days for a polysynth because it's digital (analog modeling), but it should actually compliment the brute rather nicely.

Both are knob per function so learning the basics of synthesis should be a breeze. As others have mentioned, the new Roland boutique series would be a good option for you as well, I'm planning on picking up the JP08 very soon myself.

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Re: what is a good starting synth?

Post by Music Bird » Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:19 pm

I would want something that is about 300-500 dollars. I would want monophonic sounds and polyphonic sounds in one synth. I also do not mind beeps and blips on a synthesizer because I like Nintendo 8-bit sounds.
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Re: what is a good starting synth?

Post by Stab Frenzy » Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:54 am

Music Bird wrote:I would want something that is about 300-500 dollars. I would want monophonic sounds and polyphonic sounds in one synth. I also do not mind beeps and blips on a synthesizer because I like Nintendo 8-bit sounds.
Get the Microbrute then.

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