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Help choosing a first synth(mainly Cz101 or microkorg)

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 6:13 pm
by alel
Hi. I'm a complete beginner to synths and I'm looking for a cheap under 200$ synth. I wanna create modern electorinc dance music and I like the idea of knobs but I want to be able have presets. I want polyphonic sound with preferably an analogue sound. I want something that will grow with me. Something that I can create my own sounds and not rely on presets

So I know there not analogue but pm is pretty close in sound and I've nailed it down to either Casio cz-101 or the korg microkorg. The main issue I have with the microkorg is that it seems like I'll have to do a lot of menu diving.

Any ideas, third possible choice?

I'm handy with a soldering iron so I don't mind fixing a broken synth if I can get it cheaper or if it's vintage.

Thx in advance

Re: Help choosing a first synth(mainly Cz101 or microkorg)

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 6:32 pm
by commodorejohn
Based on your preferences, the Microkorg is probably the better choice. There is some menu diving, but it's not too bad, and it at least has some knobs - the CZ series only offers increment/decrement buttons for the parameters, which makes onboard editing incredibly tedious. Also, the Microkorg is probably a lot closer to the kind of sound you're looking for - the CZ series is neat in its own way, but its sound is much closer to the Yamaha FM synths than anything even virtual analog.

Re: Help choosing a first synth(mainly Cz101 or microkorg)

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:46 pm
by meatballfulton
Definitely the MicroKorg. Sounds more analog, the arpeggiator will come in handy for the kind of music you want to do and it has knobs.

Re: Help choosing a first synth(mainly Cz101 or microkorg)

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:49 pm
by alel
How about the r3?

Re: Help choosing a first synth(mainly Cz101 or microkorg)

Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:15 am
by meatballfulton
Yes, I would recommend the Korg R3 over the microKorg if it is in your budget.

Re: Help choosing a first synth(mainly Cz101 or microkorg)

Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 3:04 pm
by minime123
personally, i prefer the sound of the cz101, but the programming is tedious.
another suggestion would be software and a controller like one of the novation remote series so you'd have knobs per parameter. or the microkorg hooked up to a computer for editing.
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Re: Help choosing a first synth(mainly Cz101 or microkorg)

Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 5:23 pm
by alel
I'm gonna go with the r3. I've seen a lot of good deals on eBay and craigslist