Your first Synthesizer!

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Your first Synthesizer!

Post by Hossinfeffa » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:03 pm

Just curious.. what was everyone's first synth and what made them want that one? What year/how old were you when you got it?

I've had a few cheap preset boards in the past (Yamaha and Casio) but my first actual synth was the Juno-6 which I still have. I got it for my 16th birthday. (19 now.)

What made me want it was because for a while I had been wanting an analog board to tinker with and make cool sounds. (I was hooked on Gary Numan, OMD, and Duran Duran then.) This was before I knew anything about them, of course. So I went to my dad who has been in several bands and plays several instruments. He recommended me the Juno-6 since it was his first synth back in the day as well. One of the actual reasons he stated was "back then I was doing a lot of cover songs.. and the Juno could nail stuff like the arpeggio in Hungry Like the Wolf and also do B-52 type sounds." Later on he showed me his old cassette tapes of them live and it really did pretty much match up with what he said. Bought it on ebay in mint condition and I would never get rid of it now. I do admit, the Juno may not get the exact sound you're looking for, but you get pretty close usually and it's still a great sound.
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Post by MrFrodo » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:12 pm

My first synth (regretably) was my Alesis QS6. I got it after my father heard me doing a screwed-up rendition of "Fooling Yourself" by Styx on a digital piano around the end of 1996. He wanted me to have a synthesizer. My grandfather was pitching in the money. I could've had a more expensive Roland, Korg, Yamaha or even Kurzweil with a better sound. But, I was thinking about how it was his money, not mine. Now, I use a Korg 05rw module for most of my digital synth sounds, even though it's got less "features" than the Alesis.
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Post by premieklovn » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:27 pm

The MicroKorg taught me substractive synthesis!

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Post by theplateauxofmirror » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:33 pm

I got an Alpha Juno 1 from a music store when i was fifteen or so. I had previously had a Radio Shack keyboard. I was just getting into various sorts of synth music, saw Roland and a cheap price tag, got excited, and bought it.
I didn't learn subtractive synthesis for real, though, until I got a K-Station a year or two later for Christmas.

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Post by Esus » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:38 pm

Octave Cat. I traded a Rhodes 73 Stage Piano for it.

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Post by gcoudert » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:53 pm

Roland Juno 60, second-hand (6000 French Francs) in 1985. I was 18. I was blown away by it when I tried one in a local music shop but always felt as though I owned the poor man's Jupiter 8! It was stolen in 1987 (we'd left our gear locked away in our old school after a late night gig and the place was burgled that night) but I got it back a few weeks later when somebody tried to sell it to a local music shop.


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Post by JJQ » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:54 pm

Juno-6 for me. A friend was sellling one.
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Post by MitchK1989 » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:55 pm

my first two (within a week of each other) were an alesis micron and a nord lead 2x.

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Post by Automatic Gainsay » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:00 pm

Roland Juno-106, in 1985. I had my eye on a Korg Poly 800, but my mom surprised me and bought me the 106.
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Post by Johnny Lenin » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:06 pm

Roland SH-201, a couple of years ago. I had been playing organ in a psych/garage band for a couple of years by then and wanted to expand out of the the three-chords-no-waiting thing.

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Post by OMNI26 » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:15 pm

Realistic (Moog) MG-1.....brand new in 1981 from Radio Shack. I was 14 years old at the time (yes, I realize I am old!). I begged my Dad to buy it for me, and he finally gave in and bought it for me after I promised to mow the lawn for the next 2 years or so!

It was $450 brand new back then, which would probably equate to at least $1,000 in today's money. About a year or so after I got it, they were "blowing them out" at Radio Shack for $99!

I didn't have an amp, so I had to run it through the family stereo system until I eventually picked up a used Peavey bass amp. :)

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Post by JayEm » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:17 pm


I just wanted a hardware synth, it was only about 250/300 then in the store. I didn't believe I'd ever understand something like the MS2000 so I didn't feel I could justify spending the money on that even though its what I really wanted.

Regardless, I have fun with my little bass synth.
Most of my set up is in box anyhow.

I'd still like a 2000, but its probably not going to happen any time soon.

Oh, I was about 19 or 20 btw.

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Post by nathanscribe » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:26 pm

I'll add another Juno-6 to the list! I was 17, it was 1991, and I had no idea what it was, but there was a scrappy hand-written ad pinned on the college notice-board. I was in a band at the time using a cruddy Yamaha PSR or something, and I wanted a proper board. The SY-22 was the nearest new option, but when I saw that I could have a synth for £120, I went for it. The guy brought it over, confused the h**l out of me (what do all those sliders do, exactly?) and that was it - smitten. I've had that Juno ever since, and will never sell it.

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Post by bluedad » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:41 pm

Due to very poor decision making on my part (not to mention, my very first love was guitar) I was probably about 27 when I got my first synth. It was around 1985 and I got a Chroma Polaris. Strange, because this was during the height of the DX7 craze.

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Post by adamstan » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:48 pm

I started from home keyboards , but my first 'true' synth was SIEL DK-80 in 1999 - I was 15 then. Unfortunately it died year later and I bought Yamaha CS1x.
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