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Post by thestreets » Tue Apr 15, 2008 7:33 pm

I dont think anyones mentioned this one...the microkorg :lol:

I fell in love with it in the store, and it drove me deep deep into the addiction of synthesis.

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Post by synapsecollapse » Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:34 pm

i bought a korg ms2000 right after the street price got bumped down to $749.99 new here in the states, whenever the heck that was. while nobody nowadays would be caught dead paying that much for a (blue!) ms2000, i sure thought it was a deal at the time.

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Post by OriginalJambo » Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:15 pm

An Ensoniq ESQ-1 which I still have and love.

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Post by MPrint » Wed Apr 16, 2008 12:41 am

You'll find this one funny. I don't actually OWN any synths, however my bands practice space is at my house and I take more interest in playing the keyboardists synths than he does. Someone gave him a microkorg so his attitude about it is like "whatever." He's had it for about two years now and still doesn't really take any time to do subtractive synthesis for some reason. I've been messing around with it alot in the past 6 months or so and decided to get a synth this summer when I get my tax check back. I mainly have done turntablism work in the band so far with some Logic midi work, but i'm slowly falling in love with synthesizers. I also have an Alesis Ion at my house sometimes that coincidentaly belongs to the guys brother. He takes about the same interest in his stuff too. I've tried to teach these guys how to work their synths, but they usually forget everything by the next day and don't really seem to care. Our keyboardist still uses stock microkorg sounds to this day..........sad, I know. So when I do get my first synth this summer it will probably be a moog LP or an Evolver depending on how my cash flow is.

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Post by 30h5 » Wed Apr 16, 2008 3:34 am

A Roland JX-305 in '00 for $700. I loved it until the day I sold it last year for $400. I may get another some day.

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Post by devetron » Wed Apr 16, 2008 3:38 am

Microkorg here too. I walked past it at the music store, then a bass player, and hit a couple of keys. That's all it took. I thought it would look stupid all by itself on a stand, so I got a Poly 800 to keep it company and a 2 teir stand. Then, The Synthening was at hand.

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Post by soundxplorer » Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:42 am

Alesis Quadrasynth Plus.

We had Roland D-70s in the music lab at school, and that's where I learned how to program a synth.

I still didn't quite understand the importance of a "resonant lowpass filter", and I certainly didn't know that some synths had them and others didn't. So I was crushed when I brought home my brand new $1200 Quadrasynth Plus, only to find out that I couldn't recreate the cool sounds I had made on the D-70 at school. The Quadrasynth's lowpass filter was not resonant. In fact, it basically just sounded like an EQ control. The second blow came when I found out that the Quadrasynth did not respond to MIDI Volume messages (CC #7). So I couldn't mix track levels the normal way in my DAW.

Still, I conviced myself that it was worth keeping (I think it was 64 voices of polyphony and 16 part multitimbral, which was really great for the time). After finding a cheap Juno 60 in a pawn shop though, I was not at all sad to sell the Quadrasynth. Piano sounds be damned!

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Post by sentientprogram » Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:59 am

It was the Nord Lead 1 for me. I miss the immediacy of the bastard, but I've learned far more in 4 months with the Micro Modular, than 3 years with the Lead 1. :lol:

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Post by Italo_DX » Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:30 am

Yamaha PortaSound PSS-480! Bought it for 60, sold it for 60.
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Post by Syn303 » Wed Apr 16, 2008 12:06 pm

first was the tiny Yamaha CS-01, but the real synthesizers i first had were a Roland JX-3P with PG-200 picked up for £70 back in '95 and a Korg Poly-61 for £50 in the same year.
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Post by King Julien » Wed Apr 16, 2008 12:40 pm

SH-101 in 1984. Still got it and the box it came in. I was only 19. Added the mod grip in 2007 age 42. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by differentbydesign » Wed Apr 16, 2008 1:14 pm

Korg MS10 in 1981
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Moog Micromoog 1983

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Post by killedaway » Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:22 pm

King Julien wrote:SH-101 in 1984. Still got it and the box it came in. I was only 19. Added the mod grip in 2007 age 42. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
that's awesome.

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Post by electro funker » Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:37 pm

Got myself a korg ds-8, and I love it... :? Sometimes it's fun, I would like some kind of PG controller for it, any suggestions?

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Post by Mixolydian » Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:44 pm

My first synth was a Yamaha CS-10, which I sold, and then bought again. Still thinking about adding a Synhouse Midi JackII to it. I want to take advantage of its fast envelope and run super fast arpeggios.

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