Hello again I want to buy a synth.

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Hello again I want to buy a synth.

Post by Music Bird » Mon May 16, 2016 8:03 pm

What synth would be good for me?
Under 600 dollars.
Polyphony.
Vintage or new doesn't matter.
I like the Ace of Base kind of synth tones as well as 80's synth sounds.
Lots of vintage and modern tones and does not need realistic instruments.
Something that is easy to create sounds on.
I would like something with patch memory and it could be analog or VA.
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Re: Hello again I want to buy a synth.

Post by rhino » Mon May 16, 2016 9:51 pm

Music Bird wrote:What synth would be good for me?
Under 600 dollars.
Polyphony.
Vintage or new doesn't matter.
well as 80's synth sounds.
Lots of vintage and modern tones and does not need realistic instruments.
Something that is easy to create sounds on.
I would like something with patch memory and it could be analog or VA.
Ensoniq ESQ-1, or Ensoniq SQ-80.
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Re: Hello again I want to buy a synth.

Post by Baus » Tue May 17, 2016 11:46 pm

What is easy for me might not be easy for someone else.

I agree that the ESQ-1 and SQ-80 are awesome synths.

You also might want to take a look at the Access Virus b (table top model) or if you find a Virus Kb for under 600 you might be lucky.

Furthermore I like the Yamaha SY-77. It has FM synthesis and AWM2 (sampled instrument waveforms) that can be manipulated. You will get a wide range of sounds from that machine.

A Roland JX-8P is a nice alternative for the somewhat overrated single oscillator Juno-106. You can get it around 350 probably. A controller for that would be handy but there are a few software editors for it too, including one for iPad.

There's a lot of choice, which is good, but to really determine what might be right for you you will need to know what kind of music you're aiming for. I wouldn't know what equipment Ace of Base used.

Hope this helps.

Good luck.

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Re: Hello again I want to buy a synth.

Post by ninja6485 » Wed May 18, 2016 4:59 am

The first ace of bass album has tons of data file 1 on it.
This looks like a psychotropic reaction. No wonder it's so popular...

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Re: Hello again I want to buy a synth.

Post by Hubaswift » Thu May 26, 2016 4:25 am

There is also the Minilogue, I haven't tried it myself but it seems to fit your criteria perfectly.

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Re: Hello again I want to buy a synth.

Post by Music Bird » Tue Jun 07, 2016 11:10 pm

I want to go to Guitar Center one day and try out synthesizers to see which one suits me, I would not mind a Microkorg or Roland Gaia.
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Re: Hello again I want to buy a synth.

Post by Music Bird » Thu Jun 09, 2016 7:43 pm

Examples of songs are
Hey You by Rocksteady Crew (the plucky sound)
Ace of Base Don't Turn Around (main riff)
Shannon Let the Music Play (bass metallic 5th lead and chords)
Lipps Inc Funkytown (main riff)
Cubic 22 Night in Motion (guitar like synth sound)
Blue Monday (all of the sounds)
We Call It Acieed (lead synth)
Any track with 303 a la poly stab sounds/the duckfart patch (Everything She Wants Wham)
Ace of Base stab chord sounds
Korg, Casio, Alesis, and Yamaha (Minilogue, WK-7600, SK-1, CT-X3000, SR-16, MX49)
FL Studio 12, VSTs, MIDI keyboard
Non synths include string, woodwind, percussion, and toys for SFX.

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Re: Hello again I want to buy a synth.

Post by deeluxdx7 » Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:46 am

ANY synth can do what your looking for

Just BUY one, there really isn't much to talk about with your budget, you know the options:

Minilog, Micro Korg, Novation (the small blue one), Roland JDXI, Gaia (these are on their way out so you can probably get a good used price, but my pick is the JDXI, very underrated by lazy synth consumers.

Talking doesn't deliver the mail, take some action. Just pick one and GO GET IT

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What synth is good for making retro lo fi video game like so

Post by Music Bird » Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:15 pm

Now I think I have a different genre. I want to make songs with 8/16-bit game based leads, chords, and basses.
What kind of cheap keyboard or synth would be good for that? I was thinking Yamaha PS(S) or Casio CT (or vintage SA because they have SNES sounds). I already have a Casio SK1. I am working on a different music project now.
Korg, Casio, Alesis, and Yamaha (Minilogue, WK-7600, SK-1, CT-X3000, SR-16, MX49)
FL Studio 12, VSTs, MIDI keyboard
Non synths include string, woodwind, percussion, and toys for SFX.

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