Synth advice sil vous plais!

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Synth advice sil vous plais!

Post by hungry ghost » Mon Oct 09, 2006 8:46 pm

Hey up,
I've stored up some cash to squander on a synth. I'm happy with Operator but I'm going for a no-laptop live show, so considering either a juno or an ms2000.
Can anyone give me any advice/a comparison please? I'm into wheezy, natural sounds, heavy bass, spacey pads.
Not too much of a dance music kind of synth, more William Basinski/Tangerine Dream.
Any advice would be really appreciated!

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Post by frankie123 » Mon Oct 09, 2006 8:47 pm

whats your budget?
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Post by hungry ghost » Mon Oct 09, 2006 10:49 pm

Hmm, around £400?

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Re: Synth advice sil vous plais!

Post by Poster » Mon Oct 09, 2006 11:54 pm

which Juno are you talking about? an oldie or the new Juno G?

about the the ms2000;
if you want high poly Tangerine Dream pad stuff the ms2000 is a bad choice..
it only has 4 voices of polyphony..

a (secondhand) Nord Lead..?
pretty much an allrounder..

DSI Evolver also really stands out..
It has a combination of real! analog and digital oscillators..
that means nice retro Tangerine Dream pads,
but also very capable of contemporary sounds due to the digital oscillators..
highly recommandable!
FM is a killer, and almost all paramaters are able to crossmodulate..

you can also control it by a vst..

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Post by divonic » Tue Oct 10, 2006 11:58 am

I've got my eye on a nord lead 2x

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Post by Nokatus » Tue Oct 10, 2006 12:57 pm

Given the description of the kinds of sounds you want out of a synth, I highly recommend testing the brand new modular beast, Zebra 2. I realize you're specifically searching for a hardware unit, but this thing just came out and I'm quite enthusiastic about it right now, so I just have to mention it ;) ... It's one of the most sophisticated synths to appear in recent years, no matter whether we're talking hardware or software.

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It seems to excel in detailed, organic, otherworldy, creepy, emotional, moving, haunting, spacey, expressive sounds :D ... although it can clearly be used for a wide variety of more commonplace material as well. I think it's awesome.

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Post by justin » Tue Oct 10, 2006 1:36 pm

ms2000 has a really cool step sequencer.
lots of crazy waveforms can be made thru the osc section, or use it as a vocoder, and there's a useful morph section too.

as mentioned, it wouldn't be great at making pads due to polyphony, but u could still get some nice tangerine arpeggios out of it - if thats what you're after...

in terms of the scope of sounds you can make, i think you can get alot out of an ms2000.

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Post by hungry ghost » Tue Oct 10, 2006 5:06 pm

Hmm, the ms200b is looking like the one, presumably with the arpeggiator I could hold down more than four keys?

Still like the look of the Juno but not sure which model to look at!
Thanks for the tips by the way! And has anyone ever used 'le synthé'? A sftware version of brian eno's!

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Post by kennerb » Tue Oct 10, 2006 5:10 pm

The ms2000 is pretty cool. I like the arp on it. I have the Nord Lead II and can say that it is able to cover about any sound I want. It does not have on board fx audio ins. I prefer to add my fx after the synth anyway. It is very, very nice as a controller and to just play. High quality.
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Post by hacktheplanet » Tue Oct 10, 2006 5:22 pm

You should also check out the Alesis Ion. 8 voices, effects, and an arp.
It's also very pretty and easy to program.
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Post by hungry ghost » Thu Oct 12, 2006 4:05 pm

Thanks guys,
Does anyone have any experience of the Roland SH-101, would it be a good alternative to the MS2000b? Starting to worry about it's polyphony.

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Post by hungry ghost » Thu Oct 12, 2006 4:07 pm

Sorry I mean the Roland SH-201.

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Post by kugutsumen » Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:24 pm

^^^

I am really interested in the SH-201 (comes with VST Editor for Mac and Windows without forking additional $.) and it costs around 600 USD.

What are the pros and cons of each of these?


Korg ms2000b: 750 USD

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Roland SH-201:

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Korg R3 650 USD

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KORG X50 at 700 USD

MicroKorg... 400 USD...

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The MicroX I don't like because it doesn't have enough keys.. 650$

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Post by burgessa23 » Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:35 pm

get a used virus!!!

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Post by kugutsumen » Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:41 pm

The only Virus TI on Ebay are reboxed and still expensive.

I'll check the local stores.

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