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Hardware, software, digital, analog, etc, all are welcome.
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I haven't produced any music in almost two years and I really want a hardware synth but I get the feeling that the novelty would wear off pretty quickly and it'd just end up as an overpriced toy.
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>>53515102

I got a Minibrute, messed around with it for a few weeks, got sick of it, almost sold it, then randomly started wanking with it, and now I use it for a shit load of cool textures.

Idk, it just depends on what kind of music you make I guess.
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Any opinions of the Waldorf Streitfett?
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>>53515102
This is basically what I'm feeling about my new Novation midi controller.
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>tfw was supposed to receive components for my modular yesterday
>tfw USPS fucked me because I had some ice on my walkway

Ive been waiting a fucking month for two modules
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>>53515102
>the novelty would wear off pretty quickly and it'd just end up as an overpriced toy
That's the time when you start trading with other synthfags. But as this >>53515118
anon could tell you, do give your synth enough time to shine.

>>53515185
Never heard of it m8.

>>53515356
How's building a modular, anon? I've been eyeing modular synths for like ages, but I never got around building one myself.
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>>53515446

Building my own case was fun and pretty rewarding.

I've only got a power supply so far but today (hopefully) I'll be receiving my AC Interface, a Multiples unit, and the power harness.

Next is an Oscillator and an Amplifier then I can start making bloops.
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>>53515525
That's pretty cool. Be sure to post updates in prod general. I'm genuinely interested.
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>>53515615

Will do, assuming this thread is still up later I'll post the new modules here too
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>>53515644
Let's hope it won't 404 on us.
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Bumpin with based legowelt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n8ldVqYjoU
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Glad you made this thread, Opie. I just bought a Kimball Challenger in decent shape for extremely cheap (dem eBay prices, wow) but it plays super loud, like I can't adjust the volume which is stuck at max. I can't find anything about this issue really. Any tips? I'll probably have to go open it up right? Either way I'm very excited about it. Thx /synth/.
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Been thinking about getting a Sub 37 since it'll accompany a Prophet 08 well, but I'm also being tempted by that Sequential Prophet 6... even though it's probably close to twice the price of the Sub 37 and I already have a poly analog synth I absolutely love the sound, features, and layout of the Prophet 6.
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>>53516070
Don't be scared to open it up. It's probably just a minor issue that can be fixed in less than 20 minutes.
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>>53516187
I never tried the Sub 37 myself, but one of my friends had and he was not impressed.
Then again it's the same guy who said that the Alpha Juno sounds "wacky".
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>>53515185
If you want cheesy 70s strings, it will nail everything.

It's also pretty good for combo organ sounds.

>>53516070
Is there a volume pot of some sort? If so, play wi it a fuckton and maybe spray some contact cleaner in there.

>>53516187
Both of those synths are quite powerful and fun. I've played the sub 37, and the duo phonic mode is actually quite useful. The sequencer/arpeggiated is also really fun and has all the features it needs. I just wish it had a third VCO. The prophet 6 is now on my GAS list, it sounds incredible. It may compliment your P'08, but it will also cover a lot of the same territory.

The best example I can give would be that the P6 is like a P5 rev 2, and the P'08 is like a P5 rev 3. The filters don't sound quite the same, but the whole synth is still similar.
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>>53515081
Anyone use a machinedrum sps-1 or uw? Can someone explain the differences or if they are even worth it at all?
>>53516187
I don't think the P6 is going to be that hot. Have you looked at the Juno 60 or 106.
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>>53516574
>2 oscillators vs 1
>SSM vs OTA filter
>full midi implementation vs note on/off
>new vs probably going to fail at some point

It's fine if you don't like polysynths that aren't the one you fetishize, but did you maybe consider comparing the P6 to a similar synth?
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>>53516646
I recced him the Juno's because they aren't similar to the P8 and are more in the price range of the sub 37.
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>>53515081
I am a digital music plebian and I have pretty much finished my setup for now, but I have been wanting to get in to analog synthesizers. Where is a good place to start?
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>>53516832
Setup if you guys wondered for some random-ass reason, I just feel like sharing
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Could someone recommend a babby's first synth for making industrial music? I like NIN, and Skinny Puppy. I respect Throbbing Gristle/Eisterzende Neubauten (spelling) but idk how much sampling I'm about to do. Preferably normal size keys. Also what's the deal with playing chords? Is that what this polyphonic business is about? Synths have a big language barrier that I am apathetic to hurdle D:
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>>53516910
If you do t know what's the deal with playing chords, or what polyphonic means, you should probably do some lernin before you buy a synth
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>>53516910
A lot of analog synths are monophonic unless you are able to shell out a lot of money. It's some hardware barrier that I am unfamiliar with.
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>>53517046
You could have just nicely informed me. Perhaps I didn't articulate myself well enough about the chords part, though. I mean the ability to play multiple notes at once on the keyboard, rather than the theory behind chords.
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>>53517134
>you could have just nicely informed me
I did. Were you expecting a hug?
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Faggot
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>tfw everyone is hesitant with hardware
>tfw everyone is comfortable with software recording
>mfw I am clueless about DAWs
>mfw I am comfy with hardware

setup:
toaster netbook
Caustic 3
Audacity
Roland system1
akg k550
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>>53517968
you didn't, though.
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>bought $600 synth
>no motivation to learn it or music

fuck
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>>53518375

I know that feel

Plus hardware is more satisfying to play with
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>>53518406
> bought 600 dollaritos system1
>don't know where to start with daws

I just jam with it live and have fun making sounds.
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>>53518406
What synth, anon?
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Did this with my SH-201 earlier today: https://soundcloud.com/ryunocore/mahogany-free-download

Hardware synthesizers can be useful and it's really comfortable to make patches in them. I still find new sounds in mine every time I turn them on.
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>>53518447
It's nice from the few hours I've spent with it though. Just a fuck ton to learn.
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>>53518434
I don't even know where to start. I see Ableton videos and I am like .. wat.
Iwould like to find like ableton lite 7 or something old and basic with 8 tracks but not evenntorrents exist of that old programs. .
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>>53518449

I dont understand why people hate the 201, it's got a very unique sound yeah, but it's just a matter of proper mixing to get it to fit into tracks.
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>>53516910
buy a cheap synth, you will learn quicker.

If you want new & digital buy a microkorg, they're cheap and pret good for the money.

If you want second hand & analog but cheap check out the Roland JX-8P, bout £300 on ebay

These are both polyphonic

If you wanna sample just use a DAW, only look at hardware if you're giggin
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>>53518383
If your feelings were hurt by saying "you should probably do some lernin," I have no idea how you maintain dialog in real life.
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>>53518487
I honestly think it's because they don't read the manual. I've heard complaints about it not having a Chorus effect, which it does, and about not playing different velocities, which is easy to activate. It's pretty much a JP8000 with USB, so I don't get why people don't like it.
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>>53518487
how similar does the 201 sound to the 101?
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>>53518506
>they're cheap and good for the money
Lolno they aren't. Also, why would you recommend the Microkorg as new? They're a ripoff at retail price. 4 voices is also an insult to digital synths.
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>>53518543
Not even a little, 201 is VA.
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>>53518584
I meant more recent than the JX, not necessarily new, just my bad explanation.
Pickup an XL, they have 8 voices. I own one and love it. It's built shittily and has no real personal characteristic but it's dead versatile and was my first synth so I'm romantic about it
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>>53518532
If you look at other people who replied to my post they are just much more constructive than you. I'm taking the b8.
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>>53518588
Ah shit yeah i remember that now, I looked into it all a while ago when I had my 101/boc obsession and just gave up in the end cus all the 101's are going for stupid ca£h now
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>>53518666
I just told you to educate yourself before buying anything. If you think that's mean, that's your own problem. If you're going to act like it's any worse than other advice given to you, then you're just foolish. If anything, you're the one acting like a jerk here.
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>>53518710
Guys chill the fuck out. Man told you to learn, shut up bein a lil bitch about it now.

Equally you were kinda blunt so quit bein an ass clown now little brother.
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>>53518689
101 is pretty standard when it comes to analog, you can probably find a synth with similar characteristics for cheaper like an Alpha Juno 2
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>>53518761
Uhhh, the alpha Juno is totally unlike the 101 in lots of ways.
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>>53518761
Yeah the BSII sounds pretty similiar to it. But the 101 has a kinda romanticism about it because of both BoC and it's advertising. Pic related
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What's the best synth for making ambient melodies? (soft, looming sounds)

I was going to get the Microbrute but it seems to be to abrasive. It sounds like Justice made it
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shut up and talk about synths.
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>>53518739
Sorry dad :( o-ok...
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>>53518826
Keep the mixer levels low on the brutes. Anything past 80% pushes into distortion. And don't use the brute factor.
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>>53518821
>FUCK YEAH, I CAN SKI AND DO OTHER 80'S STUFF WITH MY SH101
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>>53518868
thank you for being respectful son
even when I am angry I will love you
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>>53518761
I don't see how the alpha juno would have anything in common. It's totally unrelated.
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>>53518899
>riding a motorbike backwards playing my SH101 listening to OMD
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>mfw system1 has 101 for free
>mfw I have 2 synths in one
>mfw sh2 and promars are available too

(tfw they have shitty prices)
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>>53518905
I just don't know why mama didn't take big bruvver when she left. I love you, too.
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>>53518939
>tfw can never buy System1 because of how fuckin ridiculous it looks
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>>53518878
I was thinking about just buying a microkorg (because I've wanted one since I was 12)

Is that a bad idea?
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>>53518949
cus mama's a bitch son, you know that.
Anyway don't disrespect your brother on the interweb, it's not his fault he's a potato
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>>53518956
>mfw I can barely stand the ayy lmao look of the thing
>mfw scatter wheel is pretty useless
>mfw when mod is just a button and dunno how to use it
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>>53518963
Just don't buy one new, there's plenty of used ones out there. Don't expect too much out of it either, it's still a 10+ year old VA.
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>>53518963
I don't see any reason for anyone to buy a Microkorg. It's outdated as shit and there are much more advanced options. Even if you just want something cheap, the Novation Mininova is far better.
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>>53518963
No, the microkorg is perfect for ambient sounds/ambient techno sounds
just make sure you also buy a reverb pedal
you won't regret it
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>>53518996
the synth engine is 15 years old
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>>53519004
>I don't see any reason for anyone to buy a Microkorg.
the controls in MK1 are really well placed, so it's great for performances

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdRP3dQ9QOM
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>>53518995
>tfw waiting for the jd-xa
>mfw know it will be too expense
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who's gonna buy these
>mfw I can actually afford them
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>>53519155
fucked up sorry
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If you want to make scapes and ambient stuff with mono/analogue synths you can. Play with high Attack and Release on the AMP section.
At least I could make some nice ethereal bullshit while experimenting.

>>53519049
I am skeptical of the whole one-man-band machine. Although the little one seems pretty cool.
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>>53519192
i don't care for the drums/sequencing really. But the idea of a four voice analog poly + digital voices excites me. Providing it sounds good obviously / there are some interesting synthesis capabilities on the digital side
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>>53519192
I think you might be a bit confused. The little one is the "one-man-band machine"

The big one is just a big polysynth with 4 analog voices.
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So i have a synth-pop project and i want to play live, any tip of how to do it? I made most of my music with ableton and VSTs.

I was thinking of jamming live with a Launchpad, playing softsynths with an Akai MPK25, one vocal mic (Shure SM58 beta) all that connected to a laptop with an audio interface, a UR22.


I'm ignorant about the point of having a mixer if i have an audio interface. Sorry bout that
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>>53518375
A System 1 basically IS software. Analog or GTFO. Might as well be using VSTs and a MIDI controller with that thing. Also, Audacity? Dude, come the fuck on. Your stuff must suck.
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>>53519250
But it will have all the things that JDxi has too right? I might be confuse...
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>>53519254
Sounds like you figured it out.

Mixers aren't really for people who do everything ITB.
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suck my dick
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>>53519182
i'm going to buy the rhythm one, if i like it i'm going for the bass and finally the synth thing.

Sadly they went full jew with the silicone cases
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>>53519243
That is why I got the ayy lmao system-1. The 4-poly mode was a big reason why. I like my cords.
I was intimidated by the mono-only of Brute and BSII. I am happy with the choice.
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>>53519155
>>53519182
You can probably afford Monotrons too. I like mine a lot.
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>>53519276
I didn't think it had the drums, but it would be trivial to implement, so idk.
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>>53519261
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does /synth/ approve of my 2nd synth? first one i got is a DX7 mark 2
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>>53519314
i like my chords too
I just can't help feeling that the System1 looks ridiculouse and is not worth the cash
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>>53515102
I've found that there's an exponential curve of interest in a hardware synth after the initial honeymoon period. You could always opt for one with MIDI and use it as a controller too.
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>>53519353
Only if it has that sexy ribbon controller.
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>>53519281
oh nice, i thought i would have problems connecting that to big live speakers. Thanks!
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>>53519261
Audacity is the eternal friend of any producer, maybe you're going to use two or three times per year, but is really useful those few times
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>>53519292
That's Jessica Rylan rear left, creator of the Little Boy Blue synth.
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>>53519261
>A System 1 basically IS software. Analog or GTFO. Might as well be using VSTs and a MIDI controller with that thing.
In an ideal world, yes. However, you must consider a dedicated machine with one task to process probably will perform it better than another machine trying to do a lot of things at once. Regarding emulations, VSTs tend to be simplifications of the process to save on RAM. Hardware synths have their own advantages, and some would even argue the DAC color the sound in a pleasant manner even in digital synthesizers such as the DX7.

tl;dr it's not going to sound the same m8
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>>53518473
Use Ableton every day. Watch some tutorials as a brief intro and start messing around with it. Whenever you hit a roadblock while you're trying to a achieve a result just google it. That's basically how I learned.

>>53519353
I never liked Kurzwell keys. Aren't they really heavy?
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>>53519356
It DOES look ridiculous and it's definitely not worth the cash. If they'd made it £200 it might be almost be worth it as it's essentially a VST host/controller. The internal sound engine is gash. The keys/keybed is dogshit.
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>>53519182
I really want these they look like a fuck ton of fun. the absolute best thing to come out of namm imo. absolute BEST
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Are diy modular things actually do able or do I need to have swetshop hands and engineer knowledge
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>>53519182
dem or the volca series ?
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>>53519478
They are manageable, although you will have to read a ton about it online.
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>>53519478
What do you need to make? You need at a bare minimum the ability to soldier, a multimeter, and the ability to sort resistors.
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>>53518118
mirin hard
I have been trying to get a hold of minimoog lately.
Couldn't get one with perfect sound and some dudes didn't even send me flacs of how it sounds
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>>53519442
this was my opinion hence why I didn't buy one
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>>53519015
>>53519004
>>53518996
thanks
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