Hardware, software, digital, analog, etc, all are welcome.
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.
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.
>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
>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.
Never heard of it m8.
How's building a modular, anon? I've been eyeing modular synths for like ages, but I never got around building one myself.
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.
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/.
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.
If you want cheesy 70s strings, it will nail everything.
It's also pretty good for combo organ sounds.
Is there a volume pot of some sort? If so, play wi it a fuckton and maybe spray some contact cleaner in there.
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.
Anyone use a machinedrum sps-1 or uw? Can someone explain the differences or if they are even worth it at all?
I don't think the P6 is going to be that hot. Have you looked at the Juno 60 or 106.
>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?
Setup if you guys wondered for some random-ass reason, I just feel like sharing
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:
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.
>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
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.
It's nice from the few hours I've spent with it though. Just a fuck ton to learn.
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. .
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
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.
>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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
>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)
>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
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.
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.
I am skeptical of the whole one-man-band machine. Although the little one seems pretty cool.
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
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
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.
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.
does /synth/ approve of my 2nd synth? first one i got is a DX7 mark 2
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.
>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
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.
I never liked Kurzwell keys. Aren't they really heavy?
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.