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I would suggest to you a Waldorf Blofeld, the desktop version is around £329 without the sample option but can be upgraded, the keyboard has the 60mb sample option as standard and comes in at around £550, polyphony on both is 25, i have the keyboard and desktop and love them, Waldorf synths are of the highest quality and have great filters. There's much to list but i'd recommend you get Blofeld.
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Lots of people are going to tell you about weird second hand things, but those are the three main affordable VA synths that I found. Enjoy your research - lots of very nice demos on YouTube which show off custom patches. Don't judge on the factory presets alone!
Korg: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/apr06/a ... radias.htm
Novation: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/feb11/a ... ranova.htm
Blofeld: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jun08/a ... lofeld.htm
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Considering you can buy a SuperNova 2 rack for £300 the UltraNOva is a ripp off... It's a crap re-hash of past Novation products.
Would I recommend either? No a good VST could wipe the floor with Novation.
The Blofeld is good, I have one.. But it's not a good all-round synth, cheaply made, is plagued by bugs and cannot be matched in terms of sound quality imo to past Waldorf products.
At £400 you have a great budget to get something really nice, just depends what YOU really want.
I'd rather have my Korg 700s over any of the other junk I have... No digital filter can get close and no other instrument can sound like it.
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If you were after hands on control over sound you could check out the SH-32.
It's not in the same class as a MS or Radius as it uses samples instead of DSP to generate the oscillators, and the filter is ear-splitting harsh.
The plus points are that it's knobby,built like a tank and i've seen them sell for £150
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There are many at this budget, and even more if you consider the second-hand market. What kind of synth are you looking for? Ready-to-play preset machine? Or a synth on which you have to make the sound by tuning live parameters? Do you need something compact, with or without a keyboard?Ex is Moor wrote:I am after a budget synth, something that comes in under £400.
What do people think about the microkorg vs the alesis micron?
any other suggestions?
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Bob Moose wrote:There are many at this budget, and even more if you consider the second-hand market. What kind of synth are you looking for? Ready-to-play preset machine? Or a synth on which you have to make the sound by tuning live parameters? Do you need something compact, with or without a keyboard?
I agree with Bob on this one - Ex is Moor, we need more information from you about what you actually NEED this synth to do.
Other aspects that might be involved in addition to Bob's list are:
To learn more about synthesis?
Analogue or digital preferences?
Full-on monophonic or more limited polyphonic?
MIDI support for connection to a DAW?
What do you have already?
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