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Budget Synth

Postby Ex is Moor » Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:04 am

Hello all

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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Re: Budget Synth

Postby The Elf » Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:16 am

Ex is Moor wrote:minimoog

Ex is Moor wrote:under £400.

err... good luck with that one!
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Re: Budget Synth

Postby Ex is Moor » Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:33 am

The Elf wrote:
Ex is Moor wrote:minimoog

Ex is Moor wrote:under £400.

err... good luck with that one!

whoops meant to type microkorg!! multitasking never been a strong point...
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Re: Budget Synth

Postby Wimek » Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:14 pm

I would go for a Waldorf Blofeld desktop + Midi controller.
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Re: Budget Synth

Postby Darclinc » Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:48 pm

A little bit over your budget, but have a look into the Roland SH-01. It's good bang for buck and very simple to use.

More SOS info here : http://www.soundonsound.com/news?NewsID=12683

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Re: Budget Synth

Postby rob_lee » Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:05 pm

@OP

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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Re: Budget Synth

Postby Scrumper » Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:09 pm

I just went through this and I bought a Korg Radias. The Blofeld was my other top choice but in the end it pretty much came down to a coin toss and a love of blinky lights. There is also the UltraNova but I don't like LCDs linked to multi-function knobs; if that was my bag I'd just use softsynths and an SL-Zero.

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!

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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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Re: Budget Synth

Postby vinyl_junkie » Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:19 pm

That's because most new synths are bollocks... Such as the UltraNova

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.

Ps imo both the Micron and MicroKorg are balls... For one you can pick up both a Ion and MS-2000 for under £400 which are not bad synths and what both the Micron and Korg are based on..just very cut back in terms of user interface..also EVRY one has a Micro Korg
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Re: Budget Synth

Postby pocklefo » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:01 pm


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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Re: Budget Synth

Postby Wimek » Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:37 am

Jexus gives a very nice and original impression on several synths:

http://syntezatory.prv.pl/

Sure, in his style, with his musical taste... However, I find it entertaining and informative
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Re: Budget Synth

Postby Bob Moose » Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:48 pm

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?
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?

Best,
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Re: Budget Synth

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:10 am

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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