Arpangel wrote:The only other synth that had such an impact on me was the DX7.
Mine's the Yamaha SY85. I know I've belted on about it at length over the years but to me it's a unique synth insofar as nothing else sounds like it even though it is, on paper, a 90s rompler.
There is something about it that is huge, epic, lo-fi and glorious. The (digital) filters in it are amazing.
When it comes to enormous, overwhelming walls of sound (which are a penchant of mine) it easily matches any other synth I own, including the Kronos, Summit, Hydrasynth, MatrixBrute, OB-6, Prophet-6 and three generations of the Motif series.
It's also a major challenge to include in a mix, but I'll totally forgive it that. There is a patch on it which is based on a sample of a Prophet 5 that out-analogues the Prophet 6, even with filter sweeps, and makes the house shake.
When I used it live it turned heads on occasion. Several times punters thought I was using something from the '70s or '80s and were quite disappointed to hear that it was a rompler.
I own three of them, but only because I've not found a convenient 4th to pick up locally :D