what fucking synth can I get for under 500 bucks?
not OP but related
I want to get into synths and all that but I'm not sure if I won't realize it's not for me after a couple of months. is it safer for me to buy a midi keyboard for now?
What about the Korg MS20?
I've had a MIDI Controller for about two years and it's extremely inconvenient. Software synths sound too plastic (currently using Massive, open for software synth recommendations as well) and I really want to invest into a proper synthesizer. I want to make a lot of crazy abstract weird sounds or whatever, what would be a good choice? I mean I understand that you probably have to try them out, but I'll at least look em up online for starters.
>tfw no prophet
My MS20 mini is pretty nice. It's not the thickest synth, I find that it's actually pretty thin. It has this quality of thiness though that a softsynth wouldn't match. It's like a really brittle laserbeam. I think it's because I'm not using an echo pedal with it. It's pretty nice, but the filter makes a ton of noise, since they didn't update it from the 70s version.
alright I'll think about it
also, since I know fuck all about it, what else do I need to record a synth(apart from synth of course)? Like, can I plug it directly into the computer and work like this?
>Software synths sound too plastic
I don't think that's really the problem.
>I want to make a lot of crazy abstract weird sounds or whatever, what would be a good choice?
Evolver, or Kurzweil K2000 for expert mode.
I can see the appeal of the filter, but I don't like it that much other than the fact that it's 2 filters instead of one multimode filter. The way it starts resonating is annoying with the tiny knobs on the mini. The mini sounds 99% like the original, but it really sucks to use because of the knobs.
;_; tfw I need a clock or at least a computer sync
I made the bloops in this track with my mod
Just a drum rack I made in ableton a while ago
I'm gonna cop a tr-8 or machine drum for Xmas tho. If I go Roland route I'll cop a 909 clap module because the clap on the tr-8 is a piece of shit.
The drums are just put through some reverb ping pong and compressor
These days look for a loaded K2500 w/KDFX, the price difference isn't that much and the KDFX board is much, much better than the original digitech fx. If you just want cheap cheap find a K2000VX, that'll have all the ROMs from factory. K2661 is the best bang for your buck and a great form factor but they're still almost a grand, they didn't make many before they got discontinued. :/
I really need to spend a couple weekends and a couple hundred bucks on organization and recabling my shit
currently debating whether to buy a kawai k4r offa ebay
>tfw you'll never afford a solaris
I'll take a virus though
I think you've got its bases covered already by the K1/TG33. If you're looking for another Kawai from the era, I'd grab an XD-5, which is basically a K4 with drum partials instead. Great box.
heres the page http://www.modulargrid.net/e/racks/view/120450
rene is wonderful have it it playing like a mpc/keyboard most of the time since i dont have a clock to sync
the sequncer is pretty indepth and can get swing to it if you do it right.
provided you're still here OP, u-he DIVA has superb analog modelling (if you have the compute power for it) It really sounds amazing despite being as soft synth. You might as well get that and a decent hardware midi controller
>as much synthesis options as possible
I meant between the two. I understand both are very preset heavy but I want whichever one allows you to tweak those presets more than the other
MidiControlers Control parameters in a daw.
All a daw does is house vsts and sounds and control parameters vsts
Midi controllers let you actually play your instruments as oppoosed to sitting infront of a computer and typing.
Better interface but you need a daw to properly use the midi controller
You can build one for under $30. At least a basic one with multiple oscillators.
I bought a Yamaha TX-81 Z last year. They have a great sound, are versatile and usually cost under 100 dollar. But it's an FM synth which means that it's hard to program, you can't really edit it live and it doesn't have that warm fuzzy analog sound.
I am very content with mine.
Should I get the Microbrute, MicroKORG or Novation BassStation II as a first synth.
Money is a matter, but I want quality.
The KORG's appeal is polysynth, microbrute's is price, and BassStation II's is high reviews.
Which is best as a first/general-purpose synth?