The Synth Thread...

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The Synth Thread...

Post by budda12ax7 » Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:54 pm

Post your pics your synths.............

I had an sh 101....sold it with my korg poly 800....the poly sucked, but man the sh was great

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Post by fibreman » Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:58 am

My rig that I've used for some time with The British Expeditionary Force:

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Yamaha YS200 / Alesis Ion / Yamaha PSS380 'Fibratron'

Then there's the Generalmusic S2R that i'm very fond of but has unfortunately since died an intermittant sort of death brought on by touring it out of a hand-luggage size holdall packed with old newspaper:
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And the Nord Wave which I've yet to play out with (top):
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Post by El Pr0n » Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:33 pm

I've only got Ableton Suite and Pure Data. I've only gotten started with synthesis, desperately wanting to get good at it and not really knowing where to start. Sort of frustrating. I'm looking at getting a MIDI keyboard so I can actually play a keyboard and twiddle knobs rather than programming patterns and clicking around.

I'd love a hardware synth. Really though, I'd love a modular system :?
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Post by chrisjedijane » Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:15 am

I really love my Moog Prodigy:

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That's the best shot of it I can see online, and I'm not even playing it at the time!

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Post by dug » Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:02 am

I just have a small synth, but I love it.
I got an alesis micron a while back, and I've been ruining my bands songs with it.

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Post by electric12 » Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:09 am

Here are my three real synths- they don't see much action though as when I record I tend to go to my software GMedia Minimonsta and M-tron plugins.
They are, from the top: Korg Prophecy, Korg MS2000B and Yamaha SY85
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Post by El Pr0n » Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:35 am

How do you guys amplify your synths for band rehearsals and gigs? Mixer into a keyboard amp? Straight into a PA?
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Post by fibreman » Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:19 am

For gigs I used to just DI straight out (usually 2 or 3 mono signals), and get plenty put back into the nearest monitor/speaker. Not easy in smaller venues where there's usually not enough monitors to go around. For rehearsals it was through the PA along with vocals - as you might imagine in a 600w PA there's not much headroom to play with there, we used to run it right to the limit.

What I do now is run the same lines in stereo through a Behringer keyboard amp (the 300w one), that has 4 stereo inputs and a stereo mix output on XLR's, with a mono speaker, so it's almost like running a mini PA system just for the keys. Everything makes much more sense now. I set my own monitor and FOH balance; I can put a drum machine through it and where on the old PA it used to peak>limit>duck the vocals, now it sits where it's supposed to; I don't have to wait for ages for the house engineer to dig out the manky stash of dodgy DI's and check which ones work; the monitor mix on stage sounds great, all the time, every time.

For a single keyboard I might not have bothered, but for a multi-input setup in an 8-piece band it's an absolute godsend.

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Post by chrisjedijane » Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:25 am

I only have the one keyboard, so for practice it's either into the PA or a bass amp, and for live shows it's straight into the PA with loads in the monitor...

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Post by dug » Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:33 am

Mine goes into a bass amp.

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Re: The Synth Thread...

Post by eggwheat » Sat Jul 03, 2010 2:37 am

I got loads of synths...too many actually..heres a pic of my trusty old Moog Source..

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Post by El Pr0n » Sat Jul 03, 2010 5:32 am

eggwheat wrote:too many actually
I don't understand.... :P
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Post by shadowplay » Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:11 am

eggwheat wrote:I got loads of synths...too many actually..heres a pic of my trusty old Moog Source..

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I normally don't go in for the gear licking, "oh my" sort of stuff but that looks almost too good to use. The only trouble is that it looks so cheerful it would be hard to use it for evil.

I'd probably be tempted to encase it in a billet of glass as an object d'art.


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Post by El Pr0n » Wed Jul 07, 2010 5:37 am

I was talking to one of my sister's workmates at her housewarming and we were talking about music. He said he went through a period of wild eBaying and bought a load of synthesisers, and then remarked that I could have a lend of one if I wanted. Of course, I figured he was just spouting drunken nonsense and wouldn't remember any of it in the morning. But my sister phoned me just there to tell me that he just brought it into work and said I could keep it!

So, by tonight, I'll have a Roland SH-32 to play with. This'll be my first hardware synthesiser, and from what I've read, they're pretty good. I can't wait!! :w00t:

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Re: The Synth Thread...

Post by ugly casanova » Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:07 am

"keep it" as in "own it"? awesome!

this morning i found a vermona string-piano on ebay, a GDR (made in east germany) keyboard. there is also a broken one which i found tempting but i doubt i can fix it so it would be a waste of money.

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