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Recommend me a tabletop synth

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KVRAF
 
3031 posts since 3 Jul, 2012
 

Postby V0RT3X; Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:46 pm Re: Recommend me a tabletop synth

Those Boomstars sound really really good especially the ones with the ARP2600 filters.
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Postby damoog; Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:32 pm Re: Recommend me a tabletop synth

For real value you can't go wrong with the bass station 2,I would also recommend the moog little phatty

The bs2 though can do some awesome drum sounds especially bass drums,I honestly can't think of a better sounding,better value modern analog in its price range,I've tried them all and the bs pisses on the rest
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Postby V0RT3X; Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:54 pm Re: Recommend me a tabletop synth

Arturia might suck with their software but the synthesizer they made is pretty decent !

I remember the guy behind Portis head mentioning that he really liked the sound of the MiniBrute and that is pretty big praise from a guy who owns vintage gear worth way way more.


The Korg MS-20 can do some pretty interesting sounds.

I personally love the filter on it and I think the patchbay is great when you decide to do a bit of sound design.

This is a pretty good sound demo of the MS-20 Mini.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sab1V_LwDm0

https://soundcloud.com/frostration/likeahuman-0721



https://soundcloud.com/cdm/korg-ms-20-mini-exclusive
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Postby lacandon; Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:47 pm Re: Recommend me a tabletop synth

Arturia Microbrute , could sound very nasty but could be very fat and tick as well its banging my head to me is a bit fatter from Moogs as well depend how u program it,for sure its 1 osc synth but the waves in this osx mix so its like u have 3!At this price its a steal !
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Postby himalaya; Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:55 pm Re: Recommend me a tabletop synth

tranel wrote:
Did I miss anything?


Yes! Studio Electronics Boomstar series. These are some of the most complete mono synths out there. You get every feature you'd ever want in a mono synth bar patch memories. These can scream, can go lush and gentle, punch holes in the thickest dance club wall or make some crazy effects with ease, etc. I own the 5089 and this thing is way too much fun.
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Postby T-CM11; Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:33 pm Re: Recommend me a tabletop synth

himalaya wrote:Yes! Studio Electronics Boomstar series. These are some of the most complete mono synths out there. You get every feature you'd ever want in a mono synth bar patch memories. These can scream, can go lush and gentle, punch holes in the thickest dance club wall or make some crazy effects with ease, etc. I own the 5089 and this thing is way too much fun.

I exchanged my Slim Phatty for one (SEM)... definitely no regrets! ;)
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Postby sinkmusic; Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:10 pm Re: Recommend me a tabletop synth

MFB Microzwerg is good too for both bass & drums.
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Postby T-CM11; Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:37 pm Re: Recommend me a tabletop synth

Just for fun: (I only got these two since this week)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyD2uwwryNk

(yes I know it's long :D )
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Postby zerocrossing; Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:03 pm Re: Recommend me a tabletop synth

do_androids_dream wrote:If you want something cheap, fun and versatile (far more versatile than it looks) i recommend the korg volca keys. I love mine - it can do a decent kick and all sorts of fm sounding clangs (due to it's unison ring mod and polyphonic ring mod) as well as monophonic and polyphonic (3 note). Gritty and a bit noisy but has an awesome korg 700 esque filter.


Examples please! :)
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Postby zerocrossing; Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:23 pm Re: Recommend me a tabletop synth

I'm already saving for a Boomstar (the CS80 filter), and I'm a huge Studio Electronics fan (ATC-Xqfs owner), but I've found the Minibrute great for drum sounds and it just has a really interesting quirky little sound that can be aggressive, but also quite sweet if you ease back on the gain and Brute Factor™.

I've also done some nice blippy percussion sounds with my MoPho, and while it might be hard to program from it's face place (I wouldn't now, I've never done it) it's easy as pie to program with it's editor. I'm one of those guys who doesn't care about a real or virtual interface as long as it's a good interface.

The Slim Phatty I had was also a nice machine and good for some drum tones, but I sold it as a few things about it bugged me. I replaced it with a Sub Phatty and I love it. Haven't done drums with it yet, but I bet it can do some decent drum sounds.

I like the Bass Station II a lot. I think it's a very good "all rounder" synth. Lots of bang for the buck. Maybe not the most characterful of the machines we're talking about, but sits nicely in a mix. Good feeling keyboard.

I don't know what your budget is, but perhaps a Tempest might suit you. Drums obviously, but the best demo of it I ever heard was made using it for synth tones.
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Postby iDesignSound; Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:19 am Re: Recommend me a tabletop synth

You should check out the Analog Four. Is great for creating drum sounds and has the bonus of having a 64 step sequencer built in ;-)

The Bass Station 2 is pretty good at drums too :)
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