What was your first hardware synthesizer?

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addled muppet weed
77710 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:57 am

cryophonik wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:52 am
vurt wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:48 am
my uncle who i got the yamaha off had something that looked similar, but we don't have radio shack? so not sure how he would have one.
Maybe it was a Moog Rogue or Prodigy?
nah, this was before he went off and got rich. would have been a less expensive thing for sure.

would have been around 86/7 he bought it, i was about 12 when he gave me the yamaha.

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KVRAF
1796 posts since 28 Feb, 2015

Post Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:07 am

First: Yamaha DX7
Last (because I will probably never buy a hw synth in the future): Roland Boutique D-05
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KVRian
617 posts since 29 Oct, 2015 from Jupiter 8

Post Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:31 pm

speaking strictly of synths, not samplers

1st: some simple keyed single oscillator one octave thingie my father built me in 1978 or so
2nd: some Hohner preset FM synth my brother and i got for christmas in around 1988

1st “true“ HW synthesizer i bought was the Korg Radias R, but only when it became significantly cheaper

final synth i bought was probably the Digitone, as i'm also not planning to buy any more hardware stuff too, unless it's some really cool toy (small & inexpensive) i REALLY need to have.
Not GASsing for anything though.
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KVRist
76 posts since 1 Jul, 2009 from New York

Post Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:32 pm

Roland Jupiter-6. :hihi:

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11414 posts since 14 Jun, 2001 from Somewhere else, on principle

Post Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:43 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHnK-BPS-Uw

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KVRAF
10921 posts since 26 Jun, 2006 from San Francisco Bay Area

Post Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:01 pm

Juno 106. No way could I afford it. I actually didn’t even really want it, but friends talked me into going in on it with them so we could get string and horn sounds in our songs. Ended up mostly using it for weird sounds. I wish I knew what happened to that synth.
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KVRian
719 posts since 27 Oct, 2011 from Pacific Northwest

Post Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:45 am

Ensoniq ESQ-1

KVRAF
2299 posts since 2 Jun, 2016

Post Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:58 am

As a child, my first synth was a Yamaha PSS-480 (with its groovy but cheap sounding demo song, shown here!):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdXqRlvc-jY


As an adult, my first purchase was a Roland SH3
(which is quite a funky-sounding early 1970s synth, but I'm not entirely sure why I bought it now as my first proper analogue synth :oops: :hihi:):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5bBOx--SxQ

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Beware the Quoth
29394 posts since 4 Sep, 2001 from R'lyeh Oceanic Amusement Park and Funfair

Post Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:30 am

Digisound 80 modular
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KVRist
271 posts since 17 Sep, 2020

Post Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:34 am

Access Virus B if I remember correctly. :)

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KVRist
145 posts since 7 Feb, 2017

Post Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:39 am

First used was a Bontempi organ, belonged to family.
First puchased was a Sequential Circuits Six-Trak, followed by a Jem String Machine and MS-20.

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Beware the Quoth
29394 posts since 4 Sep, 2001 from R'lyeh Oceanic Amusement Park and Funfair

Post Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:25 am

vurt wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:48 am
my uncle who i got the yamaha off had something that looked similar, but we don't have radio shack? so not sure how he would have one.
Tandy was the original company name, they renamed to Radioshack elsewhere, but not in the UK. Most places had a Tandy in the 80s or so, I reckon.

Own-name brand was 'Realistic' across both, I believe.
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KVRist
103 posts since 23 Mar, 2019

Post Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:28 am

Elka Synthex, which I still have.

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KVRAF
2686 posts since 15 Feb, 2017 from a worn out vinyl groove

Post Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:39 am

Roland System 100.. specifically the main unit with keyboard 101 and the 102 expander in 1977

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addled muppet weed
77710 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:50 am

whyterabbyt wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:25 am
vurt wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:48 am
my uncle who i got the yamaha off had something that looked similar, but we don't have radio shack? so not sure how he would have one.
Tandy was the original company name, they renamed to Radioshack elsewhere, but not in the UK. Most places had a Tandy in the 80s or so, I reckon.

Own-name brand was 'Realistic' across both, I believe.
ah, yeah, we had tandy :tu:
that would probably be more likely than moog at that point :)
probably the same one.

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