Beginner hardware synth

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sleep.totem
KVRer
9 posts since 10 Feb, 2020

Post Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:34 am

Hello everyone,
Just got my Linnstrument a week ago and im having a blast :D .
This is pretty much my first foray into "electronic" stuff (guitar, trumpet player) and im looking into getting a hardware synth but, man, they can be quite expensive.

If anyone here could point me into some cheap-ish beginner synths (if it has mpe support that would be awesome as well) id gladly appreciate it. Was looking at the Hydrasynth but that price tag is a bit to much for me atm .

Cheers!

worm.ouroboros
KVRer
1 posts since 9 Aug, 2012 from Nashville, TN

Re: Beginner hardware synth

Post Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:23 pm

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sleep.totem
KVRer
9 posts since 10 Feb, 2020

Re: Beginner hardware synth

Post Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:49 am

Nice, that looks like a good place to start.
Thanks for the recommendation.

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Distorted Horizon
KVRAF
3177 posts since 17 Jan, 2017 from Planet of cats

Re: Beginner hardware synth

Post Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:58 am

Bass Station 2 or some Behringer wysiwyg mono analog. All between 300-400€

mrspiral
KVRist
79 posts since 10 May, 2018

Re: Beginner hardware synth

Post Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:20 pm

Modal Craft 2.0 and SKULPT are very nice compact and fun machines, too.
Mike Metlay, PhD (nuclear physics -- no, seriously!) :D
listen to me: Mr. Spiral | join the fam: RadioSpiral | my gig: Atomic Words LLC (coming soon)

sleep.totem
KVRer
9 posts since 10 Feb, 2020

Re: Beginner hardware synth

Post Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:00 am

Nice, that SKULPT looks pretty good for the price.
Btw a completely newbish question but, can I program the linnstrument to change parameters in any hardware synth? With the x,y,z and cc faders?

Rimwolf
KVRist
72 posts since 15 Feb, 2012

Re: Beginner hardware synth

Post Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:04 am

sleep.totem wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:00 am
Btw a completely newbish question but, can I program the linnstrument to change parameters in any hardware synth? With the x,y,z and cc faders?
Not all synths use CCs to change parameters, and those that do, don't necessarily support CC control of every parameter. In general, it's a good idea to download the documentation of any synth you're considering buying to see (among other things) what the MIDI control scheme is.

BobDog
KVRian
793 posts since 2 Apr, 2015

Re: Beginner hardware synth

Post Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:56 am

I would definitely try to get a synth that supported MPE, even if you need to pay a bit more.

You can find a list here: http://www.rogerlinndesign.com/ls-recom ... ounds.html

I recently got a Mordor NF1m which I think is pretty neat but the Hydrasynth desktop might be the way to go.

Just maybe worth spending a little more.

mrspiral
KVRist
79 posts since 10 May, 2018

Re: Beginner hardware synth

Post Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:44 pm

BobDog wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:56 am
I would definitely try to get a synth that supported MPE, even if you need to pay a bit more.

You can find a list here: http://www.rogerlinndesign.com/ls-recom ... ounds.html

I recently got a Mordor NF1m which I think is pretty neat but the Hydrasynth desktop might be the way to go.

Just maybe worth spending a little more.
I mentioned the SKULPT because it's pretty affordable and rumored to be getting MPE support eventually. I am holding onto mine, even though I'm not using it right now, for that very reason.
Mike Metlay, PhD (nuclear physics -- no, seriously!) :D
listen to me: Mr. Spiral | join the fam: RadioSpiral | my gig: Atomic Words LLC (coming soon)

sleep.totem
KVRer
9 posts since 10 Feb, 2020

Re: Beginner hardware synth

Post Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:43 am

mrspiral wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:44 pm
BobDog wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:56 am
I would definitely try to get a synth that supported MPE, even if you need to pay a bit more.

You can find a list here: http://www.rogerlinndesign.com/ls-recom ... ounds.html

I recently got a Mordor NF1m which I think is pretty neat but the Hydrasynth desktop might be the way to go.

Just maybe worth spending a little more.
I mentioned the SKULPT because it's pretty affordable and rumored to be getting MPE support eventually. I am holding onto mine, even though I'm not using it right now, for that very reason.
Yes im tempted to wait and maybe save some money and get a bigger one later instead of diving straight into a small one, also mpe support is a huge plus for me.
Decisions decisions! :o

SteveElbows
KVRist
148 posts since 8 Jul, 2009

Re: Beginner hardware synth

Post Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:37 am

Save up for the desktop hydrasynth, that would be my advice, but only if you like what you hear in hydrasynth demos.

Rimwolf
KVRist
72 posts since 15 Feb, 2012

Re: Beginner hardware synth

Post Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:10 am

SteveElbows wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:37 am
Save up for the desktop hydrasynth, that would be my advice, but only if you like what you hear in hydrasynth demos.
I agree with this advice. The price is outstanding for what you get, and personally I like what I hear in a lot of demos. One of the things that a lot of new owners* comment on is that the UI is really well done, making a rather elaborate synth architecture easy to get around and work with. I think this is an especially important consideration for someone new to synths. I also see a lot of very favorable comments on the build quality.

* (I don't own one -- it's on my radar, but I've gotten a couple of new synths in the last several months that I haven't done justice yet.)

javelin276
KVRer
1 posts since 19 Jan, 2020

Re: Beginner hardware synth

Post Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:41 pm

I have a PreenFM2, it's not expensive and has a lot of programmability like all FM synths. It's small and easily portable with my LinnStrument, I can take it from room to room. It can load DX7 patches, which there are lots of. Just another option.

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