Tj Shredder wrote: ↑
Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:53 pm
Why do you buy them then in the first place?
Disappointment is related to expectations not on level of standards!
And if you don’t test them before you buy, that points more to a low standard in a different area...
Well, in 1982 it was all I could afford. Later, it was all that was available, although I didn't realise that they weren't as good as I'd thought until I started working with softsynths in the early 2000's. Honestly, looking back none of them were a patch on the softsynths I use today and the best hardware synths I've ever owned are some of those I own today, like the Ultranova.
In 1989 I didn't have the opportunity to try a demo version or listen to audio examples of the Korg M1 on YouTube, I got to play with one in a store for an hour or so and after that it was a matter of spending the money and hoping it would work out. With earlier purchases - like ARP Axxe, Korg Delta, MonoPoly, SH-101, DX-9, etc. - I'd never set eyes on any of them until I bought them. It was either that or go without.
But even with recent purchases, you try 'em out in a shop after you've read a few on line reviews and/or watched some YouTube videos but after you've had 'em at home for a couple of months, you realise that you've got all you're ever going to get out of it. That's disappointing and it happened with the JP08 and Minilogue. The JP08 was a particular disappointment because the Jupiter 8 was used by so many of the bands I loved in the 80s. It turns out it's a very ordinary two osc polysynth without a lot of features and there are much better freeware softsynths around. But you have to give it a go, don't you?