What was your first hardware synthesizer?

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KVRian
1171 posts since 6 Jul, 2005

Post Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:00 am

Roland SH-101 in 1985.

[ Saved paper round money for 6-months to buy it used ]

KVRAF
4322 posts since 22 Nov, 2012

Post Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:21 am

well, i was playing bass, some guitar, drums, sang a little (i am bad at it), but then got a hold of a waldorf XTK. game over. went into the microQ rack and keyboard set up and went on a tangent. bought a bunch of old and collectibles. had a room of dedicated hardware before long (collectibles and new).... and then... life changed. the synth room was turned into a kids room. i went inb. it all got sold. evolution seems to be happening again for me. a lot of ACE hardware out cheap rn.

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KVRist
148 posts since 25 Feb, 2006 from Bergen

Post Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:21 am

Korg delta

i learned to play by playing along with The Cures Disintegration.

it rips when played through my guitar set up .

still have it

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KVRAF
3194 posts since 28 Jan, 2011 from MEXICO

Post Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:24 am

1 .- Elektron Machinedrum
2.- Nord lead 3
3.- Moog minitaur
4.- Elektron Analog Keys
5.- Roland System 8

I have realized over the years: Hardware has to be more immediate, so get something with lots of knobs.
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GRRRRRRR!
11247 posts since 14 Jun, 2001 from Somewhere else, on principle

Post Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:01 pm

djboomstick wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:21 am
Korg delta. i learned to play by playing along with The Cures Disintegration. it rips when played through my guitar set up .
One of my early favourites. It's filter had a really nice timbre to it and the fact it could play as many notes as you could hold down, like an organ, made it interesting. It was just paraphonic but infinitely so.
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KVRAF
2173 posts since 23 Dec, 2002

Post Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:55 pm

Radioshack Moog MG-1 and Yamaha CS5 both of which I still have. MG-1 has a midi and filter mod and now needs a repair which is lined up. CS5 is wonderful. I also had an SH1000 and I have no idea what I did with it.

KVRAF
5291 posts since 24 May, 2002 from Tutukaka, New Zealand

Post Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:06 pm

:? I had a crappy Yamaha home organ thingy, but first proper synth was a Korg Wavestation, 1989. Considering I wanted to make Beltram style underground rave music at the time...probably not the best choice. In fact, definitely not the right choice. Still - it lasted longer than many of the subsequent synths I bought. Soon after that I bought a TB303 with 606 drum machine together for 100 quid. Sold them 6 months later for 160 quid. Note to my younger self...



...What the very f**k were you thinking, you knobhead!

My early choices were a bit haphazard.... :hihi:

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KVRAF
2240 posts since 15 Oct, 2017 from U.S.

Post Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:33 pm

My first hardware synthesizer was a computer with a copy of a standalone synth that could start recording what I played to a wav file when I hit the first note

KVRist
151 posts since 6 Feb, 2004 from Southampton, England

Post Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:48 am

My dad bought a Yamaha DOM-30 - a very basic GM soundset but had a built-in sequenceer, which was the start of my journey into recording my own music
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First ones I bought with my own money were a Korg X5D and then a Roland JV1010

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KVRian
1455 posts since 30 May, 2003 from Milan, Italy

Post Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:34 am

Korg Wavestation EX bought new in Southampton in 1992. I saved about a year for it. I was 18.

KVRer
20 posts since 28 Jul, 2020

Post Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:48 am

Korg minilogue xd module. Bought it last year unfortunately not using it as much as I should be - I have too many soft synths. I’ll probably trade this in for something that I will actually use... being eyeing a les Paul lately :)

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KVRAF

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29493 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Post Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:43 am

cryophonik wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:33 am
Radio Shack/Realistic/Moog Concertmate MG-1. My dad bought it back in '81 because he thought it would be cool to mess around with, and I basically took ownership of it.

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Scotty wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:55 pm
Radioshack Moog MG-1 ...

There's a free emulation from Cherry Audio:
https://www.pluginboutique.com/products ... page-nosto

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KVRAF
6411 posts since 7 Sep, 2006 from Roseville, CA

Post Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:52 am

thecontrolcentre wrote:
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:43 am
cryophonik wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:33 am
Radio Shack/Realistic/Moog Concertmate MG-1. My dad bought it back in '81 because he thought it would be cool to mess around with, and I basically took ownership of it.

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Scotty wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:55 pm
Radioshack Moog MG-1 ...

There's a free emulation from Cherry Audio:
https://www.pluginboutique.com/products ... page-nosto
Whattt???!!!! No way, I might need to download that this weekend. :party:

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addled muppet weed
76777 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:56 am

i asked my uncle for more details about which synth it was. f**king idiot doesn't remember, he's had loads!
yeah, helpful...

KVRAF
5289 posts since 7 Feb, 2013

Post Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:05 am

Yamaha PSR 520, 1996

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