What was your first hardware synthesizer?

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11412 posts since 7 May, 2006 from Southern California

Post Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:30 am

I think my first keyboard was a Yamaha PSR for some sort... First synth was a DIY theremin I built when I was first learning about electronics. Both were in the late '90s. I was probably 16, so 1999?

24 posts since 8 Sep, 2015

Post Mon May 03, 2021 9:48 am

bought it to extend my drum kit with clangorous FM sounds.

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16 posts since 9 May, 2021

Post Sun May 09, 2021 3:30 am

Hi, my first hardware synth was an Elektron Analog 4 MKI. I know that there are quite some debates regarding its user interface, however, the sound and possibilities are really great. Once you have gotten your head around it, the combination of the sequencer and the sound engine make it a real techno monster (at least in my oppinion). BTW, if you think the bass is to weak, the trick is to use the second filter in high pass mode without actually highpassing but bosting the resonance a bit. Cheers

25 posts since 27 Sep, 2006 from Denmark

Post Sun May 09, 2021 4:29 am

my first was a micromoog :)

22 posts since 17 Oct, 2020

Post Sun May 16, 2021 2:16 am

Microkorg. I hated it and sold it a couple months later.

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102 posts since 4 Jan, 2007

Post Sun May 16, 2021 3:51 am

Had one of these at the end of the 80's. Korg Poly-800 Reversed keyboard
Took me a while to get used to a "normal" keyboard. And now I use a Seaboard which is even weirder :wink:

5693 posts since 22 Jan, 2005 from Sweden

Post Sun May 16, 2021 9:38 pm

For me it was Casio CZ1000 1985. I was looking at Juno 106 too at the time, but was more money involved that made the decision i favour of CZ.

It was menu diving all the way, but was just very happy at the time. Soon found I needed memory cartridges and they were expensive, so made some of my own being 8 x times Casios in size(and just double in price), and was the start of my business. One store in sweden sold pretty good of that.

Made money to buy my first PC, and then moved over to programming making software. And it became my profession and now retired making music and film full time, that was my hobby all life through.

5 posts since 11 May, 2021

Post Tue May 25, 2021 6:01 pm

MS200r, which I still have! Very logically laid out synth with lots of hands-on control. I think I'll gift it to someone who wants to learn synthesis in the future

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1087 posts since 21 Apr, 2017 from Bahia, Brazil

Post Wed May 26, 2021 3:40 am

My First was an Alpha Juno 2...Then a Korg X2 and now my only hardware is a Yamaha DX 100 that was given to me.
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15602 posts since 12 Oct, 2008 from Here and there

Post Wed May 26, 2021 3:53 am

Minimoog 1st generation, my father gave it to me when I was 9 years old and I loved it. I still keep it for nostalgic reasons...

1736 posts since 28 Sep, 2012

Post Wed May 26, 2021 4:34 am

Casio HT3000

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5368 posts since 17 Aug, 2004 from Berlin, Germany

Post Wed May 26, 2021 4:40 am

Sometime in the mid 80s... a Casio MT 31 ;)
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186 posts since 12 Sep, 2007

Post Wed May 26, 2021 4:57 am

A brand new Minimoog in '79, I was broke for long time after that.

1742 posts since 29 Mar, 2013

Post Wed May 26, 2021 6:26 am

Ok I'll join in, it was a sc pro one bought from a music shop in bingley, UK for £349 in 1981
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12793 posts since 8 Mar, 2005 from Utrecht, Holland

Post Wed May 26, 2021 6:34 am

vurt wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:48 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.
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.
Sure you did. Does the name Tandy perhaps ring any bells?
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