What was your first hardware synthesizer?

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KVRAF
3091 posts since 13 Jun, 2004

Post Mon Aug 16, 2021 2:36 am

sh-101, '92 or '93, still have it. followed quickly by juno-60.

KVRist
86 posts since 12 Jan, 2014

Post Fri Aug 20, 2021 5:52 pm

Kawai k1. I was 11, I had really no idea what I was doing with it. It had a cool joystick though.

KVRAF
5741 posts since 9 Jul, 2002 from Helsinki

Post Sun Aug 22, 2021 8:44 am

thremuc2 wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:18 am
Hi everyone. First post here, nice to meet you all.

My first was a Roland MC-303! Groovy, haha.
Welcome to KVR!

MC-303 was my first one as well. It was before computers had VST tech, so I used the groovebox a lot and really learnt the ins ans outs of it. Most of the sounds it had were pretty bad, but the interface was really good, just a fun machine. I bought it cheap with some small issues, fixed them, used it for years and sold on profit.

KVRer
6 posts since 15 Jul, 2018

Post Sun Aug 22, 2021 9:04 am

Roland D-5 from a local music shop when it first came out. I'm really glad this was my first, because it did have a rather comprehensive synth architecture and was a great learning tool for programming synths in general, despite the convoluted patch hierarchy. An easy synth to underestimate based on its rather unimpressive presets - it was actually capable of some very cool and useful sounds.

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KVRAF
5865 posts since 9 Jan, 2003 from Saint Louis MO

Post Sun Aug 22, 2021 10:45 am

thecontrolcentre wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:53 pm
Mine was a Casio VL-Tone :)
Same. I still recall that demo song.

A few years later my dad found a Moog Micromoog in a pawn shop and brought it home for me, along with a bass amp. :D

KVRist
39 posts since 6 Aug, 2021

Post Tue Aug 24, 2021 3:26 am

For someone who never used a hardware synth before, what can you suggest for me to get first?
I make Contemporary R&B music mostly.

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KVRAF
5141 posts since 15 Dec, 2011 from Bucharest, Romania

Post Tue Aug 24, 2021 6:49 am

They use synths in R&B? :o

I'd say you'd be better served by a...










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...hardware workstation. :wink:

KVRAF
6460 posts since 28 Apr, 2013

Post Tue Aug 24, 2021 9:06 am

Fornicras wrote:
Tue Aug 24, 2021 3:26 am
For someone who never used a hardware synth before, what can you suggest for me to get first?
I make Contemporary R&B music mostly.
I'd first ask what your definition of contemporary was?
Early synths of R&B were most often Roland, ARP and Moog.
Mostly Roland as time went on.
These days? I'm not even sure if two people talking about R&B are talking about anything close to each other.

Of course, anything can be used in R&B and should be whatever clicks with the user/player/producer.
I suggest heading down to your local B&M and finding what grabs you.

While not strictly R&B, I do consider Corey Henry to be one of the great players incorporating Jazz, R&B, Gospel here. On this, he's using all Korg. (From about 4:20 on.)
https://youtu.be/L_XJ_s5IsQc

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KVRist
57 posts since 18 Apr, 2021

Post Sun Aug 29, 2021 3:15 pm

I actually had to google to find out, all I could remember was that it was a Kawai synth. I got it for $20 and thought it was mostly meh at the time, as it wasn't polyphonic, and that it was a cheap synth. In retrospect I realised it had a really fat analog sound. Apprently it was a Kawai S100P. It used to get out of tune after a while, and I thought it wasn't worth anything, so it ended up in the trash

KVRer
2 posts since 28 Aug, 2021

Post Sun Aug 29, 2021 3:44 pm

My first keyboard would have been, if I can remember correctly, an old Yamaha PSR-620. I was a pretty dumb kid and picked it over some nicer synths at the store because I really liked one of the drum kits. It had this huge distorted sounding snare with a big gated reverb and I knew that having that snare sound would make me Skinny Puppy. In case you were wondering, it did not.

KVRian
1081 posts since 27 Nov, 2006

Post Tue Aug 31, 2021 4:12 am

My first hardware synth was a second hand Korg T2EX I bought from the shop I was working full time. It was amazing and I got a lot from that 8 track sequencer. I was just frustrated that the filter was non-resonant.

KVRist
76 posts since 20 Mar, 2016

Post Sun Sep 19, 2021 8:28 am

Korg 800DV (aka Maxi-Korg by Univox) was my first 'real' synth before the Realistic MG-1 (Radio Shack). The Maxi-Korg is an amazing synth.

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KVRist
113 posts since 2 Apr, 2018

Post Sun Sep 19, 2021 8:47 am

Waldorf Blofeld

KVRer
4 posts since 17 Jul, 2021

Post Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:43 am

Yamaha DX11

KVRer
8 posts since 22 Aug, 2021

Post Sun Sep 19, 2021 12:37 pm

Yamaha RS7000 :love:

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