What was your first hardware synthesizer?

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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.

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.

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.

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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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

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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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...


...hardware workstation. :wink:

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.)

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

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.

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.

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.


113 posts since 2 Apr, 2018

Post Sun Sep 19, 2021 8:47 am

Waldorf Blofeld

4 posts since 17 Jul, 2021

Post Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:43 am

Yamaha DX11

8 posts since 22 Aug, 2021

Post Sun Sep 19, 2021 12:37 pm

Yamaha RS7000 :love:

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