Your First Synth

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KVRAF
6708 posts since 13 Jan, 2003 from Darkest Kent, UK

Post Sun Oct 17, 2021 5:55 am

Korg poly 800, have no regrets selling it... :hihi:
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KVRAF
6140 posts since 15 Sep, 2005 from East Coast of the USA

Post Sun Oct 17, 2021 6:58 am

IrionDaRonin wrote:
Sat Oct 16, 2021 6:40 am
Examigan wrote:
Sat Oct 16, 2021 6:31 am
IrionDaRonin wrote:
Sat Oct 16, 2021 5:59 am
First commercial software synth was Alchemy (i wonder how i can download and use it, so sad)
You didn't back up the files back when they were being bought out by Apple?
I have reinstalled it a few times since then. :)
I didn't, mate. I'm not much into synth news, and that epoque i was busy in other stuff, so i missed it. :(
Sorry to hear that. :( I don't even think there's any way to buy it 2nd hand as each copy has the original user's info embedded in it (besides CA being bought out by Apple)

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KVRian
540 posts since 9 Apr, 2005 from Japan

Post Mon Oct 18, 2021 1:35 am

midierror wrote:
Thu Oct 14, 2021 8:39 am
What was your first synth? Have you still got it?
Not counting my very first keyboard (the derpy little Yamaha PSS-170)…

First hardware synth: Kurzweil K2000
Yes, I technically still have it, but it's been in storage for years. I bought it in the late 90s and had some fun with the presets, but it was way too advanced for me at the time. I never really got into making my own sounds with it, and ended up just using it as a MIDI controller. Now that I have a lot more experience, I'm sure I could finally figure out what to do with it, but at this point there are many software synths that are both more powerful and a lot easier to use (big computer screen with a mouse easily beats poking around in menus on a smallish, text-only display and ancient, slow CPUs). This was not a good introduction to the world of synthesis.

Lesson: When you're starting out, get something simple that just sounds good, like an SH-101. They're rather expensive now, but there are modern versions like the Behringer MS-1 and Roland SH-01A.

First software synth: Propellerhead ReBirth
Absolutely groundbreaking at the time. Surpassed by other emulations now, but I still have it on my iPad and it's still fun. This was also the precursor to Reason.
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KVRAF
6752 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Post Mon Oct 18, 2021 8:28 am

guess i could mention it in this thread aswell. My first synth was Waldorf Rocket. Great little synth ;)
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KVRAF
1699 posts since 25 Apr, 2009 from France

Post Mon Oct 18, 2021 9:24 am

It was called Dreamstation. DirectX only. It was in 2000.
Before, I used the included romplers supposed to play the MIDI files that are supplied with your soundcard.

Hardware ? A small ridiculous piece of garbage for children I still have since 1989.
This post is supposed to be non-agressive. Now please give me a broad smile. :ud:

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KVRAF
1699 posts since 25 Apr, 2009 from France

Post Mon Oct 18, 2021 9:26 am

midierror wrote:
Sun Oct 17, 2021 2:33 am
IrionDaRonin wrote:
Sat Oct 16, 2021 5:59 am
First hardware i got, not a synth even Roland MC-303, i was nuts with grooveboxes.
First commercial software synth was Alchemy (i wonder how i can download and use it, so sad), i earned it in KVR contest. Since then, G.A.S didn't stop...

Have a nice day.
MC303 sounds great! I still have some samples off one from the late 90s!
I still have my MC303... :hyper:
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KVRist
225 posts since 11 May, 2010

Post Mon Oct 18, 2021 5:42 pm

GaryG wrote:
Sun Oct 17, 2021 5:55 am
Korg poly 800, have no regrets selling it... :hihi:
That wasn't my first synth, but I also didn't regret selling mine. Not least because it occasionally would go out of tune during gigs, I'd have to grab the joystick and pitch it back until it behaved. Never really liked the sound of that keyboard.

First "keyboard" in a band was a casio something or other with a speaker on it. First actual synth was a Moog Rogue, which is probably the worst keyboard Moog ever made.

After that I went up several leagues with a Roland JX-10 in the mid 80s. Loved that thing, but it had issues with key contacts going out...if not I might still own it. After that was an Emu Proteus rack unit, which was an incredible piece of gear for that time.

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KVRAF
6708 posts since 13 Jan, 2003 from Darkest Kent, UK

Post Tue Oct 19, 2021 12:12 am

Stokely wrote:
Mon Oct 18, 2021 5:42 pm
GaryG wrote:
Sun Oct 17, 2021 5:55 am
Korg poly 800, have no regrets selling it... :hihi:
That wasn't my first synth, but I also didn't regret selling mine. Not least because it occasionally would go out of tune during gigs, I'd have to grab the joystick and pitch it back until it behaved. Never really liked the sound of that keyboard.
I'd read loads about synths before getting it (dean friedmans book etc) then an 800 came up for about the same price as old monos at the time (early 90s I guess) so seemed the better bet. But then you realise just how much an inspiration killer the interface was and it's limited architecture. Could have had an ms20 for similar money...
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272 posts since 9 Jan, 2013 from UK

Post Tue Oct 19, 2021 12:14 am

Halonmusic wrote:
Mon Oct 18, 2021 8:28 am
guess i could mention it in this thread aswell. My first synth was Waldorf Rocket. Great little synth ;)
Waldorf always do great stuff. I was so into their Attack - which there is a hardware version of as well as the software!

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KVRian
540 posts since 9 Apr, 2005 from Japan

Post Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:18 am

DJErmac wrote:
Mon Oct 18, 2021 9:24 am
Hardware ? A small ridiculous piece of garbage for children I still have since 1989.
Do I detect a Realistic Rapmaster / Casio Rapman?
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KVRAF
1699 posts since 25 Apr, 2009 from France

Post Tue Oct 19, 2021 2:19 am

Arashi wrote:
Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:18 am
DJErmac wrote:
Mon Oct 18, 2021 9:24 am
Hardware ? A small ridiculous piece of garbage for children I still have since 1989.
Do I detect a Realistic Rapmaster / Casio Rapman?
Hey, nice shot in the dark ! Realistic Concertmate 970 ! :D
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KVRAF
6752 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Post Tue Oct 19, 2021 11:25 am

midierror wrote:
Tue Oct 19, 2021 12:14 am
Halonmusic wrote:
Mon Oct 18, 2021 8:28 am
guess i could mention it in this thread aswell. My first synth was Waldorf Rocket. Great little synth ;)
Waldorf always do great stuff. I was so into their Attack - which there is a hardware version of as well as the software!
:tu:
EnergyXT3 - Reaper | Roland SH201 - Waldorf Rocket | SoundCloud - Bandcamp

KVRAF
23316 posts since 20 Oct, 2007 from not here

Post Tue Oct 19, 2021 12:51 pm

Moog Minimoog, circa 1974

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KVRian
1337 posts since 6 May, 2005 from Michigan, USA

Post Wed Oct 20, 2021 5:44 am

Hardware: Roland Juno 106, bought new from Sam Ash on August 15, 1985 for $775. (No, I don't have a photographic memory...I recently came across a VERY old envelope of music gear receipts...quite the walk down ancient memory lane.) I sold it in early 1992.

Software: It was either Kontakt 1.5 or Waldorf PPG 2.V (not 100% sure which I bought first)
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KVRer
3 posts since 4 Feb, 2019

Post Wed Oct 20, 2021 11:16 am

Reaktor 2 by Native Instruments here. That was in year 2000 (Mama Mia - more than twenty years ago). I still have CD with this software monster somewhere BTW ))

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