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Postby withnail » Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:50 pm

Roll call? What do you have/what have you played?

Lately, I've had a dangerous obsession of looking on craigslist and ebay for Juno 60s and Roland sh2/101s. I can't even decide whether I want a monosynth for bass or something like a Juno60/106.
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Postby withnail » Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:54 pm

and then I realize how much of a money sink analog synths are and how I should just get a Novation Bass Station considering I already have two decent VA synths.
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Postby Itsmecraig » Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:57 pm

im really tired of synths
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Postby withnail » Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:00 pm

Oh man, just digging into them. in combination with external effects there are just way too many fun things to do that sound amazing.
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Postby golden rules » Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:00 pm

i bought a Stylophone. it's cool but i can't even take it apart without breaking it :(
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Postby withnail » Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:02 pm

my housemate has some synth app for his iphone. he loves to plug that shit into my mixer lol
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Postby withnail » Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:05 pm

one of these on craigslist right now:

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Postby good guy » Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:08 pm

got a korg z1, pretty standard for inbuilt sounds, quite alot of potential in it and really great for hooking up with midi
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Postby deklin » Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:12 pm

i have a 106 and it is awesome and i love it a lot
a nice tip is to have a look at the JX3P and JX8P they usually go for waaay cheaper than the Juno range and are very similar
a guy i know just bought a JX3P for £112 and I got my Juno for £300, which is pretty cheap and the JX3P sounds basically the same but without the sub osc
I'd look out for one of those, and pick up a Yamaha CS5/10 for your monosynth bass duties – you'll get both for less than a 106 in perfect condition : )
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Postby mothlight » Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:14 pm

I've had a Roland SH-32 table top synth, an Alesis Micron, and I currently have a Casio SK-1. I used to use rack mount samplers as synths also, namely the Roland VP 9000. I've pretty much settled on using VST's though - Absynth and FM8 do pretty much everything I need. Then I just sample loops of synth lines that I write and trigger them with phrase samplers live.
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Postby mothlight » Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:15 pm

deklin wrote:i have a 106 and it is awesome and i love it a lot
a nice tip is to have a look at the JX3P and JX8P they usually go for waaay cheaper than the Juno range and are very similar
a guy i know just bought a JX3P for £112 and I got my Juno for £300, which is pretty cheap and the JX3P sounds basically the same but without the sub osc
I'd look out for one of those, and pick up a Yamaha CS5/10 for your monosynth bass duties – you'll get both for less than a 106 in perfect condition : )


Oh yeah, those JX3P's are really dope. One of my friends has one and I've played around with it a bit. I've always been weary of buying one though because you need some rare and expensive external unit to really get the full potential of the unit (although my friend didn't have one of those and he managed).
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Postby deklin » Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:20 pm

yeah you can get the PG200 to make it properly like a Juno – it's basically a hardware mapping of all it's controls, but it's perfectly programable without it i think. it's like a single slider and then numbers for each parameter, so you're only ever two button presses away from anything you wanna change.
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Postby mothlight » Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:21 pm

That's good to know. I'll probably pick one up the next time I see one on Craigslist.
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Postby nzs » Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:12 pm

man it would be a real shame if an international musician like synathesizerpatal couldn't find something to post in this thread
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Postby umryan. » Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:32 pm

i wonder what synthesizer patel has to say on the matter

oh man, missed the previous post
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Postby withnail » Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:29 pm

deklin wrote:i have a 106 and it is awesome and i love it a lot
a nice tip is to have a look at the JX3P and JX8P they usually go for waaay cheaper than the Juno range and are very similar
a guy i know just bought a JX3P for £112 and I got my Juno for £300, which is pretty cheap and the JX3P sounds basically the same but without the sub osc
I'd look out for one of those, and pick up a Yamaha CS5/10 for your monosynth bass duties – you'll get both for less than a 106 in perfect condition : )


I've got a MS2000 and a Micron so I think a monosynth would be more in line with what I could use. Someday I'd love to pawn both of those VAs and get a Juno. I've started to use the patches a lot more on the ms2k though.
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Postby Sad Panda » Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:33 pm

Almost bought a Yamaha SHS-10 awhile ago for kitsch value but otherwise I'm too poor for real shit and just use plugins
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Postby SynthesizerPatel » Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:37 pm

withnail wrote:one of these on craigslist right now:

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refurbished!


these are great. I love them.
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Postby hash driveway » Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:44 pm

I have a 106 and a Microkorg. I use the 106 a lot more.
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Postby withnail » Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:07 pm

Looks like those Yamaha CSs only got the one oscillator. The Rolands got that sub oscillator, the SH2, two oscillators.
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Postby withnail » Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:08 pm

would you guys say the 106 sound is any "thinner" (in the modern synthcliche parlance) than a 60?
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Postby nzs » Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:46 am

I guess he was a phoney :cry:

come to think of it, the guy in his avatar didn't really look indian
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Postby benghost » Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:54 am

you asshole, i've been trying to buy a 106 on ebay too, quit driving the price up
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Postby Eugenics » Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:57 am

i bought a 106 for 50 bucks from a junk collecting neighbor that works but is in really bad shape. i basically just use it for one sound i keep dialed in, but i love the fuckin thing
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Postby buboclot » Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:23 am

if u are willing to make a bit of an aesthetic sacrifice, the roland hs-60 can usually be found for a lot cheaper than the juno models. same exact synth internally, but has big old ugly speakers built in (which are easily muted).

my synth setup is pretty limited
nord lead 2x - got this really cheap on craigslist still in the box. think i paid $600 for it at the time. beautiful synth and impeccable interface if u ask me. covers most of the basic analog sound territory but can also get kind of vicious. just a first class synth, very usable and fits into the mix quite easily.

oberheim matrix 1000 - analog rack from oberheim. basically a 1000 preset box, though can now be edited with software which is handy but is a bit of a pain. usually just tweak it through logic anyhow.

roland jd-990 w/ vintage synth waveform card - amazing 90s rack synth that never gets used. really huge basses/pads and an incredible filter. probably going to sell soon however.

if you are messing with sending em thru external fx -- you can do a lot worse than the ensoniq dp/4+ multifx box. often thought of as a poor mans/lo fi eventide. very dark sounding. think all the early autechre shit uses this heavily. also used by daft punk on harder better faster stronger (vocoder). probably going to sell this thing too. can come up with some really alien effect chains, but on the whole i just dont have patience for programming and saving the presets/sysex files, etc. the modulation fx are especially nice. running the oberheim through this inevitably sounds awesome.
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Postby hash driveway » Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:25 am

this thread inspired me to go play for an hour. i have one patch on the 106 that is the perfect sound imho.
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Postby fresh salad » Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:34 am

...already posted, but I just got this today...
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Postby Milquetoaster Strudels » Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:25 am

I'm buying that JX3P tomorrow for $225. I think I got a pretty nice deal. What kind of amp should I get for it?
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Postby Milquetoaster Strudels » Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:29 am

Oh yeah, how much do you think it would probably run to refurbish a Fender Rhodes? I can get a Mark I for $100.
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Postby Eugenics » Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:35 am

you can repair it yourself pretty easily. i spent under $100 on 6 or so new tines and new felt for the hammers. a few of the keys would stick and not bounce back, and it was an easy fix with some lubricant on the metal posts under the keys. luckily i didnt need to replace any pickups or hammers. i would assume you would spend around 400 bucks or so if your harp is in bad shape
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