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What synthesizers do you own?
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Since everyone here also tends to have audio equipment in combination with a bunch of esoteric computer hardware (oh man, computers + synthesizers are an expensive hobby to simultaneously get in) I thought it would be fun to see who has what.

Synths I own:
  • Roland JV-1080 (2x) (all fully expanded)
  • Roland JP-8080
  • Roland JUNO-60
  • Roland Jupiter-4 (with io modification)
  • Roland MT-32 (3x)
  • Boss Dr. Synth (aka Roland SC-33)
  • Roland SC-88
  • Yamaha TG-77
  • Yamaha FS1R
  • Yamaha FB-01
  • E-MU UltraProteus
  • Moog Polymoog 280a
And I think that's all of them? Few anecdotes--I got an UltraProteus over a Morpheus due to the patches, Keith Zizza used it in Lords of Magic and I wanted some of the presents used in there. I prefer the Jupiter-4 over the Jupiter-8 due to its unique sound and strange characteristics, its random arpeggio is to die for--I consider it like Roland's minimoog. The JV-1080s still have sounds which can knock the socks off of anything made today, especially when fully expanded. A lot of influential video game and movie sound tracks use these modules--to anyone who says they sound horrible, they have a very poor ear and don't know how to mix and master tracks very well. The TG-77 (or any of the TG series) don't seem to come up often, probably the first (and only) synthesizer I've owned which comes with a numpad--the interface is very odd and could have been built better. I'd say it's easier to use the JV-1080's limited display... at least the controls on the JV are laid out nicely. I mainly got the TG-77 due to Allister Brimble (and possibly Paul Weir) owning one--because there are some very nice ROMpler patches in that thing, I wasn't really after the FM synthesis portion since I already have an FS1R.

Presently they're all in storage being moved https://i.imgur.com/IpNr0lV.jpg
Kind of sucks not being able to use my JV-1080s Sad
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09-30-2018, 08:41 AM
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I still have Yamaha TX81Z FM Tone Generator. One day I will hook it up again to my Akai MX73 MIDI Master Keyboard and Atari ST Smile
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09-30-2018, 10:08 AM
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Don't have many, but I own a Korg Monologue (blue) and a Roland JV-1080 (along with the SR-JV80-11 Techno Expansion, which has some lovely pads).

I also have an Akai S3000XL sampler (which I really need to learn a bit better), an M-AUDIO Venom (Virtual Analog synth which I mostly use as a MIDI keyboard these days, and is severely yellowed :/ ) and a Korg Volca Bass which I never use. I also have a Roland TR-8 drum machine and an Alesis QuadraVerb Plus Effects Processor as well.

EDIT: QuadraVerb 2 -> QuadraVerb Plus (sorry heh)
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09-30-2018, 04:00 PM
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Hah, I was wondering when this side of the community was going to rear its head again Smile I should probably update my signature, it's quite a bit out-of-date...
  • Roland D-50: Gorgeous, inimitable early digital timbres and lush effects. I'd sell a kidney sooner than get rid of it.
  • Roland JX-10: Something about the sound on this one - no matter what you have it do, it comes out classy and well-mannered, like a fine grand piano. The character of the sound is also very reminiscent of the D-50, despite one being analog and the other digital.
  • Roland SH-09: For a teeny little single-oscillator budget synth, this thing is surprisingly beefy. I love the filter on it; the resonance really engages with the sound in a way that a lot of Roland's later filters don't.
  • Roland MT-32: Okay, it's no D-50, but it's a charming little box with a lot of fun sounds and a reasonably capable engine, even if you're not a classic point-'n-click adventure-game junkie.
  • Roland SC-55k: Okay, the Sound Canvas line spawned that hideous GM.DLS soundfont, but in fairness, the actual hardware implementations are quite a bit nicer less awful okay-er. Plus, it's the de facto standard for listening to old shareware MIDIs spawned in the depths of some long-forgotten BBS.
  • Yamaha DX7-IIFD: The more full-featured version of the One True Classic Digital Synthesizer. It lacks a little bit of the magic, but offers some neat tricks of its own (the unison mode is incredible, even before you combine it with layered patches.)
  • Yamaha TX7: The module version of the Mk. 1 DX7, because as nice as the DX7-II is, you just need That Sound.
  • Yamaha V50: Two TX81Zs stuffed into a keyboard with a better multimbral MIDI implementation, a basic sequencer, a cheapass drum machine, and some basic effects - and, thank God, more patch memory.
  • Yamaha SY22: Cheesy but interesting "vector synthesis" - gritty, simplistic samples plus basic FM voices, with sequenced balance-control between those elements. Bizarre. Sounds better than it has any right to. Needs the main audio outs fixed so I can sell it.
  • Yamaha TG33: The expanded module version of the SY22. What was the deal with people making weird, un-rackable desktop modules in the '90s?
  • Yamaha RX15: Basic digital drum machine. Needs new buttons and sliders.
  • Yamaha FB-01: Simple 4-operator FM module; it's basically eight Sega Genesis voices in a half-rack.
  • Korg DW-8000: Gloriously weird hybrid synthesizer (digital oscillators, analog filters.) Gorgeously dark and spacey digital delay/single-line chorus; it turns even the simplest patches into a trip through the cosmos on the back of a witch's broom. Tragically, it suffered a power-supply failure and needs to be repaired.
  • Korg X5DR: Expanded half-rack version of the X5 keyboard, a couple generations down the line from the M1. Some lovely sounds, although it's yet another '90s ROMpler that decided nobody would ever need resonant filters again.
  • Korg MS-20 Mini: Lovely little recreation. The MS-20 is an amazingly versatile little piece of gear; you'd never mistake it for anything else, but it can do just about anything if you put your mind to it.
  • (Korg) ARP Odyssey: An affordable recreation of an all-time classic. Does pretty much everything that the MS-20 doesn't, and does it well; the only thing I really don't like is the weird pressure pads.
  • (ARP) Rhodes Chroma Polaris: Not currently in a working state, sadly; really need to dig into this and get it fixed.
  • Behringer Model D: Another affordable recreation of an all-time classic. It's not 100% there compared to the Minimoog, but for ~10% of the going rate, I'll take it.
  • Clavia Nord Rack 2: The first virtual-analog I've owned in a long time. Not as distinctive as the Microkorg, but not remotely as bland and lifeless as most of Roland's VA offerings. Could really have used some built-in effects, though.
  • Ensoniq SQ-80: Another weird hybrid synthesizer. Between the great gritty 8-bit samples and the Curtis filters, this thing is like instant synthwave-in-a-box.
  • E-mu Proteus/2: And this thing is like instant '90s TV soundtrack-in-a-box. Needs a new backup battery, though.
  • E-mu Proteus MPS: The keyboard version of the Proteus/1. Tragically, the battery died and I screwed up one of the holes in the PCB while desoldering it. I think it's possible to salvage it, but I need to brush up on my soldering skills.
  • Akai MPC-2000: I don't really know why I have this thing; I stupidly traded a Mirage rack version for it. I need to stop doing things like that.
  • DK Synergy: It's like the mirror-universe version where Spock has to build a DX7 out of TTL logic and bearskins. The downside is, the envelope generator circuit is currently malfunctioning. The upside is, that's constructed entirely out of commodity parts and only needs me to take the time to sit down and pinpoint the issue with the aid of copious documentation and a mailing list frequented by the guys who actually designed and built it.
I...think that's everything...? Though I'm probably going to end up buying back my old Mk. 1 DX7 from the guy I traded it to. And it won't be the first time, either. I should probably stop getting rid of it.
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Synthesizers: Roland JX-10/SH-09/MT-32/D-50, Yamaha DX7-II/V50/TX7/TG33/FB-01, Korg MS-20 Mini/ARP Odyssey/DW-8000/X5DR, Ensoniq SQ-80, E-mu Proteus/2, Nord Lead 2, Behringer Model D
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10-01-2018, 02:34 AM
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10-01-2018, 03:56 AM
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Roland D50, Roland JD800, Yamaha D7, Korg Trinity, Korg Triton, Korg Wavestation sr, Korg O3R/w. I guess people that like computers also are int Synth. I do have a audio engineering degree and worked in a studio before.
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10-01-2018, 08:14 AM
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Very short list for me:

- Roland MT-32 (old, no headphones)
- Roland SC-55 (first version non General Midi, with "GS standard" logo)

Both are connected to my Sharp X68000 XVI Smile
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10-01-2018, 01:12 PM
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I've got a bunch of soft synths (VSTs), but I've also got a Gakken SX-150. Does that count? Big Grin
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10-01-2018, 09:27 PM
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Great thread! Indeed I have been doing music on the side for many years. Synths come and go, but here is a picture of my current setup.

[Image: L4qjonh.jpg]

From left to right:
OSC Oscar
Moog Prodigy
Roland TR-909
Roland JP-8080
PreSonus 16.4.2
Teenage Engineering OP-1
Native Instruments KK-61
Roland SH-101
Korg MS-20
Studiologic Sledge
Roland  D-50

And here's a link to the music I make with it all.
https://soundcloud.com/angels_with_cellphones
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10-01-2018, 10:20 PM
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(09-30-2018, 08:41 AM)micrex22 Wrote: What synthesizers do you own?


Synthesizers:
  • Roland GAIA SH-01
  • Teenage Engineering OP-1

Samplers:
  • Roland SP-404SX
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