Synth recommendations

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Post by doggytrainer »

So this Synthfest thing. Last time I was there I bought some synths. That was a few years ago. Now I am returning and I fancy treating myself to some more gear.

I have not kept at all up to date with synths in the last 2-3 years. What are some really sexy synths I can check out with a view to buying?

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If you can't find what you need in Music Tech a quick flick through the last couple of years of SOS should answer that... :lol:
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Post by Martin Walker »

Oh dear, Hugh and I seem to have started a trend :mrgreen:

On the other hand, we've both bought an ASM Hydrasynth, which might just be the sort of synth you're looking for :thumbup:
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Post by Hugh Robjohns »

I can definitely recommend the Hydrasynth (especially the Deluxe version which is astonishingly good value for money). If your budget is considerably larger, there are the modern Oberheims, Prophets and so on, or for much less lots of Behringer cloans of interesting retro things.
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Post by Luke W »

I currently own 0 synths so there will be lots of people here that are better placed to make suggestions, but for what it's worth, the one that keeps turning my head is the Novation Summit.
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Post by The Elf »

The Hydrasynth and Summit are both gorgeous synths.

My favourite keyboard-less synth remains MicroMonsta 2, if you already have a controller keyboard (MM2 works well with a poly AT/MPE keyboard).

For a monosynth with oodles of character the Behringer 2600 takes some beating. The Dreadbox Typhon is a fine synth too, if you can live with restricted controls in return for immediacy and compact form.

Of course you could always begin to contemplate Eurorack, especially if you're attending Synthfest - there's plenty of advice and guidance on offer there.

We seem to be in a golden age for synths. Long may it endure.
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Oooh thanks for the recs!

I am goggling as we speak.
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Oh yeah, love that Hydrasynth deluxe!
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doggytrainer wrote: Wed Oct 05, 2022 9:53 pm Oh yeah, love that Hydrasynth deluxe!

It's as good as it looks, and as good as they say. And I also agree with the view above that it's something of a bargain. Love mine.
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Post by bonefixer »

What’s it for? After extensive research and prevarication I just got a Nord Wave 2 as I want it mainly for a live rig. For studio/recording/sound design look at an Arturia PolyBrute. Hydrasynth also, but I tried and didn’t like.
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Post by Arpangel »

I have no idea what you’re going to use it for, or what type of music you make, I can only give personal recommendations based on what I really like.
Hypothetical, top of my head type things, that I own, or want to own, budget irrelevant.

Moog Grandmother/Matriarch just beautiful examples of the Moog sound, these still have it.

Prophet 5/10 the essence and model of what the perfect polysynth should be, ergonomically perfect.

Moog Model 10 like a vintage cello, and just as expressive.

Get into Eurorack, buy a nice big case, and start a journey that will make Alice In Wonderland seem like a boring walk in the park.

Mega FM, just beautiful.
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