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Looking for a good synth. Any recommendations?

Post by hubie » Mon Mar 13, 2006 1:49 pm

Hi everyone :D

I'm looking to buy a new synth. More specifically, I'm looking for a good synth to use in breaks productions. Does anyone have any recommendations?

At the moment I haven't made my mind up over whether I want a soft or hard synth, I just wanna find one that produces all those great bassy, hoovery, etc, sounds that are synonymous with breaks so feel free to recommend either.

As far as a budget is concerned, I definitely want to spend less than a grand, and preferably not over 500 squids, but if I find the right synth I might be prepared to deviate from that slightly!

Anyway, what do you all recommend? What synths make those great sounds, for example, the bassy hoovery sounds that feature throughout both Pendulum's and The Rogue Element's productions?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers all :D
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Post by El Huracan » Mon Mar 13, 2006 1:56 pm

buy an access virus and sound like everyone else!
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Post by Tarekith » Mon Mar 13, 2006 2:01 pm

For that price I would recommend an Alesis Micron.
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Post by Walter Odington » Mon Mar 13, 2006 2:50 pm

all synths are beautiful. They often have simular features, but they all have different sound. Some sound simular to others.

You can get shit loads of software synths that have great specs, but dedicated controllers mean alot.

Depends what you want. All in one box is something like Virus. Round phat bass is something like an analogue roland. Though phat bass can be achieved with practically all synths.

I reccomend you get a go on a variety of synths, such as Virus, juno 106, wavestation, Roland JV, Proteus 2000... whatever, Try lots and see whats tickles you.

It depends how you will use the synth too. I tend to sample synths and then use software sampler to manipulate and trigger.
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Post by hubie » Mon Mar 13, 2006 3:08 pm

Walter Odington wrote:all synths are beautiful. They often have simular features, but they all have different sound. Some sound simular to others.
You can get shit loads of software synths that have great specs, but dedicated controllers mean alot.
Depends what you want. All in one box is something like Virus. Round phat bass is something like an analogue roland. Though phat bass can be achieved with practically all synths.
I reccomend you get a go on a variety of synths, such as Virus, juno 106, wavestation, Roland JV, Proteus 2000... whatever, Try lots and see whats tickles you.
It depends how you will use the synth too. I tend to sample synths and then use software sampler to manipulate and trigger.
Thanks for your suggestions so far everyone.

Walter, yeah I've been having a play on a few synths but haven't had enough time to have a good thorough search. Like you, I intend to sample the synth lines and manipulate 'em on my computer. I've read that the forthcoming Roland SH-201 can act as a vsti plug-in which would be handy but I'm a bit concerned that it might be a little too basic for my needs.... I'll have to wait for it to hit the shops and have a play :D

Thanks for the suggestions tho.... I appreciate that there's a shitload of synths out there, so its handy to have some recommendations just to narrow down the options if nothing else!

Anyway, what about soft synths? Ideally, if I were to go down the soft synth route, I would prefer them to be standalone as well as useable as a plug-in. Any suggestions there?
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Post by ms codex » Mon Mar 13, 2006 3:14 pm

steelz wrote:buy an access virus and sound like everyone else!
Hey, I've got an access virus! :lol:
No excuse to sound the same though, with all the filters etc you can get endless different sounds on it. And once you've played the sounds in, there's endless manipulation with plug ins and so on.

A synth is only a tool, it's what you do with it in your tunes that counts.
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Post by Tarekith » Mon Mar 13, 2006 3:17 pm

I would recommend z3ta+ if you want a softsynth, a lot of people here seem to like Albino 2 as well.
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Post by hubie » Mon Mar 13, 2006 3:24 pm

codexmachine wrote:A synth is only a tool, it's what you do with it in your tunes that counts.
I couldn't agree more!

A mate of mine who co-produces hard dance records (yeah, the poor fool!) told me that they have a couple of synths that they use on all their tracks simply because those synths are the best for producing sounds for their style of 'music' :lol: . I was just wondering if there were equivalent synths best suited for producing breaks tunes.
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Post by El Huracan » Mon Mar 13, 2006 3:26 pm

codexmachine wrote:
steelz wrote:buy an access virus and sound like everyone else!
Hey, I've got an access virus! :lol:
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8) dont worry mate. im only saying it to try and get tarekith to rise to the bait. it doesnt seem to work though.
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Post by ms codex » Mon Mar 13, 2006 3:28 pm

steelz wrote:
codexmachine wrote:
steelz wrote:buy an access virus and sound like everyone else!
Hey, I've got an access virus! :lol:
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8) dont worry mate. im only saying it to try and get tarekith to rise to the bait. it doesnt seem to work though.
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What about a stylophone?
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Post by El Huracan » Mon Mar 13, 2006 3:31 pm

i got a stylophone. pretty handy at points!
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Post by ms codex » Mon Mar 13, 2006 3:41 pm

I used to have one when I was a kid, hours of fun. The last one I bid on on ebay went for about thirty quid.
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Post by Tarekith » Mon Mar 13, 2006 4:01 pm

steelz wrote: 8) dont worry mate. im only saying it to try and get tarekith to rise to the bait. it doesnt seem to work though.
I almost did, then just figured you were an idiot and it wasn't worth my time.

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Post by El Huracan » Mon Mar 13, 2006 4:08 pm

bet i got more A levels than you
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Post by SometimesSean » Mon Mar 13, 2006 4:12 pm

I'm looking into a Novation X-station, all the benifits of software and hardware with added usb midi controllers and only about £370ish. But the Juno 106 is you're typical hoover synth, fairly cheap second hand I think. Waldorf pulse is worth a look for a nice phat real analouge monophonic synth for under £100 second hand, check ebay :)
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Post by El Huracan » Mon Mar 13, 2006 4:15 pm

alpha juno 1 for your hoover noise ;-)
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Post by hubie » Mon Mar 13, 2006 4:15 pm

steelz wrote:bet i got more A levels than you
Yeah, but I bet his Dad is bigger than your Dad, etc, etc, blah, blah, bollocks :finger: :lol:

Sorry Steelz, couldn't resist :lol:
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Post by El Huracan » Mon Mar 13, 2006 4:18 pm

thats ok, my dad is dead anyway
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Post by BLista » Mon Mar 13, 2006 4:25 pm

I am one of the aforementioned Albino2 fans.

whack it through a nice dist plug and you're off.
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Post by SometimesSean » Mon Mar 13, 2006 4:48 pm

steelz wrote:alpha juno 1 for your hoover noise ;-)
:flipa: Fuck off I was close, you should grow a big white beard with cutoff filters oh great wise one ;)
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