Inexpensive Synth Thread

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Re: Inexpensive Synth Thread

Post by Singlebladepickup » Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:05 am

Do most come with 1/4 jacks?

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Re: Inexpensive Synth Thread

Post by StevenO » Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:38 am

Most pro synths do, yeah.

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Re: Inexpensive Synth Thread

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:12 pm

Anyone mess with any of the Volca stuff? I've been considering a Beats since I'm no drummer, but I've not messed with any of the series.
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Re: Inexpensive Synth Thread

Post by Zork » Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:19 am

They're more toys than synths but you can have some fun for some time.

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Re: Inexpensive Synth Thread

Post by dezb1 » Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:54 pm

Not sure if this counts:

Sold a load of stuff on eBay... but ended up buying an old 80s drum machine:

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A cheapo but cool the roll button is tonnes of fun... very New Order.

Even got the original yamaha strap for added ROCK

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Re: Inexpensive Synth Thread

Post by Witchburner » Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:35 pm

dezb1 wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:54 pm
Not sure if this counts:

Sold a load of stuff on eBay... but ended up buying an old 80s drum machine:

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A cheapo but cool the roll button is tonnes of fun... very New Order.

Even got the original yamaha strap for added ROCK

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that's pretty bad ass

where do you guys plus your synths into?
amp pa?

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Re: Inexpensive Synth Thread

Post by Rob » Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:49 am

dezb1 wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:54 pm
Even got the original yamaha strap for added ROCK

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I often wonder if I'll ever feel as cool as that guy feels.

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Re: Inexpensive Synth Thread

Post by dezb1 » Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:06 am

Witchburner wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:35 pm
dezb1 wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:54 pm
Not sure if this counts:

Sold a load of stuff on eBay... but ended up buying an old 80s drum machine:

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A cheapo but cool the roll button is tonnes of fun... very New Order.

Even got the original yamaha strap for added ROCK

Image
that's pretty bad ass

where do you guys plus your synths into?
amp pa?
Most of these old things I buy are just for recording. If I need any of the sounds live I usually sample them.

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Re: Inexpensive Synth Thread

Post by mackerelmint » Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:17 pm

Shadoweclipse13 wrote:
Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:12 pm
Anyone mess with any of the Volca stuff? I've been considering a Beats since I'm no drummer, but I've not messed with any of the series.
The sample seems like a better option for drums than the beats. Cuz you got choices.

I'm thinking about a volca sample for just that reason.
Their drummer makes Meg White sound like Karen Carpenter

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Re: Inexpensive Synth Thread

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:48 pm

mackerelmint wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:17 pm
Shadoweclipse13 wrote:
Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:12 pm
Anyone mess with any of the Volca stuff? I've been considering a Beats since I'm no drummer, but I've not messed with any of the series.
The sample seems like a better option for drums than the beats. Cuz you got choices.

I'm thinking about a volca sample for just that reason.
Really? That's interesting. I just figured that the sampler was just that. Wouldn't you have to record something or use something that already exists to sample, or does it have drums built-in that you can program?
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Re: Inexpensive Synth Thread

Post by mackerelmint » Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:25 pm

It's a sample sequencer, meaning really just a drum machine you bring your own sounds to.
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Re: Inexpensive Synth Thread

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:50 am

mackerelmint wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:25 pm
It's a sample sequencer, meaning really just a drum machine you bring your own sounds to.
Well, that's my lack of knowledge then :D I always thought samplers were basically just looper pedals/recorder with some cool functions. I didn't think they had ANY of their own sounds, just ways to record, loop, and tweak the sounds you input into them.
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Re: Inexpensive Synth Thread

Post by mackerelmint » Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:31 pm

Yeah, most are, or at least allow for longer sample times, but the volca is really just suited for drum sounds and other short samples. There's functionality there to alter them and do some basic editing but the sequencer part is pure drum machine.
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Re: Inexpensive Synth Thread

Post by OffYourFace » Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:41 pm

I have a Yamaha PSR-41 that I love to bits. It sounds way better than it should. It's also another Beach House synth. It's the sound of the main part/intro of "Lover Of Mine".

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Re: Inexpensive Synth Thread

Post by oid » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:19 pm

The Micron/miniAK are great little synths for the money, more of a programmers synth than a guitarist synth though. Not the sort of synth you can just fiddle with, you need to spend the time to learn its engine to get anything out of it. Not sure if there is as capable of a synth for $200ish they cost, I got mine for $130.

The blofeld is pretty great, and at $500 for the desktop is a great deal. It will be my next synth most likely, need to get the engine of the Micron down better be for I get another though.

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