Top 5 Digital Synthesizers
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Top 5 Digital Synthesizers

Ok, here we go.

This is my top 5 digital synthesizers that I want on my rack!

1. V-Synth GT
2. MonoMachine
3. Virus Ti
4. Nord Wave
5. K5000s

Please chime in!
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Thats a sick list man. I wouldnt get them all at once tho cuz then I would probably be sleep walking LOL.

but here it goes:

Digital Synths

1. Virus TI
2. V-Synth GT
3. Nord WAVE
4. Korg Radius

Analog

1. Voyager
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ESQ1 (Awesome vintage digital, and cheap!)
Axel Resynthesizer
Waldorf Wave
Korg Prophecy (if you can get past the interface, its an incredible machine).
PPG


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In no order of preference:

DX7
Synclavier
D50
PPG 2.3
Wavetable Oscillators (modular)
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Don't forget to add the FS1R.
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ESQ1 (Awesome vintage digital, and cheap!)
Axel Resynthesizer
Waldorf Wave
Korg Prophecy (if you can get past the interface, its an incredible machine).
PPG


alexP
Yea, the Axel is dope! thumbsup

I'm looking for an SQ-80!
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1.Kyma system (that count?)
2.Roland VP550 ( missed out on the card for my V-synth)
3.Monomachine
4.Waldorf Stromberg, patiently waiting so I will take a yellow Q
5.Flame midi talking synth

Those are my future purchases except the Kyma, not sure if I have the time to get involved with that.
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Here's what's in my studio:

1. Kyma
2. Virus Ti (rack)
3. Oasys 88
4. K5000W
5. AN1X
(others MS2000R, Korg Karma... and a LOT more Analog)

What I like right now:
a. Nord Wave
b. BoomChik (forthcoming)
c. Waldorf Blofeld

I must admit, I'm not that moved by:
i) Vsynth Gt
ii) Monomachine

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Ok, here we go.

This is my top 5 digital synthesizers that I want on my rack!

1. V-Synth GT
2. MonoMachine
3. Virus Ti
4. Nord Wave
5. K5000s

Please chime in!
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1.Kyma system (that count?)
2.Roland VP550 ( missed out on the card for my V-synth)
3.Monomachine
4.Waldorf Stromberg, patiently waiting so I will take a yellow Q
5.Flame midi talking synth

Those are my future purchases except the Kyma, not sure if I have the time to get involved with that.

Get the V-Synth XT or the GT.

The VP-550 is not what it should be.
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I must admit, I'm not that moved by:
i) Vsynth Gt
ii) Monomachine[/QUOTE]

Kyma does not count

The V-Synth GT and Monomachine are keyboards that you have to make personal.

They will not impress you with presets. Once you get into it you will find sonic possibilities WAY beyond what you thought possible.

The V-Synth GT is SOOO over looked. The VA, Vocal designer, sampling w/ VariPhrase and COSM filters is simple amazing! Plus the external input processing is fantastic!

Just a thought
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The V-Synth GT is SOOO over looked. The VA, Vocal designer, sampling w/ VariPhrase and COSM filters is simple amazing! Plus the external input processing is fantastic!

Just a thought
I have a original V-synth and love it, all the Vocal Processing cards for it are like $500.00 to $600.00 and I figured I would wait on the 550 to be that price.

I have not got to play GT yet but I can not see Roland really going wrong with it. What incredibly fun keyboards they are, but I just upgraded my virus B to a Polar TI so a new V-synth GT to replace the original is a bit excessive.
Considering my Machinedrum and upcoming monomachine purchase.


Cheers, ROB
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Kyma totally counts! You can turn your computer off and keep playing/tweaking it!

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Kyma does not count
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Kyma totally counts! You can turn your computer off and keep playing/tweaking it!
Ok fine,

I'm just jealous!
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My list
1. DX7 II FD
2. Nordlead 2 or 2X
3. Kurzweil K2000
4. Rland D50
5. ...............
I can count only 4
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1 JD800
2 NORD LEAD
3 KORG PROPHECY
4 YAMAHA VL1/7
5 KORG OASYS

Something like that anyway! Not really a huge fan of digital synths, although the JD800 and Nord Lead are super nice sounding synths..
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Okay Jim, here goes:
1. Virus Ti
2. Nordlead2
3. V-Synth
4. Waldorf Q
5. K2000s

V-Synth GT I am sure is awesome...knob placement looks so different from the original. I can do menu diving, I just don't like it. Also, the original V-Synth is 16 part multi-timbral, the GT is only one part. If you compose in a MIDI set-up, it seems like a step backwards. After using owning a Virus TI, I kind of expected a little more from Roland. Thoughts Jim?
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1.Yamaha sy77
2.Roland jd990
3.Roland jv1080
4.Yamaha Ry30
5.MicroKorg.

Why? because those are the ones i own...and the order in which I think sound best. although the ry30 is drum machine, is also a synth. check it out if you haven't already.

rj
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- FS1R
- K2000R
- Nord Wave
- Rad Tech Spectralis
- JD800

Ruudman
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Okay Jim, here goes:
1. Virus Ti
2. Nordlead2
3. V-Synth
4. Waldorf Q
5. K2000s

V-Synth GT I am sure is awesome...knob placement looks so different from the original. I can do menu diving, I just don't like it. Also, the original V-Synth is 16 part multi-timbral, the GT is only one part. If you compose in a MIDI set-up, it seems like a step backwards. After using owning a Virus TI, I kind of expected a little more from Roland. Thoughts Jim?
The "16 part multi-timbral" is not really true. Yes, You can access 16 parts via midi but there is not enough DSP to really do any real sequencing. You can't store multi set-ups and all 16 "parts" will go through the same effects as the selected patch.

I think Roland wanted to make a real multi synth but couldn't get the DSP they needed.

So, it's 1/2 assed and never completed. I wish they never would of put that in the V-Synth. It's caused more confusion that anything.

The GT combines so many technologies that it's kind of hard to get your head around it. It's very different.

I do a lot of sound design and the V-GT is my main tweak box.

The GT is what the original V-Synth should have been.

As we all know it boils down to personal taste and if the GT is not you cup of that's fine.

I was just making the point that not many people really understand what the V-Synth can do, that's all. Your top 5 are awesome!
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Korg Oasys
Yamaha VL-1
Waldorf Microwave XT
Nord Modular
Nord Stage
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Waldorf Microwave
FS1R
K2000
PPG Wave
JD800/990
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well, ideally my top5 digitals:

Neuron
Kyma
Fairlight II-X
Waldorf Wave
PPG Wave 2


honourable mention:

JD990
Scope with ModularIII and Flexor modules
microwave XT
FS1R



alas no more reasonably priced neurons, and theyre a huge maintenance hazard. but what a sound... so, out of that list, realistically, i only hope to get a Wave 2.0 next yr. Kyma is great but out of reach. New 10xScope power firewire product by new incarnation of CW is really interesting too. with this much horsepower one should be able to do a complex modular patch and still play it with healthy polyphony. even on 88k. yumm.
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1. JP-8000
2. Korg Z1
3. Nordlead2
4. Supernova II
5. Waldorf Q
6. Virus Ti
7. V synth
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Very difficult, changes with the weather...

From those I have played/owned:

– Fairlight CMI (it HAS synthesis functions)
– Clavia Nord Lead
– SCI Prophet VS (technically a Hybrid)
– PPG Wave 2.3 (also Hybrid)
– Roland V-Synth

From those I have heard:

– Fairlight CMI
– NED Synclavier II
– Technos Axcel
– Hartmann Neuron
– Roland V-Synth


No particular order.
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WOW. Can't believe nobody's mentioned the Wavestation!

These are my favorites (no order) I've had extensive experience with:

- Korg Wavestation
- Waldorf Blofeld
- Access Virus TI
- NI Absynth
- NI Reaktor
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WOW. Can't believe nobody's mentioned the Wavestation!

These are my favorites (no order) I've had extensive experience with:

- Korg Wavestation
- Waldorf Blofeld
- Access Virus TI
- NI Absynth
- NI Reaktor
Yea! That's a great one! I use to have one and I soooo regret seliing it!
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Oh! Softsynths are allowed?

Then my list would look radically different:

– NI Absynth 4
– NI FM8
– NI Reaktor 5
– Apple Sculpture
– Roland V-Synth
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I didnt throw the Wavestation down because the Waldorf Wave is the ultimate......


Jim an SQ80 would be sick. I am also on the hunt for one!


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I don't have a top 5, but I know that the yamaha sy-99 is the best. Never actually used or heard one, but I just know it.
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Roland JD-990
Korg Wavestation A/D
Roland D-50
Ensoniq TS-10
Waldorf XT




...not because i have them all. But they just sound so damn good. Find online demos and judge for yourself...
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