I know this kind of question comes up a lot, and I've read many of them; however, in the end, I think they've recommended all of the synths ever made as an aggregate whole. So, if you'd indulge my question, I will really apprecaite it.
I'm currently a piano player who wants to get into chill/downtempo/ambient electonica. I have a few requirements for a synth:
I want to create
- chll/ambient/downtempo music
- I like the work done by groups such as Zero 7, Air, Com Truse, Groove Armada, and Lemongrass, and I'd like to incorporate electronic sounds into Smooth Jazz, as well
- I'd like to spend between $400 and $800ish
- I don't want to duplicate something I have already (I use a Yamaha PSR-S700, which turns me off to a Yamaha Motif since they seem to be somewhat similar)
- I don't mind getting something used, but I'd rather not take on equipment that's super worn at this time (so synths from the '80s probably won't work for me)
- I know there are software synths out there, and I'm trying a few, but I'd like to have something with sliders and/or rotating knobs because...
- ... I really don't have experience with a synth and I want something that will set me up to learn how everything works and....
- I want to learn how to sample
- I don't really care if the synth has any realistic sounds at all as my current Workstation and DP already handle "real" sounds pretty well
- I'd prefer something with keys
I've looked at synths like the Korg Triton Extreme, Yamaha Motif series, the Nord Lead 2/2X, Kawai K5000, etc... and.. yeah... I dunno which would work the best for me... Can any of you lend me your advice? Thank you, in advance..