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Which synth would you sell first and why?

Hi everyone.

I'm looking to thin out my synth collection and was wondering if, given the list, you had to get rid of just one, which would it be and why? I have my opinion's but I'd love to hear yours

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I think you don't have that much gear to think about downsizing...
If I was you, I don't think I'd sell anything... unless the objective was to buy something else.
If you want something new, that might be relevant to give you a better answer on what you could get rid off...

One question... the DSI Mopho and Waldorf Blofeld are keyboard or desktop versions?

If your only keyboard is the MicroKorg, I don't think you should sell that one...
But since you have another good VA (excluding the Minimax since that one aims to emulate a MiniMoog), I think you should sell the MicroKorg and keep the Blofeld.

Either way, if you want a really minimal setup, my advice would be, sell them all and get a Nord Modular G2
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From those... Mopho, Blofeld or Microkorg.

All of them far easier to replace than Minimax if you come to a point when you regret selling.
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That was easy: the MicroKorg.
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Thanks for the feedback. The blofeld and Mopho are desktop versions, but I have a Novation Impulse keyboard controller.

@JoaT I agree regarding replacing the MiniMax. Think that ones a keeper
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I would sell any of my synths. I do mostly ITB stuff, the gear is an ever-rotating array of pieces I use just to get inspired. Sometimes it gets recorded, but at the end of the day I know I could duplicate any of it in software. (but then I don't exactly have any Jupiters or Moogs or anything. Nor am I a super picky audiophile either. Lofi is good!)

The only one I'd probably not part with is my Teenage Engineering OP-1. That thing is just too brilliant at getting me in the mood to write.

EDIT: Sorry, Misunderstood the question :P

Out of your synths, I'd probably feel good ditching any one of them except maybe the Blofeld. The Blofeld is a unique sounding synth and not worth enough money to warrant it's dismissal. The Mopho to me is just too difficult to program. The Microkorg & Minimax to me are just as easily doable with software.
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I agree with Paugui, though: It's WAAAAAAAY too early to start downsizing.
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That was easy: the MicroKorg.
yep!
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Thanks everyone for all the excellent feedback. Easily the friendliest forum I've ever been on

I love my minimax so much, I even made a little video about it (I'm a cinematographer by trade ) https://vimeo.com/52789493
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i sold my minimax to buy a sh-101

still got my pro-12 though
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I'd do that too
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I'm not exactly in love with either the Blofeld's or the Microkorg's sound, so I guess that's my suggestion.

That said, I would probably get another synth or two before getting rid of anything.

I like the Creamware stuff. If by chance you would be interesed to trade your Minimax for a Pro12, let me know!
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Clearly Microkorg, unless you use the vocoder a lot.
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Clearly Microkorg, unless you use the vocoder a lot.
But the vocoder sucks.
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If I had to sell something then I would pick the Korg MicroKorg.

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But the vocoder sucks.
Not when you use an external synth as the carrier wave, especially an analog synth.
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I'll tell you this I would NOT sell the MiniMax.

It is easily as good as my Voyager, but with added polyphony, and rather simple effects.

They are hard to find, and since you have several hardware synths, I assume you are not heading towards being more in the box.

I would get rid of the Korg or the MoPho.

(maybe both and get a dco poly like Juno for a different flavor.)
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Definitely the MicroKorg.
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MicroKorg.
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Yet another vote for the Microkorg.
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Actually, you can replace the MiniMax with a MiniMoog controller and a Creamware soundcard with that software (or a Creamware Noah).

I have a Meurer MIDIMax together with my Creamware Noah EX FE and it works pretty well

I think there are other controllers like the Meurer MIDIMax, so that can be a good alternative to the MiniMax...

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From those... Mopho, Blofeld or Microkorg.

All of them far easier to replace than Minimax if you come to a point when you regret selling.
Ha! exactly....The Minimax is a killer, both as a mono and a poly,,, and you need the Blofeld in that equation. the other two can be replaced easily. The Minimax isn't just rare...it's built beautifully (quality German engineering), and it sounds amazing....It actually takes the Mini to another level in some aspects.
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just throw the microkorg away
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just throw the microkorg away
No give it to me. I miss its vocoder. It sounded good when used with other synths.
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I'd probably sell both the microkorg and blofield and use the money to buy something more powerful. The money you get for the Microkorg alone isn't really enough to upgrade to anything great.
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The money you get for the Microkorg alone isn't really enough to upgrade to anything great.
I got nearly $300 out of mine, enough to fund a few Eurorack modules.
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money is money!

besides how could you live with yourself if you threw a perfectly good synth?

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Actually, you can replace the MiniMax with a MiniMoog controller and a Creamware soundcard with that software (or a Creamware Noah).

I have a Meurer MIDIMax together with my Creamware Noah EX FE and it works pretty well

I think there are other controllers like the Meurer MIDIMax, so that can be a good alternative to the MiniMax...

Wow! Wasn't aware these existed!

Need to check would they play nice with my Plugiator. Would be cool if they had them also for prophet 5, Arp odyssey and the vocoder. I'd need to buy more plugiators...

Would also be nice to have them with my scope cards.

And still, out of those synths the MiniMax would be the last synth I would sell.
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But the vocoder sucks.
Only if your trying to sound like a robot.


When you start processing drums and bass sounds with it, things get good.


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I'd also get rid of the microkorg. Blofeld can do some amazingly deep synthesis, mopho is a decent synth for what it is, and the minimax sound great.
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