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Which synth appears the most in your music?

Hi all,

Something I've often wondered about the people on this forum.

Of all your synths, which one appears the most in your music? Do you find yourselves using one or two synths over and over, even if you have a lot of instruments to choose from?

In my case, looking back at all my music, the one I use the most is undoubtedly Sylenth1, followed by the Roland JP8000. I haven't had the Slim Phatty very long, but it has provided bass in most of my tracks since I bought it.

All of the others get used here and there, except the Ensoniq EPS, which appears in none of my music.

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Alpha Juno 2. It's my go-to synth for everything other than bass, for which I tend to use an SH-101.
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Nord Modular G2X!

If I had to make an whole album with only one synth, I think this would be the only synth I know for the job (playing it real time and without external sequencers).
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Up until a year ago it was A1 (vst) but i've tried to get out of the ITB thing and use my M/P alot more.
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Omnisphere and Nexus - they just seem to fit right in. What do I play most? Absynth.
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But i try and fit all my hardware in...
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i use all of my synths in all of my tracks
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Some rompler or other.
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Prophet 5 and Juno 60 equally.
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Elektron Monomachine. Even though I had some nice analogs, the humble Monomachine appeared in every single track I did the last 5 years.
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Omnisphere and Nexus - they just seem to fit right in. What do I play most? Absynth.
Nexus is not a synth

My top 5 would have to be....

1. Virus TI
2. Zebra
3. Massive
4. Omnisphere
5. Prophet 08 (although I jussstt got it)
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I'm not fussed about exact definitions, only musical results. If ease of sonic manipulation defines a synth, you could bunch in the Motif and the JV1080 aswell - neither make it easy, and goodness knows I've gone near-blind staring at a JV1080 screen over the years...
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Tal U-No-LX
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Minibrute (just recently)
Tal Chorus LX (not a synth, but it's always in my tracks)
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The more i use it, the more and more i think the Mono/Poly will become my signature synth, i like the limitations, and the use of tricks to get a great range of timbres from it. I use alot of DX7 and OB for pads and poly sounds, and Kontakt for acoustics, but the M/P works its way onto every single track, and usually as a lead synth or a real big-hitting attention seeking part, it's not really a background synth, though can do that stuff in Poly mode if you want.

Usually what happens is this.

1. Working away on track, got the bare bones down and now looking to embellish the arrangement.
2. Look up at Mono/Poly, think "Crap, i paid a grand for this, I should be using it more!"
3. Twiddle around with the knobs, turn on the effects section.
4. ????
5. PROFIT!

Love my M/P

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ms-20
that is an interesting answer. as a signal generator or processor?
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Even split between U-He's Diva VST and my Yamaha SY-77. The Yamaha will probably take over once I get better at programming it.
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I have a SY77 and it's absolutely phenomenal
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My 808 and 909 samples.

I think everything i have ever done had those 2 featured.
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Ultrabeat, albeit as a sample sequencer as much as for its synthesis capabilities.

Virus KC if we're talking proper synth.

I would like it to be my modular, if the parts ever arrive.

Honourable mention to the ES2, EXS24 and Alchemy.
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MS-20 and Minimoog equally.

Very rarely do those two not show up. Especially since not only do I use those two as melodic components, but for SFX as well.

3rd place is hard fought between the Prophet 5 or Polysix.

It's funny xander brought up intentionally trying to use the Mono/Poly, because I'm always trying to fit that in somewhere, but always come up short. (I also didn't pay a grand for it, as mine resides on my desktop) I don't use the FX section though, maybe I should. I tend to always turn off/not use built in FX.
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that is an interesting answer. as a signal generator or processor?
Signal generator. It's my goto synth for leads. I like organic sounds, and the ms-20 is very "vocal" to me. It can go from a screaming roar to quiet whistle with little to no effort, and I love that kind of expression, it's like taming a wild beast!
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statistically the most tracks have:

Andromeda A6
Rhodes - real stage mki, or VST lib
Piano - steinway or bosendorfer VST libs
Roland Jupiter 8
Oberheim SEM original

sometimes more sometimes less, depending on the project:
minimoog
system 100 model 101
sh2
obxa
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I am guessing this would be the Waldorf Pulse. Usually on multiple tracks. Bass lines and effects mostly.
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