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Most OVERRATED Synthesizers?

What are the most overrated, overpriced & over hyped synthesizers these days?

Ever had an impulse buy of a Synthesizer you have read about, heard demo's of, had insane GAS, was marketed as the next best thing and hyped to the sky by fellow music enthusiasts, but after spending some quality time with it thought: "This thing is a piece of crap! Why the hell did I buy this! It has no use for my music!" and sold it afterwards or frustratingly threw it out of the window?
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Juno 106 will always be overrated :P
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I wouldn't call it crap by any means, but I've never understood all the love for the DX7. I disliked it when it came out, and still have zero interest in owning one.
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Honestly, I don't think any synth is overrated. This is because they are what they are and the output of the synth is 90% dependant on the person using it.

If there is any truth in this, then overrated == "did not transform my music to worlds best".

I really love it when some guy is on youtube getting awesome sounds out of his <insertcheapsynthnamehere> and he paid like 100 bucks for it.

Having said all that, I'll pony up with the Roland Varios. It could have been so much more if Roland hadn't just dumped it.
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What is underrated is our ability to take any synth, no matter how bad, and make music with it. What is overrated is the idea that a new synth will change someone's lack of writing skills, programming chops or experience.
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I think Moog is overrated (and overpriced). At least their modern stuff. Bought a Little Phatty & Voyager but sold them both very quickly. Too expensive for what they can do, esp the Voyager.

I like the Minitaur, and keeping it. But that's another price league.
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Short answer: none.

Long answer: Any person who has specific goals in mind will always find that only certain synthesizers are capable of helping them reach that goal. Every synth that is about to be mentioned in this thread is currently being used on releases by someone else.

And: what is most overrated is the necessity of having certain kinds of synths, not the synths themselves.
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I think Moog is overrated (and overpriced). At least their modern stuff. Bought a Little Phatty & Voyager but sold them both very quickly. Too expensive for what they can do, esp the Voyager.

I like the Minitaur, and keeping it. But that's another price league.
Well Voyager is not expensive because it's overrated (if that's the case) but because it's expensive to manufacture.
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Perhaps the Radio shack line of Moog copies.
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Well Voyager is not expensive because it's overrated (if that's the case) but because it's expensive to manufacture.
Yup, one look inside the case and you really get a feel for how insane the architecture of the voyager is



Soooo many ICs
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Yup, one look inside the case and you really get a feel for how insane the architecture of the voyager is

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Soooo many ICs
Hah! More parts than most six voice poly's.
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Someone once said to me: "Owning a Moog Voyager is like owning a Porsche. It's more of a status thing".
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What are the most overrated, overpriced & over hyped synthesizers these days?
Overpriced ? Nord's, Moog's.

Overhyped ? Aira, Elektron's

Overrated ? None, everything is good.
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Roland Jupiter-8
Yamaha CS-80

Basically all vintage analogs that sell for ridiculous prices on eBay. They're overpriced because they're over hyped and overrated.

That's my opinion.
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There is no synth that a suitable application of Eventide cannot improve it's worst traits dramatically.
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I think Moog is overrated
I agree. I bought a new Minimoog back in 1979 after lusting for one for years. The lust lasted about a year or so, I just got bored with it. People don't usually think that a Minimoog is limited for sound design, but it's really not that versatile . Yeah, it can do nice bass or Jan Hammer/Keith Emerson/Rick Wakeman/Klaus Schulze leads, but those types of sounds got old for me very fast.
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There is no synth that a suitable application of Eventide cannot improve it's worst traits dramatically.
Yeah but which one? Does a h9'make you exited?
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I bet long time owners of a Jupiter 4/6/8, P5, OB's are laughing their asses off when they check current Ebay prices these days.
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The Korg Mini Korg 700. I cannot for the life of me fathom the prices I am seeing these things sell for. They are unbelievably limited. They don't stay in tune very well. The sliders are a nightmare to be precise with and there is no CV or midi ability to make things more precise. I owned one for several years. It was my first synth. The sound is just not worth the money. I feel less strongly negative about the Mini Korg 700S which at least has the ring modulator. Still way overpriced though.

For those of you that mention the Juno 106, try the Kiwi 106 mod with it and you will change your opinion of what it is worth these days. I think the Juno 60 prices have gotten out of hand for what you get in comparison with the price of a 106 plus the Kiwi 106 kit and software.
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First thing that pops in my mind is Juno 106
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Well Voyager is not expensive because it's overrated (if that's the case) but because it's expensive to manufacture.
I don't know, they also sell some of their pedals at 500 bucks each.
500 can buy you tons of stuff.
I think they are overpriced, and that's a deterrent for many.





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Sub phatty = Monophonic

AND

Roland Jupiter 8 = Polyphonic
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The Korg Mini Korg 700. I cannot for the life of me fathom the prices I am seeing these things sell for. They are unbelievably limited. They don't stay in tune very well. The sliders are a nightmare to be precise with and there is no CV or midi ability to make things more precise. I owned one for several years. It was my first synth. The sound is just not worth the money. I feel less strongly negative about the Mini Korg 700S which at least has the ring modulator. Still way overpriced though.
Have you ever tried the Korg Maxikorg?
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Jupiter-8

And the battle begins.....
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Woah I hear a lot of MOOG.
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Moog is riding on its reputation.
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I canĀ“t understand the Jupiter 8 goes for $10.000+ or more these days. Don't you think that's crazy?
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I don't know, they also sell some of their pedals at 500 bucks each.
500 can buy you tons of stuff.
I think they are overpriced, and that's a deterrent for many.
Of course you pay a premium for the Moog name, but I don't think remarkably so. I'd say what deters people is not the 'overpricedness' but just plainly the price. Or maybe the fact that many people need only quality sound rather than fancy wood panels and knobs etc, so they won't (and shouldn't) spend money on those things.
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What is underrated is our ability to take any synth, no matter how bad, and make music with it. What is overrated is the idea that a new synth will change someone's lack of writing skills, programming chops or experience.
Come on, man! That's a tired old cliche. A good quality instrument can be inspirational, a bad quality instrument can be nothing but frustration. You don't see orchestra musicians playing a $200 student violin because they want the challenge of making it sound good. They'll use the best they can get.
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