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What's the most aggressive sounding Synthesizer? Keyboard Synthesizers
Old 9th August 2018
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What's the most aggressive sounding Synthesizer?

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Old 9th August 2018
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RSF Kobol Expander
Old 9th August 2018
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Billy Currie on an ARP Odyssey.

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Old 9th August 2018
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More recent synths (last 20 years) that do aggressive well: Access Virus, Waldorf Micro Q, any of the Arturia Brutes, DSI's Pro 2 and maybe their Evolver (heard but haven't played).

Some older synths can also get there: Korg MS20 (industrial, signal processing), ARP Odyssey, SCI's Pro One and maybe/probably their Prophet 600 (heard but haven't played).

just remembered ATC-X, also the SE-1x, also also how could i have forgotten the Boomstars?
Old 9th August 2018
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does it have to sound good ?
Old 9th August 2018
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Here's a similar recent thread with many responses...

Most beastly rude evil mono?
Old 9th August 2018
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Although, to be fair, everything he plays sounds pretty aggressive.
Old 10th August 2018
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One of vtol's boxes, or Flight of Harmony's Infernal Noise Machine, or the Soma Lyra 8...
Old 10th August 2018
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korg z1
prophecy
moss board

some of the pm algos in them
can reallu be nasty
Old 10th August 2018
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of those I own Waldorf Pulse 2 sounds aggressive.
of those i have owned Roland MKS-50, its that pwm.
Old 10th August 2018
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Microwave XT. Some of the most aggressive sounds I've EVER heard.

I also love my Xpander for heavy handed synth riffs.
Old 10th August 2018
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A DX7II through a Marshall solid state practice amp is squelchy/gnarly goodness.
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DSI Mono Evolver keys agressive in a bad way, the filter is scratchy and screeches like nails on a chalkboard.
Korg Monologue aggressive, loud and raw in a nice way, a small synth with a big attitude.
Analogue Solutions Leipzig uber powerful and agressive in a very pleasing way, although often hard to get to fit into tracks, best to write tracks around it.
Old 10th August 2018
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MS-20 is always good for getting out some aggression.

Polivoks is cold war aggression wrapped up in heavy plastic.

Futureretro 777 can be a beast as well.
Old 10th August 2018
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Crumar Spirit.

Wasp.

Vostok.
Old 10th August 2018
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The original Microbrute / Minibrute.
Old 10th August 2018
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I’m going Bass Station 2. Between its screamey filter, distortion, oscillator cutoff modulation and feedback via the headphone out, it’s amazingly easy to get hyper aggressive sounds from it. Pro 2 is a close second... maybe first. I’ve not yet fed itself into itself via the headphone. Only the internal feedback, which is good but different.
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I reach for the Korg Monopoly when I need something with edge and sizzle.

Scott.
Old 10th August 2018
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Polivoks - that's one nasty sumbitch!
Old 10th August 2018
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I mean honestly most synths can get pretty nasty.

I like turning the bit crusher and cross mod up on a
Roland System 1
Old 10th August 2018
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Metasonix S1000 Wretch Machine

Every other answer is factually wrong
Old 10th August 2018
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Metasonix S1000 Wretch Machine

Every other answer is factually wrong
However, the question is subjective
Old 10th August 2018
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Run your synth through a Boss Metal Zone. Instantaneous gnarlynous. If that's a word.
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However, the question is subjective
Have you heard the S1000? It sounds like a mix between a broken piece of machinery and a dying cat.

It’s a very unpleasant, almost one-dimensional synth. It’s incapable of sounding melodic and pretty overpriced for having such a narrow range of tones.

However it is undoubtedly the most aggressive synth I have ever heard

Collection of demo snippets. Sold new for $2,500 and used prices can be higher:

Old 10th August 2018
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Run your synth through a Boss Metal Zone. Instantaneous gnarlynous. If that's a word.
Ha! I actually bought one of those before I bought my first tube amp (needless to say, I stopped using it as soon as I did get my first tube amp). That pedal produced possibly the worst tone ever heard coming from an electric guitar! That was the first distortion pedal I had purchased since my original Big Muff in high school (wish I still had that!). Now I'm wondering where the hell I put it so I can try running a synth through it. It oughta be nasty!

By the way, this is actually a GREAT thread!
Old 10th August 2018
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I like turning the bit crusher and cross mod up on a
Roland System 1
Oh, that's GREAT to hear! I have a System-1m and I always thought it sounded too polite! Got an Aira Bitrazor too, but haven't had a chance to hook everything up yet. Looking forward to it now!
Old 10th August 2018
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Have you heard the S1000? It sounds like a mix between a broken piece of machinery and a dying cat.

It’s a very unpleasant, almost one-dimensional synth. It’s incapable of sounding melodic and pretty overpriced for having such a narrow range of tones.

However it is undoubtedly the most aggressive synth I have ever heard

Collection of demo snippets. Sold new for $2,500 and used prices can be higher:

The winning strategy with Metasonix is to grab just the most interesting bits in module form and mix them with other gear, and it rewards you with usable and killer sounds. The VCA sounds great, the dual LPG does too, as does the R55 oscillator. Not turning them all up to 11 is the key, IMO... moderation in all things, especially in Metasonix.
Old 10th August 2018
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80s > Memory Moog ;
Now > Code 8... when the 8 voices are detuned in unisson mode ;
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Any synth run through overdrive?
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