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Recommendation for Compact Synth with Knobs Keyboard Synthesizers
Old 17th April 2013
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Recommendation for Compact Synth with Knobs


I'm just wondering if anyone has good recommendations for compact hardware synths with separate knobs/sliders for oscillators, amplifiers, LFOs, etc. I want a very "quick to program" synth that isn't overly complex. I have a MicroKORG at the moment, but it's matrix is too cumbersome for me to deal with.

I'll also accept recommendations for desktop synths that have the same properties.

I've only looked at the Roland Gaia SH-01 at this point--it seems to be what I want. However, I'm also interested in older/used equipment to keep the price point down.

Thanks, in advance.

--- Edit Thanks to Very Good Question--

Monophonic is ok, poly would be better
MIDI for certain
At least 8 voice would be nice...
Price: < $500 if possible (used)
Studio Mostly
Presets and storing--not so worried about.
More want a synth to quickly model sounds for possible transfer over to a VST or more complicated synth later.

SH-32 a good choice for this type of work?
Old 17th April 2013
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price range

amount of polyphony (or mono ok?) needed

type of music you play

if you need presets or not

live or studio

Old 17th April 2013

Yamaha an1x

Korg ms2000 (4 polyphony)

Juno 6 / 106 (6 poly)
Old 18th April 2013
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Originally Posted by madmaxmarchhare View Post

Monophonic is ok, poly would be better

At least 8 voice would be nice...
Monophonic means 1 voice, so maybe you mean multitimbrality--the microkorg for example has 4 voice polyphony and 2 part multitimbrality (2 different patches playing at once).

I second the Gaia, but also maybe look at the Ultranova--not as hands on but knobbier than the microkorg.
Old 18th April 2013
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i think you would really like the gaia

pick one up used...they're old enough for you to potentially get a great price, yet new enough to avoid any real hardware problems
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