Whats the most musical and beautiful synth you've ever played
Old 23rd October 2012
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Whats the most musical and beautiful synth you've ever played

Hi People

Nothing to do with cost, vintage, analog etc I just want to know which synths have been the most muscial to play, the most beautiful, with liquid beautiful sounds, the way a cello or flute is meltingly beautiful

Messiean
Old 23rd October 2012
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I keep harping on about it for a reason.

I adore my Prophet '08. I love the way it sounds. It's very expressive with loads of modulation options and a good quality keyboard.

It's a joy to program and play.

Once I really get into it, i feel the Blofeld may not be that far behind.
Old 23rd October 2012
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Obvious answer from me. ...but im being totally honest.

Old 23rd October 2012
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Obvious answer from me. ...but im being totally honest.

That looks really, got any examples of sound?
Old 23rd October 2012
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Hmm. Great question. I'd pick the Minimoog, I think.
Old 23rd October 2012
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yes thinking of getting one, affordable!
Old 23rd October 2012
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Obvious answer from me. ...but im being totally honest.

I have to second that opinion.
Old 23rd October 2012
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My Chroma Polaris when all the voices worked :(
It was just so expressive, i plan in fixing it when i have the time.

Neby
Old 23rd October 2012
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That looks really, got any examples of sound?
Don't have any of my own, but this one gives a short idea:

Old 23rd October 2012
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Waldorf Wave... With the OB-8 coming in a close second.
Old 23rd October 2012
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thats very sweet!
Old 23rd October 2012
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Minimoog. Strange, since it hasn't got velocity or even polyphony.
Still I make most of my melodies while playing that synth. Love it to death!
Old 23rd October 2012
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jomox sunsyn just because is is the best sounding synth *I* have encountered so far

moog voyager sequenced from the octopus with lots of cc modulation drawn in has something very special as well that I could not create anywhere else.
Old 23rd October 2012
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it isn't very exciting, but for me there is just something really special about Roland's D-50, that glassiness and slight grit. Beautiful synth.
Old 24th October 2012
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Lately - Animoog. No, really. Here, listen to this. The leads are all Animoog. (the bass, electronic drums, and sequences are iMS-20.)

Of all times? I wanna say Roland SH-32. I had a patch on there that I would literally just play for hours it was so creamy. Don't underestimate those little bastards!
Old 24th October 2012
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OB-8 and Virus C. ^Animoog is a good one too.

OB-8 stringy sounds and Virus chords and melodies come in around 2 minutes on this one: Final Frontier
Old 24th October 2012
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Old 24th October 2012
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Oberheim Xpander - also my top "I should have kept this thing" regret.
Second to that - hmmm - Waldorf XTK.
Old 24th October 2012
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The most musical and beautiful sounds I've ever created have been when I've routed any one of my synths through a good fx box. Seriously.
Old 24th October 2012
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Matrix-12
Old 24th October 2012
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korg 700
Old 24th October 2012
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I just want to know which synths have been the most muscial to play, the most beautiful, with liquid beautiful sounds, the way a cello or flute is meltingly beautiful
polyphonic: Prophet 5 rev2 and Jupiter 8 - most liquid and organic..

monophonic: original SEM and minimoog - these two can really sound almost "acoustic"...


all four have incredibly huge sweet spot - almost impossible to make em sound bad... all settings have musicality, depth... richness etc... electronic music "stradivaris" i like to call em.
Old 24th October 2012
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i know this might sound lame to all you analog purists but the Korg Wavestation really stands out as something that has such a musical and endearing quality when it comes to pads and ambient type things. i used to own one for a long time back in the 90's.
Old 24th October 2012
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Korg Trinity and OASYS PCI. Both share a super-detailed sound quality while the OASYS adds a huge array of different synth engines and effect options with deep modulation options available for all parameters.
Old 24th October 2012
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Miimoog D, Moog Modular, Yamaha VL1, Kurz K2600
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i know this might sound lame to all you analog purists but the Korg Wavestation really stands out as something that has such a musical and endearing quality when it comes to pads and ambient type things. i used to own one for a long time back in the 90's.
i prefer a prophet VS over it any day

actually the synth that would be second on my list of the most musical sounding..

the VS can get a very wooden jazzy quality.. not only the metalic stuff you hear in the demos.. And the word joystick was invented for the thing on the VS
Old 24th October 2012
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Jupiter
Old 24th October 2012
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We're all going to say what we feel. No right or wrong answer. So with that I say....

Always feeling good when I play a Juno 106.
Old 24th October 2012
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I tie between the Roland D-50/550 and Crumar Orchestrator
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I just want to know which synths have been the most muscial to play, the most beautiful, with liquid beautiful sounds, the way a cello or flute is meltingly beautiful
That would be the hartman Neuron VS. Only thing I have played that gives me "that" feeling. It feels like playing a physical thing more than any other.

Running a A6 Andromeda through a Lexicon pcm 81 is second.

Even more so than the hardware because the hardware was steppy.
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