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Help for a hardware synth newbie...please. Keyboard Synthesizers
Old 20th August 2007
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Help for a hardware synth newbie...please.

I do not use synths in my studio very much. Musicians occasionally request this or that. I also like a bass or pad every now and then. But mostly, it is straight. 'standard' rock/country/bluegrass/jazz instruments (drums, bass, guitar, elec gtr, piano, banjo, violin/fiddle/horns, etc.).

I should clarify - when I say 'synth' I mean something with waves, shaped and padded through filters. I do not mean Pianos, Organs, Electric Pianos, classical instruments (strings, horns, etc). Basically, nothing that is a 'real' instrument. I apologize if my nomenclature is off. It shows how much of a newbie I am to this. Anyhow...

Up 'til now, I've just used my Roland RS-9 keyboard to trigger a few software synths that I own (Cakewalk Z3TA+, NI FM7, Arturia minimoog V and the Novation Bass Station). I like them fine. I am not much of a synth connoisseur, so those synths may be CRAP and I wouldn't *really* know. I've bought the ones (over the years) that have either, A. - Been requested by a customer, sounded really cool/good to me or came (or was deeply discounted) with a piece of hardware/software.

After a little research, I just picked up a Korg R3. I am rely having a good time with it. It sounds really cool. I was VERY intrigued by the vocoder! When I run it through some of my outboard pres, compressors and EQs, it seems to have great 'vibe'!

I am not committed to it. I can still trade it in. My budget is really only $800 US, or less. Is there something a lot better in that price range? I would appreciate any feedback!

Old 22nd August 2007
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Old 22nd August 2007
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Try out a Clavia Nord Lead 2 or 3

and any of the Access Virus...

Or the New Moog Voyager.

another cool one is the Alessis Andromeda.
Old 22nd August 2007
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Sorry Didn't see your price range....
Old 22nd August 2007
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Originally Posted by gurubuzz View Post
Sorry Didn't see your price range....
Yeah....oooops! Good stuff to drool over, though!
Old 22nd August 2007
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If you like the R3, go with it. You really can't think of synths in terms of "what's the best one in the $X price range". What one person considers "best" may sound like absolute crap to you. If it works for you and the music that you're doing, then you're golden.
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