Electronic Music other: What synth do I want / need ?
Written April 18 2007
So I'm selling my Ensoniq SQ80 synth
mostly because I didn't really play it much anymore. I found the sounds cheezy and too much of a pain to program.
So, my question to you, what should I replace it with? (either on the Songbird site for tradein link or in general).
Please include the following in your evaluation:
- I like knobs that I can tweak while playing
- I love diiirrrirty analog sounds
- I hate clean sparkly sounds
- I hate "pads"
- I hate synths that try to emulate real instruments
- I like easily tweakable presets
- The one thing I liked about the SQ80 was that the pitch bend would create these great analog glitchly distortions
- I have a yamaha cs-5 which I love, but don't want 2 of these
- I don't like anything that sounds "eighties" or "nineties"
Many thanks in advance cowboys/cowgirls.
you want a Jupiter-6 with the europa upgrade. at least, that's what worked for me.
a nord? not real analog but definitely more fat than clean and sparkly.
or get like, 100 of these. get some dorky synth dude to patch each one up for you different and then you'll have a bunch of 'easily tweakable presets'
Octave Cat ticks all those boxes (except the presets obviously). Can get very dirty. Never sparkles. 2 osc plus a further 2 sub osc! Cheap because Octave have no street cred (although the new squarepusher has one on the cover). Very tweakable too. I'm afraid though if you dial in a slow attack, you've made a pad, so you might want to weld the attack closed.
Nice, this is exactly the kind of advice I was looking 4. The Jupiter and the Octave Cat are perfect (and prrr fect)... but not really any on ebay right now But I'm a keep looking.
And yeah, what about that Nord ?
link Is it going to make me sound like yanni, or dj tiesto?
lol at welding the attack closed! The attack knob on my cs-5 has never been twisted.
JP-6s are quite common and turn up quite frequently on the 'bay. even craigslist. hell, i just came home one day and found a second one hiding in my closet. they're EVERWHERE. why, i think there's one knocking at the door now. don't let him in without that euro upgrade.
Yeah, I remember seeing one for sale here for pretty cheap in the past. Thanks for the great tip mini S.
What is this euro upgrade? I've googled with no luck.
damn this blog reminding me of my jupiter lust.
i think its a midi retrofit (the euro upgrade)
edit edit: i found this: link link
looks promising, i didn't d/l the audio samples yet
just an idea
Ah yes, thanks c-club, the europa upgade looks great. That is indeed what I need, a jupiter 6.
Thanks delete... I looked quickly for a price with no luck, but anything that is custom built is likely way out of my price range.
Get yourself a 70's monosynth. Something along the lines of a MiniKorg 700s. There are more like instruments than synths.. and they sure don't sound 80's or 90's. Well .. maybe early 80's New Wave/Punk.
Jupiter 6 will get you right back to what you don't like IMO. Stay away from polysynths for awhile. Come back to that later when your programming style changes .. I find it helped me.
That minikorg looks great. I have a monosynth though "www.vintagesynth.com/yamaha/cs5.shtml" so I'm thinking a poly might be best. If the SQ80 had knobs and sliders it would likely have been perfect.
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