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#1 Tastik BEATS

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 08:07 PM

Hey guys I dont really know much about synths but I do know that the D50 and DX7 are supposed to be really good...

Iam looking to get a synth that has variety of sounds, the ability to edit. I don't care about age looks or size just as long as it sounds great.. however I don't mind lo fi and actually quite like 80s synths

I like the sounds of samiyam (who uses the DX7) flying lotus (who use the MS2000) and shlohmo (who uses the Jupitor 6)

Iam leaning towards a juno 6 and the D50.... is it good ?

whats the best for what i want...ms2000, DX7, D50, Microkorg, Juno 6, Jupitor 6/8, Mopho or MS 1 ????

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 10:17 PM

http://www.sweetwate...etail/Minibrute

the Arturia Minibrute. i'm planning on getting one when i have an extra $500 lying around...it's the only true analog synth that's available around that price range. but it's a fully functional analog monophonic synth, which some people would think is a drawback but i've seen people hook up chromatically tuned pedals that allow it to play 3rd, 4th, 5th notes, and so on...

without question i think it's gonna be worth the $ the most out of any of the synths you mentioned.

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 11:07 PM

thanks for your feedback I will go check it out now, btw is that the first synth you will get ?

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 12:40 AM

ohk I checked it out. I dont like it cause It only does buzzing type of noises and stuff. No Pads and stuff ?

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 08:47 AM

the reason i like it is because it is a fully analog synth (like the Juno's and Jupiter's), which usually run in the thousands of dollars. the envelope is changeable from sawtooth waveforms to all the usual suspects (square, sine, triangle, noise, external audio source, etc.), so no-- it doesn't only do the buzzing noises, you can raise the pitch and make it do the lo-fi 80's kinda sounds as well from what i've seen.

the biggest drawback is that its mono, meaning you can't play chords on it unless you get a pedal specially designed for that separately...but a lot of the synths you mentioned are mono as well, so it may or may not be an issue. i haven't really done my research on the DX7 and the MS2000, so i can't really say if this thing is better than them or not. chances are it isn't, but its considerably cheaper. and yes, this will be my very first synth whenever i do get it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X614aeTzq7k

here's a pretty good, in-depth demo of it...

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 06:29 PM

the reason i like it is because it is a fully analog synth (like the Juno's and Jupiter's), which usually run in the thousands of dollars. the envelope is changeable from sawtooth waveforms to all the usual suspects (square, sine, triangle, noise, external audio source, etc.), so no-- it doesn't only do the buzzing noises, you can raise the pitch and make it do the lo-fi 80's kinda sounds as well from what i've seen.

the biggest drawback is that its mono, meaning you can't play chords on it unless you get a pedal specially designed for that separately...but a lot of the synths you mentioned are mono as well, so it may or may not be an issue. i haven't really done my research on the DX7 and the MS2000, so i can't really say if this thing is better than them or not. chances are it isn't, but its considerably cheaper. and yes, this will be my very first synth whenever i do get it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X614aeTzq7k

here's a pretty good, in-depth demo of it...


nice reply, I will definetly consider it. Anyways Iam gonna by something really cheap first then maybe get this later :)

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 08:58 PM

nice reply, I will definetly consider it. Anyways Iam gonna by something really cheap first then maybe get this later :)


nice! do some garage-sale hopping, get one of these bad boys...

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 05:07 AM

nice! do some garage-sale hopping, get one of these bad boys...

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Looks promising haha

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 01:25 PM

i like the minibrute, if you can wait a month till the korg volca keys has been fucked with and thoroughly reviewed that might be an option (i'm gonna pick one up myself, can't give an opinion on it yet.)

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 04:13 PM

The MS 20 mini sounds perfect for you, you can do noisy leads and basslines and cool spacey sounds and it's fully analogue

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 10:36 PM

Sounds sick I will check it out





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