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    Default The Synthesizer/Keyboard Thread

    For all you synth/keyboard nerds, post your favorite gear here, and discuss why you like them.

    (Please don't drool over the synthesizers, water and electricity don't mix.)

    To get things started...

    Sequential Circuits Prophet 10
    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuRqNxihSbY"]Sequential Circuits Prophet 10[/YOUTUBE]
    Phat analog sound... and has great sawtooth/ filter sweep pads on it. Bits of it can get quirky and sci-fi sounding too. I think that the interface is very intuitive as well. Can program your own patches with ease.

    NED Synclavier
    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaiBhPWWvKs"]NED Synclavier II[/YOUTUBE]
    FM style synthesis going through an analog sound. It's a bit warmer sounding in comparison to the Yamaha DX-7. There's also the option to do sampling on this beast. The problem is, if you want one of these, it would cost you an arm and a leg.

    Emulator II
    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDxOhnL7pjs"]Emulator II[/YOUTUBE]
    Gorgeous sounds on this sampler. A lower sample rate gives the EII it's classic gritty sound. It not only digitally samples sounds, but it also has analog filters so then you can customize the sound.

    Fairlight CMI
    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKY-46eyRvk"]Fairlight CMI 30th Anniversary Edition[/YOUTUBE]
    A lot of the sounds in the Fairlight CMI pretty much defined a lot of pop and rock and electronic music in the 80s. 80s style Synth Vox, Orchestral Hits for instance...

    ARP 2600
    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqQV5mLVNWs"]ARP 2600[/YOUTUBE]
    Analog synthesis. Lots of patch cords on this thing, but the way this is designed, it is quite intuitive and good for learning how to do analog synthesis.

    But just when you think the ARP 2600 can have a ton of patch cords, look at this bad boy... the Buchla 200e Modular synth:
    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA42cJuwarQ"]Buchla Modular Synth[/YOUTUBE]

    Alright, post some of your favorite synths/keyboards.
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    I have a modest [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9rAkqeBKGE"]JX-3P[/YOUTUBE] although there is a new CPU upgrade kit I might get that boost its abilities.

    Some of my wish-list items:
    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUvbd-LrqY8&feature=related"]Andromeda A6[/YOUTUBE]
    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq4XOVde1Yk&feature=related"]Jupiter 8[/YOUTUBE]
    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oS6J2sToZM"]Prophet 8[/YOUTUBE]
    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL8KTuA0Q4Y"]Mopho kbd[/YOUTUBE]
    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSchTzFj9kg"]SH-101[/YOUTUBE]

    just to name a few
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    Roland Jupiter 8.... oh dear goodness... and Prophet 8.... I love Roland and SCI synths. That Prophet 8 sounds like a dream.

    The Alesis Andromeda A6 has great sounds on it too.
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    I will change this thread into a more global topic called The Electronic Instrument Thread with this:


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    More theremin...

    Making music with an instrument that resembles something of an alien radio transmitter, epic win.
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    Great thread and fantastic videos. I used to go into the local music store and salivate over the gear they used to have. There are some great names mentioned but I think the Synclavier was the one I used to hold in highest esteem. It is interesting to see how the hardware has improved over the years. However, the power and interface of a PC running Reason would be my personal favourite.

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