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  1. I would just get the songs written first and worry about all the other crap later...I used to do this cart before the horse thing both in software land and hardware land. these days I try to just write a song w basic sounds in any gear scenario and get the rest levels eq dynamics sound design after i have a song written.

  2. yea....4-500usd is pretty much the synth entry point price IMO. and I'm not sold on all these cheap modern mono analogs...I feel like the brutes and the new bass station are pretty bread and butter...I actually far prefer NI Monark to all three...but any of them would be good to learn on. I know it's gotten a lot of hate one the web but I love the new electribe.

  3. One thing I've learned over the years is that by and large you get what you pay for when it comes to instruments and music gear. Of course there are those great bang for buck products out there, but try as much as is possible to know what you are buying.


    The MicroBrute isn't a terrible option. Would be fantastic for someone with no clue about synthesis to learn on. I will say that after about 18 months with one, I just never got on that well with it. There was a honeymoon period but I found more and more that it either sounded terribly bland or distorted (good distorted, but not my flavor).


    That's probably about your best option at that price point. You might get a DSI Mopho Desktop for that much, but if you've never programmed a hardware synth before, you'll likely loath the Mopho Desktop.

  4. I really like my Lexicon MX200, it has everything but distortion though. Two fxs at once. Can be used via a VST in your DAW and uses the unit's DSP (so doesn't use system resources, or very very little). As four routing options. Can get them for peanuts ~100USD. Get one with a power source though! I had a heck of a time finding an aftermarket power source...


    It is rather bread and butter, but pretty much everything sounds good on it.


    For distortion you could also just drive your drums into the mixer channel a bit. Depending on your mixer, it might not sound good, but worth a shot.

  5. Yeah, hybrid setups are great. I usually record my volca dry and then apply effects afterwards. Possibly even running it out again and through hardware effects.


    Yes. With a hybrid setup if you don't even need a room full of synths, really. I mean theoretically just a monosynth would probably get you all the sounds you would ever need. That really isn't as much fun though!

  6. I was all software for a long time, went a bit nuts a few years ago and bought more than I could afford and ended up selling most of it. But I learned a lot about why I would want to use hardware--I like the immediacy and find the tactile experience inspiring. I also like doing live jams and improv type tracks which is much harder to do with software. Now I am back to generating 75% of my sounds with hardware and doing a lot of out of the box work.


    We live in the greatest era of music making devices ever. I want to take advantage of it all! I run a hybrid setup. A lot of my gear gets sequenced by Maschine. I do want to get some kind of powerful hardware sequencer someday so I can do some all OTB stuff. Right now I can't quite do that, with my setup...but who cares really? Hardware elitists can [insert foul verb-object phrase]. I can't imagine trying to finish tracks all out of the box. Usually arrange and record in Maschine and bounce out the multi track to mix in my DAW.

  7. I agree having a super grizzled Gibson has Max would have been pretty bad-ass, but that isn't going to stop me from seeing and enjoying it. The Mad Max movies are easily some of my favorite movies of all time. I'll admit some of these remakes/reboots of late have been pretty bad, but this doesn't seem to scratch the surface of how bad it could be...and you've go the original director...so you know (hope) that he will go to bat for his vision rather than caving into the singular goal of making a box office smash.

  8. The demos never tell the whole story. Though admittedly this has sounded too good to be true all along. I will reserve judgement for now...but...ugh...if it turns out this demo pretty much represents what one can get out of the Rhythm Wolf, Akai won't be getting any of my dollars. At that price point/sound quality you'd be 1,000% better off with some Volcas. (Not knocking the Volcas, the Keys is quite a fun box for what it is...)

  9. I had an MS2000 a long time ago, didn’t really dig the sound


    Don’t sleep on older Virii—I have a Virus B rack which was fairly affordable and it sounds dark and DOPE


    Ion / Micron is also a great recommendation. Obviously the features are different but I think they have a similar (to the Virus B) “darker” sound.


    I also have a Nord Lead 2x. It’s awesome, but I think it’s a much more distinctive sound than those other synths. To me, it ALWAYS sounds like a Nord—bright, clean, and deep. But sometimes I have trouble finding sounds I like on it because I always hear NORD NORD NORD NORD NORD when I’m using it. Beautiful instrument tho



    EDIT: sorry, the point is: the Nord sounds radically different—IMO—than some of the other synths mentioned. So, if you listen to enough demos and get an idea of the sound, it should be clear based on your taste what synth to get. Just because they have similar features and are digital polysynths, I would not consider them interchangeable. Make your decision based on your ears and what you’re looking for sound-wise, not feature-wise, or else you may be sorry!


    Yes. I know what you mean. I think all synths digital/analog, hardware/software usually have a "sound" to them. I have listened to all kinds of synth demos over the years. I do agree this is good homework, but I feel like I never really know until I get something in the studio whether I really like it or not. But my ears are demo bound (once again).

  10. If you're going digital, why not just buy some Native Instruments plugins? I use the FM8 for almost all of my patches. I love it.


    But if you're really dead set on a physical synth, you could look into the Nord Modular G2. It's a real beast. Any one of their virtual analog synths is far more capable than just subtractive synthesis.


    While I appreciate your concern for my wallet, I don't get much out of doing sound design with a mouse and VSTs. I do use them and have bought and sold many of them over the years. I currently use Alchemy if I choose to work in the box. Maybe I am being esoteric and foolish, but I really just prefer a physical instrument in front of me.


    I will have to have a closer look at the Modular G2. Seems to be something like that new Roland box in the Aira series, though I suspect much more flexible.

  11. I used to own a JP8000, pretty good but I ended up selling it. I currently own a Nord Rack 2X and use it quite a lot. I've got a Nord Modular also, those older Nords sound really good in my opinion, and the 2X is really easy to use. The Nord Lead not so much these days as there is no official OSX patch editor for it.


    Thank you. I think I *know* that the Nord Rack 2x is the best answer to what I'm after, but since it'll be months until I could afford one; a combination of GAS/curiosity has sent me looking at other options. I don't think one ever really becomes totally satisfied with a hardware setup, but the Nord Rack 2x would round out a setup in which I wouldn't *need* another synth. Wanting is another matter entirely.


    I think I want to go in a direction where I have fewer synths, just a few I know really well, and more timbre and tone shaping options. If anyone else has any suggestions I'm all ears : )

  12. Hey all


    Pretty new here...thought this might make a sort of introduction thread...so anyway...I run a hardware/software setup...at the moment I have a MicroBrute, Anode MeeBlip and Volca Keys...so I have analog territory well covered as far as my needs go. As versatile as I find these synths combined with my other hardware and later manipulating them in my DAW I feel like I am wanting a knobby, polyphonic digital synth.


    The top contender on the list is a Nord Lead 2x but I am also looking into perhaps a JP 8080 or MS2000R. I dont require a sequencer or keys on any of them. Im looking for a knob per function, as little menu diving for synthesis tasks as possible, polyphony, multi timbral would be nice, but not needed. I guess my budget is up to 800 USD. I dont really have room for a full keyboard at the moment although that may change by the time I can afford to seriously start looking into purchasing something.


    And just as a final thought...something like an Access Virus seems too complex for myself. I am a pretty simple guy when it comes to sound design and I prefer working with audio I have recorded myself. Really complex modulation and routing options arent really my thing. The Nord is the top contender because it offers up immediate access to all functions and is a pretty straight forward subtractive synth.

  13. Went to guitar center, got a JJOS'ed mpc1000, ART Pro Channel 2 and some patch cables. They fucked up charging me and I got out of there for less than 525$!!! I got my channel strip for half price and it was brand new! I'm taking it as a sign from the gear-gods that I'm on the right path. Got home and slapped some JJECC803's in the ART unit and started being amazed at the power of outboard gear. I'm a changed man, no more software horse-honky, I'm stepping up to the big-boy-level and going balls deep into some new gear and choons.


    Up next, DSI PRO-2, getting my Matrix-6r fixed, new mackie 8 channel mixer, selling the old monitors and grabbing a slick 6" + sub pack, dual opto-compressors, delay rack and a new firewire interface.


    Glory. Yes, Glory.


    LOL...you've got it bad : ) enjoy.... I still use software, but am a hardware-head at heart... I like using both to have the best of both worlds...

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