EDIT: if you skip to the bolded part that might be the most important question to have answered... all the rest is fluff. but it might help. Thanks for any time!
I've got like 300 dollars right now. I'm willing to save a fair bit more.
I'm just wondering what I should spend it on in terms of musical equipment, that will work as an investment or something to help me "step my game up."
What I already have:
SOFTWARE SYNTHESIZERS: NI Komplete (reaktor, fm8, absynth, massive, kontakt, battery)
DAWS: Ableton Live, Logic Express
MIDI CONTROLLER: APC 1000 (the bigger one)
SPEAKERS/HEADPHONES: some mid price monitors and nice headphones
M-Audio 2 input Audio Interface (it's not very nice, I don't think)
a shitty Microphone (I think it was 100$)
instruments: 2 guitar, bass guitar, drumset, violin, guitar amp, bass amp
HARDWARE SYNTHESIZERS: NONE
So what I'm mostly eying right now are several hardware synthesizers. I've been looking at:
Poly Evolver vs. Waldorf Blofeld vs. Nord G1
(if I want to save another 300 bucks)
Nord Micro Modular vs. Mopho
(not too keen on the Mopho... doesn't look flexible at all. looks like a bunch of leads and bass synths which I don't really want that much... I need something versatile. The Micro Modular looks a hell of a lot more fun but doesn't SOUND that great from what I can tell... can anybody dispute this? Does it really sound better or add anything that my software synths don't already? )
????? this is where I need suggestions I guess.
What else can I add? Would an analogue mixing board add to my productions?
This may be a stupid thread, just putting it out there
As a side note...(or maybe this part is what I really want answered!!!) I'm looking for a synth that sounds like the track called "Lubricate Your Living Room" by Bionaut... it's track 2 on the album in my avatar (LUSH LIFE ELECTRONICA). It's on Spotify. There are some synths in that track that are somehow both warm and digital at the same time, which is what I really want. Does the Blofeld do sounds like that? Can the Nord pull them off (I'm guessing not, for some reason).
or the synths in this track or more specifically "Do the Strand" off of the same album... which isn't on Youtube:
Or is it how they were mixed? Or what they were mixed on? (ANALOGUE MIXING BOARD or TAPE instead of just straight into Logic...?) Or is it the mastering that was done to it?
I'm guessing buying effects at this point would be pointless. I just want to make my music better.
Edited by vamos scorcho, 26 December 2012 - 03:32 PM.