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Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...

Post by onthebandwagon » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:07 am

500$ or less, what would you chose?
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Re: Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...

Post by blw » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:22 am

ESQ-1 all the way. Lots of programming fun and on-board 8-track sequencer with sufficient memory for me to emerge from quarantine with a 'dope album' to share with the world. :sb: :lol:

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Re: Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...

Post by Licudi » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:37 am

Polyend Medusa is the one I need to get to grips with. Every time I sit down with mine I feel a genuinely different and worthwhile piece of music is just down the road. About two months down the road ...

I had considered having someone lock me and Medusa in a 40-foot container for a while. That's no longer necessary.

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Re: Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...

Post by onthebandwagon » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:41 am

Licudi wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:37 am
Polyend Medusa is the one I need to get to grips with. Every time I sit down with mine I feel a genuinely different and worthwhile piece of music is just down the road. About two months down the road ...

I had considered having someone lock me and Medusa in a 40-foot container for a while. That's no longer necessary.
That’s way over budget...
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Re: Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...

Post by Licudi » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:43 am

onthebandwagon wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:41 am
That’s way over budget...
It's £449 in the UK at Juno Music. That was about US$540 before today's Sterling crash - probably even less now...

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Re: Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...

Post by onthebandwagon » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:44 am

Licudi wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:43 am
onthebandwagon wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:41 am
That’s way over budget...
It's £449 in the UK at Juno Music. That was about US$540 before today's Sterling crash - probably even less now...
That’s so cheap, through they were $800 here for some reason.
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Re: Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...

Post by Licudi » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:49 am

onthebandwagon wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:44 am
That’s so cheap, through they were $800 here for some reason.
Yeah, it's what made me buy one. Juno seem to have negotiated some special deal as it's generally significantly more dosh elsewhere.

https://www.juno.co.uk/products/polyend ... 697806-01/

If you 'Click for better price!', Juno knocks off another 10% for British buyers. Even cheaper to those outside the EU and UK as you don't have to pay VAT of 20%.

Anyway, back to the thread question.

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Post by Voltcontrol » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:59 am

Used Digitone or used Kawai K1 or K3 (latter being a refound fascination from some recent threads here).

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Re: Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...

Post by seta666 » Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:25 am

Just one? A groovebox then, maybe new elektron M:C or roland MC101....but that budget would also cover both novation circuit

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Post by zolar_czakl » Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:54 am

From what I currently have on hand, I think i'd choose EMU E5000 Ultra. It sounds so beautiful to me, and i haven't taken the time to fully explore. There's so much fun to do with a good sampler.

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Re: Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...

Post by blw » Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:02 am

Licudi wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:49 am
onthebandwagon wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:44 am
That’s so cheap, through they were $800 here for some reason.
Yeah, it's what made me buy one. Juno seem to have negotiated some special deal as it's generally significantly more dosh elsewhere.

https://www.juno.co.uk/products/polyend ... 697806-01/

That's pretty stunning. I just added one to the cart to see the total. $552 to the US with 1-2 day shipping. Ridiculous package for that price.
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Re: Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...

Post by Licudi » Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:05 am

zolar_czakl wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:54 am
There's so much fun to do with a good sampler.
That's true, and - Yamahas apart - they're also a piece of piss to operate. Maybe I’ll take an Akai S950 instead of the Medusa. My pair cost £200 fully expanded in 2004, though I've added new displays and SD drives since then. Still below US$500 total cost, though …

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Post by phesago » Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:07 am

Oberheim Xpander - coincidentally enough it just arrived :sb: :goo: :bacon:
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Re: Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...

Post by Licudi » Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:08 am

blw wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:02 am
I just added one to the cart to see the total. $552 to the US with 1-2 day shipping.
Unfortunately, the unit cost is $2.85 too much for this thread.

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phesago wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:07 am
Oberheim Xpander - coincidentally enough it just arrived :sb: :goo: :bacon:
That must have cost about $3000 too much for this thread!

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Re: Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...

Post by blw » Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:15 am

phesago wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:07 am
Oberheim Xpander - coincidentally enough it just arrived :sb: :goo: :bacon:
Someone's going to cry 'over $500', but well done! I'm in love with mine . . . it was on my mind when I picked the oft-called 'poor man's Xpander' as my choice here. Digging in deep for a couple months will pay off big, so perfect timing!

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Re: Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...

Post by Licudi » Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:18 am

blw wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:15 am
phesago wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:07 am
Oberheim Xpander - coincidentally enough it just arrived :sb: :goo: :bacon:
Someone's going to cry 'over $500'
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Post by RickKleffel » Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:06 pm

A used Digitone...enjoyably deep sound programming and sequencing...an ambient groovebox...

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Post by EPTC » Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:34 pm

At $500, I'd go for a microkorg and a ditto looper. Or a ditto X2 if you want to use the microkorg stereo output, though no discount puts that all at around $650.

Add $40 for one of those inexpensive off-brand delay or fx pedals on reverb.
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Re: Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...

Post by phesago » Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:42 pm

Licudi wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:18 am
blw wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:15 am
phesago wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:07 am
Oberheim Xpander - coincidentally enough it just arrived :sb: :goo: :bacon:
Someone's going to cry 'over $500'
:whistle:
So might have ignored that part - If under $500 .... Probably a mopho. 4 lfos, 3 envs, 4 sequencers.... Kind of awesome.
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Post by slumberjack » Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:38 pm

ensoniq eps, a volca and/or dx21 or 11. should be all around 500.

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Re: Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...

Post by lisa » Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:44 pm

Alesis Ion. Best synth ever made.
New modular track! My first in six months. :party: Messy and unglued.


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Re: Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...

Post by onthebandwagon » Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:54 pm

lisa wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:44 pm
Alesis Ion. Best synth ever made.
You’ve said that so many times I thought it must be the answer while posting this without ever owning one.
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Re: Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...

Post by th0mas » Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:56 pm

EPTC wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:34 pm
At $500, I'd go for a microkorg and a ditto looper.
I plugged my microkorg in yesterday for my 1 year old to hammer on.. I forgot how great it sounds!! Pretty sure it just replaced the SH-101 in my live setup, getting looped by the octatrack. Much more comfortable bringing out the $200 synth than the "rare blue" SH-101 I paid a ton for last year..

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Re: Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...

Post by lisa » Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:05 pm

onthebandwagon wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:54 pm
lisa wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:44 pm
Alesis Ion. Best synth ever made.
You’ve said that so many times I thought it must be the answer while posting this without ever owning one.
:hihi: If others understod how great it is I wouldn’t have to mention it all the time. Well, it’s my cross to bear.
New modular track! My first in six months. :party: Messy and unglued.


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Re: Quarantined for 2 months with one synth...

Post by anselmi » Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:13 pm

second hand/demo/blemished Digitakt

or...

Korg ESX

or..

Korg EMX

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