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Recommended Synthesizers

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by sirchick, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. sirchick

    sirchick Active Member


    I'm looking to get a synthesizer but i don't know what is good to get for my price range (about £600 ~ )

    Any one got any reccomendations ?
  2. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    I think this post belongs in the musical instruments section, but I suppose the pro audio forum will fit.

    sirchick, Could you be more specific? Are you looking for a certain type of synthesis? A keyboard or a module? New or used?

    I can suggest a used Ensoniq ESQ-1 or ESQ-m, the ESQ-m was my first synthesizer back in 1988. I use a Roland XV-3080 that I am very happy with, also a Yamaha SY-99.

    All of these classify as used instruments, you should check out this page if you have not already:


  3. sirchick

    sirchick Active Member

    I didn' think there were different types of synthesizers - but i want a new one up to date with as many features as possible - more things i can fiddle with the better :p

    Mainly going to be using it to edit midi inputs with my plugins on my DAW but, i equally like to have the synthesizer have lots of goodies to come with it that i can play about with and experiment with new sounds.
  4. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    Do you consider your VI's a good outlet for new sounds?

    I guess if I were to recommend a new synthesizer under $900USD I would be hard pressed to do so. IMO, the newest technology is with your VI's. If I had to I would save more money and wait to go with a Yamaha motif , Kurzwiel PC3x or a vintage instrument. If I had too make a decision on a new instrument I would look closer at a Roland Juno-G:


    Its just really hard to find anything in the lower price ranges that measures up to a decent all around intrument. YMMV
  5. sirchick

    sirchick Active Member

    Well i have nearly all the East West programs :)
  6. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    As far as VI's go, I have and also really like the sound of the Arturia CS-80V2 and am greatly looking forward to the new Prophet V2 and Jupiter 8V2 as well, which rumor has it will be coming possibly at the winter namm show in a week. :)

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