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    Cool The Synthesizer

    I'm jonesing for one of those classic analogue synths (Moog, ARP, Korg, Roland) right now so I thought a discussion is in order to fuel my gear thirst.

    Do you have a favourite synth (hardware and/or software)?

    What's your favourite synth driven music?

    Maybe you don't like the sound of synths, if so why?

    Are they the best thing since sliced bread?

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    I've never gotten to touch an analog synth. I have only played around with an Alesis Quadrasynth, which was fantastic! It was wav table based I think, from the mid 1990s and used an early version of live patch mutation.

    I do have several hundred soft synths, most of which sound pretty crummy and do the same things. A couple of them are Moog modular and minimoog emulators. From what I can tell by experimenting with them, the Moog was incredibly hard to program. I just can't seem to create decent patches for it. Maybe a real one is different. Other soft synths are much easier, even the FM ones.

    If I thought I had the funds to purchase analog, I'd save up for Hammond B-3 first and then look into synths. Man - nothing sounds quite like B-3!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weston View Post
    If I thought I had the funds to purchase analog, I'd save up for Hammond B-3 first and then look into synths. Man - nothing sounds quite like B-3!
    B-3's are great but if I wanted something entirely impractical I'd go for a Mellotron.

    Here are some of my favourite uses of synths in recent years:

    Emeralds

    Oneohtrix Point Never

    Caribou

    Gold Panda

    John Foxx and the Maths (Yes, he's still going)

    Susumu Yokota

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    Here are some of my favourite synth sounds:

    Skip to about 1 hour 22 mins in this video:



    I'm not sure what that is, could be a Korg MS-20 but I don't know.

    The bass on this is awesome:



    The best thing about old techno tracks on Youtube is that there is always a comment saying what synths/drum machines are used on the records. Usually varios Roland product (TR-808 or 909, TB-303, Juno and Jupiters are the classic techno sound)



    I've tried to avoid 70's tracks because it seems like if you could afford a synth in those days, you bloody well learned how to use it. Or abuse it in Keith Emersons case.

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    Stick to BS (Black Sabbath), I think BS music might be better than some of the clips above.

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    Well, I would be really sad without Don Dorsey's Bachbusters, Beethoven or Bust and especially Tomita's Snowflakes Are Dancing! Not to mention some of the moog Radiohead uses and Portishead

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