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« Reply #120 on: June 26, 2016, 05:50:46 PM »

frankly I love the little baby Korg Monotron synths. They have 3 or 4 different models. And they are all very grungy and the exact opposite of synth pop. It's almost impossible to play in TTET on the membrane keypad so there is that atonal thing going for it.

A couple smaller synths from Yamaha are the DX100 which is kind of a cult synth for some ravers or something, but there are a million of them. If you get a DX patch editor you can create some very messed up sounds.
Also the CS01 which is one of the most basic analog synths possible. It's about the size of a casiotone but is an analog monosynth.

I've gotten a lot of mileage out of the Roland SH09. I picked up mine for $500 USD. I think it may have some vintage collectorness to it. But is probably overshadowed by the hipper looking SH101 or SH7 which has more features. It's got a lot of neat things it does, but mostly I like that you can plug the headphone into the aux input and make it feedback through the filter.
It also has a suboctave, which is nice.

 The Casio SK1 and SK5 are sampling keyboards. They are also very small units with mini keys.
I don't see them as coveted as they were a while ago, so the price should have come down.  And the sampling is very poor quality. I made literally dozens of recordings with these and really like the way the cheesy presets sound through guitar pedals. It's also great fun to record percussive sounds and loop them. Then you can make poly-rhythms by holding down different intervals. 
Beatnigs used to use the SK1, and I've seen a few other acts do pretty well with them.
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« Reply #121 on: June 27, 2016, 09:52:38 AM »

http://www.wnyc.org/story/turning-fruit-into-musical-instruments/
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« Reply #122 on: June 28, 2016, 08:48:03 AM »

http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2016/06/27/zynthian-is-a-new-open-platform-for-sound-synthesis/
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« Reply #123 on: June 28, 2016, 04:28:37 PM »

may as well go Critter and Guitari  Organelle if you are looking at open source synths. It looks pretty hipster retarded, but I checked out the prototype of one of these last fall and was pretty impressed by how powerful it is. Also, HDMI out.
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« Reply #124 on: June 28, 2016, 09:34:55 PM »

critter did great video synth, especially the black/white one.
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« Reply #125 on: June 29, 2016, 01:17:08 AM »

Anyone ever tried these?

http://patchblocks.com/home

It's just that it's pretty cheap to get modules of this but I'm wondering if it's worth it.
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« Reply #126 on: June 29, 2016, 09:59:55 AM »

Anyone ever tried these?

http://patchblocks.com/home

It's just that it's pretty cheap to get modules of this but I'm wondering if it's worth it.

This looks, at some point, promising.
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« Reply #127 on: June 29, 2016, 03:52:26 PM »

time to go back to basic to much $gadget$ turd around now
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« Reply #128 on: July 20, 2016, 07:48:29 PM »

http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/the-onde-magntique-om-1-tape-synthesizer-is-cassette-revivalists-dream-640483

This looks like a fun little toy, although I don't think I'd pay that sort of money for one.
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« Reply #129 on: August 31, 2016, 05:12:56 PM »

I'm wondering if anyone has any audio examples of the Korg Volca Bass being used in a "noisier" setting?
I get disappointed when I watch all these synth videos about how they work. As soon as the synth gets noisy they tend to tone it down.
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« Reply #130 on: August 31, 2016, 06:08:09 PM »

I had the first three Volcas.
They are very well built for what they are. But I eventually got tired of them.
If you own some modular stuff the Volcas are kind of annoying because they do not have cv/gate connectivity, only the sync input.
Also, after a few months I was quite bored with not being able to chain patterns. I had a drum machine 25 years ago that could chain patterns. Why can't something made in the 21st century chain patterns?
I think they are pretty much oriented towards young people into electro-house-raver shit.
I did make some DAF style tracks, but none of them were anything that I will try and release.
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« Reply #131 on: September 01, 2016, 01:51:46 AM »

The demo videos on youtube certainly piqued my interest. Especially the external sound processing on the LYRA-8.

https://somasynths.com
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« Reply #132 on: September 01, 2016, 05:24:27 AM »

Thanks for the reply calaverasgrande. I'm looking to purchase my first synth and, as mentioned in many other threads, I'd like to buy a quality piece of equipment and learn to use to its full extent. Up until now I've only messed with distortion pedals and feedback and I've made a few "private" releases for friends. So I guess I'll keep searching.
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« Reply #133 on: September 01, 2016, 09:25:12 AM »

New Volca!

https://ask.audio/articles/korg-volca-kick-analog-synth-with-ms-20-circuits-touch-fx-pattern-chaining

Looks fun, kick generator based around the MS-20 filter, and it has pattern chaining!
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« Reply #134 on: September 01, 2016, 02:24:35 PM »

yes

I skipped the Volca FM, but this looks very exciting.
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