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    So I've been obsessing lately about buying an analog synth. NAMM got me all worked up.

    I'm not a keyboard player (slowly learning) so a full keyboard would be a waste for me. Looking a lot at the new Moog Sub Phatty.

    My budget would be $1000-$1200 taxes extra included.

    Amy suggestions on ones you own, have checked out, played or seen on your travels?
    Last edited by Frozen Lonesome; 02-14-2013, 11:33 AM.
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    Originally posted by Slatemass View Post
    So I've been obsessing lately about buying an analog synth. NAMM got me all worked up.

    I'm not a keyboard player (slowly learning) so a full keyboard would be a waste for me. Looking a lot at the new Moog Sub Phatty.

    My budget would be $1000-$1200 taxes extra included.







    Amy suggestions on ones you own, have checked out, played or seen on your travels?

    If you can save up another grand, you could be getting quite a bit more for your money.

    What are some things you are interested in?

    Do you want or need to play more than one note at a time? --->http://www.davesmithinstruments.com/products/mophox4/
    $1300.00 --->http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MophoX4/

    Do you want a monophonic synth with the ability to go modular when you want? ---> http://www.korg.com/ms20mini
    $600 ---- > http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MS20mini/

    Do you want something that contains a sequencer too and four mono synthesizers but no keyboard? ---> http://www.elektron.se/content/analog-four

    $1100.00 ----> http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/AnalogFour/

    I used sweetwater, mainly because it was fast and they also have pretty average prices. Im sure you can find lower prices if you look.
    Hope that helps a bit.
    Last edited by V0RT3X; 02-14-2013, 01:00 PM.
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    • #3
      Very good questions. I think monophonic might do as I said I'm not a keyboard player. Ive been jamming on my iPad with my punk cover band and I'd like something I can move around and possibly use for performance.
      I have been looking at the analog four as well and it looks pretty cool. I think a sequencer would be good to have as well. I have almost no experience with synth hardware (played on a Little Phatty at the store. My friend has an old Roland E5 intelligent synth (not analog) which he said I could borrow and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on that.
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      • #4
        thanks
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        • #5
          Just wanted to add that a nice thing about Sweetwater is that you can also split up your purchase over three payments... if that is any consideration for your budget. Zzounds does this sort of thing as well (with four payments over four months). But Sweetwater tends to have some more 'esoteric' items. For example, Sweetwater obviously has all the items Vort3x mentioned above (since he linked to their site!). Zzounds only has the Korg.
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          • #6
            Thanks. I bought my iodock from Sweetwater and was happy with the experience. Although I got nailed for delivery to Canada and duties/brokerage fees. Added $45 to my $99 purchase but it was still cheaper than I could buy here.
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            • #7
              Now thinking about the Arturia Minibrute. No menu diving and the ability to bring in midi and external audio. I was thinking that I could generate drum loops etc on my ipad and either send them as midi to the minibrute or as audio out and then process them through the mini brute or vice versa.
              http://www.arturia.com/evolution/en/...ute/intro.html

              Thoughts? Has anyone played this synth?
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              • #8
                The only thing I can say about the Minibrute is that I'm stongly considering getting one as well. Though it isn't at the topmost priority level for me so probably not until later in the year.

                A lot has been said about the Mini not having the ability to save presets, but I think that is actually a big positive. As someone mentioned on KVR, if you need to you can always take a picture with your iPhone.
                Last edited by Nemo; 02-19-2013, 04:11 PM.
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                • #9
                  Well this would be my first hardware synth. Even though it is a mono synth with only one oscillator, it looks really cool and I like all the connection options. Re: no saving of presets. it does come with inserts for marking the position of your knobs which is an analog way of saving prestos or as you said take a photo. As I mentioned on another thread I bought a used m-audio axiom 25 and I'm finding it almost impossible to program, so no menus is a total bonus.

                  I do really like the Analog Four, but can't justify the expenditure (yet...).
                  Last edited by Frozen Lonesome; 02-19-2013, 04:22 PM.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Nemo View Post
                    The only thing I can say about the Minibrute is that I'm stongly considering getting one as well. Though it isn't at the topmost priority level for me so probably not until later in the year.

                    A lot has been said about the Mini not having the ability to save presets, but I think that is actually a big positive. As someone mentioned on KVR, if you need to you can always take a picture with your iPhone.
                    Nemo, I ordered my Minibrute yesterday. I have plans to integrate it with my iOdock & iPad with both midi and Audio In to the MB and out back to my iPad.
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                    • #11
                      Let us know what you think about the MiniBrute when you're had a chance to work with it! I was going to say about the Analog Four that though it looks awfully nice, one of the things that I was worried about was that it looks like there would be a lot of fiddling to do with menus, etc. At least that's the impression that I got watching the two Elektron guys talking about it to that guy from Sonic State. What is really really nice about the Minibrute is the what you see is what you get aspect. No menus at all to mess around with.
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