Top 5 Synths everyone?


#1

Hey i just want to see where people stand with their favorite instruments in these 5 categories. From most important to least in my need. How about you guys?

  1. SOUND - Oberheim OBXa
  2. FUNCTIONALITY - Oberheim Matrix-12
  3. BASS - Roland Juno 60
  4. MONO - Moog Prodigy
  5. DIGITAL - Moog Animoog

#2

I’ll only answer with the synths I own, since you can only judge them when you have access to them.

1. SOUND - OB6
2. FUNCTIONALITY - Solaris
3. BASS - Therapsid (honestly, it has that kick ass PWM thanks to SID).
4. MONO - MatrixBrute, it's huge.
5. DIGITAL - K5000S

For digital I discounted VA, Solaris has elements of VA and my System 8 is also VA. The K5000S is additive and a fairly unique digital as a result. Same with an FM synth.


#3

SOUND - Shruthi
FUNCTIONALITY - Shruthi
BASS - Shruthi
MONO - Shruthi
DIGITAL - Shruthi


#4

you broke the thread :raised_hand::eye::tongue::eye::raised_back_of_hand:

but it’s ok. now, it’s fixed and can carry on :man_mechanic::woman_mechanic:


#5

SOUND - Jupiter 8
FUNCTIONALITY - PRO-2
BASS - TB-303 (sorry, can’t help) :grin:
MONO - Shruthi
DIGITAL - DX-7


#6

SOUND - Ensoniq ASR-10
FUNCTIONALITY - Nord Modular
BASS - Shruthi
MONO - Shruthi
DIGITAL - Nord Modular

Edit: DIY - Ambika


#7

mono - Korg MS-20
poly - Roland Juno60
diy - shruti-1
can’t believe i owned it - yamaha ex-7 w additional outputs and scsi board OR korg-707
best - what i actually have right now


#8

,NR Synth Cobra,John Bowen Solaris, Arturia Matrix.DSI OB6Elektron Analong Keys.,(.I dont talk about Braids with Shelves Warps Streams and Frames,that is nearly my most beloved synth when all connected together!)


#9

Limited by my experience, of course:

Sound - All the old Oberheim polysynths (I have a Matrix 6R)
Functionality - Eurorack
Bass - Minimoog
Mono - Shruthi
Digital - Ensoniq EPS

The EPS made the list for sentimental reasons.


#10

Subjective of course, and limited to what I own.

SOUND - Ambika

(I’m sorry this basically nails everything while still retaining its own character… the combination of waveforms/algorithms with the filter selections is to die for and has spoiled the shit out of me.)

FUNCTIONALITY - MS-20

(i use it for sound design, percussion, it’s my johnny on the spot-synth)

BASS - SE-02

(I prefer it to the Model D, /shrug)

MONO - HyperSynth Xenophone

(Holy shit, I can’t stop gushing about this synth. The TB303 is to Charmander what the Xenophone is to Charizard. This is probably my desert Island synth.)

DIGITAL - Ableton’s Operator?

I need more pure digital hardware synths in my life.


#11

SOUND : Ambika
FUNCTIONALITY : Perfourmer Mk2
BASS : RA-9
MONO : Shruthi
DIGITAL : Xor


#12

Agreed! I love hearing a sound or a technique and trying to figure out a good approximation of it on my MS-20. You really can do an incredible number of things reasonably well.

I don’t think making a top 5 makes any sense for me because I probably haven’t so much as touched 20 synths in my life. But in the spirit of the thread, here are five “synths” I have that I expect to be cornerstones of my output for the foreseeable future:

  1. Korg MS-20 (mini)
  2. Yamaha DX7
  3. Mannequins Just Friends
  4. Cycling '74 Max 6
    (got a student license for a class I took as a clueless undergrad. literally didn’t get what the fuss was about patching stuff until I got the Korg… glad the license never expires :smiley:)
  5. Yocto 2 (808 clone … still building, pray for me that I didn’t wreck my board)

#13

I’ll play!

  1. SOUND - Propellerhead Europa
  2. FUNCTIONALITY - Propellerhead Europa
  3. BASS - Roland SH-101
  4. MONO - Roland SH-101
  5. DIGITAL - Propellerhead Europa

I’m boring, but I was one of three people who decided the feature set of Europa so it is very much filled with stuff I love. Though I could’ve answered “my modular” on each one of them, but that felt like even more of a cop out. :wink:


#14

SOUND - Elements
FUNCTIONALITY - Nord G2
BASS - FR-777
MONO - Perfourmer
DIGITAL - Microwave II XT


#15

SOUND - Roland Juno 60 (I’m a sucker for nice analog bread and butter sounds)
FUNCTIONALITY - Elektron Analog Four (extremely deep synth with tons of functions)
BASS - Roland SH-101 (Reduced interface that is focused on being a great mono synth)
MONO - Roland SH-101 (Reduced interface that is focused on being a great mono synth)
DIGITAL - Nord Lead A1 (intuitive, fast user interface and nice oscillator type selection)


#16

SOUND: Roland System-100 Model101&102 (best Roland sound ever)
FUNCTIONALITY: Roland System-700 (best modular ever)
BASS: Moog Memorymoog (Darling ! Is it your music or is it a quake ?)
MONO: Octave The Cat non-SRM (one word…WOW !)
DIGITAL: Korg Wavestation (all of them)

and…
HYBRID: Ambika (a few years ago I would have said PPG Wave 2.2)
VA: well…not yet convinced…and I had quite a few…