January 16, 2011 9:08 PM Subscribe
Best synthesizer for under 400$?
posted by NotSoSiniSter to Media & Arts (20 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I could probably find my answer with some google searching, but I like mefi for questions that take more then just keywords to understand. :D
I've been finding my way around musicproduction, most specifically techno, and I'm getting pretty sick of dealing with all of these virtual VSTS and turning knobs with a mouse. I already have a yamaha np-v80. but its not of much use outside of a midi keyboard and its sound bank of mediocre sounds. I need something that i can put a finger on, turn a knob and hear the sound change. Correct me if I'm wrong, but techno needs a bit of grit to make it sound good. just how the impurities of vinyl make it sound better then a CD. Using VSTs and quantize grids isn't going to get me anywhere.
Soo...I've been saving my money pretty good lately and I think I really want to get a synth that I can mess with. But I'm overwhelmed with all the choices. I've heard from people that you shouldn't waste money on toys, and stick to free VSTs and using my midi keyboard...but then why does everyone pro have a room loaded with synths and all the module systems? I have like $700 but I would prefer to not burn all of it on one thing. So $400 is the max that I would want to spend.
I'm leaning toward a used analog synth that I would probably buy off of ebay. But I've heard many people that say the digital vs analog synth arguments are bullshit and both are fine. Whats your opinion? Which type should get?
Any recommendations to a decent synth that I won't find myself out growing in a few years?