Keyboard / Synth Thread
Posted 19 January 2020 - 10:59 AM
As far as keyboards go, it really depends on the max budget and what kinds of sounds you're looking for - just synth sounds, just traditional sounds like pianos and organs, or a combination of the two? For the latter two situations, if you want a self-contained, all-in-one unit, I'll assume for now the budget is under $1G and suggest you could probably do a lot worse than to get something like a Roland Juno DS. In the lower price tiers, anything that offers a wide range of sounds is apt to be a jack of all trades and not necessarily a master of any of them (bear in mind any synth sounds on offer in a sample-based synth like a Juno DS would be derived from samples run through digital filter emulations, so it's not going to be just like working with a real analog synth, for example). But something like that would be good enough to get your feet wet and perfectly usable to cover a variety of sounds for gigging.
If it's just synth sounds you want, there's a lot of narrowing down to do in terms of what kinds of synth sounds.
Posted 21 February 2020 - 11:04 PM
In an attempt to wake it up for a minute, for those who don't follow the synth world very closely, there's been a fair bit of action regarding remakes of classic synths in recent times. One of the cooler ones, IMO, is the Behringer Poly D that is supposed to be available in early 2020. They basically took their Model D module that's been out for a couple of years now and blew it up into a full-sized keyboard with several extra features not found on the original Minimoog or the Moog reissue. I'd be tempted to snag one if I didn't already have the module. For most practical purposes, it's more or less a Minimoog+ at less than 1/5th what it now costs to get hold of the original or a reissue.
(Sorry for not embedding, but I can't get that to work right now - wondering if perhaps some posting privileges are limited until one reaches a minimum post count, which I know is standard on many forums.)
Anyone else using any of the new Behringer synths? I've been getting good results from the D, Neutron and Odyssey. Looking forward to the eventual release of the UB-Xa (their Oberheim OB-Xa remake), though there's no timetable on when that will be completed right now.
Yes I have a Behringer Deepmind 12 and can recreate alot of the older Rush synth tones pretty convincingly. We are adding The Spirit of Radio to the setlist in my classic rock cover and, and I recreated the sequenced part. Came out great. I followed a short youtube video I found of Geddy programming the sound onstage at soundcheck during the PW's tour for the sound more than the album. I also created several others on the Deepmind...Subdivisions brass (which came out great too), Losing It sequence, The Trees lead and bass, Tom Sawyer growl and solo, Camera Eye sample and hold and a couple more. The Deepmind can do that stuff very well with some work. And Im a bass player more than a keyboardist.
Live I use my macbook pro, Keith McMillen 12 step midi pedals and Apple Mainstage for the sounds. Ive been playing off and on with some guys who want to start a Rush tribute and for that I use all software sounds. Either built in sounds that I tweak in Mainstage, or something like OPX for the Oberheim stuff.
Posted 23 February 2020 - 01:50 PM
If I was playing live, I might go the laptop route as well. Although I use some hardware synths for recording, the majority of my sounds come from software. Really hard to beat the sonic range you can cover at a reasonable cost with softsynths and sample libraries. Anytime I want the classic Moog Taurus droning bass sound, for example, it's a few clicks away in a Kontakt library I bought a decade ago for $20. (Most synths aren't as readily replaced by sample libraries, of course, but since I knew 90% of what I'd likely use Taurus pedals for would be that one bass sound, the sample library made more sense in that case.)
Posted 29 June 2020 - 03:27 PM
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