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Has anyone bought a synth based on your own instinct? #2998510
07/14/19 11:36 AM
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I remember being instinctively drawn to the Alesis ION, but was steered towards a YAMAHA MOTIF. That was the last time I walked into a Guitar Center.Salesman wanted to sell me a MOTIF and not an ION. Of course I walked out with neither.
I was also drawn to the Roland MC-303, and the Roland XP-80. Even the Yamaha SY-99. I had a salesman try to get me to buy a SY-22, over a wavstation. Only because, he new I could not afford a Wavestation.
I had another dealer sell me a Roland Juno D over and KORG MS2000.

There were a number of synths I bought, not because of instinct, but I thought was cool. Ensoniq Mirage, Roland Juno-106, JX-305, Multiple Poly61ís, DX-7IIFD, Kawai K500s, ARP Omni, AXXE, AKAI AX-60.

I should have listened to myself, and relied on my own instinct, and not outside influence.


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Re: Has anyone bought a synth based on your own instinct? [Re: paulkondig] #2998514
07/14/19 12:52 PM
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I've purchased 4 keyboards during the last 12 years based on "instinct." Two of those are the Korg M3 and Korg Radias. I use both quite often and am very impressed with their features/sounds. You can shake the paint off the wall with the Radias. It's highly underrated.

Unfortunately, the other two didn't impress me: the Kurzweil K2661 and the Alesis Ion. While Kurzweil keyboards have a huge fan base, it was clear the K2661 just "wasn't made for me" as some may say. I couldn't get past the tiny display screen, convoluted menu diving, and promise of features that just didn't measure up.

The Alesis Ion was a different animal. While I was initially impressed with the amount of knobbage and modulation matrix, it's not a "fat-sounding digital synth" as was stated in an online review. Outboard effects are definitely required to make this synth sound good as the Ion's on-board effects are an afterthought... with no reverb! What were they thinking?



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Re: Has anyone bought a synth based on your own instinct? [Re: paulkondig] #2998521
07/14/19 02:14 PM
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Original Nord Stage 88. I was not enamored with the pianos but had faith this company would somehow figure it out. Of course, I was met with little resistance from the sales guy as it was the most expensive synth in the room.


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Re: Has anyone bought a synth based on your own instinct? [Re: paulkondig] #2998532
07/14/19 04:03 PM
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I chose an MS-2000r over a JP-8080 after more than two hours A/B testing on Mars Musicís sales floor. Not sure how instinctual it was, but I went there knowing I was going to leave with one or the other. The Korg was more edgy AND less $. Still have it, still happy with my choice...holy crud....that was like TWENTY years ago. Good golly.

The moment I heard the announcement, I instinctively knew the VR-09 was exactly what my live rig needed; a quarter of the size and heft of the VK-1000 with 40 times the sound palette. Got one of the first run. Still gigging with it; still mostly pleased with this love/hate relationship...Organ and Synths: YAY! Piano sound and action: BOO, HISS, YUCK!

With my ears tired of the pianos in the Fantom, and sorely displeased with that part of the VR-09, I had to get something to fill this void. Cue a crazy low price on a close-out demo Kawai ES-100...could not resist. Instinct? Perhaps more desperate desire and fortunate opportunity.

After decades of synth and organ keys, the Kawai action proved too heavy for my gigging playing style of machine-gun 32nd notes. I immediately knew the Numa Compact 2 was a good solution upon its announcement. Got an early demo model after a fairly well-known festival in Indiana, and am still quite pleased with my stage piano/midi controller decision.

After a firmware chip upgrade on the JX-10 so that an iPad app could control the programming via midi, I reluctantly (and now regrettably) sold the PG-800. Tiring of fiddling with that set-up, comes along the Deepmind12. I could not have hit the Pre-Order button any faster. I think my tablet might still have a dent there. Soooo pleased with this synth. Donít care what the haters say...the thing is instant joy-in-a-box for me.

With all of that being said, my great-auntís parlor piano was my first real hands-on experience at three years old. That defined a life-long fascination. Was that instinct or influence?




Last edited by brenner13; 07/14/19 04:13 PM.

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Studio: Korg MS2000R; Roland JX10, S550; Yamaha SY77, SY55, EX5; DM12; ES100
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Re: Has anyone bought a synth based on your own instinct? [Re: paulkondig] #2998537
07/14/19 05:22 PM
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no. especially if the synth is expensive and the manufacturer is new to me.

Even with my experience with Korg [or Roland], I would study/hesitate before buying any of their synths.

Any keyboard has to fit my requirements and bring something significant to my creative palette.

More is not better. Less is. I understand why folks might have 4 or more boards.
But that is not my preference.

I think it not a big deal to be an impulse buyer for inexpensive hardware stuff, lets say under
$200.


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