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hey I think id like to buy a coo little synth. what do people recommend?
in that price range... what are you looking to do? what sort of music do you make?
for a really small synth, maybe a microkorg or an alesis micron? larger than that the possibilities are pretty huge. i've only owned a roland sh-201, which is great for what it is, though i'm selling it soon.
i feel like doing some electronic stuff away from a computer.
I'm sure 90% of the replies here are likely to be MicroKORG. And it's good. I don't know much else, truth be told - all I know is that for £500 you could probably get some Moog stuff (maybe), or - now here's a thought - get a cheap laptop and a MIDI controller (i'd recommend the KORG microKONTROL if it weren't discontinued) and head on over to kvraudio.com and have an awesome time. Even better, if you already have a laptop, buy some sweet softsynths.
That probably wasn't the answer you were looking for, was it? FINE get a microKORG.
my bad. but seriously, consider it.
and it really depends on what sounds you're after, but you can get some great value second-hand synths (particularly if you go for a model that's a lesser known relative of a popular synth - usually either higher or lower spec).
I'd say you could pick up something quite high quality (albeit 10-20 years old) for £500.
and have freinds who have the micro korg but for me the micron is much better, many more sounds and more moody and less dance than the micro korg, depends what you need it for, brightonb is right go and play around on a feww, see what you prefer for your stuff.
avoid the MicroKorg! Sure its okay but it really is a bit of a toy. Rubbish keys, poor editing and relatively dated sounds. The best small synth for under £500 (hell under £750 - cus thats what the Moog Little Phatty costs) is an Alesis Micron. The sounds are so much better and so much more useable from the outset.
I sold my MicroKorg for a Micron and I'm so glad I did - just wish I'd bought one in the first place. Plus you'll have a bit of money left over so you could buy a nice Moogerfooger to hook up, they are also excellent and work well with synths.
occisilator type pedal, theres a bomb factory plugin of it too
editing the microkorg is a royal pain in the ass. Get an MS2000 if you find out second hand - much easier to edit. But it's a bit big.
edit with ease!
Not that I own a microKORG anyway, I played one in a band a while back. But that's useful information anyway!
are completely editable, you don't have to use the presets...
i'd like to avoid the age old microkorg/micron debate, if you're tempted by either of them you really should try them out, see how intuitive and easy it is to make your own sounds, see which one you like the look and feel of etc.
i actually thought the micron looked equally toy-like, but they're both fairly low end fun newbie synths so i don't think there's much in it.
or even a yamaha an-1x
though not sure how easily you'll pick one up
K Station and an-1x, both of them came to around £500 altogether so buy two! They're both ace, and far more flexibility than a microkorg.
has more features than the mikrokorg
it also has a mic and line input and can be used as a sound card
i would like to buy a small keybord under £50 or, at much, £100... can you help me pleaaaaaaaaase
thkx!! do you think i could get something much better under £100 or a little more?!
...but let down by the fact it's only a coupla octaves. Compared to my Microkorg, it's a monster, both sonically and buildwise. The Microkorg is indeed great but feels a tad plastic-y in comparison. The sounds ARE dead peasy to alter but, again, the K-Station can be edited with, like, one button.
I can honestly say that a K-Station, Microkorg and a Microsampler MIDI'ed up is the most fun in the world EVER.
or just hook it up (via MIDI) to a cheap, bigger keyboard/synth to act as a controller if you need more range.
and play about with sounds.
this is deadly - and very pretty - and analogue