From Bad MoFo
Sent Fri, Sep 15th 1995, 21:48
Yeah, I know, the thread died a week ago... Top Polysynths (order subject to change depending on which one I've got my hands on at present) 1) Oberheim Matrix 12 - I like envelopes, & lots of them. The M12/Xpander is capable of a wider range of sounds than any other analogue polysynth. 2) Yamaha SY99 - call me a heretic, but as I said, I like envelopes, and the 99 has LOTS of envelopes. Besides, digital FM is a synthesist's form of synthesis - any idiot can turn knobs on an analogue and get a decent sound. If only they'd done a few things differently, this would be at the top of my list. 3) Waldorf Wave - seems like they fixed a lot of the things that bugged me about the PPG Waves & the MicroWave, but I gotta admit, I haven't heard one, except on the new Orb album. Honorable mention to all the synths that do similiar things - PPG Waves, MicroWave, Prophet VS (If I had a VS it'd probably be on the list - I just haven't played w/ one long enough), Technos Axcess (yes, the Wave has resynthesis!). 4) Yamaha CS80 - the most organic sounding synth I've ever heard. Also the heaviest I've ever carried; my knee will never be the same... 5) Roland Jupiter6 (Europacized, of course) - this is the most intuitive synth that I own. Besides, the light show provided by Europa beats the pants off the MemoryMoog's! 6) Sequential Prophet 10 (the earlier double manual SSM-based one) - just listen to "Gentlemen Take Polaroids" or "Tin Drum" by Japan. 7) Moog MemoryMoog - fat, yes, but fatness has its drawbacks - just try shoehorning it into the middle of a busy mix. 8) (Arp) Rhodes Chroma - Lovely sounds, versatile, a BITCH to program. 9) Korg PS-3300 - I doubt I'll ever get my hands on one, but, if my PS-3100 is anything to judge by, and the 3300 being like 3 3100s... 10) Honorable mentions - Voyetra 8 (love to have one), Jupiter 8 (if only it had MIDI), OB 8-Voice (a bitch to program polyphonically), Juno-106 (king of the single VCO synths), Roland D-50, Kawai K5, I could go on & on... 808 - excuse the typos, I am too damn lazy to use a spellchecker.