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Wanna buy a synth keyboard with questions

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by highwaycat, Jan 20, 2021.

  1. highwaycat

    highwaycat Tele-Holic

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    I wanna buy a synth but wondering if I’ll be able to plug it into my boss br 1600 with studio monitors.

    Looking for something cheap that can do synth tones I hear in 80’s tunes and pop, along with piano, just trying to add more possibilities and inspiration for my recordings.

    Any ideas?
     
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    Korg minilogue or behringer deepmind are both great analog polyphonic options that will get you all of that 80s stuff. Not piano, but you can always use it as a midi controller and do the piano, electric piano, organ, etc. in a DAW. Both can be had pretty cheap new and very cheap used.

    The korg is a very good option because you don’t really have to deal with menu screens much. It’s set up like a vintage synth (1 knob per function) mostly, so its easy to learn the fundamentals of synths by just twisting knobs.

    if you want a digital synth that does stuff like piano and strings, you have to sacrifice the quality of the analog synth sounds. seeing as most digital piano, electric piano, organ, etc synthesis is usually nothing special on most machines (only nord I feel really nails it), it’s not really a priority for sacrificing analog goodness in my book, when you can just do it with software. menu diving is also cumbersome.

    but sound wise, nothing beats the real thing on the analog front. most of the synth can be digital, but if the filters are digital, it’s just “eh.”
     
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  3. highwaycat

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    Thanks.
    So do I plug one of these into the xlr input on the boss recorder?
    Do I run them at line level or instrument level?
     
  4. chris m.

    chris m. Poster Extraordinaire

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    They typically have a 1/4” out, use a guitar cable. It’s usually line level.
     
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    Guitarteach Doctor of Teleocity

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    1/4” to the 1”4” - use two for stereo.

    Roland performance keyboard got all the piano, organ, strings and synth sounds you could want. Although for 80’s sounds an arpeggiator is useful to do the repeating patterns.

    https://www.roland.com/uk/products/v-combo_vr-09/
     
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    Hmnn, 80's / Pop? Well, I'm a FM fan so . . . . .

    I would like to suggest this little Yamaha Reface DX . Don't let the size fool ya!

     
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    Watch the input level. You need to juggle the padding and the level on the volume control of the instrument. You don't want to ever see the meter get into the red on your recorder.
     
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    Don't be tricked, only an RA Moog will do.

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    ...loopfinding is also right on...
     
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    Download the owners Manual.
    Read it.
    That should tell you what you need to know.
     
  10. jondanger

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    I just picked up a used Korg Minilogue XD. It has been pretty user friendly, and it can function as a mini controller for GarageBand for piano sounds. I haven’t learned everything yet, but I like it so far. Definitely has 80s synth sounds available.
     
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    A Roland XP 10 would be a nice affordable used option.
     
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    this.

    probably a 1/4 out to your recorder. line level

    volume down. mid-range setting on channel boss br1600. ease up volume to acceptable input.
     
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