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Hi there,

Apologies in advance for the dull question. I'm seeking some buyer's advice. I've currently got a Roland Juno 6, Korg MS-2000 and Teenage Engineering OP-1 as hardware synthesisers, as well as an Akai MPC-1000 that I use mostly for music.

I'm looking to possibly shore up my ability to generate more complex timbres and textures in hardware. I can probably afford to spend up to around AUD$2000 (similar to USD), and I prefer to buy secondhand things.

I know there's a lot of talk of recorders and plugins, but I haven't been able to find much synth advice in other threads. What are your indispensables, or recommendations within that vague price range?

I much prefer to have hands-on control of as much as possible. The main things that have crossed my radar to date are the Waldorf Blofeld, Access Virus Ti Polar (if I can ever find a used one), a small modular system (Analogue Solutions Telemetry or similar), Elektron Analog Four, Studiologic Sledge or (though not a synth, but for processing and sample manipulation) Elektron Octatrack.

Do you have any advice or other recommendations? I'm just looking for a diverse and somewhat affordable machine that will help me broaden my palette.

Thank you in advance!

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Kyma.

http://www.symbolicsound.com/cgi-bin/bin/view/Company/WebHome

Technically not in the specified price range though.

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  • Yikes! Full on leap. Mar 22, 2013 at 14:33
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    So worth it though if you can afford it. Kyma/Paca is a mindblowing piece of software/hardware. Would love to be able to afford this myself. Mar 22, 2013 at 16:39
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you could also try to find a used Nord Modular G2X or a Kurzweil K2500/K2600 (with KDFX included). Both are great synth with huge sonic capabilities. I used to own both long time ago and both are amazing machines :)

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You could always go the modular synthesis route.

Mutable Instruments is great for producing textures. I use an Elements into Clouds for drones and layered pads. I use Plaits for monophonic synth leads and drum patterns. You can get some very basic and powerful modules for pretty cheap.

I would stay away from the Waldorf Blofeld. I have one and it has caused nothing but issues.

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