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    My boss has decided to open up a studio (YES!) in our ad office for some
    webcasting and other purposes and is consulting me on gear. While I'm full
    of guitar advice, it's been prolly 20+ years since I bought and sold my Roland
    W-30 "sampling workstation" - anyone remember floppy drives? There ya go.

    Anyways, I'm looking for something simple to control a ProTools rig but that
    could also double for band use and would therefore need some acceptable
    onboard sounds of its own. I like samplers b/c you can forever update your
    timbres and create your own, etc. The budget is kinda middling; ie, no Paul
    Reed Smiths in the guitar department but more like an Epi LP or a Strat of
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    Ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by E-roc View Post
    My boss has decided to open up a studio (YES!) in our ad office for some
    webcasting and other purposes and is consulting me on gear. While I'm full
    of guitar advice, it's been prolly 20+ years since I bought and sold my Roland
    W-30 "sampling workstation" - anyone remember floppy drives? There ya go.

    Anyways, I'm looking for something simple to control a ProTools rig but that
    could also double for band use and would therefore need some acceptable
    onboard sounds of its own. I like samplers b/c you can forever update your
    timbres and create your own, etc. The budget is kinda middling; ie, no Paul
    Reed Smiths in the guitar department but more like an Epi LP or a Strat of
    some sort. So I'm looking for something with good functionality that won't
    break the bank.

    Ideas?
    I'm into keys. I used to have an old OB-8, and a Moog Voyager. Miss the sounds but don't miss the dead voices and expensive repairs as a result. If you're looking for an all around great instrument that gives both great digital, as well as very good analog sounds, I'd say check out anything by Korg, or Alesis. I have both the MicroKorg, and Korg MS-2000, and they sound amazing. They are primarily analog modelling synths, but also have 64 digital waveforms respectively as well. They are IMHO the most realistic sounding modelling synths out there. In terms of the Korgs, I've fooled many people with the patches I've created. They assume I'm still using my Oberheim. The only people who say they sound thin simply don't grasp the EQ path. Mine sound as thick as my old analogs. The keyboard versions do lack big polyphony (4 voices), but you don't really miss it, but the rack version has 8 voice. I don't own an Alesis but my buddy who works in independent film owns several, and swears by them, though he says that they do have a distinct Alesis sound opposed to the Korgs, which do not, nad can mimic pretty much any brand synth of the past. All synths I mentioned are full MIDI, and very intuitive. I found the microkorg to be a great controller as well. I love it because it's so damn portable, but it does have mini keys which takes a little getting used too, but not a big deal. For the high end you can check out Nord, but honestly for the money I think Korg have modernday Synthesis, and modelling in the bag. They also make the Vox VT series of amps for guitars, so checking out some of those reviews as well should give you some comfort. Not a shill, just an honest opinion.
    She looks so $#@!'n good ,so sexy and so frail....Somethin's got the bite on me, I'm goin' straight to Hell.

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    Thanks for the advice. I've enjoyed KORG since their Poly 800 days, and I'm also a big fan of the Oberheim vibe.
    It's just overwhelming shopping for keyboard gear these days.
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    I just picked up another original MS-2000 on Thursday for dirt cheap for $275.00. It's the keyboard...not the rackmount. It had a broken left output connection onto the board, So I took it apart and and resoldered it. Sounds just awesome. Really has that great Oberheim kind of sound, and very tweakable on the fly. I was futzing around with it all weekend. Pretty much got the VH synth stuff nailed sound wise on it.
    She looks so $#@!'n good ,so sexy and so frail....Somethin's got the bite on me, I'm goin' straight to Hell.

 

 

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