Syn303 wrote: Phollop Willing PA wrote:
That synth is the thinnest sounding pile of shite i have ever layed hands on. The 6 and 60 are far better.
The XP-50 you can expand with four JV boards, the vintage synth board is a favourite of many XP & JV owners.
Oh heck - here we go again! let's not start the bash the 106 vs 6/60 war- there are just too many pro's still using this synth to knock it - they can't all be wrong! Juno 6/60 and 106 are all superb synths - it's just that they are good for different applications.
My opinions of the following gear are:
MKS-70 - Huge, powerful, quite warm, with stable DCO tuning but rather slow envelopes (it's basically two JX-8Ps in one box with a common controller) - not at all snappy - I never use mine for bass. Perfect for big warm pads and textures, analog strings and slower brass. A programmer or at least a decent midi editor is a must as working from the front panel is not very nice. I've have one for many years (ex Howard Jones) and I will never part with it. First impressions can be bad as the factory presets SUCK! The MKS-70 is not a bad investment - it will never loose you money provided you don't pay really silly money for it. One with a PG-800 programmer though will cost you a small mint!
Juno-106 - Extremely accessible classic which positively encourages you to tweak with superb midi implementation for age. Perfect for analog newbies and pros alike. In my opinion much more of an all rounder than MKS-70 and has a faster envelope making it better suited for dance/electronic music. Great chorus - great for bass, PWM, pads, brass, white noise FX and even bell like sounds - not as warm as Juno 6/60 but more flexible and has midi out of the box. All in all very fun to own and looks great. HOWEVER!! - a big word of warning - the Juno-106 is now notorious for failed VCA/VCF chips which has caught out so many unwitting non-technically minded buyers. There are very few genuine bargains around as a result. Although the original ICs are almost impossible to track down there are some good clones around now. Please take this warning seriously as more and more 106's end up with loving owners there are more and more dodgy ones floating around on eBay. Please note though - if yours turns out to be ok you will never loose money on it - they are very sought after and hence expensive now.
XP-50 - Well for me... ugg! - It's yet another rather characterless ROMpler from Roland. I personally can't get excited about such a thing - that said they are all based on Roland's superb sample library and if you need bread and butter sounds then I suspect there are far worse options. The XP-50 will never be worth much (at least not compaired to JD-800, D-50 or Yamaha SY-77/99!) - which in a way is a good thing as you will get a heck of a lot of keyboard for the money.
So my verdict: Well as others have said, it depends on what you are looking for. If you have a very small setup then I can't really recommend the Juno or the MKS as they are not multitimbral and wouldn't be right in a mix on their own. On the other hand, If you have other gear, then the MKS and Juno would make extremely worthy additions to your studio so:
If you have a bit of gear already and are into dance/electronic music - it has to be the Juno
If you have a bit of gear already and you need love warm analog pads and slower textures - it has to be MKS-70
If you have little gear or are into composing piano ballads then get the XP
Before I start a war of words here - these are my opinions only