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Best Polyphonic Synth with Sequencer and at least 49 keys?

Postby Antimatter » Wed May 28, 2014 2:13 am

I'm looking for a relatively inexpensive (polyphonic) synthesizer with a sequencer/performance mode as well as at least a decent 49-key keyboard. Having the ability to emulate an acoustic piano is a huge plus.

I really love the Roland Gaia SH-01, but the only thing really putting me off from buying it is the size of the keyboard.

Budget is around $600 (I plan on buying a used synth off eBay since I'm just starting out).

Any suggestions, besides the Gaia?

Thanks.
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Re: Best Polyphonic Synth with Sequencer and at least 49 key

Postby Ashe37 » Wed May 28, 2014 2:18 am

Used Triton?
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Re: Best Polyphonic Synth with Sequencer and at least 49 key

Postby commodorejohn » Wed May 28, 2014 2:19 am

Are you looking for something new, or are you open to something used? The Ensoniq SQ-80 is 61 keys with polyphonic aftertouch, can do some decent acoustic piano sounds, has a basic but very usable sequencer, and does a lot of great hybrid sounds, and they go for $250-400 in good shape.
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Re: Best Polyphonic Synth with Sequencer and at least 49 key

Postby Antimatter » Wed May 28, 2014 2:22 am

Definitely open to something used. I don't want to break the bank, but I also need a fairly decent synth.

Thanks for the suggestions so far, guys. I'll check them out. The Ensoniq SQ-80 seems like a great option...

Also, what are good sites to get discounted/used synthesizers like the Ensoniq or Gaia? Ebay doesn't have too big of a selection on these, as far as I see.
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Re: Best Polyphonic Synth with Sequencer and at least 49 key

Postby commodorejohn » Wed May 28, 2014 3:19 am

eBay does get this kind of stuff, but it comes and goes. If you have an account you can save particular search queries and get new items matching them emailed to you. There's typically an SQ-80 or two listed on there every week or two.
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Re: Best Polyphonic Synth with Sequencer and at least 49 key

Postby Antimatter » Wed May 28, 2014 3:31 am

Was doing some research on the SQ-80, and there are a couple issues for me. One, people say the keys make a clacking sound, the keyboard can wear down fairly easily, and it's no longer in production.

Does anyone have any more modern suggestions?

Basically, I need a Roland Gaia SH-01 with some more keys maybe an acoustic piano sound.
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Re: Best Polyphonic Synth with Sequencer and at least 49 key

Postby Z » Wed May 28, 2014 3:53 am

Antimatter wrote: and it's no longer in production.


Why does that matter? I've got several dozen synthesizers that have been out of production for 20+ years


Basically, I need a Roland Gaia SH-01 with some more keys maybe an acoustic piano sound.


The Gaia is a virtual analog synth. Most virtural analog synths are not going to have traditional piano & organ sounds. However, the Gaia does have General MIDI soundset (many traditional sounds like piano and organ) available via MIDI.

The Korg KingKorg is a 5 octave virtual analog synth with some sampled sounds like piano, Mellotron, etc. They're going for around $800 used.
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Re: Best Polyphonic Synth with Sequencer and at least 49 key

Postby Ashe37 » Wed May 28, 2014 3:54 am

Pretty sure the SH-01 is no longer in production either.
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Re: Best Polyphonic Synth with Sequencer and at least 49 key

Postby the synthman » Sat May 31, 2014 10:52 am

Ensoniq SD-1. Wicked 24 track sequncer, dead easy to use and STILL regarded by many as the best workstation sequencer, oh and has realy nice sounds as well. They came as 21 and 32 voice models. I have the 32 voice with (factory fitted) sequncer memory upgrade. The 21 voice can be found dead cheap on the used market these days. The 32 voice is a bit harder to find. Really cool bit of kit. I like the fact that I can audition a sequence and have the option to listen to any edits made to a original sequence and decide weather I want to keep the original or the edided version.
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Re: Best Polyphonic Synth with Sequencer and at least 49 key

Postby corndogssg » Sat Aug 02, 2014 11:28 am

that is a cool feature to have
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