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Just bought a Novation XioSynth...

Postby nickydub » Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:23 am

Without realizing I need an amplifier. I'm new to synthesizers as you can probably tell. So I was wondering, what would be a good amplifier for the Novation XioSynth with 49 keys?
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Postby WDW » Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:47 am

Off to BUYER'S GUIDE we go...

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Postby nathanscribe » Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:22 am

You can probably get by with heaphones till you get an amp, but what you get depends what you want to do with it. You could get a small mixer (Behringer, for cheaps, for example) and run the tape output into your home stereo, which is fine for general messing around at first. When I started out with synths I had a PA for band use, but at home ran the mixer's output into my stereo so as not to deafen the folks.

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Postby nickydub » Wed Jan 30, 2008 3:42 am

Good point about the headphones. Would you recommend any specific headphones? I was looking at some on Guitar Center's website and the prices just seem to be all over the place.
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Postby crystalmsc » Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:29 am

what is your budget for headphones? for around $69 you could get the Audio Technica M40fs which you can also use for a good monitoring headphones. But on the cheaper side, I have good experience with AKG's headphones. The M80 ($39) or M70 ($25) would be a nice HP to start with.
nathanscribe wrote:You could get a small mixer (Behringer, for cheaps, for example) and run the tape output into your home stereo

good suggestion, that or a 1/4" to RCA jack converter also did it to me when I was starting out :wink:

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Postby killedaway » Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:35 am

you wouldn't believe how many years i just used cheap computer speakers. they won't give you the ultimate in fidelity, but a halfway decent set of PC speakers will get you there for a while. then when you're ready to get serious, or have the money to throw around (heck, that might be now), go for a nice set of studio monitors.
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Postby nickydub » Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:48 am

Thanks a lot guys. All of that information was very useful. :D
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Postby crystalmsc » Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:15 am

killedaway wrote:but a halfway decent set of PC speakers will get you there for a while.

you bet! that also what I did with my back up studio which is more into soft synth and a bit of hardware. current 2.1 speaker system are good enough to survive until one is ready to buy the real thing. It even useful as an additional system to listen to the mix, to hear how it sounds in most generic system.
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Postby crufty » Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:41 pm

for the cheap:

a) 1/4" to RCA ( synth to stereo) cable (~$7 USD)
b) computer speakers (~$20)
c) 1/4" to 35mm convertor to headphones; best buy sells a sony headphone for $30 that includes the adapter
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