nadafarms wrote:the oscillator is really really raw and fat on the 101, for me the biggest downside is that the env is slow and can't really do punchy percussion stuff like other synths. Honestly you might consider picking up a cheaper pro one, I remember when I sold my 101 and got a pro one and felt it was a better bargain for the price.
But... you gotta factor in that the 101 is possibly the sexiest space age design of any synth ever made EVER!!!!! best slider caps on the sliders too, I've been thinking about buying a set to replace the sliders on my sh7 which aren't as nice.
you really can't go wrong but people are really trying to jack up the price of the 101 and to no success, they really shouldn't sell for more than $1000 US
Basically I am looking for an analog synth that can create a variety of very sharp, raw, deep and textured bass notes. I need something powerful and rough yet somehow 'defined' at the same time. I've tried using EQ and outboard effects with my current synths and it sounds 75% of the way to what I want but the sound always seems slightly smeared/unclear when I use too much outboard.
I've never heard that the System 100 had a slow envelope before. I'll have to look into that more and test it out before I buy. The main reason I was going to get it was for basslines so if the envelope is slow that's a big drawback (although I'm sure I'll still be able to use it for other kinds of sounds). And yeah I really love that old Roland "Compuphonic" style! I missed a chance to buy an old Promars MRS-2 and Jupiter 4 recently and I'm still kicking myself about that!
I have considered getting the Pro One (and I'm still considering it). It seems to be an amazing synth but for some reason I am attracted to the System 100 more.
Another candidate is the Roland SH2 which sounds great for bass. It's also much cheaper than all the other options. Unfortunately it's modulation seems REALLY limited compared to the Pro One and System 100.
Other options are the Moog Voyager RME (has a beautiful smooth sound but maybe 'too perfect' sonically?) and the Studio Electronics ATC-X (supposedly great according to numerous online reviews but maybe too clean/stable and I've heard that the parameters step?).
Actually maybe the ARP Odyssey would be the perfect synth for the sound I want but it is very expensive (about US$1000 more than the other options) and I'm worried about it's reliabilty... but maybe I'll have to get it if the System 100 doesn't have the perfect envelopes for what I want.
As you can see I'm really fussy about things but unless it sounds 100% percent like what's in my head then I'm never satisfied.
If I had enough money I'd buy all of them but my budget is limited unfortunately.