madtheory wrote:They're both weirdly compromised digital machines.
Yep compromised is the word I think of when I think of these 2 synths. have used a K4, still own an SY35. Both are ok synths, the K4's filter is actually ok, it can do some great string textures and atmospheres, but the samples are old and too short. Also clusters of notes or anything but the minimum of MIDI info seem to be too much for the processor to handle, stutters and delays happen. It's not a terrible synth tho, an interesting choice.
After occasionally looking for offers on it I decided to keep my SY35, but I guess because I only paid £60 and I think it's worth more to me now than I would get for it. It also suffers from the fact that my JD800 sits under it and pumps out digital class in every note, and the SY35 just doesn't have that, but it does have something.The Vector stuff is fun (good job, cos it's a horrible laboured synth to programme, really one of the worst if you want to get stuck right in, a data entry slider would help, but even then it would still be a pain). The samples are short, I hold down keys and I'm almost willing the synth to sustain in a nice way, but it just doesn't and editing doesn't help much (I felt the same about the cheap Roland D-series synths).
The samples are clearer than on the SY22/TG33 however, which is good, becasue they have just enough clarity not to turn into mud, and no more (again, it suffers from the JD800 just below it!) But it can sound nice if you play to its strengths, the strings in particular can be lovely, some nice FM composites as well. It can do the poor-man's wavestation stuff, but I find these textures just too annoying to programme, but the vector stuff is just a joystick wiggle away. I'll probably keep mine, it's not a fave, but for £60 I think it's hard to do better.
I would have loved it as a first synth when I was a kid- I remember a salesman playing its distorted guitar patch and wiggling between the 4 elements and it sounded very cool, so it was the synth I wanted for a few weeks when I was 15 before I returned to my M1 lust...