Synth for soundscapes ($600 and under)

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Re: Synth for soundscapes ($600 and under)

Postby Hugo76 » Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:30 pm

vicd wrote:Let's head to a somewhat another direction: iPad + Animoog + Waldorf Nave (+ Wolfgang Palm's Wavemapper or Wavegenerator + Camelaudio Alchemy) + (camera connection kit + any keyboard controller).
Would likely fit your bill and cover "soundscapes" quite nicely.


Yeah, and run those apps through Turnado, the multi- kaosspad-style effect processor for further strangeness
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Re: Synth for soundscapes ($600 and under)

Postby ryryoftokyo » Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:44 pm

I absolutely refuse to buy an iPad.

...I would totally take one for free, though.
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Re: Synth for soundscapes ($600 and under)

Postby ColorForm2113 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 1:27 pm

ill through in a vote for blofeld. you can make some really crazy ambient patches that will change and evolve over a couple minuets with just a single held chord. i got my keyboard version second hand for $600 too so you dont have to settle for the desktop...although with all that gear, maybe the desktop would be a wiser choice lol

dont rule out the ipad completely either (used ipad2 can be found fairly cheap, or is the principal?) animoog and nave are amazing, i need to use them more.

i'd love to see a pic of the live setup too
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Re: Synth for soundscapes ($600 and under)

Postby vicd » Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:08 pm

One more theoreticizing point - the so-called "free envelope generators" should be good for doing soundscapes.
I see you already do have an AN1x on your list. How'bout some E-mu/Ensoniq stuff? Command stations, Morpheus/Ultraproteus; Fizmo is way over budget these days. I'd summon Balma and Aeon to this thread for better details on those.

Maybe also something from the GEM breed (S2/S3, Equinox - all have 10-stage EGs') or the Kurzweils?

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Re: Synth for soundscapes ($600 and under)

Postby meatballfulton » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:59 pm

ryry, are you pulling our legs? You already have everything you need as far as instruments for what you described. Maybe more FX units, though.
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Re: Synth for soundscapes ($600 and under)

Postby xanadu97 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:54 am

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Re: Synth for soundscapes ($600 and under)

Postby Stab Frenzy » Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:34 am

xanadu97 wrote:Modular.

What modular can you get that's good for soundscapes for under $600? :?:
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Re: Synth for soundscapes ($600 and under)

Postby ninja6485 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:53 am

M1 totally has an ambient house/ soundscape vibe going for it, but the ideal tool for the job is a nice rack sampler. Sample your synths, and go nuts with adding different layers, pitching things, etc. What's nice is you don't need big storage to do soundscapes. You can get away with relatively small loops. And if you've got one with individual outs, your mixer can become a realtime controller for morphing patches!
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Re: Synth for soundscapes ($600 and under)

Postby CS_TBL » Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:25 pm

Any synth which has ample LFO options for pitch, filter 'n stuff -> reverb unit which can be 100% wet.

The synth being FM is even better, as the actual sound can be changed, not just the pitch.
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Re: Synth for soundscapes ($600 and under)

Postby meatballfulton » Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:22 pm

Stab Frenzy wrote:
xanadu97 wrote:Modular.

What modular can you get that's good for soundscapes for under $600? :?:


One that's stolen :dancer:
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Re: Synth for soundscapes ($600 and under)

Postby pflosi » Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:13 pm

meatballfulton wrote:
Stab Frenzy wrote:
xanadu97 wrote:Modular.

What modular can you get that's good for soundscapes for under $600? :?:


One that's stolen :dancer:


A Nord modular :thumbright:
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Re: Synth for soundscapes ($600 and under)

Postby vicd » Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:51 pm

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... no, I really need to talk him into an iPad2+ioDock :lol:

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Re: Synth for soundscapes ($600 and under)

Postby ryryoftokyo » Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:41 pm

I'll be posting a pic soon. Promise! I'm slowly starting to understand that part of my problem is FX selection. I've spent the past 8 years focused on building up my rig that I ignored FX almost completely. I intend on buying a nicer tube preamp soon, replacing the ART FX-1 with a Lexicon rack, replacing the Behringer Vintage Time Machine with an actual Memory Man (or maybe the Minifooger delay!), replacing my distortion units with clone Shin-Ei Companion Fuzzes, Big Muffs, and ProCo Rats, ordering an Eventide Space per Stab's suggestion, and trying to find another M-Tron Phasor (or better yet, a Bi-Phase). Obviously this will take me a couple years, so I'm trying to get the important stuff out of the way first. Beyond that, I want to find a Wavestation keyboard since that seems to be the "go to" soundscapes synth, and if I can find a KB version for $600 or less, a Blofield. There's other little things that are catching my eye like the Korg Volca line, Waldorf Rocket, and DSI Mopho Desktop since they're so damn cheap on the used market. But before any of this? More three tier stands! :lol:
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Re: Synth for soundscapes ($600 and under)

Postby synthroom » Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:30 pm

Check out the Kurzweil K2000 - it can do some crazy stuff with math functions for LFOs. And then being able to combine samples along with synth waves if good too.

I picked up a K2000 with sampling for $300 a couple months ago.
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Re: Synth for soundscapes ($600 and under)

Postby xanadu97 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:09 pm

Stab Frenzy wrote:
xanadu97 wrote:Modular.

What modular can you get that's good for soundscapes for under $600? :?:

MFOS Sound Lab II or Sound Lab Ultimate if you can solder, and if you can't there are some already built on Ebay and Etsy. There's also the Pittsburgh Synthesizer Block for $300, Doepfer A-111-5 (Dark Energy module) for $500. And then there are all the cheap CMOS and NAND oscillators that are great for drones and soundscapes.
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