Virtual Analogs... want to learn...


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So I guess the bug has bit, I am interested in VA synths. (friend has a Nord Lead 2 possibly for sale)

Here's my situation: I own a Yamaha DX7, and an Ensoniq ESQ1. Have fiddled with the menu diving and programming of them a little bit. Seems cumbersome to experiment with sound creation and editing. However - it seems that a VA would fit in my head a bit better. Wave forms, oscillators, ADSR, filters, arpeggiators, etc. 'right in your face with knobs'.

Need to learn more about VA's before I commit to buying one. Love the factory demos of the Nord Leads and the Access Virus.... I won't be spending big bucks on something new, it will be something used, well under a grand.

Discuss. Thanks.
 
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If you search this forum for synth tutorials you should find some.

As to learning you could always type in VA synth in the App Store and install the app and learn this way as well so you will be better setup to go the hardware route when you are ready
 
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FWIW --

The Roland Gaia SH-01 is going out of production (or may be out of production).

It's a VA synth from about 2010, designed with _lots_ of sliders (18), knobs and buttons, and logical signal flow. High polyphony (exactly how high depends on the patch). It has some limitations. It's not pure "one knob, one function", but it's mostly "one knob, two functions". It was popular in university "synth programming" classes.

I recently bought one, and I'm having fun with it. It's _way_ easier to program a patch, or modify an existing patch, than my MicroKorg XL+.

There's also the Sledge -- probably a bit more expensive, but with more features (including lots of pre-loaded waveforms that can save you a lot of work).

Good luck --

. Charles
 

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He could probably pick up a Waldorf Blofeld used for well under a thou if he goes for the module. It's a great little synth, I sold mine when I bought the Hydrasynth and I still feel a few pangs of regret.

The Hydrasynth is a beast though. :cool:

Or a Novation Ultranova or Mininova if he finds a used one for around $400

Lot's of good little VA synths in the used market.

If he does buy a Studiologic Sledge though, I can point him at a good website for free patches.

Gary ;)
 
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With the current resurgence of analogue synths, I reckon now is a great time to get a good deal on a pre-loved VA.

All the ones mentioned above are pretty darn good. I'm still using and loving my King Korg too after about seven years.
 

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With the current resurgence of analogue synths, I reckon now is a great time to get a good deal on a pre-loved VA.

All the ones mentioned above are pretty darn good. I'm still using and loving my King Korg too after about seven years.

Actually, at least in my area, Those mini VA synths are holding value quite nicely.

Some of the discontinued ones mentioned here are still selling close to the original price or $100 less.

Some have even appreciated in value.

Seriously, in another 10 or 12 years my collection may have a resale higher than I paid for it.

Gary ;)
 
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Actually, at least in my area, Those mini VA synths are holding value quite nicely.

Some of the discontinued ones mentioned here are still selling close to the original price or $100 less.
That's cool. You may have an investment your hands Gary!

I still think there's a lot to like about VA, too, particularly from a gigging perspective. I can't see myself ever going analogue.
 
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Wow , lots of food for thought here... thanks for the input.

I should clarify a bit more:
- I prefer knobs over sliders
- software is amazing but not for me, at least for now
- an actual keyboard and not a module... 49 or 61 keys

The factory demos of the Nord Lead and the Korg Prologue.. make me want to cry, they sound so good... then again, their programmers and players are a world above me.

Boo hoo.... what do I do...
 
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