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the mini korg with vocoder is pretty sweet
dont waste money on hardware - all available as software - analogue emulators not as warm as originals, but any digital synth identical for fraction of the the price... just buy a nice midi(USB) controller/keyboard and a good laptop with low latency soundcard... ACCCIIIEEED
My housemate's got an SH-101 for sale, £350 if I recall.
I currently have a small setup consisting of Logic 9, an M-Audio Oxygen 49 software controller, and an Alesis Micron hardware synth.
I debated the Micron and the MicroKorg a few years back and went with the Micron, because it had bigger keys. I was just in guitar center recently buying some new stuff and played around with the MicroKorg. I still really like it, it's slick looking, and frankly there are much better sounds right out of the box. I kind of wish I had one now, maybe a bit more than having the Micron.
The Micron is great, don't get me wrong. It's just that it takes a long time to get it figured out.
A good tip for you: Not many synth sounds are great on their own. Many that you would NEVER use really shine when they're layered and textured as individual tracks with many other tracks. A better way to say it is, many synth sounds just sound like crap to sit around and play as if it were a piano or something.
That Kid A sound is great.
Hey, I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to synths and I'm sure there must be someone here that knows their stuff.
I am looking for something to start with, so far I am leaning towards the Roland SH-201 or maybe the Korg MicroKorg? I looked at the Roland Juno-G but it's a bit more expensive than I want to go at this stage (got about £500 / $800 to spend). I'm into, sort of alternative stuff, I guess the closest sound I'm looking for (but not to copy) is sort Kid A sounding. Willing to spend a little more if it's really worth it.