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Arturia Microbrute Analog Synthesizer?

jordane93

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This may not be posted in the right place but I was looking to get a synthesizer to play at in church. I play guitar but would also to create some pads along with the keyboard for some ambient sounds while I'm not playing. I know Joel Houston has a mini synthesizer that he uses for some songs while he isn't playing guitar and I thought it would be cool to try one out. I stumbled on the arturia micro synthesizer and it seems to get good reviews and the price ain't bad either. Anyone have experience with this one?
 

p.j.

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It is awesome but won't do ambient pads because it is an analog monosynth. Polysynths play chords.

PJ
 

jordane93

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It is awesome but won't do ambient pads because it is an analog monosynth. Polysynths play chords.

PJ
ah I see. I'm a real newbie with these synth things, but they certainly have caught my attention. which polysynths are good for under $400?
 

Empros

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Like p.j said, no ambient pads with this one unless you plug it into a POG2 or harmonizer and drench it in reverb.

For under $400, the MicroKorg can do some cool sounds, lots of ambient pad sounds in there.
 

MicroSyntax

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Under $400 you are best off buying an Axiom controller and one of the Arturia soft synths ($99) or if you have an iPad one of the Moog or Arturia Apps. On the free side, I like the TAL audio Juno emulator AU plugin.

On the used market, you might be able to find a virtual analog hardware synth. The Roland Gaia or JP 800 sometimes pop up for cheap. Maybe a Korg MicroKorg or, if you really want analog, stretching for a Dave Smith device (note: the MoFo is monophonic).
 

paulomatos

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If you are looking for something a little more sophisticated, go for the Korg R3.

It's a great mini-synth with full-sized keys, which at least to me, make a hell of a difference.
 

SG_Seth

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I've been getting into synths lately. I have the micro brute. Great, fun synth, but will not do what you want.

I also just picked up the micro korg. It will definitely fit your needs well. You can find them on the used market for $2-250. I played all the micro korg models extensively and found the original to be the best sounding and most user friendly.

If you are looking for some great synth sounds with a sequencer, the korg microstation is awesome. Hello music has it for $299 after discount with free shipping. Incredible deal for a complete portable workstation.

Have fun!
 

jordane93

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I've been getting into synths lately. I have the micro brute. Great, fun synth, but will not do what you want.

I also just picked up the micro korg. It will definitely fit your needs well. You can find them on the used market for $2-250. I played all the micro korg models extensively and found the original to be the best sounding and most user friendly.

If you are looking for some great synth sounds with a sequencer, the korg microstation is awesome. Hello music has it for $299 after discount with free shipping. Incredible deal for a complete portable workstation.

Have fun!
I saw a Microkorg on ebay for $250 used. I'm thinking of snagging it
 

Empros

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MicroKorg is a great fun synth. Some people bag on it because it's not really "cool" anymore, but it's really good, especially for the price. And as a beginner synth, it'll probably be all you need. I want another one to go with my MicroBrute.
 






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