Vintage Digital Synths?

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  1. Allthesound

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    Currently what i have for digital synths:
    Kurzweil K2000RS
    Roland JV90
    Roland XV3080
    Alesis QSR
    Ensoniq VFX
    EM-U PK-6
    Technics WSA-1 (rare)
     
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  2. Black Coffee

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    Had the Kawai K5, and I enjoyed its quirkiness, but hated navigating the menus on the tiny screen. Sold it, along with an Ensoniq Fizmo. Another regret...

    I always keep an eye out for a Kawai K5000.

    I guess the Korg Wavestation falls into the vintage digital category as well? I had the SR module - great unit.

    I've kept my Roland D-50. I will never sell it. In fact, I just bought one off of CL locally with broken keys (paid too much, I admit) to keep for parts if my main D-50 craps out.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Roland re-released (again, even after the V-Synth card) the D-50 as part of their new "Boutique Series..."
     
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  3. rsm

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    There's a pic of something that looks like a D-50 for Roland's upcoming synth day, and they say D-50 30th anniversary, and 9.9:

    http://experience.roland.com/tfr2017b/en/#synthesizer-day

    "Experience the D-50", 9-Sept-2017


    I'd say what vintage digital synths I want, after I get 'em ;)
     
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  4. Black Coffee

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    Holy **** sticks! Please God, have 61 full sized keys...
     
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  5. rsm

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    Guessing here, but I think it's going to be a nice form factor true to or like the originals, but with digital ACB technology inside...like the boutiques, and my Aira system.

    IMO
     
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  6. Black Coffee

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    That would be A-Okay - I'm digging my TR-09! At the same time, this beautiful thing will cause me great consternation, as I'll have to buy one - which means it's going to fight for space with my new Dave Smith stuff...

    Someone needs to tell the Cult of D-50 guys. I would, but I've already burned that bridge with my psychotic obsession with the D-50: https://cultofd50.org
     
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  7. rsm

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    I dig the ACB sounds, not an analog purist at all. There was a great overview vid by Sonic State of the JP-08 (which I have), and they did a few comparisons with a real vintage Jupiter-8, and the demo guy said it really sound very close in the room, he could tell a bit more richness in the analog original but not significant.

    IMO ACB is legit, I plan to get the SH-01A boutique when it's available, I expect it will be very good
     
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  8. Valtyr

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    I have a Korg dw8000, emu vintage keys rack, and a Kawai k4.

    I would like a Korg Wavestation.
     
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    If it does emulate the original architecture, I wonder if they will use the original pcm loops or re-sample everything because memory is cheap now.
     
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    Maybe PCM, or updated to SuperNatural?

    My Integra-7 has both, though it's older tech.
     
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    TG-100 in a closet. Also a TX81Z. And an SY-35 leaning against a wall. Wish I still had my VFX.
     
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    My thinking was that if they want the new one to sound like an original D50, the 8 bit PCM loops were probably an integral part of the sound. If they use newer, higher def loops, would it still sound like a D50?
     
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    good question, I definitely notice higher clarity/fidelity with SuperNatural vs PCM in my Integra-7. I'm guessing it won't be as lo-fi but sound the same? I doubt they have an updated PCM engine, or will they use older tech in this.

    will be interesting to see what Roland did for the assumed "new reissue". I'm sure no matter what Roland did or how it sounds, some/many D50 purists will not be happy or admit it sounds as good if not better than the original ;)

    edit: I like my modern interpretations of classic Roland synths with ACB, I think Roland has a winner with this technology. I'm not an analog purist or historian, if it sounds good in digital with less cost and maintenance than vintage, it works better for me. Wish the prices were lower for the new synths regardless.
     
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  14. GovernorSilver

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    Yup, both of the above are legit vintage digital synths. iWavestation is one of the apps I'll download when I get a newer iPad.
     
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  15. sven karma

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    All this Roland talk has reminded me of the only digital keyboard of theirs I've gigged with.

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    It was kinda crap but had some cool sounds. 2 preset sound variations for each of the presets, and then one user set.
     
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    For string pad - Kawai K1. Nothing else will do.
     
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    I love my DX7! I have a Roland JV-1010, does that count? Oh and an Ekosynth P15 that says "digital synth" on it... even though it's clearly not. i think they were just referring to the fact that it has preset pushbuttons.
     
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    Speaking of vintage digital synths, Roland’s new D50 - hits the shelves soon.

    $349@ Sweetwater - a rack-mount module called the D05.

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  19. Dubious

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    i regularly use:

    Kawai - K1 module
    Yamaha TX7 (desktop dx7 module)
    Roland SH32 - 90s COSM virtual analog module LOVE THIS SYNTH

    the D-05 is giving me serious lust
     
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    Korg Wavestation EX
    Yamaha TG-33
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    Yamaha- TG500
    Yamaha RM100 (? Rack mount Drum Module)
    Kawai K4r ($35 from GC a few years ago)
    Emu XL1 ($75 bought with K4R)
    Roland V-Synth with D50 and Vocoder cards
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