November 11, 2005

Mmmmm, nice...

by Chris Randall

I was thinking the other day that it would be interesting to have a collection of the various 6-voice synth-on-a-chip analogs. My mental list included the SCI Prophet 600, Korg PolySix, and Roland Juno 60. (I've owned the latter; one of my favorites.) Lo and hark, in my email today I get a missive from Analog Haven, informing me that their used gear selection is now online. And what do we have but that beauty of a 600 for $499.

I think this is his way of getting me to start fasting or something. I've been looking at that page all day and thinking "now, how can I talk my wife in to letting me buy this?" I know that 600s come up here and there for less than that, but quite frankly, in this day and age, I'd be more than happy to send an extra banger to Analog Haven just for the fact that I know I'll eventually get a working synth in the mail.




Nov.12.2005 @ 3:45 AM
In the future they won't get cheaper. Since I sold an old analogue (the yamaha sy1) I got my girlfriends okey to buy whatever synths I want as long as it is a good deal. I made 150$ on the sy1 compared to what I payed. As she relized it to be a good investment I now have free hands!!!

Nov.12.2005 @ 4:34 AM
Last weekend I somehow managed to persuade my wife to agree to the purchase of a refurbished Xpander, mainly via the argument that if I bought one really great synth I wouldn't need to buy any others for a long time (don't knock it, it worked).

Of course, I won't be able to actually play with it until I've completed enough work to dig us out of the cashflow crisis we now find ourselves in, but hey, at least I have the synth! ;)


Nov.12.2005 @ 9:50 AM
Chris Randall
Heh. I've already used that argument too many times. It's starting to ring hollow.

However, since my wife runs a record label, and has toured quite a bit, she's wise to all the Musician Tricks. On the other hand, she's also understanding of my Special Needs, so it's generally not an issue. But picture this:

"Honey, I need this Prophet 600."

"Didn't you just buy a Prophet 2000?"

"Well, yeah, but..."

"How much is this one?"


"Okay, let me get this straight. This one is 1400 less Prophet than the other one, yet costs $300 more? What kind of fool do you think I am?"

"But, honey, this one has more knobs, plus it is blacker..."



Nov.12.2005 @ 4:28 PM
penzoil washington
cheap polys? i agree about juno 60, but most of them sound cheap in the wrong way. BIT 1 (crumar), Matrix 6/1000, Arp Polaris, Polysix, etc. Early 80's late analogs and hybrids don't do much for me. On analog haven, I prefer the CS15 !

Nov.12.2005 @ 7:08 PM
Crashon DeLamuzed
i agree, the CS15 is much more tempting. I had a P600 for several years, and it's definatly not like a Pro One or P5. The membrane switches suck on it, the midi is limited, don't think it has CV/Gate--not sure(?), i was still using midi then. The P600 is a bit thin/nasal sounding and not very flexible... at least that's my recollection of it, it has been awhile and it was my first analog, so I didn't have much to compare it to.

Nov.12.2005 @ 10:15 PM
If the Prophet 600 sounded as good as it looks, it's be a grand.
It sounds pinched, and the knobs step when you turn them fast.
It's not a bad zipper sound actually- I could tweak a knob and get a sort of noise burst like a very fast belch. Almost like poly-mod. But it got old fast.


Nov.12.2005 @ 10:54 PM
Chris Randall
Man, you guys are worse snobs than me.



Nov.13.2005 @ 2:13 AM
Crashon DeLamuzed
well, the p600 is an excellent first analog, and does a few things pretty well... but once you've had a few analogs I really think you'd be disappointed. I want the CS15! btw: Chris if you want a CS-5 I have one for $20 in need of serious help, some things seem to work but all knobs and the end caps were stripped from it before I got it for the same $20 in Tacoma. It's in Seattle now, just don't have time for it.

Nov.13.2005 @ 9:47 AM
Chris Randall
Oh, I'll definitely take that off your hands. Check your PMs.

Viz. My First Analog, I've owned or used extensively just about every vintage analog there is. While the Holy Trinity are all well and good, I find that I get more usefulness out of the simpler synths. A Jupiter 8 just shits out so much personality, it's actually _too_ big sometimes. Ditto for the Prophet 5.

Which isn't to say that I'd turn one away nowadays. Now that I have the opportunity to start my collection all over (I sold almost all my synths when I moved from Chicago to here) I thought it might be clever to go with themes. Plus, in my opinion, using the simpler synths forces you to be a little more creative in your programming, and you tend to end up with stranger stuff.



Nov.14.2005 @ 9:40 AM
penzoil washington
I also like simpler synths these days. Like you, CR, I've used/owned all of them, modulars too. I like the raw sound of brain-dead Italian synths, and I'd actually take a first generation crap Japanese analog over the later ones (SH2000 anyone?). Anything which uses cheap resistor networks instead of a VCF works for me too. Current highlights include Mini Korg, Elka Solist 505, and a huge Yamaha Electone with a touch sensitive monosynth (and lots more wacky shit) built in. Must replace my dead Farfisa Syntorchestra. ;)



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