I know that this is a dumb question and that there is no one but myself that can ultimately make a decision, but I need some help here.
I already have a DSI Tetra but find it a very tedious little machine because it's basically useless without the software editor.
I also have a JX-8P that I sometimes use for pads.
So I mostly use VST soft-synths.
I have two problems with my current setup. I'm a "tweaker" and rarely bounce and commit to things. I think a hardware synthesizer might help here.
Secondly, I'm really fed up with using the mouse for everything and wiring up my midi-keyboard for controlling parameters.
That said, I'm looking for a decent hardware synthesizer.
- I don't care much for analogue, so it can be either analogue or digital. In fact I think I'd prefer a digital machine at the moment.
- I make electronic music. The synthesizer should cover a wide range of sounds. I'd also like it to offer some interesting synthesis options.
- It should have a decent interface to work with. If the synthesizer's interface is as reduced as the DSI Tetra's it will not interest me. I'm not against Desktop versions if they offer a good interface but would probably prefer a synthesizer with a keyboard.
- It should work. This means it should have decent vendor support. I'm a little bit wary of buying 20 year old classics that might fall apart any given minute and where you have to pray to God before attempting to dump your patches or to update the OS. I'm also hesitant to buy a boutique synthesizer.
Considering all of this, what options do I have?
A Blofeld? Its interface doesn't look exciting at all. It's cheap tho.
Prophet 08. Since I already have a Tetra, this might be interesting because of the poly chain. Or it might not be interesting at all, because it will probably sound the same.
Poly Evolver Keyboard. I don't know, this might be too expensive for me.
John Bowen's Solaris - This looks very interesting. It's way over my budget tho.
Radikal Technologies Accelerator. I'm very interested in this synthesizer, but Jorg Schaaf's record when it comes to customer support is a bit... shaky. I also have no way to test this in person. But damn, it could be great.
A Virus TI2. Ok, do I really have to buy this? I personally have never had any desire to own a Virus.
NordLead 2X. Oldie, but Goldie?