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  • List of inexpensive modern analog synths

    I was going over analog synths currently being made (or recently announced) in the lower price bracket and thought I'd make a list to keep track of all, now I'm posting it so you may enjoy it as well. These are good times to be into these things. Let me know if I left something out.


    Analogue Solutions:

    Station X - ~750USD - Patchable single osc mini synth, expandable by addition of stations y and q:



    Leipzig-S - ~1000USD - 2 OSC, FAT MOOG style synth with built in step sequencer:



    Arturia:

    Minibrute - ~550USD - Single osc mono, featuring waveform mixer, ultrasaw and metallizer waveshapers, "brute factor" filter feedback circuit, 2 oct aftertouch keyboard:



    Atomosynth:

    Koe Desktop - ~350USD - Peruvian single osc, vactrol filter monosynth:



    Doepfer:

    Dark Energy - ~650USD - Single osc desktop box with fast LFOs and copious modulation routings:



    DSI:

    Mopho - ~400USD - Yellow CEM based DCO mono from Dave Smith of Sequential Circuits fame, also available as a pricier knobby keyboard (~800 USD):



    Tetr4: ~800USD - 4 voices of Mopho:



    Evolver - Hybrid 2 DCO/2 Digital oscs desktop monosynth:



    EMW:

    Micromodular - Series of patchable pseudomodular casings from Brazil, with 5 fixed modules each - M1 is a full 2 osc monosynth voice at ~400USD, CV inputs only(no midi):



    P-synth-1 - ??USD (tba) - Single VCO desktop monosynth:


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    Eowave
    Domino - ~350 usd - Single osc acidic mono:



    Koma - ~750USD - Single osc, mixable waveforms, 80's inspired bassline synth, featuring built-in sequencer:


    Futureretro:
    Revolution - ~750USD - Cool looking acid bassline synth with built-in sequencer:

    Korg:
    Monotrons, Monotribe - ~50, ~200USD - Analog toy synths from the Korg. Monotribe is easily hackable for midi:


    Macbeth:
    Micromac - No price yet and this won't be quite inexpensive, but it's supposed to be here somehow:


    MFB:
    Dominion-X - ~1000 usd - 3 osc, monosynth with patchpoints and patch memory, crazy filters, kitchen sink:



    Kraftzwerg - ~700USD - Semimodular version of the old Synth 2, 3 oscs, minimoog based with a few extras:



    Microzwerg - ~500USD - 2 osc, semimodular mono with dual multimode filters, uncanny feature/square inch ratio:



    Nanozwerg - ~250USD - Probably the cheapest proper analog in the world, single osc with sub, 2-pole multimode filter, speaks modular:


    Mode Machines:
    SL-1 - ~800USD - 2 osc desktop monosynth thing (assembled MFOS synthlab?):

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      Moog:

      Slim phatty - ~800USD - 2 osc Moog brand monosynth module with patch memory:



      Minitaur - ~600 USD - The new Moog Taurus desktop bass module:



      Mutable Instruments:

      Shruthi-1 (honorable mention hybrid) - ~370USD - Digital monosynth with different analog filter board options, great sounds:



      PAiA:

      Fatman (kit) - ~250USD - Simple DIY 2 osc monosynth from PAIA:



      Tom Oberheim:

      SEM ~900-1200USD - reedition of the legendary Oberheim SEM, available options with MIDI, semimodular or both:



      Vermona:

      Mono Lancet - ~650USD - 2 Osc desktop synth with modular expander available separately in eurorack format:



      Waldorf:

      Pulse 2 - ~750USD?(tba) - 3 Osc desktop CGI rendering from Waldorf, supposed to work as 8 voice paraphonic:

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      • #4
        mopho keyboard around
        <div class="signaturecontainer"><a href="http://www.cresshead.com" target="_blank">http://www.cresshead.com</a><br><br><a href="http://soundcloud.com/cresshead-1" target="_blank">http://soundcloud.com/cresshead-1</a><br><br><br><br>Korg Volca Bass, Logic Pro 9, Arturia Mini Brute, Roland sh-01 - korg electribe emx - Blofeld - Nanozwerg - yamaha RX5 - CS1X - Korg DDD1 - Trackman -ipad3</div>

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        • #5
          wow great job guys. it's crazy seeing them all stacked up like that. can't wait until we can add something polyphonic to this list!
          <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>-jason</b><br />
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          • #6
            wow great job guys. it's crazy seeing them all stacked up like that. can't wait until we can add something polyphonic to this list!


            There is the Tetra, but I know what you mean. So far I've read MFB has a poly in the works in the dominion range. But I'm guessing it will cost well over 1k.

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            • #7
              Does anyone know where all these analog synths are produced? Which ones are made in China? Not that I care, but I'd like to compare the price of those made in China to those made in Japan/Europe/US.

              I'm especially curious where the DSI Mopho and Arturia Minibrute are produced. I'm guessing that the Mopho is made in Germany and the Minibrute in China.

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              • #8
                dave smith instruments are put together in USA..where the electronics are 'made' not sure.

                waldorf is german...but again electronics may come from anywhere
                <div class="signaturecontainer"><a href="http://www.cresshead.com" target="_blank">http://www.cresshead.com</a><br><br><a href="http://soundcloud.com/cresshead-1" target="_blank">http://soundcloud.com/cresshead-1</a><br><br><br><br>Korg Volca Bass, Logic Pro 9, Arturia Mini Brute, Roland sh-01 - korg electribe emx - Blofeld - Nanozwerg - yamaha RX5 - CS1X - Korg DDD1 - Trackman -ipad3</div>

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                • #9
                  when it comes to production of this stuff, it's most likely a case of a bunch of parts from China/Singapore/Taiwan being assembled @ company HQ by whatever company is producing the synth. to get something like this fully assembled overseas, it usually requires an actual trip by the manufacturers themselves.
                  <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>-jason</b><br />
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                  • #10
                    I guess this is still in production by their website, not entirely sure though....

                    Spectral Audio:

                    Neptune 2 - ~675USD - 3 osc rack mono. Quite cool:

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                    • #11
                      You guys rock.
                      <div class="signaturecontainer">Selected Gearlist: Yamaha PSR-760, 3 meter long Hosa stereo cable (jack to phono).</div>

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for this thread, paulo! Might make good bathroom reading. Very useful for comparison's sake & future shopping.

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                          • #14
                            dave smith instruments are put together in USA..where the electronics are 'made' not sure.


                            Manufactured in San Francisco, CA.

                            I don't remember where, but I think I saw somewhere that they outsource the circuit board production to to another California-located company.
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                            • #15
                              such a sweet post for a poor man like me
                              <div class="signaturecontainer">Regards!</div>

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                              • Bernard
                                Bernard commented
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                                The Waldorf Rocket synthesizer is expected to be available in March 2013 for 244 Euro (

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