Mark de Clive-Lowe

Do you think it is still worth investing into Hardware synths now. The price of Classic synth have rocketed and Soft synths are easy to get hold of.

What hardware synths would you recommend if any?

Mark de Clive-Lowe responded on 10/18/2012

there's nothing that can compare to real hardware synths. i was a diehard purist with hardware until a few years ago and now i do use a lot of soft synths. arturia, native instruments, g force, korg, and others are making a lot of great plugins. there's a tangibility that i miss - even when using assigned controllers - and a full bodied weight in the sonics that software doesnt quite capture. if you only use soft synths, i'd definitely recommend some sort of outboard analog processing in the signal chain so that the sound gets out of 'the box' at least one time. if i was to buy one more analog hardware synth right now it would be the arp odyssey. such a beast. the korg polysix is a great entry level-priced board. there's countless others too (the mini moog D amongst them). i do still love my juno 6, but for the most part i'm a convert and making use of the ease and reliability of soft synths. at the end of the day, it's more about what you do with it than what it is to start with.

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