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ahriman22
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Looking for a new hardware synth Jan. 11th, 2013 @ 11:32 PM Reply

So I'm looking into buying a new hardware synth, also my first one.

I've narrowed it down to 2 possible choices:
Roland Gaia Sh-01
Novation Ultranova

I was wondering if anyone here might have experience with either of these synths.

I know absolutely nothing about hardware, I know my way around softsynths enough at this point that it's time to move past the controllers and get my hands on a real synthesizer.

I'm leaning more towards the Ultranova because of it's synthesis capabilities, but the Gaia seems to be a much more "user-friendly" one since there's no menu-diving.

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Response to Looking for a new hardware synth Jan. 12th, 2013 @ 07:28 AM Reply

Hey mate I'm somewhat of a synth geek so here is what I think

I've got an UltraNova and I can tell that I've heard fatter sounding oscillators on iPhone apps, so if you buy one don't be hoping for a sick dubstep bass machine (what it was marketed as). However what it is; a digital sounding beautiful soft and elegant pad synth which can also come out with some pretty awesome techy basses.

The Gaia, I have played once or twice and was kinda impressed with it but not blow away, and it's architecture is pretty backwards- it's made like 3 simple one oscillator synths and I've heard a few people complain it's a hindrance.

Other synths I recommend as opposed to the other two:

-Wardolf Blofel: it's such an awesome sounding synth (it's oscillators are so good and filters are too), is pretty easy to patch via a editing matrix, like the one on the microkorg along side that it has a beautifully sharp screen which helps you see whats going on and ontop of that it's 16 part multi timbrel.

-Arturia Minibrute and Roland SH 101, these are both awesome little analogue monosynths that sound perfect in every way!!

hope this helped you mate any questions and I'll answer them!

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Response to Looking for a new hardware synth Jan. 12th, 2013 @ 10:32 AM Reply

I wasn't expecting anything super amazing out of out, however I do think that it's better synth because once I actually know what I'm doing, there are so many possibilities with the synth engine of the Ultranova compared to the SH-01.

While the Blofeld I'd very much like, it's out of my price range. I'd like a keyboard with my synth and the Blofeld keyboard version costs about 800$.

I am considering the Minibrute, but having a 100% analog synth isn't that much of a bother to me anymore.

What DAW do you use with you Ultranova? Have you have any odd problems with it?

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Response to Looking for a new hardware synth Jan. 13th, 2013 @ 10:59 AM Reply

Sh-01 sounds better at the basic va stuff in my opinion but the UltraNova is extremely versatile and can do some awesome digital stuff which the 01 couldn't get close too- they are two completely different synths that couldnt be more different :) I would say go down to your music shop and try before you buy just to make sure you know what you're buying.

Also i haven't had any problems using the novation with ableton, in fact it's amazing to use as a sound card if you're on the go quite a bit, I would take the UltraNova and my laptop to practice (the both fit in the UltraNova gig bag), then Id usb it with my laptop and plug a quarter inch jack from the back of it to the PA no power cables or anything (until my laptop ran out of battery)