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Interesting Synths in my View
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  • Physical Modeling
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  • Physical Modeling
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    • Virus - 16 part, 12 voice, waveshaping, audio input+vocoder, 64 filter types, a lot of knobs, very thoughtful interface(read the namual), compact, OS is updated all the time
    Clavia
    • Nord Lead/Rack 2 - 4 part, 16 voice, reminist of Prophet-5, wooden pitch bender, it's red!
    • Nord Modular - create your own synth architecture, min 4 voice, max 32 voice with expansion, the editor is run on both Mac and PC, audio input
    • Nord MicroModular - max 4 voice (usually monophonic), Nord Modular's architecture but with only one DSP,audio input
    Korg
    • Z1 -12 (xpan to 18) voice, analog, organ, e-piano, brass, reed, plucked/bowed string modeling
    • Electribe EA-1- 2 voice x 2 part, 2 OSC (sync, ring mod, decimate), VCF, 1 LFO, tempo delay, chorus/flanger, distortion, phrase/pattern sequencer, audio in for OSC!, throw away TB-303 already
    Novation
    • SuperNova - 20 (xpan to 44) voice (3 osc per voice),8 part, 56 EFXs simulteneously, audio in + vocoder
    • Nova - 12 voice (3 osc per voice), 6 part, 42 EFXs, simulteneously, audio in + vocoder
    Roland
    • JP-8000 - 8 voice, 2 part, the vintage JP-8 feel
    • JP-8080 - 10 voice, 2 part, audio in + vocoder, tone control FX, triangle waveform
    Waldorf
    • Q - 16 voice (3 osc per voice, xpan to 32), 16 part, waveshaper, analog input vocoder, 2 invidual EFXs per part
    Yamaha
    • AN1x - 10 voice, 2 part (5+5 voice), free EG, great editor for MAC and PC, keyboard is aftertouch sens, new price is less than USD 600

    Sample Playback
    Emu
    • Proteus 2000 128 voice (xpandable), 32 part, real time control knobs, Patch cord mod, 17 filter types
    Roland
    • MC-505/JX-305 - 64 voice, 8 part, JV-1080 synth engine, knobs and mixer, pattern based sequencer, D-beam
    • JV-1010 - 64 voice, 16 part, JV-1080 engine with only one xpan slot, comes with an editor, great value