I’m currently in the process of buying a new hardware synth and thought this might be the best place to ask, seeing as I use Cubase 5 as my music production platform.
Thus far I have been using software stuff, VSTs etc. with a midi keyboard, but now going to get my first proper hardware one.
I would like ask your opinions which one should I get?
My budget is about £450-460, so bearing that in mind.
I have been looking into few synths already.
One of which is M-Audio Venom, another one Novation UltraNova, I’ve also checked Roland Gaia and Casio XW-P1. Of these 4, my favorites at the moment, are Venom and UltraNova.
Waldorf Blofeld (with or without the keyboard) was in the “list” as well, but I don’t think I’d get that, not now anyway.
Just few things I’m looking for in a synth.
Integration, I’d like it to work with Cubase without any (extra) hassle (I think UltraNova does this, as it has its own sort of VST thingie that can be used directly within Cubase, not completely sure about the other ones yet),
“trance sounding”, genre-wise that is my genre of music, so sort of important that I get something that I can utilise properly (judging from all the videos etc. I’ve seen and read, again UltraNova and also Venom seem to be doing quite a good job),
a lot of possibilities to edit and modify the sound.
Just to name a few things that came into mind.
Edit/add: It would also be good if there was a possibility to add new sounds into the synth, downloadable etc., I think with UltraNova you can do this, possibly with Venom as well, but not quite sure.
If someone could give their opinions, I would appreciate it. Same goes also if there are any other products I should know of and/or check out.