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Tips for Buying a Good Synthesizer

Nov 16, 2007
Doesn't it feel great thinking about composing and playing your own music? And especially when you are looking for a career in music. Whichever instrument it may be, drum, guitar, or synthesizer. There are lots of things to be taken into account before jumping to action. Just learning the instrument won't make you a good musician; you need to have clear knowledge about the instrument you are using. Before you set your mind to buy a synthesizer, you need to get clear about its features, parts, price, brands etc. However, here are some synthesizer buying tips that will definitely help in your decision to buy one.

First of all it should be noted that synthesizers are one of the costliest musical instruments. Therefore, as a buyer you will have to be very cautious in every step and will have to think over the factors relating to the buying, again and again. Some very important synthesizer buying tips are as follows:

Synthesizer buying tips - I

Know your needs: Defining your needs is your first task. Decide, what kind of synthesizer you want to buy, is it analog synthesizer or digital synthesizer. You may opt for simple classical synthesizer or even go for software synthesizer with high profile sound and other qualities. Whatever it is but your budget should match your need, which is very important. One thing should be pointed out here that the choice basically depends on the use of the instrument, like whether you are going to use it for the studio or for your personal use.

Synthesizer buying tips - II

Have sizeable budgets: As it is mentioned earlier that synthesizers are very costly items, therefore going for too much low price may not serve the purpose. As you may not get a good one and the longevity of which is not guaranteed. Sometimes, the cheap synthesizers have awful keyboard, or it may lack vital functions. And so it is better to opt for something within average price but not too low.

Synthesizer buying tips - III

Check it: Before settling down to buy your instrument, check it out properly. Listen to the sound first and see whether it is the kind of music you prefer. Then examine the functioning, including each unit, specially the sound processor unit. If necessary, try to consult an expert. Try some other synthesizers and compare the sound and the systems.

Synthesizer buying tips - IV

New or old: Next thing to decide over is that either you want to go for the new one or the old one. In case you want to buy an old synth, check it out carefully. Make sure all the keys work properly, see that all the notes sound same and none of them sounds louder or softer than the rest. You should always remember that unlike guitars and violins, synthesizers do not get better with age. Sometimes problems like damaged internal batteries, flickering displays may occur. Therefore, it is better to examine each nooks and corners of it.

Synthesizer buying tips - V

Workstation: In case of experienced musician and composer, workstations are the best option. It is basically a synthesizer with many polyphonic voices, includes a built in sequencer, with effects unit and drum kits. For the studio system particularly, the workstation is quite economic. It is like getting a whole studio system in one box.

Coming to sound system, if you want to get both realistic sound and high tech sound synth, its better to buy different synths rather than opting for a single one having both the sounds. Because each one posses different features and qualities.
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant for guitars, drums, and synthesizers. You can find the best marketplace for guitars, drums, and synthesizers at these 3 sites: guitars, electric guitars, drums, drum sets, and synthesizers, analog synthesizers, digital synthesizer.
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