#1
so does anyone here play one? and how should I start teaching myself?
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#2
Buy one then get lessons.
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#3
Learn some easy catchy songs at first (such as Axel F. , Popcorn, Sweet Dreams, or Jump) then learn other things.

Pretty simple.

Also learn some soundcrafting theory(if playing with Analog/Virtual Analog or FM)
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#5
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Buy one then get lessons.


OMFGGZZ N0 SH1T??!!11!

seriously though. i dont really WANT lessons. ill take them if i need them but idk.
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#6
get a decent velocity sensitive one with at least 64 semi-weighted keys and a sustain pedal jack (you don't necessarily need a sustain pedal right away, but you will likely want onew eventually)

It's fairly easy to teach yourself unless you plan on playing virtuoso piano pieces or something. I reccomend working through piano for dummies. If you can get lessons for free/cheap through your school or something though, I suggest you take them.

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Also learn some soundcrafting theory(if playing with Analog/Virtual Analog or FM)


You need to learn this for any kind of synthesis you use, not just subtractive (what most analog and VA synths are) and FM.
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#7
the synth?


EDIT: You mean a keyboard controller?
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#9
Juno-D is a great Synth.
Learn music theory and it becomes 87x easier.

EDIT: I took this the wrong way.
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For the record, im aiming to do an Owl City kind of outfit. Nothing insane.
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#11
i second this, i want to learn too, not keyboard ****, but liek crazy aphex twin stuff, how do you do that? i mainly want it to make backing tracks for my guitar
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Juno-D is a great Synth.
Learn music theory and it becomes 87x easier.


learning the piano is actually a great way to learn theory in and of itself, since it's really easy to pick up as you go along. While the Juno is agreat synth, they are pretty expensive, I would suggest a USB MIDI controller and some good VSTis (there are some really good free ones out there)

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he's gonna need a MIDI controller first... and personally I'm not a fan of that plugin.
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#15
just watch a bunch of Ronald Jenkee videos on youtube... you'll get good in no time...


but seriously, it takes some skill to be a good keyboardist... just get one and mess around with it... if you're really serious learn some piano stuff and experiment
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Quote by Kid_Thorazine
You need to learn this for any kind of synthesis you use, not just subtractive (what most analog and VA synths are) and FM.


You'd put a beginner on granular synthesis?

VA/FM a enough for a beginner.

and Additive is pretty simple.
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Icing happen when de puck come down, BANG, you know,
before de oder guys, nobody dere, you know.
My arm go comme ça, den de game stop den start up.

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#17
I'd say start by learning piano first. transition from piano to synth is of next to zero effort, and girls love it when you play them saucy classical pieces naked while they suck you co--

ahem


anyway, learn piano.
#18
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Thats $250 bucks though. And its not a real synth even, just a computer program. I want the real thing first.


Like I said, get a USB MIDI controller (it's a keyboard that plugs into your comp and controls programs like that) that will give you a much broader pallete of available sounds and also allow you to use computer teaching programs like Practica Musica and whatnot.

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You'd put a beginner on granular synthesis?

VA/FM a enough for a beginner


No, I'm just saying that whatever synth you get you need to learn how to design sounds for it. and BTW VA is not a type of synthesis, it's a type of programming that emulates voltage control, the type of synthesis is usually subtractive.

oh, and IMO, FM synthesis is A LOT more complex than granular synthesis.
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#19
Quote by Comrade Curry
http://www.arturia.com/evolution/en/products/cs-80v/intro.html

GET THIS, it will change your outlook on synthesizers, it doesn't matter if you know what you're doing just buy that.


The CS-80 is a big fat win synth.

Or get a Minimoog V (fast current of water)

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No, I'm just saying that whatever synth you get you need to learn how to design sounds for it. and BTW VA is not a type of synthesis, it's a type of programming that emulates voltage control, the type of synthesis is usually subtractive.

oh, and IMO, FM synthesis is A LOT more complex than granular synthesis.


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My arm go comme ça, den de game stop den start up.

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Last edited by DirtyMakik at Dec 19, 2008,
#20
get vsts..

i was just in blade runner land with the mini monsta moog..insane (and far superior to Minimoog v) also get Tera, FM8 and free synths there are lots of them such as mr ray 73


anyway learning...

triad major chords 1 at a time
scales..with least sharps flats first ie Aminor Cmaj
chromatic scales
major min arpeggios (easy on keys)
easy times such as im a believer and la bamba (chords left hand work out melody)
replicate guitar songs on keyboard as you know them and i gets interesting. anything too hard transpose to c/aminor on guitar pro.
#22
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I have a friend with one of those. They are ridiculously tedious to program (they do sound nice though)
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#23
The synth and the piano are the most popular instruments in the world. I'm sure there's a teacher somewhere near where you live. If you do get lessons, make sure your teacher doesn't teach from a book.