|Originally posted by hexadecimal |
Replacing a polysynth with a monosynth?
The Andromeda is a decent synth, but I wouldn't never really tell anyone to go out and buy one. There are a lot out there with manufacturing problems that will ultimately kill them, and nobody has been able to completely figure out the serial number range, or even manufacturing date range for the bad ones. Kind of makes picking up a second hand A6 like playing the lottery, and hoping you don't end up with an expensive decoration at some point.
It has lots of modulation routings, easily accessible controls on the front panel for most important functions, and sounds "ok". Most of the people I've encountered who talk about it like it's the best synth ever made, have never owned another analog synth (or any synth) to be able to compare.
I believe you're talking about the tuning issues with one of the batches made in Asia. It was just a single batch of the Andromedas that had this issue. Probably less than 10% out of every Andromeda out there. All you need to do is ask the person you're buying it from to run "Auto Tune" after letting it warm up for 15 minutes. If the person can't get every voice to tune (have a "T" under it), then it's a bad unit. All you need to do is disable the bad voices and offer the person 1/2 the average price.
I've owned a Prophet '08, Moog Voyager, Waldorf Pulse, and ATC-1 all at the same time as my Andromeda. The 24db filter on the Andromeda sounds A LOT like the Voyager's filter but the OSCs are much more modern and easy to work with (which I like). The Andromeda beat the crap out of the Prophet '08. The Prophet either sounded just as good or significantly worse. The Pulse and Andormeda are quite different beasts, but let's just say I sold my Pulse but still have the Andromeda. Compared to the ATC-1, I found the Andromeda to be quite similar. The only difference the ATC-1 could make is if you were using the 2600 filter. And now, with the sale of my ATC-1, the Andromeda is the only analog I own.
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