7 thoughts on “5 Underrated ’80s Polysynths (that you can get for under $1000)”

  1. Why is this piece of shit an article? All it does is link to another article. Get a new job or hobby and stop trying to put content on the Internet. This is garbage.

    1. Hello kind friend, how nice of you to inquire. This my workshop blog and I’m crossposting something I wrote for another site in case anyone who reads this blog is interested to read it as well. I hope that satisfies your curiosity, and goodbye forever.

    2. Hmm. B, might you be the Benji Castle who also trash talked the linked article for no apparent reason? Either way, your comment is absolutely spot on as it relates to your comment. Go back to 4chan.

  2. Thanks for the article! I actually have two of the ones on your list: Roland JX-3P and Ensoniq ESQ-1. And I agree with you on both of them. I recently recommended the ESQ-1 to a friend on a budget and he loves it. The Akai AX-60 I have not gotten to play with, but I do have its cousin the AX-80 which I quite enjoy.

  3. Great article. I sort of owned one of the early Siels (as in, spotted someone else the cash to buy it) in the late 80s. It died after just a couple years. I took it to the local music store repair shop where it sat for, well, it’s probably still there. They had no clue what to do with it. Wish I still had it so I could send it to you. Then again, technically it wasn’t mine.

    I can tell you why the AX-60 is still cheap. It’s because I bought one for $100 (around 1994) and have been waiting patiently for the value to skyrocket. That said, it has a pretty nice sound, a bit cold sometimes. And it can be hard to recall a particular patch because the sliders are super sensitive. I’ve thought about selling it many times but just can’t bring myself to.

    1. Ah, that’s a good point about it being difficult to recreate the sounds you’ve created before… the sort of wildness of the filter especially can make it hard to hone in on the sound you want. That’s what patch memory is for though!

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