Micromonsta is on my birthday present list (a list I’ve made to pretend I’m treating myself and not giving in to GAS).
You are aware they are modular synth modules and require a skiff and psu to use? Expensive stuff.
They look wonderful, but are out of production. You’re going to need to hunt one down on one of the 2nd hand sites.
A self-contained modular is a good way to get a modular without as much expense and I’ve toyed with the idea myself. 0-Coast is something I will own by April next year, don’t you worry about that!
Only draw-back to a standalone modular is it’s essentially a semi modular with no way to expand other than putting together your own fully modular synth (or buying another semi-modular).
And that is a grand ideal. I am all for supporting those with vision and the balls to dive into making them reality. But remember, as much as Squarp have a wonderful relationship with their users, it’s not always the way. I bought a BCR-2000 and almost paid for Zaquencer, until I checked up on support. And although I want another Wave Ideas Bitstream 3x, the company owner abandon the product a long time ago leaving us with a rather buggy programming application that likes to crash. My Microgranny came with a bung mic input and the manual sample record trigger button puts a “tock” at the start of ever sample made in that manner. I should send it back really.
The good bit about sometimes being stung is letting the bigger makers know we want something not so traditional. The big Japanese three have all heard the message too.
LOL, I know looks determines a good amount of first impressions for most things in life; KISS had to wear make-up to overcome their hideous au naturel appearance (well that is how I interpreted it when the took the make-up off). As much as I loath the iSynth white my Blofeld is in, it’s still sounds wonderful, not to mention it’s vastly more tweakable than most synths at the same price point. Sure it’s not analogue but once you have a decent analogue bass and some analogue percussion (such as the Volca Beats), the Blofeld’s digital nature nicely complements the circuitry sound. The lack of knobs can be remedied with a Novation SL or something similarly encoder emblazoned.
If you want a sexy desktop synth, hunt down a Waldorf XT. All orange, bedazzled with dials and sporting a big red knob, I had impure thoughts about my XTk (keyboard vers) when I bought it. Technically the XT is a rack synth, but it’s just as at home on a table top due to the in’s and out’s all being on the top panel, making it quite the rack hog really.
Both the Blofeld and the Microwaves (1, 2 and XT’s) are your machines for soundscapes, eccentricity weirdness and also deep programming. But so are the DSI Evolver and Tetra. Both the Waldorf and DSI synths have extensive parameter control via MIDI, with Waldorf using simple CC’s and DSI going the more complicated NRPN method (necessitating a controller capable of sending them), making the Waldorfs more tweakable via a Pyramid, but binding certain universal MIDI controllers such as breath or expression to a parameter within the synth using the modulation slots, you can still route Pyramid modulations to a DSI synth.
Something to keep in mind is there is a fad on right now. Analogue is the new black and it’s being used as a way to insinuate a synth can sound wild and crazy more if it is analogue. This is true to an extent, it all depends on your definition of wild and crazy. For example, there are Moog synths made for lead players which can make some wild and crazy leads, and there are Moogs for the sonically deranged that can communicate with alien motherships! Some would have you believe that the MiniMoog sound is the pinnacle of mono synths, but for your desires, the cheaper Mother 32 will send you into ecstasy with it’s provisions to create truly experimental programs by patching things in ways not possible on Moog’s hardwired synths.
Using both analogue and digital tech is the the Novation Peak. All touchy-feely, it offers close to a knob per parameter and has the ability to but out of the subtractive synthesis mould the other companies making neo-analogues are using.
Finally, I’d mention the Deep Mind 12. It’s got a desktop version. I think it sounds rather nice. If I was to make criticisms, it could have more oscillator wave shapes and the controls could be a little bigger.
I hope I actually helped with that wall of text above!