I love my Andromeda. I have yet to use it in a recording though.
That new Moog is already being bashed for its $5,000 price tag and still monophonic. I can understand. The truth is the Moog is sort of a one trick pony. What it does, it does well - I have a Model D - but it's not a very good synth for ambient, IMO.
Perhaps try to add some more reverb
Eventhough Minimoog is probably one of the few synths I know that
sounds good without effects also.
Anyway...of course really depends on what kind of ambient you want..Personally
I would use it for more berlin school type of music..
I'd like a Manly Massive Passive and I sure as hell wish I'd gotten in on the new Solaris synth when it was first offered. The initial buyers are getting one heck of a deal - of course it's been 3+ years or something since its initial announcement, but I'd love one of those but not at the current price tag. My friend (the one who doesn't play with the Xpander and will probably barely touch the Solaris) has a custom one coming from the first batch and I think he paid something like $1400. Solaris is way more now for a non-custom one.
Solaris is a beautiful name of synth, they have also been doing good market campaigns for the synth, everything about Solaris seem to be good, besides the sound it self...from what I have heard it
is very overhyped...It does not sound good at all...[/quote]
I'm sort of interested in a used Dave Smith Prophet 08 and/or PolyEvolver. I traded my desktop Evolver for a Blofeld and quickly sold the Blofeld. The Blofeld sounded and operated great but it was redundant since I have the Q, uQ, and XT.
I think most people agree that the Prophet 8 was an overhyped failure. while on the surface it can look really good, it is still not an Prophet 5, you can read on any forums, it is actually hard to find any positive feedback on the Prophet 8
at all, the general complain is the sound..and it is not worth the price..but I can agree it looks very nice on the surface...
I would with out doubt use my money on an Andromeda, the only thing bad about it, is it is hard to use and program, I wish..there would be an software editor for it...
Otherwise it seem to be hard to find anything that can compete with the Andromeda in terms of complexity and sound..It would the Oberheim Matrix 12/Xpander then, or Waldorf q/wave.
Why you where not satisfied with your Oberheim..not sure why..but All I know is...Steve Roach use a long Effect chain...if you would hear his recordings dry without effects and big long reverbs it would not
sound very exciting for sure... That is the difference between the old analog synth, you can make it sound amazing if you add additional external effects... high end reverb and sound processing..
Older analog synth simply sound better without effects, newer synths often use a lot of built in effects to mask how cheap and digital it sounds...this is why you in many cases want an analog synth with external effects/sound processing..