April 28, 2013
Modern synthesizers, even with the amount of function they have added to them have much to keep up with – especially when compared to synthesizers built in the past. Old synthesizers were expensive, bulky, and hard to maintain; but they produced awesome sound, the type of sound that modern devices have tried to emulate. Sometimes they are successful and other times they fall short. What modern synthesizers DO celebrate, however, is their size and form. The same amount of processing power can be had in a fraction of the space and a fraction of the price. There are certain limitations that they must work around, like the apparent size differences and the missing keys on the keyboard.
The microKorg has been a treasure for many who perform live and produce at the same time. They aren’t the only contenders in this market though. Novation, who has been around for …
January 11, 2013
If you read much about the Arturia MiniBrute in synth forums, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone outside of the most absurdly elitist of synth snobs saying anything bad about it. While it is their first foray into proper analog hardware, Arturia have brought into the world a tough little synth with features not often aligned with the price point of the MiniBrute. They have been hard to get ahold of, but I finally picked up one during the brief second we had them in stock.
One of the nicer features that I don’t really touch on during this brief overview video is the aftertouch. While I mention it in passing, I don’t go on and on about just how rad aftertouch on an affordable analog synth is. So let me do it here: OMG YOU GUYS!!!! AFTERTOUCH!!!!
That said, it really is quite a nice option to have …
November 13, 2012
If you take a look at old technologies that have sort of morphed into new devices according to present day demands – the camera stands out the most. Thirty years ago instant cameras were the new thing in town. Polaroid pictures were looked at like the future of photography. But if you fast forward to today, you’ll have a hard time finding one of these on the shelves at the store. That’s because technology and consumers together have fundamentally dictated the future of photography, leaving some of these old technology in the dust. Roland’s ventures in the synthesizer market have seemed to take a similar route.
The Roland Alpha Juno, which was produced in 1985, works using simple architecture and was known for producing some great sounds due to the uses of analog filters and chorus effects. If you look at Roland today, they still produce keyboards like the Jupiter-80…
August 25, 2012
iPads have slowly but surely grown in popularity among digital musicians. When digital synthesizers first arrived on the app scene, they were treated as a gimmick and given little respect when compared to their analog counterparts. Now, developers have transformed these apps into sophisticated tools that musicians rely on in their performances. Perhaps these digital apps will be the end of keyboard synthesizers.…