On The 808 Day, Roland turns up with two new models. The Roland SH-01A and the TR-08 replicants of two classic Roland products. In this article, we take a depth look... read more →
What is a synthesizer? It’s an electronic musical instrument that generates electric signals, which is converted to sound through instrument amplifiers and loudspeakers or headphones. Synthesizers may either use existing sounds such as instruments, vocals or natural sounds, or they can generate new electronic timbres not existing before. They are often played with a musical keyboard, but they can be controlled via a variety of other input devices, including music sequencers and instrument controllers. In the 1930s and 1940s, the basic elements required for the modern analog subtractive synthesizers — audio oscillators, audio filters, envelope controllers, and various effects units — had already appeared and were utilized in several electronic instruments. The earliest polyphonic synthesizers were the Warbo Formant Organ (1937), a four-voice key-assignment keyboard with two formant filters and a dynamic envelope controller, and the Hammond Novachord (1939), was an electronic keyboard that used twelve sets of top-octave oscillators with octave dividers to generate sound, with vibrato, a resonator filter bank and a dynamic envelope controller. These two instruments were the forerunners of the later electronic organs and polyphonic synthesizers. Synthesizers became easier to integrate and synchronize with other electronic instruments and controllers with the introduction of Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) in 1983. Nowadays synthesizers come in all shapes and forms, and they can be afforded by mostly everyone. That’s why we want to give you the possibility to know everything you need about them.
Roland introduces the new D-05 Linear Synthesiser into his Boutique Series. Recreating one of the iconic synth of 1987: the Roland D-50 in occasion of his 30th anniversary. With a brand... read more →
Korg's Minilogue sequel has been released and It's pretty different from the big brother... Korg Monologue Review - Introduction From its name you might suspect that the Korg Monologue is simply a one-voice version... read more →
Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth can make you smile, here's why... Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth Review - Introduction Are you looking for an analog synth that can fit in your pocket? After... read more →
Gakken SX-150 MARK II Review - Introduction The Gakken SX-150 MARK II is a little and very compact analog synth. There are two versions of it, the Gakken SX-150 given with... read more →
The M-Audio Venom 49-key synthesizer combines the character of classic analog synths with modern digital processing to deliver an aggressive, infectious new sound. Thanks to a completely new M-Audio synth... read more →
The Alesis Micron is an analog modeling synthesizer,with 8 voices and 3 octaves. Provided with a built-in sequencer and a rhythm programmer, the Micron is the perfect tool for both... read more →