Synthesizers

by Andrew Eisele ·Posted 04/28/2022
I’ve been a fan of Novation since the early 2000s when the company released the virtual analog Nova series. To this day, I still own and love my Nova desktop synth. When I was asked if I was interested in writing a hands-on review of the Novation Peak, I couldn’t say no. The Peak is a hybrid 8-voice analog/digital synthesizer. There are pros and cons to both analog and digital technologies,
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 02/09/2021
Joining Novation's popular and portable Circuit Series music-making machines is Circuit Tracks, a potent groovebox (and so much more) purpose-built for EDM and dance music production in the studio or anywhere creativity flows. With its dual poly-synth engines, sample-based drum tracks, screen-free workflow, and internal rechargeable four-hour battery, Circuit Tracks is an all-in-one music studio solution that can go
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted 12/16/2020
During the holidaze, it's easy to get overwhelmed, and sometimes we forget to get a gift for that someone special. If that someone is a musician, then we've got a list of great gift ideas that won't break the bank and will guarantee to put a smile on their face. Digital Metronome For hundreds of years, musicians have used a mechanical musical chronometer, or a metronome, to keep tempo during practice and performances. Any musician will find a metronome invaluable. The
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted 11/27/2020
Despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, synthesizer manufacturers have been churning out some magnificent instruments with a wide pallet of sonic inspirations. This buying guide features 2020’s best offerings. From the top of the line to the basic budget, you will find something for everyone. Arturia Arturia turned some heads years ago with its release of the classic MatrixBrute. This year, the company upped the ante with
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 11/18/2020
Many kinds of keyboard players will be delighted by Korg’s new offering of music workstations and synths. Whether you need a workhorse to handle your live shows, an FM synth to explore the boundaries of sound design, or a powerful controller to serve as the nerve center of all your Eurorack gear and drum machines, Korg has you covered.   For live players who rely on a Korg keyboard workstation during shows, Korg is releasing the
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 10/29/2020
Leave it to Moog to make esoteric electronic musical instruments that are bound to intrigue anyone from the synth-curious musician to the avid collector. The company's latest releases feature the limited-run return of the Werkstatt-01 analog synth kit and the Claravox Centennial premium performance theremin, available in standard
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 08/25/2020
If you’re a real synth player—a person who can speak with authority to the differences between West Coast and East Coast synthesis—then at some point you’ve fantasized about owning your very own vocoder. Now, with the Limited Run of the Arturia MicroFreak Vocoder, you can do exactly that: you can own a vocoder at price that won’t break the bank, and with sonics that sound like it’s breaking the very same bank.
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 02/04/2020
The Vocoder is such a classic sound that many renowned software companies try their darnedest to recreate this one-of-a-kind effect digitally. However, for some discerning ears, only the original will suffice; now, these discerning ears can purchase the original unit: The Moog 16 Channel Vocoder is risen anew, for all those who love the workflow and authenticity of the original, as well as its timbre.
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 01/16/2020
You're in luck if you're a guitarist, synthesizer player, hobbyist keyboardist, professional keyboard player, live-sound engineer, or headphone-using DJ, because Korg has a bevy of new products available for you—and you can see them directly by clicking this link. There are so many products to cover, so let’s get started without any delay. First in the spotlight are Korg’s SV-2 lines of stage pianos, complete with built-in speakers if you want to practice at home. Coming in
442 Views ·Posted 11/11/2019
If you're a Rick and Morty fan and a musician, then this vocal synthesizer is for you! Teenage engineering creates products that make you want to create great music, and this pocket operator is no different! Learn more about the teenage engineering PO-137 Rick and Morty Pocket Operator click here
by Staff Writer ·Posted 09/25/2019
Look, we don’t need to tell you about the legendary DAW Reason—it’s one of the oldest, most reliable, and most trustworthy tools for electronic music production. You probably know about its powerful sequencer, rack effects, and excellent soft-synths. So, if we were to announce a new version of Reason 11, we could see why it might not elicit excitement. What is there be to announce? New soft-synths? A higher-quality mix engine? An overhaul to Re-Wire behavior, so that it might better
by Staff Writer ·Posted 09/06/2019
Korg has some new goodies for you and, here at B&H, we’re proud to announce them. Today, we welcome the Nu:tekt NTS-1 and the KROSS 88 MB Synthesizer workstation. One is an easy-to-assemble DIY synthesizer kit, while the other provides everything from keyboard sounds to sampling to sequences in an 88-key keyboard. Have you ever wanted
by Staff Writer ·Posted 07/19/2019
Awwwwwww yeah—it’s time to get schwifty! You gotta get schwifty in here, with these Teenage Engineering PO-137 Rick & Morty Pocket Operators! Take off the case and the casing—four-on-the-floor beats, crazy synth sequences, and more are all possible, thanks to this handy little synthesizer. You’ll find eight vocal samples straight from the voice behind Rick and/or Morty himself, Mr. Justin Roiland. Teenage Engineering
by Staff Writer ·Posted 07/01/2019
Among music producers, beatmakers, and musicians, Arturia has a solid reputation for delivering products that ignite new ideas, open new performance possibilities, and solve common technical challenges. This company’s latest offerings expand the AudioFuse line of audio interfaces and KeyLab-Series hybrid synthesizers to include exciting enhancements for all sorts of productions. Whether you’re a touring artist or a studio dweller, there’s something to see in these new goodies from Arturia. The
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 04/29/2019
Fresh off its introduction at Moogfest 2019, Moog is releasing the Moog Matriarch, a 4-note paraphonic analog synthesizer that’s sure to inspire a whole host of synth-mavens in the coming days, weeks, months, and years. This synth gives you a built-in sequencer, an arpeggiator, stereo ladder filters, and a stereo analog delay circuit. Without any patching, you can fashion lustrous, evolving harmonic progressions using the 49-note