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Doctor Mix’s Top 10 Synthesizers

Doctor Mix’s Top 10 Synthesizers

Since the late 1960s, synthesizers have become a critical component of music production – especially in genres like alternative, pop, and dance. Musician and synth enthusiast Doctor Mix walks us through the ten most famous and essential electronic music makers of all time, along with examples of the sounds they each produce.

Playing Pictures on a Keyboard

Playing Pictures on a Keyboard

We’ve seen how you can make music by drawing images in a MIDI sequencer program, but musician GLASYS has got that beat, performing his songs live on a keyboard to produce drawings in the sequencer. Watch him play some musical Pac-Man, take a bite out of the Apple logo, and quack like a duck.

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Black Sabbath in an Elevator

Black Sabbath in an Elevator

Musician Marcin Patrzalek shows off his blazing fast fingers once again with a flamboyant cover version of Black Sabbath’s 1970 track Paranoid. It’s a bit overcomplicated compared to the original, but it’s still incredibly entertaining.

The Hydra

The Hydra

This insane three-headed instrument is the brainchild of musician Steve Vai and guitar-maker Ibanez. It combines a fretless 12-string neck, a half-fretless bass neck, a seven-string guitar neck, plus an electric harp at its base. This beautiful beast was designed by Moti Kashiuchi and crafted by Kazuya Kuroki of Ibanez Japan.

Dabadeeteque

Dabadeeteque

Ice age coming. Ice age coming. Blue are the people here. Remixer Willam Maranci is a master at combining songs that don’t seem to belong together. One of our recent favorites is this combo of Radiohead’s climate change chant Idioteque and Eiffel 65’s Eurodance hit Blue. It’s as unlikely a successful pairing as ham and pineapple.

Whammy Davis Jr. Whammy Bar

Whammy Davis Jr. Whammy Bar

Musician Rob Scallon was searching around for interesting guitars and accessories, and came across this oddity from Chibson called the Whammy Davis Jr. It replaces a whammy bar with a 4-foot coil of metal that produces a warbled sound. It’s not something that belongs on every song, but it is a cool analog gimmick.

Halo on Classical Guitar

Halo on Classical Guitar

Despite having come out more than 20 years ago, we still get chills every time the theme music from Halo starts playing on our Xbox Series X. But does it sound as good without the violins and choir? Beyond The Guitar proves that the track is still spectacular even stripped down on solo acoustic guitar.

A Very Fast French Song

A Very Fast French Song

Pomplamoose lead singer Nataly Dawn proves yet again she can sing the heck out of anything. This time, she’s accompanied by fellow vocalist Sarah Dugas and a full band for a wonderful cover of the track Vesoul by Jacques Brel that will transport you to the streets of Paris. From the French language album Impossible à Prononcer.

Heavy Metal Gordon Ramsay

Heavy Metal Gordon Ramsay

(PG-13: Language) Guitarist Andre Antunes is at it again – adding a heavy metal soundtrack to video clips that could benefit from musical accompaniment. This time, he took the angry tirades of Gordon Ramsay berating chefs on Hell’s Kitchen and amped up their intensity to 11.

Heavy Metal Drummer x ABBA

Heavy Metal Drummer x ABBA

Musician Seth Everman takes a moment to step away from his keyboard to bang on the drums. To spice things up a bit, he used them to add a whole new rhythm track to ABBA’s 1975 classic Mamma Mia. Seth, we challenge you to do the same with Herb Alpert’s theme from Casino Royale next.

Where’s Bowie in Berlin? Jigsaw Puzzle

Where’s Bowie in Berlin? Jigsaw Puzzle
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This fun puzzle was inspired by David Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy. Illustrated by Kev Gahan, the 500-piece puzzle features a scene of 1970s West Berlin filled with all kinds of colorful people, and Bowie scattered in the crowd in his various personas. There’s another Where’s Bowie? puzzle that takes place on the Moon.

The History of Heavy Metal Music

The History of Heavy Metal Music

While heavy metal music started to pick up steam in the 1970s and 1980s, its roots originate in 1950s and 1960s rock. Musician Andrea Boma Boccarusso looks back at the history of the genre with a medley of metal examples accompanied by descriptions, artists, and albums that typified each era.

Zombie: Horror/Cyberpunk Edition

Zombie: Horror/Cyberpunk Edition

(Flashing Images) Last Halloween, the Melodicka Bros. took The Cranberries’ 1994 track Zombie and reimagined it as a gloomy, synth-heavy track that could have easily have been a track on the Depeche Mode album Music for the Masses.

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100-Voice Halo Choir

100-Voice Halo Choir

Vocalist Matthew Van Ness has impressed us with his orchestral vocal covers of the Star Wars and Jurassic Park themes. This time, he did something a little different, but similarly entertaining by turning 100 copies of his voice into the choir from the familiar opening theme from Halo video game series.

Minor Key Sweet Caroline

Minor Key Sweet Caroline

Oleg Berg’s YouTube channel is packed with popular songs electronically reworked into a minor or major key. This version of the crowd favorite Neil Diamond track Sweet Caroline has a decidedly more foreboding sound to it than the original, and as one observant commenter pointed out, it could be the theme to a James Bond movie.

Mortal Kombat A Cappella

Mortal Kombat A Cappella

The members of Korean a cappella act MayTree turn in a spot-on vocal version of the original theme song from Mortal Kombat, complete with the whole “Test Your Might” part and the character intros. Get out your gamepads and start mashing those buttons!

Sprayer: Crazy Black Magic

Sprayer: Crazy Black Magic

Let’s go crazy… down in this Hell. Bill McClintock imagines a world where Prince and Slayer could perform on the same stage, combining bits of Let’s Go Crazy, Black Magic, Angel of Death, Seasons in the Abyss, and War Ensemble, with a dash of Van Halen’s I’m the One and Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love for added flavor.

Studio 666 (Trailer)

Studio 666 (Trailer)

In this horror-comedy flick, the Foo Fighters look for an inspiring location to write and record their new album. They end up choosing a creepy haunted mansion as their recording studio, and things go off the rails when Dave Grohl becomes obsessed and possessed. In theaters 2.25.2022.

Hercules DJControl Mix

Hercules DJControl Mix

This awesome Bluetooth wireless controller connects to iOS and Android devices to provide a full set of controls for live DJ sets. It works in concert with Algoriddim djay software and music streaming services. In the hands of a talented performer like DJ Carlo Atendido, it’s truly an impressive bit of kit.

Puddles: Lazarus

Puddles: Lazarus

Puddles Pity Party pays tribute to the late, great David Bowie with a powerful and emotive cover of the track Lazarus off of Bowie’s final album, Blackstar. It’s especially apropos how Bowie paved the way for performers like Puddles to express themselves through costume and theatrics. Grab the single here.

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Playing the Saxocone

Playing the Saxocone

Musician Michael Wilbur of the band Moon Hooch shows off some of the fantastically fuzzy bass notes you can make by stuffing a tall traffic cone into the bell of a saxophone. And that’s not the only way that you can make funky saxocone music.

Turnstile Tiny Desk Concert

Turnstile Tiny Desk Concert

Modern hardcore punk band Turnstile cranks up the volume while surrounded by a sound-dampening wall of stuffed animals in this most excellent NPR Tiny Desk Concert. The seven-song sit-down offers a fresh take on their acclaimed 2021 album Glow On.

Creep: Honky Tonky Edition

Creep: Honky Tonky Edition

There I Ruined It lives up to their name again by transforming Radiohead’s 1992 hit Creep into something you might hear coming out of one of Nashville’s Broadway honky tonks at three in the morning. The only thing missing is a cowboy hat atop Thom Yorke’s mop of blonde hair.

Forgot About Dre on Banjo

Forgot About Dre on Banjo

Musician Luca Stricagnoli trades his guitar for a banjo for this wonderfully unexpected cover version of Eminem and Dr. Dre’s track Forgot About Dre. Even without the acerbic lyrics, Luca’s pizzicato plucking cuts sharp as a knife.

Haka Metal

Haka Metal

Andre Antunes improves another viral video by adding a heavy metal soundtrack to it. This time, he amped up the already formidable footage of New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby team performing a traditional Maori war dance known as the Haka. Original video here.

Boom Bap Beatbox

Boom Bap Beatbox

It’s been a little while since we checked in with beatbox maestro Tom Thum, but from the looks of his TikTok channel, the dude’s still got it. Turn up the volume and listen up as he lays down beats, scratches, raps, and even sounds like an electric organ.

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