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Synthesizers

Zoom ARQ Aero RhythmTrak

Zoom ARQ Aero RhythmTrak
$600  Buy Link Comment

This strange looking gadget isn’t a self-aware vacuum cleaner. It’s a complete drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, clip launcher, and wireless MIDI controller in one. Its packed with hundreds of sounds, and has 96 velocity and pressure-sensitive pads.

Purple RISE

Purple RISE

During NAMM 2017, musician Marco Parisi turned in a nuanced instrumental performance of the Prince classic Purple Rain with the help of the amazing ROLI Seaboard RISE, a keyboard which offers touch and pressure sensitivity along the length of each of its keys.

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Grammys Synthesizer Showdown

Grammys Synthesizer Showdown

An awesome bit of classic footage from the 1985 Grammy Awards ceremony in which Herbie Hancock, Thomas Dolby, Howard Jones and Stevie Wonder do battle on a stage packed with their favorite electronic keyboards. Oh, and on the same night, this happened. Damn.

PO-32 Tonic Drum Machine

PO-32 Tonic Drum Machine
$79-$139  Buy Link Comment

The latest addition to Teenage Engineering’s awesome Pocket Operators is a programmable drum machine you can tote in your pants. Available by itself, or bundled with Microtonic VST letting you upload custom sounds. A nifty calculator inspired pro case drops this April.

Voxarray 61

Voxarray 61

The latest creation from the Wes Anderson of makers, Love Hulten. The Voxarray 61 is a tribute to synthesizers from the ’70s. It has a clamshell construction, with the top lid housing a variety of analog and digital modules that can be connected using patch cords.

Music for 18 Machines

Music for 18 Machines

Steve Reich’s 1976 composition Music for 18 Musicians was about performers working in harmony to produce a minimal sound. Inspired by these properties, Simon Cullen and Neil O’Connor are creating a fully-electronic version. Coming 9/15/16 to Dublin’s Button Factory.

KOMBOS Modular Keyboard

KOMBOS Modular Keyboard
$139-$299  Pledge Comment

For musicians and DJs who want to carry a MIDI keyboard anywhere. KOMBOS come in sections which snap together to form keyboard controllers ranging from 25 keys to 61 keys. Works wirelessly over Bluetooth 4.0, perfect for controlling iOS and Android synthesizer apps.

Dam’nco: French Kiss

Dam’nco: French Kiss

Dam’nco owe more than a small debt of gratitude to Daft Punk (and the entire disco era) for plowing the fields for this kind of music, but that doesn’t make their funk-jazz track with a heaping help of analog synth and talkbox vocals any less awesome.

Dato Duo Synthesizer

Dato Duo Synthesizer
~$334+  Pledge Comment

Toon Welling and David Menting designed this plaything which encourages face-to-face interaction, with one person controlling an analog synthesizer, and the other controlling a sequencer on the other side. Its simple enough for kids, but awesome enough for all ages.

Super Audio Cart

Super Audio Cart
$149  Buy Link Comment

An electronic musician’s dream tool, this Kontakt audio sample library lets you play a huge variety of chiptune sounds from classic gaming and computer systems like the NES, C64, SNES, GameBoy, SEGA Genesis and more. The library includes over 5,500 samples.

The Rise of the Synths

The Rise of the Synths

Castell & Moreno Films upcoming crowdfunded documentary looks at the growing popularity of 1980s style Synthwave music, and the musicians, technology and sounds that provide their inspiration. Sizzle/concept reel here.

Doctor Who: Raspberry Pi Edition

Doctor Who: Raspberry Pi Edition

A brief demonstration of the shockingly good audio capabilities of a $5 Raspberry Pi Zero computer, as the bargain priced computer replicates the sounds and music of the iconic Doctor Who theme music. Remember when you needed a $1000 synthesizer to do this?

Deal: Jamstik Wireless Smart Guitar

Deal: Jamstik Wireless Smart Guitar
$150  Buy Comment

This diminutive device lets you strum, play and fret like a real guitar, but you can carry it anywhere, and play in complete privacy. The Jamstik wirelessly connects with iOS or Mac systems, and is compatible with MIDI apps. Save 40% in The Awesomer Shop.

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Korg Minilogue Synthesizer

Korg Minilogue Synthesizer
$500  Buy Link Comment

A compact analog synthesizer at a great price. The four-voice, 37-key synth offers up warm and rich sounds, and has a built in 16-step sequencer, arpeggiator, and delay, along with an OLED display that doubles as an oscilloscope for tweaking sound waves.

Daft Punk Talkbox Cover

Daft Punk Talkbox Cover

Musician Lorenz Rhode turns in a spot-on cover version of the talkbox modulated vocals from Daft Punk’s 2001 classic Harder Better Faster Stronger. It would be cool to see him recording the other parts of the track too.

Yamaha Reface Keyboards

Yamaha Reface Keyboards
$799  Buy Comment

Yamaha’s new 37-key synthesizers may be tiny, but they make the kind of sounds you’d expect from a pro synth. Our favorite is the tribute to the DX7, made famous back in the ’80s on tracks like Harold Faltermeyer’s Axel F. Out 9/2015.

Play That Funky Music White Boy

Play That Funky Music White Boy

While it’s a sound that owes a ton of credit to Stevie Wonder and Zapp & Roger, we have to say we’re extremely impressed with this funky demo of a talkbox with a Moog Little Phatty synth by Steveland Swatkins of Excellent Gentlemen.

Massive Attack Vegetable Cover

Massive Attack Vegetable Cover

Ok, so the produce in this video is used more for show than for sound but we still have to hand it to j.viewz for making such good use of a maKey maKey and his edible circuit triggers.

Stylophone S2

Stylophone S2
~$475  Buy Link Comment

Much larger than its predecessor, so you can play it using your fingers as well as the stylus. It has a 37 note keyboard, 2 voltage-controlled oscillators, 8 waveform LFOs and a state variable filter.

Moog Sub Phatty

Moog Sub Phatty
$1,099  Buy Link Comment

Moog’s new analog synth has variable waveshape oscillators, a square wave sub ocillator, a noise generator and lots of ways to tweak them, including Moog’s classic ladder filter. Hear it in action at 4:30.

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Arturia MiniBrute Synthesizer

Arturia MiniBrute Synthesizer
$499  Buy Comment

Analog purists will love the 25-key MiniBrute Synthesizer from Arturia that features a number of unique tone-shaping tools and puts your fingers in control of a 100% analog signal-path.

Kitchen Synthesizer

Kitchen Synthesizer

Ever wonder what composers do in their free time? Yeah, neither did we until we saw Stephen J. Anderson make a synth out of old electronics and a kitchen into an instrument. Music starts at 2:20.

Oramics Visual Synthesizer

Oramics Visual Synthesizer

In 1957, Daphne Oram created the Oramics synth, which interprets sound from painted film strips. The 1957 prototype was recently found and is now on exhibit in London. Soon to be an iPhone app, too.

Hyper Touch Guitar

Hyper Touch Guitar

Max Battaglia’s concept guitar does away with strings and frets, replacing them with a long multi-touch screen. Its digital brains would let you configure the number of strings, frets and effects.

Akai SynthStation49

Akai SynthStation49

Turn your iPad into a professional synthesizer with AKAI’s keyboard docking station. You get 49 velocity-sensitive keys, pitch/mod wheels, drum pads, and it also doubles as a USB MIDI controller.

Kitara Touchscreen Guitar

Kitara Touchscreen Guitar
$849-$2499  Buy Comment

After all the rounds of Rock Band, we’re already used to playing guitars without strings. The touchscreen Kitara is a string-free performance instrument. Doubles as a MIDI controller.

AVCLASH

AVCLASH

This Flash-based interactive artwork lets you create mesmerizing audiovisual compositions which belong on a big screen at a rave. Watch the video demo or just start playing with AVCLASH now.

Curve Synthesizer

Curve Synthesizer

This VST software synth offers a clean and intuitive interface for creating sounds. It’s designed for easy experimentation and offers an online preset library so you can share sounds. Grab the Beta now.

Synthesizer T-Shirt

Synthesizer T-Shirt
$30-$33  Buy Comment

Take your musical talent everywhere with this t-shirt that’s with a built-in synthesizer. Play up to 8 notes at a time, and choose from 5 sound samples. Buy 4 and form a Kraftwerk tribute band.

Mopho Analog Synthesizer

Mopho Analog Synthesizer
$799  Buy Comment

In the perfect synthesis (pun intended) of analog and digital worlds, Dave Smith’s Mopho synth lets you crank out fat analog sounds, while still including MIDI-over-USB control capability.

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