Early last year we took a look at some of the synthesizers that were successfully backed on the crowd funding website, Kickstarter.

Vintage synth enthusiasts who grew up during the eighties and nineties should be very familiar with the programmable sound generator chips that was used for computer, arcade and console games during those years. A number of brands, including General Instruments, Texas Instruments and Yamaha made these types of chips, which gave the games of that era a very distinctive sound.

If you are a synthesizer enthusiast with a collection of instruments, then the chances are good that you have been told how your hobby is a waste of money.

The latest firmware update for Bass Station II adds five powerful and innovative new features to Novation’s hugely popular monosynth, all of them developed in response to user feedback and requests

There are a lot of negative things about the Internet, but one thing is for sure, being a fan of niche instruments such as vintage synthesizers would have been a lot less social without it.

Recent synth reviews

The PC2R was designed by Kurzweil to provide fans of compact 1U rack modules with the capabilities of their popular PC2 series. One of the reasons why this is such a popular unit is thanks to the…
The first thing that most people notice about the John Bowen Solaris is the price as this is a synth that falls far outside the "impulse" buy category. However, the name John Bowen should also sound…
K11
Kawaii released their K11, which is a ROMpler, in 1993. Since it features the General MIDI standard that was created in 1991, it is seen by many to be an update by Kawai to their K4, which was…
After the stir that Arturia caused when they unleashed the MiniBrute on the world, the company decided to follow it up with the even smaller MicroBrute. In order to shrink the hardware further a few…
M50
The Korg M50 was unveiled shortly after the release of their popular M3 and in many aspects it is just a stripped-down version of the M3. While it makes use of the exact same EDS sound system as that…