Just like any other hobby, one of the great things about being a synthesizer enthusiasts is being able to share your passion with other like minded people.
Some people might have the perception that synthesizers are purely the domain of male geeks who have the time and patience to endlessly experiment with the hardware. However, nothing could be further from the truth as over the years there has been many female synthesizer pioneers. Here are a few of the best:
Whether you grew up with the chiptune sounds of classic video games or missed this era, but love the style, it is now easier than ever before to create your own tunes in this genre.
In the first part of our article we took a look at games that featured music creation tools long before digital audio workstations were as commonplace as they are now.
These days if you want to create music with soft synths, you need to learn how to use a digital audio workstation. This process can be a little daunting, but if you enjoy playing games in addition to creating music, you may have had some practice already from some unlikely sources.
Companies have always gone to great lengths to market their products, which often resulted in adverts that were completely over the top. This was particularly noticeable with print adverts for synthesizers back in the day.
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In addition to enabling synth fans from across the world to form online communities as well as collaborate, the Internet has also brought plenty of other benefits synthesizer enthusiasts.
Just like any other musical instrument, it is much easier to learn how to play a synthesizer if you are having fun. Thankfully, we live in a day and age where just about any information you need can be accessed almost immediately, which makes it a lot easier to master certain skills, such as playing synths.
Buying a ton of vintage gear is one thing, but you are going to need both the space to store everything and some sort of surface to place them on when using them. Fortunately, there are plenty of great desks or stands available on the market that can get the job done.
A while back we mentioned the LittleBits Electronic Synth Kit in our article about "How To Get Your Kids Into Synths".
Synths have become synonymous with science fiction movie sound effects and music, there is a lot more to these marvelous instruments.
Some vintage synth owners use their instruments purely for their enjoyment and never get as far as recording anything. Others record their compositions for personal use or to share with friends.
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Soft synths have come such a long way that there are now various options when it comes to exploring even the most niche synthesizers. This means that you no longer need expensive Eurorack modular synthesizers to create granular synthesis either.