In the first part of our article about hardware synths based on retro console hardware, we took a look at the numerous options that are available for fans of the Nintendo Entertainment System.
It wasn't just eighties movies that featured synthesizers very prominently in their soundtracks, this trend was also common amongst television shows of that era.
There is no doubt that a large part of the appeal of chiptune music is nostalgia. If you are one of the people who grew up playing games during the early era of consoles and computers, then chances are that there are some tunes that will forever be memorable to you.
In the first part of our article we took a look at synthesizer projects, such as the Magus Modular Synthesizer Toolkit, Eowave Quadrantid Swarm, Nonoloop, RAVEN and Shrolca Digital Wavecycle Synthesizer.
Early last year we took a look at some of the synthesizers that were successfully backed on the crowd funding website, Kickstarter. These included gear like the hybrid synthesizer, HANSY101, the Parva Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer, and the Ants! Analog Semi-modular Synthesizer amongst others.
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, one of those users being particularly noteworthy…
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.
If you want to step away from your hardware synth and mess around with something a little different on your phone or tablet, then these touch based synths for Android could give your creativity a boost.
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.