The word "synthesizer" usually conjures up images of a complicated mess of wires, knobs, dials, sliders, buttons, and switches. While this is true for the most part, especially when it comes to vintage synthesizers, it is by no means the only way synths look.
Adding vocals to your mix can turn an ordinary tune into something special, depending on the genre of music that you are creating. However, not everyone can sing or have access to someone who can provide them with vocals.
There are a lot of good reasons to own a vintage synthesizer, but unfortunately, there are also a couple of downsides. One of them is the fact that there is a good chance of something going wrong with it sooner or later, which might require you to attempt a repair.
Synth enthusiasts who follow Black Corporation on Instagram will already know that they announced Deckard's Voice; a Eurorack version of their Deckard's Dream.
Some interesting has news emerged from Crumar earlier this month when the brand posted on its Facebook page that the time has come for its first synthesizer. Of course, Crumar were no strangers to synthesizers during the seventies and eighties with the release of the Crumar Spirit Synthesizer.
Cherry Audio is holding their "Year One Celebration" until the 31st of August 2019 and is offering their Voltage Modular Nucleus free during this period.
If you spend a lot of time using synthesizers or researching them online in order to decide on your next purchase, then you tend to notice them immediately if they pop up somewhere in a film or television show.
Fans of Oberheim will know that it's been more than thirty years since the original creator, Tom Oberheim, has been without the brand. Although Tom developed some great gear in the 1970s and 1980s, the brand ended up in the possession of Gibson in 1988.
Ableton is not the only brand that recently started educating fans and synth enthusiast more about the hobby.
Ableton, the Berlin-based company behind Ableton Live and Ableton Push, has stepped up to help educate people about synths.
Vintage synthesizer enthusiasts will know that a lot of the gear has some obscure features that you really have to dig deep into the manual to find. However, there are also a couple of synths where the developers went and hid something special away as an easter egg for users to discover.
There is a wealth of software synthesizers available on the market today that emulate almost all of the most popular hardware synths past and present. While stocking up on these soft synths can be expensive, there are also numerous free options available.
Ask any vintage synthesizer owner why they love their gear so much and you'll be sure to get a lot of different answers. However, usually what it boils down to is the imperfections and quirks in the sound that give it that unique sound.
Thanks to the internet we have begun taking it for granted that whatever information we need will always be just a few clicks away. There are millions of YouTube tutorials for everything from learning an instrument to working with a DAW.
Half the fun of synthesizers, vintage or otherwise, is simply owning one or two and playing around with them for personal enjoyment. A lot of owners never even get around to composing a full song, let alone an album, but that is satisfying enough for them.