One of the great things about being a parent is sharing your hobbies with your children and bonding with them over shared interests. Research has shown that it helps to boost the self-esteem of your child and can also help them to learn. While this is great if your hobby consists of cooking, reading, gardening or sewing, it becomes a little tricky if you are passionate about vintage synths.
A little while ago Rebel Technology, a modular manufacturer, launched their Kickstarter campaign. Their aim was to crowdfund three new compact desktop synthesizers and to accomplish this they set a funding goal of £12,000. It would seem that there are plenty of backers out there who are ready for a patchable, programmable synthesizer toolkit as it not only smashed through its initial funding goal, but eventually went on to reach more than double this goal.
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Everyone is familiar with the big names in the synthesizer hardware industry, such as Korg, Roland, Moog and the rest, but they are by no means the only manufacturers. Thanks to the resurgence of interest in analog synthesizers, a number of small companies and even individuals have taken it upon themselves to create these marvelous instruments. Of course, designing, manufacturing and shipping your own hardware is not an easy task, which is why many of them made use of Kickstarter to help spread awareness, entice backers and generate the funds needed to make their synths a reality.
To most people, synthesizers are already pretty strange instruments, but this hasn’t stopped a few enthusiasts from taking things a couple of steps further. Unlike traditional instruments, such as guitars and pianos, there are not as many constraints when it comes to the designs of synthesizers. This has resulted in a few synths that not only sound unique, but also look unlike anything else on the market. Since the synthesizer market also tends to attract people who are more comfortable than most when it comes to experimenting with electronics, there is no shortage of ingenuity on display.