Sponsored Post: Buying a new synthesizer, whether it is your first one ever, an upgrade for your existing one, or simply the latest addition to your collection, is exciting. However, considering the cost of synthesizers, it is also something that should ideally not be done on the spur of the moment, but only after careful consideration. Unless you are one of the very fortunate people to who money and space is not a factor, it is important to make the right decision when it comes to choosing your new synthesizer.
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. For those who cannot afford or maintain a real vintage synth, it has made software synthesizers more accessible. Another reason why synth fans can be thankful for the rise in high speed Internet is the abundance of samples and patches that are available for download.
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. While any old table or stand will work, we are looking at a couple of them that are functional, practical and suitable for keeping your vintage gear safe and accessible.
A while back we mentioned the LittleBits Electronic Synth Kit in our article about "How To Get Your Kids Into Synths". It is a great gadget for kits who have outgrown their Lego, but who would still enjoy assembling pieces in order to create their very own synthesizer. The Synth Kit is aimed at kids aged 14 and up, but if your children are a little younger, then don't despair as Littlebits have reached out to us with news of their brand new Electronic Music Inventor Kit.
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. In both these cases there isn't really a need for expensive speakers as a good pair of headphones or consumer speakers will be more than adequate. However, if you are serious about recording your work and sharing it with the public, then you can benefit from studio monitors.
Sponsored Post: Too often "analog" has meant expensive, complicated, bulky and fragile when it comes to synthesizers, but thanks to IK Multimedia, this is no longer the case. They have decided to leverage their nearly two decades of experience when it comes to software and hardware development to create an analog synth. Teaming up with Erik Norlander, who will be a familiar name to fans of the Alesis Andromeda synth, IK Multimedia has made their debut in the hardware synthesizer world with the UNO Synth.