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. However, James "JC" Curleigh, the President and CEO of the guitar giant recently surprised everyone by stating that the Oberheim brand and intellectual property will be handed back to Tom Oberheim.
Ableton is not the only brand that recently started educating fans and synth enthusiast more about the hobby. Yamaha has also launched a brand new podcast series, called "Behind the Synth." The podcast is hosted by Blake Angelos and Nate Tschetter, who promised brand new episodes on a weekly basis.
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. For most synths this takes the form of a little mini-game that can be played for fun. These games are obviously not going to be a standout feature for the synthesizers, but they are an entertaining extra when discovered.
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. However, there are a few software synthesizers that go beyond simply being free. These are open source synth projects, which features source code that anyone can inspect, or even modify and enhance if they have the skills.
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. Many people also don't notice the changes that are caused by using analog gear, but can instantly hear the difference if these processes are absent.