The holiday season is a time to indulge and treat others as well as yourself. One of the best ways to do this is with a new addition to your synth collection. Although you can easily acquire synths with a crazy number of polyphony, there is still something to be said about the humble monosynth. From vintage classics to new additions, the humble monosynth is still alive and kicking. If you've been looking for an excuse to add one to your collection now is as good a time as any.
A while back Superlative Instruments launched a Kickstarter campaign for the SB01 (pronounced Space Bee apparently), which they described as an "analog synthesizer of the future." The goal for the Kickstarter was an "all or nothing" $101,000, which meant the project would only be funded if it reached its goal by November 21, 2019. It ended up almost doubling this goal thanks to nearly 200 backers.
As interest in vintage synthesizers continues to grow there are more and more classic synths that are making comebacks. Last year we took a look at some of the most popular vintage synthesizers that received modern updates. These newer versions allowed synth fans to get their hands on new hardware that is almost impossible to find or extremely expensive to buy in their original incarnations. This trend has continued, so here are a few more synths that are worth looking into if you like the original hardware, but cannot afford a vintage version.
It is amazing to think that thanks to digital audio workstations and plug-ins most users can have access to features that professional studios could only dream about a few years ago. This is also exciting for vintage synth enthusiasts as it allows access to software that recreates features of analog equipment that are almost impossible to find. Purists will always prefer the real deal, of course, but for some users, there is simply not enough cash or space to go completely vintage. Sometimes using a plug-in is simply more convenient too, as is the case with tape emulation.