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. One type of synthesizer that is often overlooked is the wind synth, or wind controller, which is usually played like a woodwind instrument. Like their other synthesizer counterparts, wind synths can sound like any other instrument.
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. Thankfully, just like there are numerous instrument plug-ins to add different instrument sounds to your music without having to own the physical instrument, there are also speech synthesizers available. While these are never going to be able to provide you with the type of vocals that an accomplished singer can deliver, using them can make a difference to your sound.
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. Not all repairs on vintage synths are complicated, but opening up your synth for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if it is one that you bought on the used market and it has seen a lot of use.
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. Deckard's Voice will share the same paradigm and circuit as Deckard's Dream, but obviously trimmed down for Eurorack and supplemented with the flexibility inherent with the modular format.
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. This synth, which was released in 1983, was designed by the legendary Bob Moog, along with Jim Scott and Tom Rhea. Unfortunately, things ended for Crumar in 1987, just as it was on the cusp of launching a high-quality sampler.
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. Sometimes these synthesizers are actually used in the movies for their intended purpose, but other times they are used for props because of their futuristic designs.