To many people, synthesizers are anonymous with the science fiction genre, such as Blade Runner and more recently, Ex Machina. However, the out-of-this-world sounds that synths are capable of producing has also featured prominently in some classic horror movies. In many cases the synth sounds used in these movies are so effective that you can still feel the fear and tension even with your eyes closed.
Objectivity can be very hard for a hobby such as vintage synths due to the amount of money and passion that is involved. It also means that some people hate certain hardware simply because of its popularity while others refuse the see the downside of even the worst instrument due to the special meaning it has to them. However, it is also true that there are those who manage to make good use of synths dismissed by many others. At the end of the day, every vintage synth still available on the market has its own quirks and owning one is not always about simply playing it.
The synth-laden opening track for the Netflix hit, Stranger Things, is a great showcase of how these instruments can set the mood for a television show. While some modern television shows incorporate synths for nostalgic reasons or to emphasize the time period of the show, there was a time when almost all shows used them. This resulted in a couple of very memorable tunes with some very catchy hooks. Here are just a few of the shows from the eighties and nineties that went all out with synths for their intros.
Back in the early days of synthesizers it still took some convincing for people to invest in these newfangled instruments. Luckily, there were plenty of advertising folks who believed that they knew just how to entice consumers with flashy commercials. Thanks to YouTube, many of these commercials are still available and make for fascinating viewing. Here are just some of the best vintage synth television commercials designed to make you covet one of your own.
The prices of many vintage synthesizers have skyrocketed in recent years, putting them out of reach of all but the most dedicated collectors. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean that it is impossible to experiment with the sounds of these vintage instruments. Thanks to a number of companies spending an obscene amount of hours replicating every faced of the synthesizers in software format, it is easier and more affordable than ever to mess around with some very sought after synths.