6 Weirdest Synths Ever Made

Unlike traditional instruments, such as guitars and pianos, there are not as many constraints when it comes to the designs of synthesizers. This has resulted in a few synths that not only sound unique, but also look unlike anything else on the market. Since the synthesizer market also tends to attract people who are more comfortable than most when it comes to experimenting with electronics, there is no shortage of ingenuity on display. Here are just a few examples of some of the weirdest synthesizers that have ever been made. You are unlikely to be able to get your hands on many of these, unless you know how to create them yourself, but it is hard not to be impressed by the effort that has gone into their creation.

Affordable Hardware Synths Under $500

One of the reasons why software synthesizers are so popular isn’t just due to their convenience. Many people would love to own hardware synths, but unfortunately just don’t have enough money. However, just because certain vintage synthesizers cost about as much as a house these days doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on some decent hardware. The popularity and renewed interest in hardware synthesizers have also resulted in more models being available on the market for cheaper.

How To Make Soft Synths Sound More Analog

While it is true that nothing could ever truly compare to owning your very own vintage analog synth, this is unfortunately not an option for many people. Instead, they have to make do with soft synths that offer digital recreations of actual synthesizers. While there has been a lot of improvements to soft synths in recent years, resulting in them sounding better than ever before, for many purists it is still not enough. However, there are ways and means to make your soft synths sound a bit more analog instead of clinical and cold.

We're Giving Away Ten Copies of Vintage Vault 2

This month, we have a very exciting giveaway for our readers - courtesy of UVI. This is your chance to get a complete sound collection of 50 instruments, 111 drum machines, and over 7,000 hand-crafted presets - all created using the original synthesizers.  Ten lucky winners will receive the Vintage Vault 2 software bundle, which currently sells for $599, but will actually give you closer to $2,600 in value.

Seven Most Impressive Live Synth Performances

These days a lot of people think of synthesizer performances as someone lurking behind a computer and just clicking away with a mouse. However, there are still musicians who favor hardware synths over soft synths, which makes for much more interesting and impressive live performances. Of course, this was much more prevalent in the early days of synthesizers when a lot of bands included these instruments for their unique sounds. Nowadays it is less common to see hardware synths as part of a live performance, but they are still out there.

Interview with Suzanne Ciani (Part 3)

Suzane Ciani agreed to an interview and we chat about her career, her favorite synths, her successes in the advertising industry, the film that was recently made about her life and much more.  We had so much to talk about, it was impossible to summarize it all in one article, so we have been posting the interview in parts.  This is part 3, the last part of the interview.