In the first part of our article we took a look at some unusual and innovative MIDI controllers, such as the Buchla Thunder, AlphaSphere, MI-MU Gloves and Crystal Ball. These are all controllers that took a step away from the traditional piano design to offer new or more intuitive ways to control synthesizers. In this article we examine a few more MIDI controllers that are not afraid to step out of the mold and do things their own way.
Thanks to software synthesizers, it has become easier and more convenient than ever before to create your own music. However, to make the most out of your chosen DAW and VST plugins, it is still better to make use of some type of MIDI controller. Most MIDI controller manufacturers have opted for the conservative route of designs that look, feel and play in a similar manner to a musical keyboard. Some of the better options even incorporate additional buttons, sliders and knobs for manipulating the audio without having to resort to your computer keyboard and mouse all the time.
The great thing about synthesizers is that they are not only capable of producing beautiful sounds, but many of them also feature very stylish designs. Naturally, this has inspired a lot of synth enthusiasts to show off what their synths sound like as well as how they look. There are already plenty of options available online to learn more about synthesizers or to hear what they sound like, so here are a couple of synthesizer related accounts on Instagram that are worth following.
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In the first part of our article about hardware synths based on retro console hardware, we took a look at the numerous options that are available for fans of the Nintendo Entertainment System. From Arcano MIDI NES and hapiNES L, to Chip Maestro, these synths offers a lot of nostalgic entertainment for anyone who loved the 8-bit Nintendo console. Of course, as popular as the NES was, it is not the only retro console that was able to deliver great sounds. Check out the following hardware synths to see what else has been causing a stir amongst chiptune fans.
It wasn't just eighties movies that featured synthesizers very prominently in their soundtracks, this trend was also common amongst television shows of that era. As we mentioned in one of our previous articles shows like Knight Rider, MacGyver, Airwolf, Twin Peaks, Miami Vice and many others were synonymous with synth theme tunes.