One of the great things about video games from the eighties and nineties, apart from the addictive gameplay that many of them had, are the soundtracks. Despite the limitations that a lot of hardware from the era had, the composers for many of these games came up with some of the most memorable songs in gaming. Systems like the Nintendo Game Boy got by with two pulse wave generators, 1 PCM 4-bit wave sample channel and a noise generator, although systems like the Sega Genesis fared better thanks to the Yamaha YM2612 FM synthesizer it sported.
Although most vintage synthesizer enthusiasts would no doubt prefer a room full of hardware, there can be doubt that software synths have come a long way. However, to make use of the myriad of soft synths that are available, you need a MIDI controller as well as a digital audio workstation. Both of these have numerous options to choose from, but in the case of digital audio workstations, you actually have a large number that are completely free.
Thanks to digital audio workstations the ability to record your own music at home is a lot simpler than it used to be. This is great for synth enthusiasts who enjoy sharing their work with other people online. While virtual instruments mean that you don't need a massive studio to fit everything, noise can still be a concern, especially if your neighbors are not fans of your music. This is where headphones are essential as they enable you to work on your music without the risk of the neighbors filing a noise complaint.
For most synth owners the thought of their precious equipment ever leaving the studio is not a very pleasant one. Even musicians who are lucky enough to play live shows with their synthesizer gear will take every precaution to ensure everything is safely and securely packed. That is why it is so unusual to see street musicians who are brave enough to take their gear out in the elements to entertain the public.