While fans have suspected it for quite some time now Yamaha has officially announced that they are discontinuing the MONTAGE. In a post titled “MONTAGE Sayonara” the company revealed that as much as they would have liked to they cannot develop the current MONTAGE any further.
Several new products are set to be released on the synth market soon, so here’s a quick round-up of the most notable ones.
Behringer has teased the release of four new synths on their social media channels. In June, the company announced the release of the AMP800, new entries in their XENYX series, and the Bode Frequency Shifter 1630.
Most synthesizer hardware owners will be very familiar with gear acquisition syndrome, and this isn’t made any easier by the range of new instruments released regularly.
In addition to new releases by the big brands, there has also been a few smaller companies or individuals who have tried to make their synth dreams a reality. For many of them, the best way to accomplish this was via Kickstarter where those interested in these products can back them.
Novation has announced that their ultimate FL Studio Keyboard controller is now available in two new sizes. They have expanded the FLkey range with FLkey 49 and 61, describing them as the ultimate full-sized keyboard controllers for hands-on music production in FL Studio.
Moog Music president, Joe Richardson, has announced that the company is now part of the “inMusic family.” inMusic, which is located in Cumberland, Rhode Island, was founded in 2012 by Jack O’Donnell and has grown to be the parent company for many brands like Akai Professional, Alesis, M-Audio, Ra
Purchasing all the latest and greatest synth software and hardware can be costly, so seeing the occasional free release is always welcome. This month both Spitfire Audio and Native Instruments have released unique new virtual instruments that can be snapped up at no cost.
Arturia has recently released new firmware and hardware updates for two of its products. Here’s what’s new for the MicroFreak and KeyLab Essential. MicroFreak Firmware V5.0
The Bob Moog Foundation has had some fantastic prizes up for grabs in previous raffles, including vintage Moog synths as well as Minimoog Model D’s signed by everyone from Herb Deutsch and Billy Joel to Bob Moog himself.
Moog is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and is doing so in style with a brand-new web experience. The popular synth brand teamed up with the design studio Pentagram to offer visitors a truly unique way to learn more about Moog in a fun and interactive way.
Superbooth 2023, held at FEZ-Berlin in Germany, took place between 11 and 13 May and saw a range of exciting new announcements for synth enthusiasts. Here’s a quick round-up of some of the most notable new and upcoming releases unveiled during the event. 
It has been more than twenty years since Korg released the microKORG in 2002, and the synth has remained strong ever since. According to Korg, it has continued to be one of the most popular choices for musicians on stage and in the studio.
AJH Synth recently unveiled their new Minimoog-inspired Eurorack keyboard synth, the MiniMod Keyz. This modular mono synth, which features the much acclaimed MiniMod modules, recreates the vintage circuitry and sounds of the early RA Moog Model D.
The eighties were dominated by some of the best new synthesizers by Korg, Roland, Moog, and Yamaha, but during this time, KAWAI also released some great hardware.