Synthesizers

Synthesizers are powerful tools for both live and studio productions. A synthesizer is usually at the heart of any music producers studio. They give a unique creative outlet for writing melodies, chords or adding unique sounds to a track.

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Synths fall in to many categories. Workstations and arrangers are capable of allowing a musician to create an original, finished piece of music. Workstations build tracks up in a linear way using a sequencer and so do some arrangers, but they also use intros, fills, variations and endings to build the piece in different parts. Workstations feature onboard arpeggios and loops, while arrangers have onboard styles. The latter type of pro keyboard is preferred by many musicians for playing live, but this does not necessarily mean it is always the best option.

Workstations are often viewed as being the best for original music performance, with a larger palette for creating sounds, easy programming and the ability to use commercial MIDI files for covering songs. Pre-prepared MIDI files can also enable musicians to create a full band effect when playing.

Meanwhile, arrangers are looked on as highly professional instruments, with some people considering them to be the equivalent of a band in a box. The style function assists those struggling with time constraints to get results quickly, while the instruments are designed to sound as if they are being played in the live environment. Arrangers can also act as learning tools, exposing and giving insight into different genres of music.

Synth News

Nord Drum 2 Gets Major Software Update

Among the new features for the Nord Drum 2 are MIDI cc-support, FM synthesis, twice the memory capacity and an updated sound bank.... More  »

18 Oct 2013 11:53

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Special Edition Synthesizer Announced

The Special Edition Mopho will include new features taken from user suggestions.... More  »

15 Oct 2013 17:05

Arturia Reveal Legendary Synth... for iPad

The new iSEM app from Arturia is a recreation of the Oberheim SEM synth expander module from 1974.... More  »

10 Oct 2013 11:34

Roland Announce 7 New Axial Sound Libraries

Roland have made several more sound libraries available for the Integra-7 and Gaia synths.... More  »

30 Sep 2013 15:56