Making music isn’t all about the controlled environment of the studio. Editing, mixing and mastering your music is all well and good, but at some point you are going to need to venture out into the live arena to meet your public face to face. You may need any number of controllers, CD decks, synths and mixers to help you get your sound across. If you are a musician, a DJ, or both, here we recommend ten of the best pieces of this year’s live gear that will help you connect with your audience.
If you are a DJ, producer or a musician, then it is safe to say that at some point you have made use of a studio, be it a small bedroom set-up or a huge multi tracking hub.
The “Father Of MIDI” Dave Smith has been making synths since the 70s. He founded his own company, Sequential Circuits, and created the world’s first microprocessor-based musical instrument, the first programmable polyphonic synth in the form of the Prophet 5 and wrote the low-level optimized floating point synthesis code.
In today’s world it’s becoming increasingly difficult to identify a true analogue synthesizer and even more so to choose the one that caters for your individual needs. Analogue modeling, true analogue signal path and DSP are just some of the confusing terms that the manufacturers throw about, so in this article our resident caped-crusader dissects the attributes of our ten most popular analogue synthesizers, helping you to decide which knobs you should be twiddling.