Keyboards & Synthesizers
A collection of synths and modules around. Korg, Roland, Moog, Boss and many more.
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You’re an aspiring producer—making beats, recording sounds, trying to make it all fit together. And, you’re mostly working out of your bedroom home recording studio. You’ve definitely got some mixing chops, but the problem is that all your mixes keep turning out sounding...well…not quite “there” yet. If this sounds like you, read on.
There's no denying that the piano has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years - and we can't help but wonder if that has something to do with just how accessible the instrument has become. As we see vast improvements in technology - both in the instrument itself and online lessons - the barrier for entry is now much lower, with affordable and cost-effective options readily available in every piano category.
Most people would love to have a real piano, but space and removals often dictate that a keyboard would be the more practical option. Over my years in teaching, parents have often asked me for help with choosing a piano keyboard for beginners, so I thought I’d share my thoughts here.
It’s safe to say that everyone knows what a piano is, but when it comes to deciphering between a piano, keyboard, digital piano, and synthesiser, some people tend to get slightly confused. In reality it’s quite easy to tell them apart, so to help you out, we thought we’d give you a brief explanation of all the different types of pianos and keyboards:
The Grandmother is an analog semi modular, 32 key synthesizer released by Moog Music Inc. incorporating circuits based on the Moog modular synthesizer Model 15, and the Minimoog. The Grandmother allows people of any skill level to get involved with analogue synthesis. It requires no patching experience.
A modern version of the famed SQ-10 step sequencer, the Korg SQ-1 puts 2 x 8 steps, a large selection of I/O, and a variety of synthesizer modes into a convenient, compact package. Although designed as a companion for Korg's MS-20 semi-modular synth, the SQ-1's flexibility lets you control everything from vintage analog synths to the newest compact synthesizers. On top of that, the durable SQ-1 will hold up gig after gig, thanks to its sturdy metal construction.
Korg has brought back the ARP ODYSSEY for today while preserving the basic design of the original. The new ODYSSEY has a compact body, highly operable sliders, and a 37 note slim keyboard that's easy to play. In addition, a DRIVE switch (new function) is provided and connectors include MIDI and headphone output as well as Patch cables.
Whether you're performing with an electronic jam band, or performing sonic alchemy in your studio, there's a lot to love about the Studiologic Sledge 2.0 synthesizer. Besides the familiar tweaker-friendly workflow and buttery playability, the Sledge 2.0 adds auto dual mode, extended sample editing both onboard and via the Sledge 2.0 Spectre editor, and extended polyphony to 24 notes to an already sought-after synth.
Moog One is the ultimate Moog synthesizer – a tri-timbral, polyphonic, analog dream-synth designed to inspire imagination, stimulate creativity, and unlock portals to vast new realms of sonic potential. The first polyphonic analog synthesizer from Moog in more than three decades, Moog One is the culmination of years of research and has been developed to exceed principal expectations of a polyphonic Moog instrument.
Behringer has apologised for the length of lead times on their synth development and asked for our patience because of, oh you know, unprecedented times. But they do insist on throwing fuel onto the fire with these glimpses of what’s coming some time after all those other synths are eventually coming.
The oscillators can be modulated by the LFOs or the ADSR envelope generator. The two LFOs include controls for rate and waveshape: ramp, reverse ramp, triangle, sine, square, delay; and there is also a Sample + Hold feature. The two multi-mode filters include hi-pass, low-pass, and band-pass filtering with cutoff, resonance, keyboard tracking, envelope sensitivity (AR, ADSR or preset) and modulation (ramp, sine, square, s+h) controls plus an additional band-pass-only filter.
Fat oscillators and warm Moog filters give it that unmistakable Moog sound and the rugged construction and intuitive user interface design immediately tells you that you’re playing a high-quality musical instrument. From the current Voyager lineage, the XL inherits a 100% analog signal path with stable oscillators, patch storage, touch surface, pot mapping and extensive MIDI control functionality.
JasperMIDI is a simple MIDI input/output add-on to Jasper. It is supplied as a PCB and programmed ATMega328 microcontroller. It provides a pretty robust translation from MIDI to Jasper’s Link port, and converts notes on the Link port to MIDI enabling Jasper’s touch keyboard to be a very limited 2 octave controller.
The EX7 features a unique Extended Synthesis system which incorporates a number of the most advanced tone generator technologies currently available...plus a full-featured sampling system. It offers a Four-Element Voice structure which allows for up to four independent waves from any of the tone generators.