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.

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The MOOG Grandmother is an Old-School Analog Synth for New-School Producers

The Moog Grandmother is an all-analog, semi-modular synth with classic aesthetics; a "sonic playground" inspired by Moog Modular Synthesizers of the 60s/70s but with "no patching required".... More  »

15 May 2018 13:28

ROLI Concert Promotion - Get Up to 70 Pounds of Vouchers For Your Next Ticketmaster Event!

Buy a qualifying ROLI instrument from Gear4music before 15th July 2018 and get up to £70 of vouchers for your next live event.... More  »

14 May 2018 16:05

The Pearl e/MERGE Electronic Drum Kit Emerges from a New Collaboration Between Pearl and KORG

Pearl's new e/MERGE electronic drum kit is powered with KORG technology and marks the first collaboration between these market-leading companies.... More  »

4 May 2018 16:55

The Ground-Breaking Sequential Prophet X Synthesizer from Dave Smith Instruments

The Sequential Prophet X is a ground-breaking evolution in the Prophet line of synthesizers from Dave Smith Instruments, featuring digital samples alongside classic bi-timbral, 8-voice-stereo synthesis.... More  »

1 May 2018 19:00