Open Mic: Get any group of synthesists together, and discussion eventually turns to the classic synths of past.
Synths like the original Moog modular synthesizer, the Minimoog, the Korg MS-20, the Yamaha CS-80, the Roland Jupiter 8 and many others.
While it’s easy to recognize classic synths of the past, we sometimes take for granted the great synths of today.
The world of modular synthesizers has exploded in the last few years and there are a growing number of manufacturers making interesting keyboard synthesizers, too.
Just this year, we’ve seen a number of really interesting synths introduced, like the Schmidt Analog Synthesizer, the Korg Monotribe Analog Ribbon Station, the Roland Jupiter 80, the Yamaha MOX 6/8, the Elektrokosmos Kosmonaut and the M-Audio Venom synthesizer. Everything from inexpensive synths to boutique monster synths.
Which synthesizers that are being made today do you think are modern classics? And what do you think of the state of electronic music gear at the end of 2011?