We live in a great time for synth lovers.
There are more companies making synth gear than ever. Many classic synths continue to evolve, in great synths from companies like Dave Smith Instruments, Moog Music and Oberheim. There’s an insane variety of modular synth modules available. And software synths are getting cheaper and showing up on new platforms.
All this great gear and software, though, raises a problem: what to buy? You could go broke buying gear, and still just be scratching the surface of what’s available.
I bought gear impulsively for a few years – until I realized my music room was getting crowded and something had to go if I wanted to get anything new.
Now, I’m trying to hold out for instruments that represent the best in class for various types of synthesis. For example, a large format modular synth, with modules from MOTM, Synthesizers.com, Encore Electronics and others. Or a Yamaha DX-5, which is one of the great 80’s FM synths.
A lot of musicians look for gear that their favorite artists use – so that they can perform with those same types of sounds.
How do you decide what gear or software to buy? And what’s next on your list?