Are analog synthesizers overrated?
We love our analog gear in the Synthtopia Music Laboratory, ranging from a vintage Sequential Circuits Pro One synth to a Future Retro 777 bassline synthesizer to a large format modular synth. So, we know that a lot of readers may view the question of this post as heresy.
But the analog renaissance of the last decade has resulted in a lot of great digital synths being underrated…..
One example is the Roland JD-800 digital synthesizer, demonstrated here by RetroSound:
No wooden end-cheeks in site and digital through and through. Yet, the Roland JD-800 is still a great sounding knobgasm.
The Korg Wavestation rose like a phoenix from the ashes of Sequential Circuits and is another vintage synth classic that really makes a case for digital synths.
Here’s a great audio demo for the Wavestation, via digitaluniverse21:
You don’t have to look back a generation to find great digital synths, either. Consider the Kawai K5000, the unique Elektron MonoMachine, the sexy Access Virus TI family, or the Waldorf Microwave XT.
What do you think? Are analog synths overrated? Is it time to take another look at some of the digital synth classics?
Or do analog synths really deserve to be king of the synth mountain?
Image: via Shawn Allen