At the 2014 NAMM Show, there were more new analog synths than we have ever seen at the show. There were new analogs from companies like Korg, Moog and Elektron; there were a lot of interesting new synths from smaller companies; and there were several all-in-one Eurorack synth modules.
Here’s a roundup of the full-fledged analog synthesizers introduced at the 2014 NAMM Show:
- Intellijel Atlantis Eurorack – a fully patchable dual oscillator analog subtractive synth voice in Eurorack format.
- Moog Sub 37 - a big new analog monosynth that builds on the design of the Sub Phatty.
- The Korg MS-20 Kit lets you build your own full-scale version of the classic synthesizer.
- The Analog Rytm – an 8-voice analog drum synthesizer.
- The Analog Keys – though this was announced before NAMM, this was the first appearance at the show for Elektron’s new analog synth keyboard.
- The Meeblip Anode is technically a hybrid design, featuring digital pulse oscillators with pulse width control, based on those found in the original MeeBlip, alongside a three-stage envelope, a LFO and an all-analogue filter with resonance control. But it’s cheap, open source and sounds pretty bad-ass, so we’re including it on the list!
- Pittsburgh Modular System 10 – an all-in-one Eurorack starter synth that features their new Synthesizer Box module, along with Mix Mult, MIDI2 and Outs utility modules.
- The Pittsburgh Modular System 90 is a complete, stand-alone, fully modular synthesizer that bridges the gap between classic east coast synthesis and west coast experimentation.
- The Pittsburgh Modular Foundation 3 ‘Fire-Breathing Dragon’ is their flagship all-in-one modular synthesizer. Among its many modules are two of Pittsburgh new Waveforms oscillator modules and two of their new Envelope modules as well as the new Lopass Gate coupled with their classic Filter multi-mode filter module.
- The Studio Electronics Boomstar SE80, which features a filter based on the Yamaha CS-80.
- The Studio Electronics Boomstar 700, which features a filter based on the Korg MiniKorg.
- The Studio Electronics Boomstar 4075 which features a filter based on the classic Arp 2600.
- The Studio Electronics Boomstar 5089 - inspired by the classic Moog 24db ladder filter design.
- The Studio Electronics Boomstar SEM - which features an Oberheim-inspired 12db filter.
- The Studio Electronics Boomstar 3003 – inspired by the classic Roland TB-303.
- Moog Music introduced a limited edition aluminum Minimoog Voyager.
- Littlebits Korg Synth Kit - this was introduced before the show, but made its NAMM debut at the 2014 Show.
- Freaqbox introduced a new Bass Pedal Synthesizer
- Freaqbox introduced a new semi-modular synthesizer
- Freaqbox also introduce the Initiate – a vintage styled starter synth
- The Arturia Microbrute made its NAMM debut at the show.
- The Novation Bass Station 2 was released in the middle of 2013, but made its NAMM debut at the 2014 NAMM Show.
Let us know if there were other new analogs that belong on the list. And let us know what you think of the latest crop of analog gear for synthesists!