The 10 Most Interesting Synth Introductions Of 2015


2015 has been an amazing year for synth introductions – with major new synth lines from Roland, Yamaha and Korg; new modular synths, both big and small, from Moog and others; a new Prophet from Dave Smith Instruments; innovative new synths from smaller companies and hundreds of new synth modules.

Here are the 10 most interesting synth introductions of 2015, ranked according to what new synths the most Synthtopia readers chose to read about this year.

Check out the list – and then let us know what you think of the synths introduced in 2015!

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Dave Smith & John Chowning Introduce FM Synthesis On The Prophet 12

dave-smith-instruments-prophet-12Dave Smith Instruments has released a new operating system for the Prophet 12 that adds a number of user-requested features, including:

  • Linear frequency modulation for classic FM synthesis
  • Support for up to 16 alternate tunings (a set of 16 popular tunings is included)
  • Assignable voice-stacking in Union mode
  • MIDI note output for the arpeggiator
  • New modulation destinations (Slop, Osc All Shape, All Delays)
  • Disable screen save option for OLED display
  • Soft knobs allow Playlist List and Set selection

Here’s a video, featuring FM synthesis pioneer John Chowning & Dave Smith introducing linear FM synthesis on the Prophet 12: Continue reading

Prophet 12 OS Update To Bring Linear FM Synthesis

dave-smith-john-chowning-prophet-12-fm-synthesisDave Smith Instruments shared this image, capturing Dave Smith talking with John Chowning, creator of the FM synthesis algorithm. FM synthesis revolutionized keyboards in the 80s, as a result of Yamaha’s implementation in its DX line of synths. Continue reading

Dave Smith Instruments Intros Prophet-6 Desktop Synthesizer Module


Dave Smith Instruments has officially announced the Prophet-6 Desktop synth module.

According to the company, the Prophet-6 Desktop puts vintage analog sound into a package small enough to fit in a backpack.

Here’s the official video intro: Continue reading