A reader faces a common dilemma: they wanted to get started with electronic music making, they need to spend their money wisely and they aren’t sure where to start:
I’m researching building an analog startup kit for a home studio. Some years ago I was pretty involved with software-based DAW production and a little MIDI. I’ll likely go back to DAW at some point but I really want to try going more hardware based for a while.
I don’t have a lot of money to drop initially and will probably piece it all together over time. I don’t want to over-shoot and want quality components, while getting value for my money.
As long as there have been synthesizers, there have been composers creating pop synth music. Many of the earliest synth albums were ‘switched on’ or ‘mooged out’ versions of pop tracks, and tracks like Gershon Kingsley’s Popcorn and Kraftwerk’s Autobahn were the first synth music that many people ever heard.
But it took another decade for synth pop to take off as a genre, lead by artists like Gary Numan, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Ultravox & Depeche Mode. And it’s never really gone away since. Continue reading
The 2013 NAMM Show is next week, Jan 24th-27th.
The NAMM Show is one of the largest music industry events in the world, and manufacturers use it to showcase their latest gear and make some of their biggest announcements of the year.
We’ll be on location to provide full coverage of the show. In the meantime, though, what do you want to see companies introduce at this year’s NAMM Show?
2012 was an interesting year in synths and electronic music gear.
2012 brought a resurgence of analog gear, a major Windows release that holds promise for new types of music apps, a growing acceptance of mobile music making tools and many surprising announcements.
The most talked about stories of 2012 at Synthtopia reflect these changing technologies. But more importantly, they reflect the debate over how new technologies fit into music-making.
Check out the list and let us know what you think!
Open Mic: For the holidays, my wish is that you have family, health and peace.
And, yes, since it’s Synthtopia, maybe some wicked gear under the tree, that new app that you’ve been wanting or some great new electronic music….
So, let us know if ‘Santa’ was good to you this year!
Open Mic: 2012 has been a fantastic year for synths, synth software and MIDI gear.
But what about for electronic music?
Do you think 2012 has been a good year for electronic music? And what’s the best new electronic music you discovered in 2012?
At the beginning of the 70′s, synthesizers were largely considered a novelty. There were dozens of novelty ‘switched on’ albums, ranging from Switched On Beatles to Switched On Buck.
By the end of the decade, though, Keith Emerson had blown minds with his synth solo on Lucky Man, Kraftwerk had created the template for synth pop and Moroder and Summer had transported dance music into the future with I Feel Love. Synths have had a prominent place in music ever since.
What’s the best synth song of all time? Is it one of the 70′s classics, something from the synthpop heyday or something more modern?
Open Mic: Most Synthtopia readers have spent a lot of time thinking about synths – whether it’s daydreaming about the ultimate modular synthesizer, lusting after a vintage classic, debating the merits of the latest keyboards or diving in and learning a new synth inside and out.
If you’ve been into synths for a while, though, you’ve probably encountered a synth or two that you never want to think about again.
Maybe it was a knobless 80′s synth, with an impenetrable menu interface. Maybe it was a almost-great synth that was unfortunately, completely unreliable.
Maybe, in retrospect, those General MIDI Presets just sounded pretty crappy. Or maybe those mini-keys weren’t designed for your grown-up hands.
What’s the worst synth you’ve ever played? And what made it so terrible?