2014 was such an exceptional year for electronic music and synths that our best of 2014 posts, which cover Mobile Music Apps, Hardware Synths, MIDI Controllers, Modular Synth Gear, Electronic Music Hardware, Music Software and even the Sexiest Vaporware – still leave a lot uncovered.
Here’s wrap up on other things from 2014 that were too cool not to mention:
Synthtopia’s Best Of 2014: Stuff That Was Too Cool Not To Mention
- Best New Synth Book – Mark Vail’s The Synthesizer is a massive tome on everything synth. A must-have for synth fans.
- Best New Electronic Music Widget – The iConnectivity iConnect Audio 4+ Audio/MIDI Interface is more than an audio interface and more than a MIDI interface, it solves problems you didn’t even realize that you had.
- Best Mobile Music Trend – Android music apps are on the rise.
- Best Grammy Award – Kraftwerk Lifetime Achievement Grammy
- Best Original Electronic Music Soundtrack Album – Solvent’s New Ways (Music From I Dream Of Wires), like the DVD, is a must-have for modular synth fans.
- Best New Thing To Worry About – ‘Hawaii Synth Burn‘ – watch out for those Kawai K-0’s.
- Best Synth Shrine – the PsybOrg Synthesizer Pulpit
- Best Electronic Music Event – Moogfest 2014 was the best Moogfest ever and an event that will be hard to top.
- Best Synth-Related Podcast: Art + Music + Technology – host Darwin Grosse asks synth gurus smart questions.
- Best DIY Synth Project – The TTSH ARP 2600 Clone is huge, expensive, difficult and awesome.
- Best Retro Berlin School Synth Album – Node 2 – on heavy rotation here.
- Best Synth Soundtrack – Jodorowsky’s Dune Score, by Kurt Stenzel & SpacEKrafT, unfortunately not available as an album.
- Best Open Source Release That Will Take Us A While To Fully Comprehend – EigenD Music Performance Environment
- Best Hardware Re-Issue By A Competitor – Pioneer’s $699 PLX-1000 Direct Drive DJ Turntable
- Best Bootleg That Finally Got An Official Release – Fripp & Eno – Live In Paris 28.05.1975
- Best Aphex Twin Album In A Decade – SYRO
- Best Hardware Hack Ever – Zaquencer Step Sequencer Firmware For BCR2000
Was there other stuff that was awesome in 2014 that we missed? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!