In This Issue
Synth and Software Celebrates Favorite Articles From 2022
Please join Synth and Software and take a look at some of our favorite articles and reviews from 2022. Enjoy!
Should Vintage Synth Recreations Incorporate 50 Years of Improvements?
Jim Aikin ponders why anyone would want an old, obsolete instrument The art and technology of synthesizer design has changed enormously over the past 50
Do Huge Computer Monitors Make Synths Sound Phatter?
Um, no. But just one software synth can fill your entire screen, so musicians shop for big ones – only to discover the difference between
Spitfire Audio Hammers Brutalist Drums: The Review
Charlie Clouser’s signature go-to percussion library is both gnarly and sensitive. Nick Batzdorf’s review is neither. From the name and “cover” images, you’d expect Spitfire
Why Analog Softsynths Are Better Than the Hardware They’re Modeling
Seriously? Are we really still having this debate in 2022?! You’ve viewing this page to see what kind of human would make such a ridiculous
ROLI Seabord Returns With RISE 2 MPE Controller, Open for Preorders
The new design has a Silicone playing surface and frets, and it comes with their Equator2 softsynth This is very good news. We all feared
Oberheim Is Back
A teaser video shows Tom Oberheim, Marcus Ryle, and Tony Karavidas, with Sequential’s Dave Smith – and they’re having drinks That can only mean good
Subscription Software – Yes or No?
Or maybe? We have our opinions, but we’re also interested in yours. Like it or not, a lot of the music software we rely on
Oberheim Returns…Releases First New Synth In 35 Years!
Oberheim Electronics, one of the most venerated names in synthesizer design, has announced its return to operation to meet the rising demand for its instruments.
Subscription Software: Nope
You hate it, you really hate it The results are in. We didn’t get a single yes to May’s cover question – “Subscription Software –
American Synthesizer Pioneer and Sequential Founder Dave Smith Passes at 72
It is with great sadness that Sequential today shares the news that its founder, American synthesizer pioneer Dave Smith, has died. The company and his
Is Synthesis Advancing?
Absolutely, but a lot of instruments that look backward are being released – and that’s a good thing, as Nick Batzdorf philosophizes. Don’t worry, innovation
GForce Oberheim SEM – Exclusive Synth and Software Review
It was just released today (Tom Oberheim’s birthday), and it’s a beauty Okay, this is my new favorite synth (along with all my other favorite
Machine Learning, Neural Networks, and Music: Time to Start Worrying?
Artistic beauty is more than skin deep. But does it even require skin? [Editor’s note: This is a complicated and controversial subject, and we welcome
Synth and Software’s Top 11 Synth Programming Tips
Every synth is unique, but here are Mark Jenkins’ (and our) favorite general tips to make creating sounds easy and fun Early synthesists were often
Eek! Robots Are Taking Over Your Synths!
Synth and Software – the podcast: A discussion about machine learning, neural networks, and AI It was a great discussion with Olivio Sarikas, Jim Aikin,
Are SSDs or Spinning Hard Drives More Reliable?
Cloud backup company Backblaze publishes a definitive 5-year study We all use computers for making music, right? Well, the old wives’ tale about solid state
VPS Avenger 1.8.4 – the Synth and Software Review
Jim Aikin encounters possibly the most powerful synthesizer he’s ever looked at I already have way too many software synthesizers, but when I saw that
Smart Plugs to Streamline the Synth Studio
The riveting tale of how I turn on my studio just by telling it to power up You’d be surprised at how much more likely
50 Years of Krautrock
Mark Jenkins investigates a groundbreaking but still mysterious style of music A lot of the pioneering work in using day’s music technology came from the
Synthplex 2022: The More Detailed Report
Mark Jenkins flies in all the way from London to attend Los Angeles’ busy post-covid (we hope!) music tech show Well, wouldn’t you know it.
Sequential Introduces Trigon-6Analog Poly Synth
Sequential Introduces Trigon-6Analog Poly Synth, Featuring 3 VCO-plus-Ladder Filter Sound Engine… Sequential LLC today announced the Trigon-6, a new, 6-voice analog synth that features the
Realitone Nightfall Hybrid/Organic Strings Library – the Synth and Software Review
Kays Al-Atrakchi calls it “One of the most exciting new products to come out in recent years.” I can use many adjectives to describe Realitone
Cherry Audio Announces GX-80 – and Here’s the Synth and Software Review
Marty Cutler gets handsy with Cherry Audio’s amazing new flagship softsynth, a combination of two classic dream machines It cost $60,000, it was impossible to
Five Spectacular Synth Books
Mark Jenkins reports on some remarkable new books about electronic music While download reading is still popular, there are plenty of reasons to own a