The latest in new product releases, software updates, funded Kickstarter synths, and more ...
The week's featured artist is Chris Stack, a.k.a. Experimental Synth, using just a MakeNoise 0-Coast synth and Eventide effects plug-ins.
Should some music theory knowledge be a prerequsite to billing oneself as a synthesist? Read our editor's opinion and comment with your own.
Vintage Simply String 2 is a FREE Mac/Windows soft synth that does the sound of classic analog string machines.
Korg USA is the new distributor for all of Waldorf's synthesizer products in the US.
We look at synths that were maligned, under-appreciated, and better than they got credit for. In this installment, the Korg Poly-800.
Each week we round up the latest releases in synths, virtual instruments, keyboards, recording, promotions, and more.
Per popular request, a quick overview of Synth Expert editor Stephen Fortner's home studio, which he's currently (and seemingly constantly) re-configuring.
New pedal manufacturer Chase Bliss Audio has some pedals that sound stellar on keyboards. All are MIDI-addressable and can store presets as well -- but the signal path is analog!
Slide show of vintage synths from Iceland's premiere repair shop. Pictures click through to audio/video demos.
Can arranger keyboards actually be hip? Stephen Fortner explains why he thinks so.
Angie Perry of North Carolina has won the Novation Circuit Mono Station analog groovesynth in our September prize drawing!
Arnar Adalsteinsson, THE vintage synth guy in Iceland, shows us the rarities in his repair and mod shop.
Should the keyboard industry try harder to standardize its vocabulary across brands? Editor Stephen Fortner makes the case.
If you are wondering if your music software and hardware will brick if you update your Mac to the new macOS High Sierra software then Mike and the team at Pro Tools Expert have made this amazing database.
The comprehensive macOS High Sierra compatibility guide for music software and hardware features over 100 of the top software and hardware brands. The fully searchable database will tell you in an instant if you can upgrade with safety.
The Roland Cloud has a lot of good points, with some very cool, retro synths to enjoy.
However, there seems to currently be a flaw in the software and that is you can't currently (October 2017) keep the content you download on an external drive. We have searched high and low on the Roland FAQs and other forums and it seems there is currently no option for it.
If you start to take advantage of the Roland Cloud the content soon starts to add up and many of us like to keep our content on separate drives.
Every Friday on Synth Expert we are going to feature a free plug-in, there's plenty of good ones around so you may not have come across some of them.
This week's free plug-in is Audiority FREEMOD. FreeMod is a stereo phase modulator able to twist your sound with tremolo-like effects, low-fi audio and FM like sounds.
Neyrinck, developers of plug-ins and DAW controller software, have announced BeatsBot.
BeatsBot has been created in much the same way as the early drum machines offering built-in beats that can be used right away or edited and then arranged into a song from the patterns.
Spitfire Audio has released Hans Zimmer's official library of world drums and percussion, for use in Native Instruments Kontakt Player ... and your ambitious scores and productions.
Our friends at Softube have just released a new module for their Modular synth instrument - The Buchla 259a Twisted Waveform Generator.