Top 10 Hardware Synths
The Korg Volca FM Polyphonic Digital Synthesizer is a great little synth with plenty of power. You can hook up this synth with the rest of the volca series. It is an FM synth with arpeggiator built-in loop sequencer (16 steps). Furthermore, the Volca can also record your knob movements with a motion sequence function while looping.
The Yamaha Reface DX FM Synth is a compact FM powerhouse. Even more, the Reface is also a DX7, and DX100 digital emulator. This synth has a mini keyboard with a 4-operator FM Sound Engine and 37 keys. The keyboard is perfect for live and studio work. It was so good when I first tried it that, as a result, I had to buy it right away! It exceeded my expectations when I got it! SO much power in such a little package. It has 0 noise when recording through the audio interface but the only con is that it doesn’t have a mood wheel.
Behringer is getting better and better, they are making such great hardware nowadays. We all know that Behringer had they fair amount of issues with older hardware but the new one is just killing it in every aspect.
The MicroBrute is new but carries the award-winning heritage of its big brother, the MiniBrute. The MicroBrute was designed to be small but still retain an amazing sound quality. With a 100% pure analog voice path and advanced interconnectivity via MIDI, USB, CV/ GATE, this machine is a true powerhouse synthesizer that takes your sound to a new level.
A next generation polyphonic analog synth with four-voice analog synthesizer and it is fully programmable, with 200 program memories (100 sounds included)
An amazingly powerful synthesizer. Fun to play! A true synthesizer with an analog modeling tone generator and 128 programs for immediate use with a full range of effects.
Designed by the AIRA team System-8 is a big brother of System-1. Roland’s Analog Circuit Behavior engine, fueling three oscillators across eight voices, all loaded with filters, effects, and a massive array of modulation options.
UNO Synth is the ultimate portable, monophonic, true analog synthesizer and IK Multimedia’s entry in the hardware synthesizer world. All-analog audio path with 2 VCOs, noise generator, resonant multimode VCF and VCA
Wowzers! What a synth!!! For the small price, you get a beast! As a 99% copy of the Minimoog the Behringer Model D is in some things even better. It has a much crisper and cleaner sound than a Moog. Just watch the video below and everything will be clear.
The Novation Peak is my number one pick due to the functionality it brings to the table. I know I certanly wondered if I could buy just one synth for the rest of my life but have you? If you have, then this synth is the synth for you. Peak sounds warm and rich with filthy, biting overdrive. It’s an eight-voice desktop polyphonic synthesizer with three New Oxford Oscillators for each voice.
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