When the Minimoog Model D launched in 1970 (models A through C were prototypes), it transformed a big, bulky, and expensive noise machine into stage-friendly instrument. It was the grandfather of modern synths that now fill out our favorite jams. Now, Moog is resurrecting the legend.
What happens if you bolt together two keyboards, full color displays, a full suite of analog controllers and a granular synthesiser engine for two enthusiastic musicians? The Collidoscope is what—and it sound just futuristic as you’d expect.
Critter & Guitari make some of the most unique synthesizers I've ever seen. They don't just sound cool—they're explicitly designed to be both familiar to experienced musicians and encourage people to engage with the gear in new and creative ways.
It's hardly news that the iPhone can serve as a capable little music machine. But NanoStudio offers the complete music-making package, with synths, trigger pads, sequencers, samplers and much more—and, crucially, it makes them all intuitive to use.
Completely disregard what Apple is trying to tell you: buttons are awesome, knobs are rad, and they make gadgets fun. If anything, we need more of 'em in our daily lives. Case in point? This gallery of knobs and buttons in all their glory.
Can't afford a true vintage Mini Moog? Then how about the Mini-Est Moog—a 5-inch wide version made of felt by Etsy craftser pulsewidth? Have your pet mice been itching to form a synthpop trio?
By Brendan I. Koerner
Korg is announcing it will add cutting-edge physical modeling synthesis to its OASYS synth, for reproducing everything from acoustic stringed instruments to far-out experimental sounds and, yes, realistic amp feedback. So why is this synth $8,000—and why is it running Linux on a Pentium PC? Gizmodo regular Peter…
By Brendan I. Koerner
Space is the place. But how can you get there on your tired drum machine or keyboard? You need the ElectroKraft Lunar Module, which features multiple photo-sensor light portholes for Theremin-like control. Wave your hands through the air, and you can play your instruments like never before. The box is a handmade…