Inside the Small Brooklyn Studio Making the Wackiest Synths I've Seen

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. » 3/18/15 4:45pm 3/18/15 4:45pm

Download the Synthesized, Score to the Classic '70s Sci-Fi Film Solaris

Andrey Tarkovsky's 1972 sci-fi masterpiece Solaris is not just a great film about space, it's an all-time great, period. Now, the score to the film is available for free download. And as awesome and spooky sounding as it is, the story of it's creation is arguably better. » 4/14/11 10:00pm 4/14/11 10:00pm

NanoStudio For iPhone Puts a Recording Studio In Your Pocket

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. » 8/03/10 2:40pm 8/03/10 2:40pm

A Gallery of Knobs and Buttons...Because They're Amazing

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. » 3/11/09 11:30pm 3/11/09 11:30pm

Miniature Synthesizer Replicas Cast in Felt Will Rock Your Tiny Mind

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? » 2/26/09 10:50am 2/26/09 10:50am

Guy Mods Atari 400 Into Ugly Knob-and-Button-Covered Synth

This Atari 400 synth gets 10 points for effort, but minus 1 billion points for aesthetics. The buttons aren't even lined up correctly. Your 1970s dad would be ashamed. [Technabob via BBG] » 1/13/09 3:40pm 1/13/09 3:40pm

Inside an $8,000, Linux-Powered Luxury Synth

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 Kirn… » 11/10/05 9:38am 11/10/05 9:38am

Lunar Module: Spacey Light-Powered Music Controller

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… » 9/02/05 4:03pm 9/02/05 4:03pm