Analogue Month - October, we are focusing on all things that are analogue, mainly those beauties below £500. Analogue has never been away, so i guess its a little unfair to say its coming back strong, but I do feel that more and more 'dance' music producers are hearing the benefits against the digital format.
The classic analogue machines can cost a small fortune, but for those that are looking to start out or to have numerous pieces of kit, here are the top 5 to look out for that wont break the bank.
Please note, that all prices shown are correct at the time of publication.
The Moog Mother 32's semi-modular design means that no patching is required to create powerful analog sounds, allowing musicians of any experience to quickly begin making music. Synthesists will enjoy exploring the extensive 32-point patchbay, unlocking truly expressive, unique and complex synthesis capabilities. The patch-bay also delivers access to a wide range of both sounds and functionality, including an assignable CV output jack, MIDI to CV conversion, external audio input, a second voltage-controlled mixer and multiple unit expandability for almost endless creative possibilities.
The Novation Bass Station II is re-engineered for the modern producer with genuine analogue filters, three oscillators, patch save and a fully-analogue effects section. Beyond that, the Novation Bass Station II also features a step sequencer, arpeggiator, a two octave (25-note) velocity-sensitive keyboard with full-sized keys and a powerful modulation section as well as MIDI I/O and USB connectivity for computer-based studios.
The Arturia Microbrute may be small in size but loaded with features, it follows in the footsteps laid by its big brother the MiniBrute. With a 100% pure analog voice path and advanced interconnectablity via MIDI, USB, CV/GATE, the Microbrute goes back to the oldschool with no presets, no menus, nothing to get between you and the ability to sculpt your sound live. Not only does MicroBrute give you the means to create, perform and be completely original every time you power up, it does so with astounding sound quality.
4 - Akai Timbre Wolf
The Akai Timbre Wolf is an authentic analog 4-voice polyphonic synthesizer. Configurable as 4 mono synths, a 4-voice unison or a 4-voice polysynth,
Timbre Wolf includes a professional quality 25-key custom Akai Pro keybed. The user can easily customise the sound of each voice independently as they play, and there is a 32-step sequencer for each voice. An LED display and Octave +/- controls add further control and flexibility for the user.
The Moog Minitaur is a compact and powerful analog bass synthesizer that features (in true Moog style) a classic one knob per function design and even USB midi connectivity. It packs legendary analog Moog bass into a compact housing that has been designed to fit in seamlessly to cater to today's performance and production environments.
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