Hardware Instruments

The Big Review: Dreadbox Typhon

This new desktop monosynth promises the best of analogue coupled with digital recall and effects. But is the Typhon purely myth or genuine magic?

The Big Review: Polyend Tracker

Conceived in the 1980s as a tool for videogame-sound development, the sample-based sequencers known as trackers have finally made the quantum leap from software to hardware – and in stylish fashion.

Review: Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-1

As Korg launches the Nu:Tekt brand and enters the brave nu world of DIY kits, we take this bijou digital monosynth for a spin – but first we have to build it.

Review: Roland Jupiter X/Xm

Classic synths don’t come more highly prized than the Roland Jupiter 8, and now Roland has re-awakened the slumbering giant. We investigate the updated versions of the king of synthesis.

Review: Erica Synths Bassline DB-01

As the Latvian company moves away from the Eurorack modules with which it made its name, we get hands-on with its new bassline machine and ask whether it lives up to the Riga firm’s enviable reputation.

Review: Ashun Sound Machines Hydrasynth

Thanks to the world’s resurgent hunger for hardware, there’s no shortage of amazing synths on the market. But this one, courtesy of new company Ashun Sound Machines, is unlike any other.

Review: Studio Electronics Midimini V30

As Studio Electronics celebrates the 30th anniversary of its monster monosynth with a new reissue, we see how the V30 racks up against its predecessor, as well as Moog’s Minimoog and Voyager.

Review: Korg Wavestate

Korg caught the crest of a huge wave when it announced the revival of a classic synth at NAMM. But can it ride it to success? We assess the state of play.

Review: Korg Krome EX

Korg’s Krome workstation has been updated with more sounds and combinations than ever. Does the ‘Ex’ stand for ‘excellent’ though?
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