Hardware Instruments

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: 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.
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