Electronic Musician - 2021 February

Electronic Musician - 2021 February
2021 February
The new ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN is a “must have” resource for anyone who makes music, plays music, and shares music. Every issue includes "gig tested" product reviews on music gear, tons of how-to's, and interviews with today's stars revealing the secrets of their songwriting approaches and audio-production concepts.

 In this issue's cover feature, amongst the preamble leading into our big mini synth head-to-head, we posit the idea that right now we might be living in a golden age of hardware synths.
 Some might argue this is a fairly bold statement – vintage devotees will no doubt insist that the '70s and '80s were the real golden age, and much of what we have now are simply pale imitations. Personally, however, I think there's more than a little truth to it. In 2020 alone, I could name several synths that I'd happily wager will attain future classic status – Sequential Pro 3, Arturia PolyBrute, UDO Super 6, Korg Wavestate.
 There's more to it than what's going on in the high-end polysynth realm though. As we're exploring this issue, there's certainly never been a better selection of hardware instruments available at the budget end of the market than there is right now. Whether you're after a cheap analog instrument, flexible digital synth or weirdo box of tricks for budget experimentation, you can pick up something to meet your needs with change from $500.
 The prevalence of modular and boutique hardware brands plays a big role too. There's undoubtedly now more small team developers out there creating some of the most interesting, original and unique synths going.
 Perhaps this is all, in part, why 2020 proved to be such a good year for electronic music gear, despite all the factors that made it such a tough time for other parts of the music business. We can be thankful that, even as live music and club events have ground to a halt, the flow of exciting synths, software, beatmakers and studio gear as steadfastly refused to dry up.
Time to get synthesizing!

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