The recent resurgence of brand-new analogue synths means that there’s never been a better time to invest in one. We round up some of the more ‘hands-on’, performance-oriented models on the market, with links to the SOS review where available.
Oberheim Two Voice Pro $3495$3495
The Two Voice Pro combines two of Oberheim’s much-loved Synthesizer Expander Modules, plus a 37-note keyboard and a sequencer. Up to 99 sequences can be stored in the instrument’s flash memory, and sequences can be chained together to make up songs. You can even play two sequences at the same time, or play one while noodling away on the keyboard! It’s not available yet, but Oberheim expect to be shipping the Two Voice Pro in the next couple of months.
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Arturia Minibrute £429$499
This cute monosynth caused quite a stir when it was released, not least because Arturia had previously only been making software! It’s a decidedly ‘old school’ instrument, however, with every function having its own control. There are four waveforms available (sawtooth, square, triangle and noise), each of which can be mixed in via sliders. A multi-mode filter is on hand, as are two ADSR envelopes, two LFOs, a ‘Brute Factor’ (distortion) control, and an arpeggiator.