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Roland Boutique Series Review: Retro Synth Sound for Modern Day Dial Turners

With software these days you can recreate almost any sound you want. The hulking equipment that used to produce electronic music is long gone. And yet, people have a desire to touch buttons and turn knobs. The Roland Boutique Series is a middle-ground between the digital age of music making and the classic synths of old. It’s a ton of fun—even if you don’t exactly know what you’re doing.

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November 12th

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Listening to a Vintage Synth Next to Its Reboot Is Just So Satisfying

Last year, Korg set out to recreate the Arp Odyssey, a legendary synth that went out of production back in 1981. How does the result sound? Pretty darn good!

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Mario Aguilar

February 27th

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Steve McQueen and Analog Synths Make a Music Video I Can’t Stop Watching

Steve McQueen and Analog Synths Make a Music Video I Can't Stop Watching

There are few things I love in life more than Steve McQueen movies. And there's nothing else out there that sounds like analog synthesizer music. So when my Giz coworker Andrew Liszewski turned me on to this TRS-80 music video combining the two, I couldn't take my eyes or ears off it.

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Robert Sorokanich

October 5th

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Build This Ray Gun Synth That Generates Wonderfully Retro PewPew Sounds

Build This Ray Gun Synth That Generates Wonderfully Retro PewPew Sounds

Usually, if you're building your own synthesizer you have aspirations of composing the next great techno track. But this kit—available from the Maker SHED for just $20—lets you build a wonderful toy ray gun that generates electronic 'pewpew' sound effects. And instead of just cycling through various sounds like a cheap toy, you can use the gun's three adjustable knobs to tweak the 'wub', 'bwoop', and 'bip bip' sounds however you like.

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Andrew Liszewski

November 29th

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These Prodigious Synthesizers Make Music Using 300-Year-Old Rules

These Prodigious Synthesizers Make Music Using 300-Year-Old Rules

It’s been almost three centuries since Bach wrote The Well-Tempered Clavier, a simple set of compositions (intended to help his second wife learn piano!) that became definitive in music theory. J.S. probably would’ve been surprised—but delighted—by the work of Luisa Pereira, who has translated some of his rules into the most modern form imaginable: The sequencer.

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

October 10th

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Watch a DIY Synthesizer Get Built From Scratch in this Absurd Timelapse

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Eric Limer

September 30th

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Trent Reznor Explains Just How Far Electronic Music Has Come

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Leslie Horn

September 26th

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Trent Reznor Explains Just How Far Electronic Music Has Come

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Leslie Horn

September 26th

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Remember Paul Vo?

Remember Paul Vo? He's the genius who invented a little black box that makes acoustic guitars sound otherworldly by changing the physics of how strings vibrate? Well his Kickstarter succeeded, and 100 units of the Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer are on sale now.

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Mario Aguilar

June 13th

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Remember Paul Vo?

Remember Paul Vo? He's the genius who invented a little black box that makes acoustic guitars sound otherworldly by changing the physics of how strings vibrate? Well his Kickstarter succeeded, and 100 units of the Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer are on sale now.

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Mario Aguilar

June 13th

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