Excerpt: Some musicians have a hard time saying no to new (or vintage) gear, and their arsenals end up looking a lot like Rick Wakeman’s keyboard corner in Yes. Of course, getting superb and subsonic synth sounds in 2010 doesn’t have to make you go bankrupt or make your studio look like a still life from...
Pros: Analog filter is a steal for the price. Minimal dials make sound manipulation super accessible.
Cons: Granular keyboard bites for sausage fingers. Battery life is what you’d expect with two AAAs: brief. We’d like to see a ¼-inch stereo input.
Excerpt: Korg’s latest Monotrons are immediately striking, even before they’ve uttered a noise. Housed in a tiny, lightweight case, the knobs and ribbon keyboard make them look like the new-born offspring of a larger synth.