Synth, Electronic & Audio

This section covers the range of synthesisers, keyboards, electronic music gadgets, and other audio devices used in making and recording music, from manufacturers such as Yamaha, Korg, Kurzweil, Roland, Casio, and Moog, as well as looking at projects and techniques for synth playing and programming.


Our PSR-S/PSR-SX Series Comparison article has proved extremely popular, so with the evolution and advance of Yamaha’s PSR-E and PSR-EW series keyboards, with two new upgraded models launching in Spring 2022, we have done the same with Yamaha’s current eleven models of this series. Models released prior to the PSR-E263 […]

Yamaha PSR-E/PSR-EW Series Comparison: All eleven models compared



Novation SL MkIII keyboard controller
Novation has announced the latest incarnation of its SL series, with the SL MkIII hardware controller, designed to offer deep integration with Ableton Live. Boasting MIDI and CV, this controller features an 8-track polyphonic sequencer, and is designed to be equally at home controlling computer-based DAWs as well as a […]

Novation SL MkIII flagship hardware controller announced





Yamaha has introduced two new models in its popular PSR-E series. These entry-level models are typically aimed at beginning keyboard players, although they have plenty of features for more advanced players also. The PSR-EW410 is the new flagship model, featuring 76 keys, a Groove Creator function for adding intros, section […]

Yamaha PSR-EW410 and PSR-E463 portable keyboards introduced



Yamaha has added two new models to its range of PSR-S arranger workstation range, showing them off at Winter NAMM 2018. The PSR-S975 supersedes the PSR-970 and is now hailed as the “ultimate PSR”, while the PSR-775 takes over from the PSR-S770. Yamaha PSR-S975 Yamaha’s new flagship PSR arranger workstation […]

Yamaha PSR-S975 and PSR-S775 workstations added to S Series


More detailed comparison of the PSR-S970 and PSR-975 plus a full specification comparison sheet for the newest five PSR-S models and PSR-SX models are further down this article page. Yamaha introduced its first S Series arranger workstation keyboard in July 2006, meaning the range is well on its way to its fifteenth […]

Yamaha PSR-S/PSR-SX Series Comparison: All seventeen models compared





Elektron Analog Rytm
Elektron used the NAMM14 show to unveil its Analog Rytm 8-voice analog drum machine. Touted as a one-stop solution beat machine, the Analog Rytm offers the following features: Twelve backlit velocity/pressure sensitive drum pads 8 analog drum voices Dedicated analog circuit design Customisable samples Multimode filters Reverb/delay send FX Compressor/distortion […]

Elektron Analog Rytm unveiled




M-Audio Nova microphone
M-Audio has announced its Nova large-diaphragm condenser microphone, offering the following features: 1.1-inch gold-sputtered diaphragm for exceptional transient detail Cardioid polar pattern helps isolate the desired sound source Perfect for vocals and acoustic instruments requiring exceptional detail Durable, solid brass body with rugged protective basket Class A solid-state electronics provide […]

M-Audio Nova condenser microphone


M-Audio Pulsar II microphone
M-Audio has unveiled its Pulsar II small-diaphragm condenser microphone, which come as a pair for clinically-accurate stereo recordings. Features include: Small-diaphragm design provides exceptional detail & easy placement Ideal for percussion, acoustic instruments & ambient recordings Durable, solid brass body with internal shockmount Switchable 10 dB pad & high-pass filter […]

M-Audio Pulsar II small-diaphragm condenser microphone


M-Audio Sputnik microphone
M-Audio has shown off its Sputnik large-diaphragm tube condenser microphone. Main features include: Vacuum tube signal path combines vintage warmth & modern clarity 1-inch gold-sputtered diaphragm for exceptional transient detail Hand-selected 6205M vacuum tube Selectable polar patterns offer real-world versatility (Cardioid, Fig-8, Omni) Switchable 10 dB pad & high-pass filter […]

M-Audio Sputnik tube condenser microphone



M-Audio Axiom AIR Mini 32
Alongside the three Axiom AIR USB controller keyboards comes M-Audio’s Axiom AIR Mini 32, a more portable keyboard controller ideal for music creation on the move. It features 32 low-profile keys with velocity but no aftertouch, eight assignable trigger pads, sustain, pitch and modulation buttons, an octave shift button, and […]

M-Audio Axiom AIR Mini 32 portable USB pad/keyboard controller





M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro
M-Audio has unveiled its Trigger Finger Pro USB controller with step sequencer. Its main features are: Includes the M-Audio Arsenal; 8+ GB of instruments, one-shots, loops & more Built-in step sequencer for building jaw-dropping grooves 16 ultra-responsive pads with illuminated RGB feedback Customizable, backlit controls with instant automapping High-resolution display […]

M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro revealed









Korg TRITON taktile
Korg has announced its new TRITON taktile USB controller keyboard synthesizer, available in two sizes, which offers an attractive and versatile controller instrument with over 500 sounds from the Korg TRITON. The two and four octave models are stylishly designed with touch sensitive semi-weighted keys, a range of DAW presets, […]

Korg TRITON taktile USB controller keyboard/synth






Casio has launched its CTK-6250 workstation keyboard. It’s a similar specification to the CTK-6200 and updates the CTK-6000. It features a piano-style touch response 61-key keyboard (unusual in this keyboard size range), 16-track song sequencer, tone editor, rhythm editor, multiple digital effects, 32-channel mixer, performance registration memory, USB MIDI interface, […]

Casio CTK-6250 launched


Casio has launched the CTK-6200 workstation, an update to its CTK-6000. It features a piano-style touch response 61-key keyboard (unusual in this keyboard size range), 16-track song sequencer, tone editor, rhythm editor, multiple digital effects, 32-channel mixer, performance registration memory, USB MIDI interface, SD card storage, pitch bend wheel, backlit […]

Casio CTK-6200 launched



Casio WK-6600
Casio has launched the WK-6600 workstation, an update to its WK-6500. It features a piano-style touch response 76-key keyboard, 16-track song sequencer, tone editor, rhythm editor, multiple digital effects, 32-channel mixer, performance registration memory, USB MIDI interface, SD card storage, pitch bend wheel, backlit display, music presets and 670 individual […]

Casio WK-6600 launched


Chordana Viewer
Casio has launched Chordana Tap and Chordana Viewer, two new apps designed for all current iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch and iPad). Chordana is Casio’s own music analysis technology, and the apps harness this by detecting musical chord progressions through analysis of the frequency characteristics and temporal changes of an […]

Casio Chordana Tap and Viewer iOS Apps


Nord Lead A1
Nord has announced its latest analog modelling synthesizer, the Lead A1. Designed to suit a wide variety of musical styles, it claims to have a simpler interface which encourages experimentation and allows faster programming. Key features include: Oscillators: 8 oscillator configuration with Pitch, Detune, Shape, Sync, AM, Noise, Dual Osc, […]

Nord Lead A1 Analog Modelling Synthesizer





Roland TM-1 Trigger Module
Acoustic drums are versatile and authentic, and many drummers wouldn’t contemplate using a complete electronic rig. That said, there’s sometimes room for expanding repertoire by using triggers to augment playing with digital sounds and effects. Other musicians in a band can have some control over this, but when the drummer […]

Roland TM-2 Trigger Module revealed




Roland RD-800
Roland has updated its RD line of digital stage pianos with the introduction of the RD-800. Roland claims the RD-800 not only has a new, sleek look but also “many improvements in sound, feel, and versatility”. Sound-wise, Roland has added more acoustic piano samples, plus authentic vintage electric pianos, organs, […]

Roland RD-800 Stage Piano revealed


Roland FA-08
Preempting NAMM 2014, Roland has announced its new breed of music workstation. The FA Series, available in 61-key (FA-06) and 88-key (FA-08) models, is naturally being talked up by Roland, with hyped statements such as “taking the ‘work’ out of the music workstation”, “completely reimagines”, “effortless real-time power”, “ultra-fast workflow”, […]

Roland FA-06/FA-08 Music Workstation revealed



VTC-1 Vacuum Tube Compressor
The VTC-1 Vacuum Tube Compressor is an analog-modelled VST compressor featuring “warm analog, fat pumping and transparent sound.” Pentode Audio says that, compared to modern compressors, VTC-1 has a different inner structure and principle of work. There is no threshold knob, so you set the amount of compression by increasing […]

VTC-1 Vacuum Tube Compressor plugin from Pentode Audio