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Synthesizers

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Shopping for a synth? We’re here to help! We offer a massive selection featuring all the major synth brands and our specialist Pro Audio team have extensive knowledge of all things synth, from entry-level models to fully-fledged, professional workstations.

Analogue or digital, monophonic or polyphonic, FM or Wavetable, workstation or sampler, we stock every kind of synth you can think of. We offer affordable and professional-grade synths from all the major manufacturers, including Moog, Sequential, Oberheim, Korg, Yamaha, Roland, Novation and Nord. We also offer instruments from new and boutique brands such as UDO Audio, Teenage Engineering, Arturia and Dreadbox. Whether you’re producing retro Synthwave, floor-filling Techno or experimental Indie, we’ve got the perfect synth to fit your sound and budget.

If you’re looking to enter the mystical world of synths and come from the world of acoustic piano or guitar, you may be intimidated by terms like “ADSR Envelope” or “Low-frequency Oscillator”. Don’t fret, modern synths are designed to be intuitive and easy to navigate. Plus, breaking out of your comfort zone and messing around with as fun an instrument as the synthesizer can be incredibly inspiring.

For those in the area, why not pay us a visit at our Brighton music store? Get a hands-on feel for the models we stock and find the instrument that feels best for you by comparing it to the others we’ve got in stock. Plus, we can set you up with all the essential accessories to complete your synth setup, such as keyboard amplifiers, studio monitors, cables and keyboard stands.

Alternatively, if you want to buy online, we offer free, next-day shipping and 0% finance options across our full range of synthesizer keyboards. If you need help with your choice, our specialists are always on hand and ready to answer any questions. Feel free to contact us today.

What are synthesizers used for?

Synthesizers are electronic instruments used for creating, modifying and shaping sounds. They can emulate traditional instruments, generate unique tones and produce a wide range of sonic textures, making them popular in various music genres, such as pop, electronic and experimental music.

What is the difference between a synthesizer and a keyboard?

A synthesizer is an electronic instrument that generates and manipulates sounds, while a keyboard typically refers to a piano-style instrument with keys that produce sounds when pressed. Synthesizers often have keyboard interfaces, but they also include sound-shaping components, such as oscillators, filters and envelopes, for more complex sound design.

Which synthesizer is best for beginners?

The best synthesizer for beginners is one that offers a balance between ease of use, affordability and versatile sound capabilities.

We recommend opting for a synthesizer that is knob-per-function, meaning each of the synth’s parameters has a dedicated control. An old-school analogue synth that doesn’t use presets will encourage you to discover what effect each parameter has on the sound.

What is the most common type of synthesizer?

The most common type of synthesizer is the subtractive synthesizer, which uses oscillators to generate basic waveforms and then shapes the sound by filtering out specific frequencies. Subtractive synthesizers are widely used in various music genres due to their versatility and relatively simple sound manipulation process.

Are synthesizers easy to learn?

Synthesizers can range from simple to complex, depending on their features and design. Some synthesizers are easy to learn and offer intuitive controls, while others require a deeper understanding of sound synthesis concepts. With practice and patience, most people can learn to play and create sounds on a synthesizer.

What are the three types of synthesizers?

The majority of hardware synthesizers fall under three main types - analogue synths, digital synths and hybrid synths.

Analogue synths are known for a warm, fat sound that’s hard to replicate. There’s a reason why the vintage synth market is still flourishing. Classic analogue synths like the Minimoog, Prophet-5 and Juno-106 are beloved for their immediacy and simplicity, which makes it easy to dial in a usable sound even if you aren’t a synth expert.

Digital synths are usually incredibly versatile, reliable and loaded with features. They don’t need as much circuitry as their analogue siblings so can pack more into a smaller footprint. Whilst some digital synths are able to do analogue-style synthesis, many prefer a dedicated analogue synth for those classic sounds.

Hybrid synths combine elements of digital and analogue synthesis. Usually, digital oscillators are combined with analogue filters to give you the versatility of digital synths and the juicy warmth that comes with a genuine analogue filter.

What’s the difference between a monophonic and polyphonic synth?

Synths can also be either monophonic or polyphonic. Monophonic synths can only play one note at a time and are geared towards bass and lead sounds. Some of the most sought-after and highly regarded synths like the Moog Minimoog, Korg MS-20, ARP Odyssey and Sequential Circuits Pro-One are all mono synths.

Polyphonic synths can play more than one note. If a poly synth can play up to four notes, that means it essentially has four identical mono synths or “voices” built-in. Some synths are paraphonic, residing in between poly and mono synthesizers. Paraphonic synths can play more than one note but they all go through the same filters, envelopes etc.

What is a synth sound module?

Many hardware synths come with a keyboard built-in so you can plug it in and start playing with it straight out of the box. Others are sound modules that need a MIDI keyboard to be played traditionally or sequenced from a computer. USB-enabled synth keyboards and MIDI controller keyboards can also be used to control software synthesizers.