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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Nov 17 > IK MULTIMEDIA Syntronik


By recreating the sounds from 38 classic synths, Syntronik promises all of your electric dreams in one package. Andy Jones asks: is it too good to be true?


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The hunger for the sound of classic synths seems to be stronger than ever. So many companies are either emulating them in software or recreating them in hardware and we all lap them up, in all shapes and forms: soft, hard, brand new or second-hand. Whether it’s the continued popularity of EDM or the revival of 80s soundtracks that’s to blame, everyone from the original innovators to the young software upstarts are cashing in on the synth – so models from the likes of Roland, ARP, Moog, Yamaha, Korg et al have been recreated more times in software and hardware than perhaps they really deserve.

This latest collection from IK Multimedia is doing just that, but slightly differently as well. There are the usual synth suspects – Junos, Oberheims and Moogs all named in that way that I hate, slightly close to the original, so you get the reference – but there are some more modern entries, too, including emulations of the Alesis Andromeda and PPG Wave that perhaps set this collection apart from others. There are 17 instruments in total and you can buy them individually for 50 Euros a go, or the lot for around €300, so not bad on the face of it.

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