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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Sep-18 > the 6 REASONS TO BUY A NEW SYNTH


We don’t always say new gear is best and you should always consider all of your options before splashing out. But there are reasons you should consider buying a new synth, and we’ve listed them all here…

For a magazine that talks endlessly about gear, we don’t really advocate buying new gear all of the time. We think that you have to have some very special reasons to purchase something new or upgrade an existing studio item and we believe this for two reasons. Firstly there’s the cost. Making music is cheaper now than it ever has been, but once you factor in the quality pieces of equipment you need for your signal chain, it can still be an expensive pastime. The second reason is that it’s often best to know your equipment well and when you do, you’ll get more out of it, so why upgrade? Why indeed. There are reasons you’ll need a new synth, though, so only think about doing it once you’ve read these and, if any of them apply to you, we’ll tell you how to upgrade next time.

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In our cover feature this month, Alex Holmes guides you through the science and logic behind why it’s necessary to calibrate your studio and equipment, and the steps you’ll need to take to guarantee perfect, balanced sound at all times. Also this issue, Erin Barra simplifies some vital music production concepts that may have long eluded your understanding – to hopefully increase your sonic vocabulary. We speak to Kanye West’s former controllerist and cutting-edge musician Laura Escudé, UNO synth designer Erik Norlander and Emmy-winning Guus Hoevenaars. Additionally, we present our in-depth reviews of Roland Cloud, PreSonus Studio One 4, Loopcloud 2.0, Elektron Analog Four MkII and more, as well as 5 brand new tutorials to broaden your production chops.