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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Oct-18 > the 6 WAYS TO BUY A NEW SYNTH


Last time we looked at the six reasons there are to buy a new synth or upgrade your existing software synth, keyboard or module. This time around, then, we’ll look at the pros and cons of the different ways of actually doing the deal itself…

Despite the fact that we love and celebrate new gear more than most here at MusicTech, we really do believe that you should make the most of the equipment you already own before you branch out and buy anything new for your studio.

However, last time around we did unearth six proper reasons that mean you simply must buy a new synth. Namely: you don’t own one already; you want to update a classic (and make some cash); you’re upgrading (or downgrading) your studio space; you’re tempted by modular; you’re after a specific sound; or you need some portability. Those are, literally, the only reasons there are to buy a new synth – or upgrade an existing one – and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. So, if any of the above factors apply to you, then wake up, it’s time to buy… a new synth. But what is the best way? Pick from these six…

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Over the past 20 years the internet has transformed the world of music-making. Sharing our works-in-progress or collaborating with people around the globe is but a click away. But what if you've never done this before? Assembling the correct tools to begin doing this easily is the bedrock of this month’s cover feature, where we highlight the essential techniques, tips and resources to start composing in the Cloud. Elsewhere this issue, we speak to video game composer Jesper Kyd, whose impressive credits include many key games in the popular Hitman and Assassin’s Creed franchises. Kicking off our review section, we bring you an exclusive look at Yamaha's new MODX 6 – and discover it to be a wonderfully featured instrument that innovates on many levels. We also have our usual plethora of tutorials covering all the major DAWs, an essential guide to mixing that deconstructs that most crucial of processes, helpful gear-guides and more. I hope you enjoy the issue.