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BUYER’S GUIDE

We couldn’t list every synthesiser, but we’ve extended the Buyer’s Guide to cover pretty much everything we’ve reviewed over the last four years that’s still available…

BUDGET

TEENAGE ENGINEERING POCKET OPERATORS

Price £49 to £130

www.soundtech.co.ukteenage.engineering

You can manipulate all of the quirky sounds on each of the seven units in the Pocket Operator range and make complete pieces of music with each.

WE SAY “There’s a PO for everyone, from robot beats to dance leads.”

KORG VOLCA RANGE

Price from £102

www.korg.com

With names like Keys, Beats and Bass – the analogue ones – you’ll guess what the Volcas focus on, and there’s a digital FM one, plus Sample for use of your own sounds.

WE SAY “At this price point, you’ll be incredibly hard pressed to find another analogue synth with a built-in sequencer.”

YAMAHA REFACE RANGE

Price £254

www.yamahaproaudio.com

The portable Reface range recreates classic keyboards. It’s not model specific; you get an electric piano, organ, FM synth and an ‘analogue’ synth – all of which are very good, with lots of hands-on control.

WE SAY “Sufficiently different to inspire specialist studio heads and appeal to the mass market.”

ARTURIA MICROBRUTE

Price £259

www.arturia.comwww.sourcedistribution.co.uk

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About MusicTech

2017 has been an exciting, innovative year for new music-making technology, from machine-learning plug-ins to laser-guided microphones and from scientifically crafted, point-source monitors to boutique synthesisers, the past 12 months has offered up new variations on classic gear and inventive new creative tools for making and recording music. We pay tribute to the best gear of the year in our roundup, with our winners compiled by a fusion of reader votes and our expert panel. Elsewhere this issue, we have the second part of our new A-Z series with Gear4Music, chat to MPG Award-winning mastering engineer Mandy Parnell and Grammy-winning producer and engineer Mark Rankin, and cast of our eye to the future with tutorial content in the latest iterations of Live and Reason. Additionally, you’ll find all the latest reviews from the likes of Toontrack, Dynaudio, Sonokinetic and more.It's been an excellent year for the music-technology industry, and MusicTech as a magazine. Here’s hoping 2018 will be equally as fruitful… enjoy the issue.