This week’s Synth Deals selection is a particularly exciting range of creative instruments for music production and live performance.
From portable music creation gadgets to fully-fledged workstations, we’ve been blessed with deals on some truly inspiring gear. Let’s take a closer look at the offers currently available:
Already affectionately referred to as “the budget OP-1”, the Yamaha SEQTRAK brings together a similar set of music production features and looks to the trendsetting Swedish pocket synth.
With the SEQTRAK, you have a range of sound generation methods, including AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory 2) and FM synthesis engines, as well as the ability to use onboard or imported samples.
All in all, you have a total of 11 tracks, with seven drum channels, two AWM2 tracks, a DX synth, and a sampler. On the go, the battery provides 3-4 hours of use, and the built-in speaker and sampler add to the immediacy of its overall appeal.
The ZOIA from Empress Effects is a curious-looking contraption, capable of creating custom modular synthesizer instruments and effects chains in a compact pedal format.
With an active user base and support from the manufacturer, the ZOIA’s firmware updates can continue to expand the range of available modules, ready-made effects, and other features.
Its creative potential is vast, and the ZOIA also features up to 48kHz sample rates, with 24-bit AD/DA converters, and a 32-bit internal DSP engine. The sequencer might be a bit clunky, but you can easily link it up to other instruments for this task.
KORG Minilogue XD
The KORG Minilogue XD is a versatile 4-voice hybrid synthesizer that combines two analogue oscillators with a digital oscillator per voice. Besides the classic saw, triangle, and square/pulse waveforms, you can layer digital FM, noise, and wavetable shapes.
Overall, the Minilogue XD is particularly enjoyable to use if you want to explore making sounds from scratch. The modulation capabilities aren’t that extensive but with the onboard step sequencer, you can achieve some exciting results.
Here, you can create basslines and melodic patterns, and the Motion sequencer allows you to manipulate various parameters in tandem with the patterns you build.
AKAI MPC Key 61
The AKAI MPC Key 61 is a complete music production system contained within a 61-key semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch. You can quickly navigate the interface with the 7-inch multitouch screen and the built-in DAW permits audio and MIDI recording.
With 32 GB of internal memory, 4 GB RAM, and a SATA connector for external drives, you can install all the additional MPC content and plug-ins you need for your production workflow.
In addition, there’s a pair of extra audio outputs on the rear panel so you can incorporate hardware processors. Meanwhile, the MPC Key 61 will also function as a controller, so there are many ways to set it up.
Teenage Engineering OP-1 Field
The cultish Teenage Engineering OP-1 Field is a portable synthesizer, sampler, vocoder, drum machine, and sequencer with an array of creative features, created with the Teenage design philosophy.
With many different ways to create sounds, the OP-1 Field is a powerful catalyst for ideas, and its old-school tape emulations present an interesting and unbridled platform no matter which approach you take.
On a single charge, you’ll get up to 24 hours of battery life, and with a built-in speaker and microphone you can capture ideas with the freedom and spontaneity of your favourite TikTok influencer.
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- Yamaha SEQTRAK: Yamaha
- Empress Effects ZOIA: Empress Effects
- Korg Minilogue XD: Korg
- The first MPC with a keyboard: AKAI
- Teenage Engineering OP-1 field: Teenage Engineering
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