Synthesizers (alternatively spelled synthesiser and called synths for short) are electronic musical instruments that generate audio signals. Synthesizers get their name because their audio signals are generated according to a type of synthesis that creates a waveform of sound. Because these waveforms can be controlled, using a synth provides versatility in adapting how a sound is sculpted, and can simulate and blend a variety of sounds to create unique audio experiences.
Synths were first developed in the 1960s and obtained a cultural foothold in the 1970s as an instrument of avante-garde, psychedelic, and countercultural music. By the 1980s they had further gained in popularity, becoming a staple for even more genres of music. Today, synths are used in music and audio production of all kinds. Whether you’re in a recording studio or a composer looking for a tool to explore more audio options, a synthesizer can be the perfect addition to your creative arsenal.
Most synths have a classic piano key layout for easier operation, but others have unique layouts that distinguish them from digital pianos and keyboards. Generally compact and lightweight yet packed with features that give you more wiggle-room for audio experimentation, synthesizers are a great way to take your music production with you on the go. Choose from the wide range of synthesizer options at SoundPro when you shop our top brands including IK Multimedia, Nord, Novation, Pioneer DJ, Roland MI, and Yamaha.Read Less