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Top 40 Synth Blogs & Websites To Follow in 2018

FEEDSPOT has selected the top 40 blogs / websites from thousands of synthesizer blogs. As we can say with pride: Great Synthesizers has reached #3. The blogs were evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

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Malekko Manther – Analog CEM / SSM Synth

Malekko’s analog synthesizer Manther is a compact desktop groovebox with built-in 64-step sequencer and delay effect. The instrument is based on the Roland SH-101 synthesizer and retains – with exception of the traditional keyboard – all the essential features of the original synth. There’s even more: A comprehensive step sequencer, an array of CV connections and illuminated faders. That doesn’t sound bad.

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Arturia MatrixBrute: a modest raise in price

We have to be fair: this step was to be expected. The Arturia MatrixBrute – a high-quality and flexible analog synthesizer – will be more expensive as of July 1st 2018. Which is not so much a question of why the price is going up, but rather why that synth has been so cheap so far. At less than 2000 Euros, an instrument of this potential (3-VCO-2-VCF engine, performance sequencer, modulation matrix, CV-patchbay, MIDI + USB, etc.) is a bargain indeed.

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Upgraded White Beast: The New MODOR NF-1

The MODOR NF-1 is still an insider tip. And it’s a rarity. After all, it’s an European synthesizer “Made in Belgium”. Although its sound is powerful, inspiring and versatile, NF-1 had a difficult start. Users quickly critizied the slightly mediocre hardware (wobbly knobs). And the noisy audio signal. Anyway, MODOR now modified the NF-1 with a respectable hardware upgrade …

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SynthFest France: 30.3. – 1.4. 2018

Maybe you happen to be in France end of March? Then you might call yourself a lucky guy who can participate the SynthFest France. We’d wish to be there! SynthFest France takes place in Nantes, a small, yet beautiful town located at the Atlantic coast. Many exhibitors, company representatives, synthesizer specialists and music lovers are expected.

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NAMM 2018: Sonicstate Awards

To be honest: we’re a littlebit proud. Quite a few German companies were honored with the Sonicstate NAMM Award 2018. Companies such as Doepfer, Radikal Technologies or Waldorf. A glorious end of a glorious mega-event!

“[…] another NAMM is over, this one was the biggest one we’ve been to, the sheer physical size of it with the addition of two extra halls keeping the team on their toes – quite literally.” (sonicstate.com)

Dieter Doepfer received his award for the new A-100 Polyphonic Modules:

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