1 Korg ARP 2600 FS
This reissue includes both filters from the original’s various revisions, a new arpegiattor and sequencer and midi/USB connectivity, neither of which were invented in 1971. Does it sound like the original? Wrong question. Is it a more stable device with modern touches? Definitely.
2 Sequential Pro3
Dave Smith updates his ‘Pro’ series with another paraphonic synth on steroids. It has two VCOs and a Wavetable oscillator with 32 sets of 16 wavetables, three filters, extensive LFOs and sequencing capabilities. It may look intimidating in fact it’s the most intuitive modern Dave Smith synth yet.
3 ASM Hydrasynth
The Hydrasynth has a knack for futuristic sounds and is riding the crest of the wavetable revival trend due to its attractive price-point, ease of use and breadth of wavetable capabilities. The new desktop version has a keypad that functions as a keyboard.
Korg Wavestate 4
A compact update to the classic Wavestation with 1000+ times the capacity. If you want real-world sounds like brass or strings made via subtractive synthesis on hardware kit, this is it. Good for preset hunters who like to tweak, it has parameter lock-style sequencing for deep, evolving sequences.
5 Moog Subsequent 25
For many, the Sub Phatty was an entry point into Moog’s world. Now the company has updated it with the Subsequent 25, a small, budget Moog with two-note paraphony and an updated sound engine. The most vital knobs are on the top deck so you’ll need its software to access the deeper functions.