1 Moog Sirin
Moog’s machines are often pricey, but it has an eye on the affordable market, too. Following on from the DFAM, Grandmother and much-loved Minitaur, the Sirin is capable of soaring leads and weighty bass and is intuitive to use. It’s inspired by the classic Moog Taurus; numbers are limited, so be quick.
2 Korg Monologue
3 Elektron Model Samples
4 Roland SH-01A
The SH101 is famously easy to play and is a favourite among live performers for just that reason. It boasts monstrous bass and has just the right spread of features to cover the basic needs of electronic music composition.
5 Juno 106
There’s a reason Roland’s legendary 106 has stood the test of time. Its simple lay-out of sliders and deliciously rich sound courtesy of its analogue engine and built-in-chorus have made it the ‘go to’ easy-to-use polysynth for nearly 40 years.Originals sell online for around £1,500 if Roland’s digital remake, the JU-06, doesn’t appeal.