1 Elektron Digitone
Sweden’s Elektron has never been afraid to walk on the wild side. Its keyboard version of last year’s Digitone features the bulk of the controls on the left of the 37 keys. A bold decision, they say, to make it more playable, and when you look at its nuts and bolts, one that pays off. £1,100, buy here.
2 UDO Super 6
It looks like a cross between an SH101 and a Juno 106 but new UK company Udo’s debut features a new type of digital synthesis courtesy of DDs oscillators and a synth that claims to be a true ‘binaural’ stereo polysynth. Capable of 12 voices, six ‘super’ voices promise a full synth for each ear. £2k+ (tba), buy here.
3 Korg Volca Nu Bass/ Nu:Tekt
4 Polyend Preset
5 Novation Summit
Novation’s Flagship synth combines the best bits of the Peak in a 16-voice polysynth powered by the Peak’s high-res FPGA oscillators. It has an impressive heritage (the lead designer was behind the OSCAR and the WASP) and its ability to control dual layers of sounds is eye-catching. £1909, buy here.
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