1 Roland SH-01A
The Boutique range consists of compact digital remakes of some of Roland’s greatest hits. This SH-01 remake isn’t analogue but does have polyphony, a touchscreen, a chord memoriser and enhanced sequencing so what you lose in authentic circuits, you gain in functionality.
£349, buy here.
2 Deckard’s Dream
The obsessiveness of Blade Runner fans hit new levels when Sputnik Modular’s Roman Filipov created his homage to the CS-80, Yamaha’s classic synth from the 80s, used on the Blade Runner score. The Dream may not have the C-80’s design charm but it faithfully recreates its sonic abilities.
£2,686, buy here.
3 Korg Odyssey FS
After leading the way with its compact MS-20 remake, Korg set about remaking the Arp Odyssey which, along with Moog’s Model D, helped popularise the synth. The compact keys were great for touring and keeping prices low, but now Korg have brought out a full size version with a special version of the SQ-1 sequencer.
£1,459, buy here.
4 Behringer Model D
Uli Behringer’s latest news is a remake of Sequential Circuit’s Pro One following announcements to remake the Oberheim OB-Xa and Roland’s VP-330 Vocoder Plus. They may not hit shops for some time but until then there’s a cut-price remake of the Minimoog Model D.
£299, buy here.
5 Roland TR-8S Rhythm Performer
Roland’s TR-8 combined two of the most famous drum machines, the 808 and 909, and now a new version adds the 606, 707 and 727. It looks nothing like its predecessors, and as with the TR-8 Roland’s swerved analogue in favour of its Analogue Circuit Behaviour software. The 8S looks set to repeat the TR-8’s success.
£609, buy here.