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5 of the best synth remakes

From Blade Runner classics to mutant Rolands, vintage synths are inspiring some of today’s best

  • Gavin Herlihy
  • 15 June 2018

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, Roland

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, Deckard's Dream

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, Red Dog Music

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, Behringer

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, Roland

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