What are the best pocket synthesizers?

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    #1Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth

    Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth

    The Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth is a miniature stylus operated synthesizer. It retro organ sounds with vibrato effects, and has a tuning knob for tuning or pitch-blend effects. It also has a built-in speaker as well as an MP3 input for ease of use.

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    Rebecca Walsh
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I have never heard of this, But I could find it pretty entertaining and neat. May have to check into this. I could also see where it could possibly keeo my kiddos occupied"
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    #2Korg Volca Beats Analog Rhythm Machine

    Korg Volca Beats Analog Rhythm Machine

    The Korg Volca Beats Analog Rhythm Machine has an electribe style 16-step sequencer which has 8 memory patches and it has glitch and stutter modes. It has external control for DAWs and it has a built-in speaker and battery power as well.

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    Austin Silva
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Need the portability of a percussive instrument but don't have the cash or space to buy a drum machine? You'll find this the perfect solution. Just make sure you buy a 9 volt adapter."
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    #3Stylophone Gen X-1 Portable Analog Synthesizer

    Stylophone Gen X-1 Portable Analog Synthesizer

    The Stylophone Gen X-1 Portable Analog Synthesizer is a portable and highly playable synthesizer. It uses a stylus for navigation and is battery powered. It has new filters and delay modes, and can use multiple frequencies and chorus effects.

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    Victoria Pan
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I am diggin' this old school lookin little battery powered synthesizer. It is so cute and cool. It seems to work fairly well but not perfect, but that's a portable synthesizer for you."
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    #4Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII

    Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII

    Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII is a 25-key ultra-portable USB MIDI drum pad and keyboard controller with a joystick, which is ideal for traveling musicians and producers who do not require a big keyboard to use. 

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    Kevin Price
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "I got this so I could create beats wherever I went. It works well. I have to lug this AND a laptop around though, it's slightly inconvenient. Only thing bad about it is the USB cable is really short which can cause issues. The build is sturdy and it's well made and works great though. One of the best for sure."
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    #5Gakken SX-150 MARK II Analog Synthesizer

    Gakken SX-150 MARK II Analog Synthesizer

    The Gakken SX-150 MARK II Analog Synthesizer is a mini synthesizer that has all the effects of a professional synthesizer in a small compact body. It has dozens of functions and it has the capability to perform at par with full-size synthesizers.

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    Ethan Scott
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I needed a small Synthesizer. I found one called Gakken SX-150 MARK II Analog Synthesizer. It has all the features I needed. After a few weeks with it I can say I am really glad I got it."
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    #6Korg Monotron Duo Dual Oscillator Analog Pocket Synthesizer

    Korg Monotron Duo Dual Oscillator Analog Pocket Synthesizer

    The Korg Monotron Duo Dual Oscillator Analog Pocket Synthesizer is a small but capable machine which can do pitch control, VCF, peak control, and the like. It has an X-mod circuit found in the classic Korg Mono/Poly for the best performance.

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    José Alberto Toledo
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Korg Monotron Duo Dual Oscillator Analog Pocket Synthesizer is one of the best pocket synthesizers out there. It can do pretty much anything you can ask of it at a small footprint. Also is high quality because of the x-mod circuit built in that's from the classic Korg Mono/Poly synthesizer."
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    #7Korg Volcakeys Analog Synthesizer

    Korg Volcakeys Analog Synthesizer

    The Korg Volcakeys Analog Synthesizer can do three note true analogue synthesis with one knob per function. It has a 16-step sequencer with Flux mode, and Sync In and Out technology for multiple instrument sync. It has a built-in speaker as well.

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    Rose Reid
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Pocket synths are cool as heck and I'd been wanting one for a while. I decided to treat myself to this one with my tax refund, and I gotta say, that was a good decision! Solid product, handles being portable well enough, and the output is quality."
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    #8Novation Launchkey Mini MK2 25 Key USB Keyboard Controller

    Novation Launchkey Mini MK2 25 Key USB Keyboard Controller
    The Novation LAUNCHKEY MINI MK2 25 Key USB Keyboard Controller is a mini keyboard. It has a multi-colored backlight and sensitive drum pads for ease of use. It has built-in software for Mac and PC and can make dynamic sounds and effects easily.
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    Jerry Pearson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This synthesizer is actually very appealing to my eyes and I feel like I got to have one of these just for fun. I am a very fond of drum pads but synthesizers is not really up in my alley, this is also not something that I would consider "pocket" synthesizers but this is highly recommended by other people, I guess your best bet is to read the high rating reviews for this product."

Summary

Best What are the best pocket synthesizers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Stylophone Retro Pocket SynthElectronics 12 Paid
2Korg Volca Beats Analog Rhythm MachineElectronics 8 Paid
3Stylophone Gen X-1 Portable Analog SynthesizerElectronics 8 Paid
4Akai Professional MPK Mini MKIIElectronics 6 Paid
5Gakken SX-150 MARK II Analog SynthesizerElectronics 5 Paid
6Korg Monotron Duo Dual Oscillator Analog Pocket SynthesizerElectronics 3 Paid
7Korg Volcakeys Analog SynthesizerElectronics 2 Paid
8Novation Launchkey Mini MK2 25 Key USB Keyboard ControllerElectronics 1 Paid
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