What are the best synthesizers?

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    #1Roland JP-08 Sound Module

    Roland JP-08 Sound Module

    The Roland JP-08 Sound Module is a synthesizer that is compact but high-performing. It offers hands-on control, new sound-shaping options, and has a USB Audio Interface for direct and easy recording to a DAW. It also has a 16-step sequencer.

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    Amber Owens
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Very cool sound module. The price makes sense. This thing looks so sweet, and the sound is even better. It's great fun."
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    #2Arturia MicroBrute SE Analog Synthesizer

    Arturia MicroBrute SE Analog Synthesizer

    The Arturia MicroBrute SE Analog Synthesizer is a synthesizer which contains over 6500 instrument and sound choice presets. It has the award-winning Steiner Parker filter for sound contour and a standard step-sequencer for creating the best beats.

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    Diana Shaw
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This is an amazing synthesizer for the price! It has a ton of instrument and sound choice presets. I bought this for my oldest son who is an aspiring musician, but my younger son enjoys using it as well!"
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    #3Novation Bass Station II Analog Mono-Synth

    Novation Bass Station II Analog Mono-Synth

    The Novation Bass Station II Analog Mono-Synth is an analog synth which ships with 64 factory patches together with 64 customizable slots. It has a pattern-based sequencer and arpeggiator as well as two oscillators and one sub for maximum effect.

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    Anthony McDonald
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "This synth is a great starter synth. If you're just learning how to play with electronic music it's a great place to get started. It's not the most feature filled device on the market, but it also doesn't cost a few thousand dollars. Overall, it's a good pick up for the price."
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    #4Stylophone 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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    María Elena Espinoza
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Kind of a fun, interesting instrument! A bit tricky to use though. It takes some practice and patience to use this, but once you get the hang of it, it's fun and produces a unique set of sounds. Really dosent seem to be useful for anything except playing around."
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    #5Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer

    Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer

    The Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer is a 100% Analog Audio signal path synthesizer. It has a Steiner-Parker Multimode Filter and has a voltage-controlled oscillator with new effects such as ultrasaw and oscillator mixer. 

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    Christina Walters
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is exactly what I've been looking for. So many options it's going to take me a year to get this figured out."
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    #6Novation 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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    Lisa Green
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "When researching the best synthesizers, I wanted one that featured at least a 25 key USB keyboard. I also wanted dynamic beats and buttons for navigation and control. The Novation Launchkey Mini 25-Note USB Keyboard Controller offered all of these features and more, easily earning the label of one of the best synthesizers on the market today."
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    #7Korg 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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    Willie Morales
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "this is a no brainer. for any synth, Korg is the name you want, period"
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    #8Stylophone 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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    Ralph Lane
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "One of the best synthesizers that I have come across has to be the Stylophone Gen X-1 Portable Analog Synthesizer. This synthesizer offers a lot of different options as well as portability. The pricing is pretty good as well."
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    #9Novation Launchkey 25

    Novation Launchkey  25

    Novation Launchkey 25 is a 25-key ultra portable instrument and USB MIDI controller keyboard which can be connected to an iPad, Mac, or PC. This comes with Ableton Live Lite and Loopmasters sample pack.

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    Barbara Peters
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "I have been switching back and forth between the Novation Launchkey 25 and another bigger brand synthesizer and I have to be honest, I like the Novation so much more. This thing has everything that I could possibly need and it works between Mac or PC seamlessly."

Summary

Best What are the best synthesizers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Roland JP-08 Sound ModuleElectronics 24 Paid
2Arturia MicroBrute SE Analog Synthesizer Electronics 20 Paid
3Novation Bass Station II Analog Mono-SynthElectronics 18 Paid
4Stylophone Retro Pocket SynthElectronics 15 Paid
5Arturia MicroBrute Analog SynthesizerElectronics 14 Paid
6Novation Launchkey Mini MK2 25 Key USB Keyboard ControllerElectronics 12 Paid
7Korg Volca Beats Analog Rhythm MachineElectronics 11 Paid
8Stylophone Gen X-1 Portable Analog SynthesizerElectronics 6 Paid
9Novation Launchkey 25Electronics 2 Paid
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