Does knowing about but not owning vintage synths give you a case of FOMO? Fear not! Today, the modern stuff is almost always better for real-world use.
The answer has more to do with you than with the computer.
Should some music theory knowledge be a prerequsite to billing oneself as a synthesist? Read our editor's opinion and comment with your own.
Can arranger keyboards actually be hip? Stephen Fortner explains why he thinks so.
Should the keyboard industry try harder to standardize its vocabulary across brands? Editor Stephen Fortner makes the case.
Perhaps there is not a lot to change, but when DAW creators announce new features to their DAW such as arrange, or loop based pattern creation as if they've just discovered fire then one has to wonder if we've come that far in the last few decades?
Expert site founder Russ Hughes cut his teeth programming synths in the early 80s. Here is an article that was first published on Pro Tools Expert where Russ gives 25 songs every synth lover should hear and why.
Welcome to the new Synth Expert website, where you will find news, reviews, and how-tos about all things synthesizer. I’m your host, Stephen Fortner. I’m a lifelong keyboard player and synth enthusiast, and got my start in music technology journalism when Keyboard magazine published a writing sample I had sent them in the late 1990s. I accepted a job there as technical editor at the beginning of 2006 and became the magazine's editor in chief in 2009, a role in which I remained until I decided to move on to seek new adventures at the end of 2015.