V-Synth GTBy Stephen Fortner
We’ve heard from some synth buffs who feel disappointed— betrayed, even—that the Jupiter-80 didn’t turn out to be an analog-focused machine covered in knobs and sliders. We feel your pain—how dare Roland take a name they came up with in 1981 for a keyboard designed to make the widest possible range of sounds and slap it on a new keyboard designed to make . . . the widest possible range of sounds? Next, they’ll release a karaoke jukebox called the TR-8008 at NAMM 2012, causing the world to end right on the Mayan schedule.
Prophet ’08The good news is, any one of the synths below might already have been the second coming you were hoping for. So if it’s throwback and/or knobs you want, grab one and don’t worry about the apocalypse—after all, you’ve made it clear that you’re skeptical of the SuperNatural.