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The 10 Best Synths of All Time!

9 November 2022  |  Admin

The 10 Best Synths of All Time!

A countdown of the 10 best synths of all time and their current equivalents that won't break the bank!


The most iconic keyboard synthesizers in the world ever and how to get those sounds on todays modern gear

Check out this video countdown from Doctor Mix and then see our picks on how to get the vintage sounds using modern day tech

Oberheim OB-6


Used heavily on Michael Jacksons 'Thriller' album, this has an unmistakable lush sound and features on tracks by such artists as Prince, Paul McCartney, Van Halen, The Police and so many more....

Sequential OB-6 Analogue Synthesizer Keyboard
  • Classic Oberheim sound
  • Vintage SEM tone
  • Dual effects
  • X-Mod & poly step sequencing
  • Easy to program, easy to play!

6-Voice polyphonic analog 49-key synth. Classic Oberheim sound.

Only 1 in stock, immediate despatch  Only 1 in stock, immediate despatch
Roland Cloud D-50


Famous for many 80's hits from artists including Madonna, Michael Jackson, New Order, Phil Collins, Gary Numan and countless others.

Roland Cloud D-50 Synthesizer, Plugin Instrument, Software Download
  • Extra waveforms and tempo-syncing LFO enhance sound design capabilities and DAW integration
  • A virtual PG-1000 controller (based on the optional hardware controller available for the original D-50) greatly simplifies sound design, allowing you to customize preset sounds and build unique voices from scratch
  • All the original presets plus fresh new sounds and additional patch downloads

A digital synth icon, now available as a plug-in for your DAW. 

In Stock, Digital Delivery  In Stock, Digital Delivery
Arturia V-Collection


Probably the most famous looking synth ever. Used by Herbie Hancock, Peter Gabriel, Prince, Kate Bush & Art of Noise.

Arturia V Collection 9, Classic Virtual Instruments, Software Download
  • Includes 32 instruments
  • Korg MS-20 V, SQ80 V, Augmented STRINGS, and Augmented VOICES
  • Prophet-5 V & Prophet-VS V
  • CS-80 V rebuild
  • Piano V rebuild

Premium software suite of reference-grade software instruments for producers, music makers, and sound designers

In Stock, Digital Delivery  In Stock, Digital Delivery
Sequential Prophet 5


Kraftwerk. Need we say more?

Sequential Prophet 5 Analogue Synthesizer Keyboard
  • Includes authentic CEM 3340 VCOs
  • Offers five-full octaves and 61 semi-weighted Fatar keys
  • Achieve great sounds straight out of the box via the 200 presets
  • Create and store your own signature sounds thanks to 200 user defined presets

The return of a legend

Only 1 in stock, immediate despatch  Only 1 in stock, immediate despatch
Korg M1


The most popular synthesizer ever made. If you went raving in the 90's this is the piano used on virtually all of those tracks.

Korg Krome EX-61, 61-Key Music Workstation Keyboard
  • Powerful piano synthesizer and workstation
  • Packs the most usable sounds into an easy to use platform
  • High performance specification for creating immediately-usable sounds
  • Effects, Drums and more adds up to a very powerful workstation
  • 193 effect types included

Updated version of the popular Krome Series.

Estimated restock is 5-30 days  Estimated restock is 5-30 days
Korg ARP2600

(5) KORG ARP2600 / KORG MS-20 MINI

One for the noodlers. Used by Stevie Wonder, Brian Eno, Jean-Michel Jarre & The Chemical Brothers.

Korg MS-20 Mini Analogue Synthesizer
  • Replicates every detail of the original, down to the packaging & manual
  • External signal processor
  • MIDI In and USB connection
  • Downloadable patch book to show you how to create a range of new sounds
  • Amazing bit of kit for the studio to get those old skool sounds!

The new MS-20 Mini is a faithful 3/4 size recreation of Korg's iconic MS-20. This true analogue synth is ideal for basses and leads.

Estimated restock is 5-30 days  Estimated restock is 5-30 days
Korg ARP 2600M Analogue Synth Module
  • Faithful recreation of the iconic ARP 2600 synthesizer
  • Smaller design - 60 percent of the original size
  • Three versatile oscillators with a range of waveforms
  • 3.5mm jack patching points
  • New and improved sliders for a smoother performance

Legendary synth re-imagined

Only 1 in stock, immediate despatch  Only 1 in stock, immediate despatch
Yamaha CS-80


Used by Giorgio Moroder, Daft Punk & played by Michael Jackson himself on Billie Jean.

Yamaha Reface CS Analogue Synthesizer
  • Analogue physical modelling
  • Aboard effects processor
  • 8-Note polyphony
  • Foot pedal input
  • Integrated speakers

Simple control, colourful sounds, massive dynamics

Estimated restock 01/07/2024  Estimated restock 01/07/2024
Yamaha DX7


No discerning recording studio in the 80's was complete without a DX7. Whitney Houston, Madonna, Michael Jackson & A-ha all used this on number 1 hits.

Yamaha MODX6+, 61-Key Synthesizer
  • 61 keys, weighted GHS keyboard, initial touch
  • 128 voices of polyphony
  • Integrated Effects, Part-EQ, Master-EQ
  • 2,227 Preset Performances (up to 16 Parts per Performance 
  • 7“ Wide-VGA Touchdisplay

61-Key semi-weighted keyboard with 7" touchscreen

In stock, immediate despatch  In stock, immediate despatch
Jupiter 8


Could easily have taken the top spot. Such a beautiful looking and sounding synth. Another icon of the 80's as used by Quincy Jones, Duran Duran & ABBA.

Roland Cloud Jupiter 8 Synthesizer, Plugin Instrument, Software Download
  • Legendary 80's PolySynth software 
  • Onboard reverb and tempo-syncing delay
  • Tempo-syncing LFO that locks to your project
  • Extended oscillator range
  • Condition knob adjusts the sound of the JUPITER-8—clean and pristine to warm and broken in

Legendary ‘80s polysynth, now available as a DAW plug-in. 

In Stock, Digital Delivery  In Stock, Digital Delivery
Roland Jupiter-X, 61-Key Synthesizer Keyboard
  • All new synthesis engine brings the Jupiter into the future
  • Compact synthesizer with a 61-note keyboard
  • Reproduces the JUPITER-8, JUNO-106, SH-101, XV-5080, and much more
  • Cutting edge I-Arpeggio function brings artificial intelligence to your performance
  • Easy to use with clear displays and controls

Featuring the revolutionary 'ZEN-Core Synthesis System'

Only 1 in stock, immediate despatch  Only 1 in stock, immediate despatch


The king of bass. Used for the bassline on 'Thriller' by Michael Jackson.

Moog Minimoog Model D (2022 Re-Issue USA Model), Legendary Analogue Synthesizer
  • 2022 Reissue, manufactured in the USA
  • A piece of music history that continues to inspire artists across styles and genres
  • Original discrete analog circuitry with player-appreciated factory upgrades
  • High-quality craftsmanship - designed and built to last a lifetime
  • Delivers the iconic presence and sound of a vintage Moog instrument

Built in the USA at the original Moog factory.

Only 1 in stock, immediate despatch  Only 1 in stock, immediate despatch

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