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Synth Resource, Info & Review Sites
AudioBombs provide synth presets for hardware and software synths. MusicRadar.com features new music technology. GospelMusicians.com provides good tutorials as well as informative keyboard review videos. SonicState have a great collection of gear reviews. Checkout Harmony Central Synth News for recent press releases. Keyboard Magazine provides a selection of their informative reviews plus KeyboardTV. SOS Articles also provide many good reviews.


Synthesizer Resource, Info And Review Sites

  • Alpha Entek
  • Descriptions and pictures of classic electronic keyboards.
  • Audio Playground
  • An archive of a large Florida based synthesizer collection put together by Joseph Rivers.
  • Balanced Output
  • Synth site with information and patches for the Casio VZ1, Kawai K1, E-Mu Proteus 1 & Yamaha DX/TX 7
  • Bleeps-And-Peeps
  • Provides Owner Manuals, Schematics ,Service Manuals and Sysex/Wav files for synths and keyboards.
  • Bob Cash's Synths
  • Bob presents hires pictures ( front, side and back ) from many synths he has owned over the years.
  • Chipcollection.com
  • A blog website that includes articles on synths, MIDI controllers, music software and other electronic music related subjects.
  • Cloned Analog Gear
  • Archive of a site featuring vintage analog synths. Some articles and manuals available.
  • Cool Keys Page
  • A page simply dedicated to the memory of the Wurlitzer and Rhodes electric piano with some Real Audio and MP3 classic examples.
  • Chris Carter's Reviews
  • Chris Carter presents a long list of reviews of recent synth models that were published in Sound On Sound magazine.
  • CreateDigitalMusic.com
  • Good reviews and news articles on synths and music software.
  • CRMAV
  • Gear info and some user reviews including synths & keyboards.
  • Dancetech
  • Good range of links, info and some RealAudio samples of synths, drum machines and anything related to producing techno dance music.
  • Electro-Music
  • Dedicated to experimental electro-acoustic and electronic music .
  • Electronic Music Primer
  • A multimedia primer for electronic music.
  • Electronic Musical Instruments 1870-1990
  • Info and pictures tracing electronic instruments over 120 years.
  • Electronic Music In The 20th Century
  • Documents electronic music innovation from 1875 and through the 20th century.
  • Electronic Musician
  • Search for past articles from Electronic Musician magazine. They provide invaluable insight into producing electronic music and making best use of a range of music & audio products.
  • EMF Institute
  • Documents figures in synth history and provides timelines. Checkout EMF.org
  • FutureProducers.com
  • Provide gear reviews, plus there are a wide variety of related forums as well as reviews and news.
  • Gear-Heads List
  • Great list of personal reviews of a vast range of keyboards.
  • Harmony Synth Database
  • User submitted synth reviews. Some good technical resources & schematics on building
  • Hollow Sun
  • Descriptions of a number of vintage synths with some sound samples and audio demos to download. See Nostalgia.
  • IAJO
  • International Archives For The Jazz Organ provides info and links for the jazz organist.
  • Intermusic.com
  • An archive of a past site from Future Publishing with links for all instruments & recording. Includes auctions, reviews and downloads for keyboards and samplers. Also check the Gearfinder for a wide range of reviews.
  • Innovativesynthesis.com
  • Presents an ongoing series on the basics of synthesis. Some good background info here for anyone learning about synth programming.
  • IOTech Vintage Synth Patches
  • An archive of patches for analog synths stored as .WAV & sysex files to allow you to load then into your synth. The list of patch files includes MOOG, Roland, Korg, Crumar, Oberheim, Sequential Circuits & Oxford. Presented by IOTech a Scandinavian analog synth repair company.
  • Jazz Hooves
  • Site with arranger keyboard news and information.
  • Jetboy Junction
  • A variety of information & resources related to analog synthesizers.
  • Ken Stone
  • Ken Stone's Modular Synthesizer page provides accounts of Ken's construction of his modular synth.
  • Keyboard Magazine
  • Keyboard Magazine provides a selection of their gear reviews and featured articles.
  • Keyboard Player
  • Archive of the website of Keyboard Player magazine. The longest running keyboard magazine in the U.K. established in 1979 See a selection of past reviews
  • Mark Glinsky's Home Page
  • Mark is a collector of manuals & documentation for older & now unsupported synths.
  • matrixsynth.blogspot.com
  • A blog featuring pictures from a number of synth enthusiasts.
  • MEMI Makers
  • A German electronic music site with a collection of bass & drumkit sysex dumps and samples taken from a number of different synths. Drumloops are also available for download.
  • Microtonal Synthesis Homepage
  • A listing of all synthesizers, samplers, sound cards and software synthesizers capable of user programmable microtonal scales or tunings: just intonation, non-12 equal tempered, well-tempered scales, xenharmonics, etc.
  • Midiworld
  • Provides specs and documentation for a number of recent synths including Korg, Yamaha and E-Mu/Ensoniq.
  • MiniOrgan.com
  • This is the first museum of lost organs, damned keyboards, childish synthesizers, dusty voice transformers and singing calculators. Most of them are from the 70s and 80s.
  • Modularsynth.com
  • Links to modular synth info and resources.
  • Music Gear Review
  • Good site with user reviews for a range of electronic music gear including synths.
  • Music Machines
  • A very good synth site with info on all types of synthesizer.Check out their manufacturers page as well as schematics
  • Music Player
  • Miller Freeman presents this site which has wide coverage of recent gear from keyboards to guitar to DJ products etc. Also visit the MusicPlayer BBS with forums moderated by technical experts such as Craig Anderton and Roger Nichols plus others.
  • Music Tech Magazine
  • Provides downloadable .PDF reviews of synths and keyboards.
  • My Brilliant Non-Career
  • Bill Kopp takes a nice tour through the history of his musical instruments complete with descriptions and photos.
  • Norm Leete's Page
  • Norm's Electronic Music Instrument Page is a collection of pages with info & specs for the Mellatron, ARP 2600, Stylophone, Mini Moog, DX-7 and Roland guitar synths.
  • Octave Cat Recalibration
  • How to recalibrate and tune the Octave Cat.
  • Organfax
  • A great website for organ related resources online plus support for electric pianos and arranger keyboards. See related links.
  • Physical Modeling Page
  • Articles on physical modeling synths plus some resources for the Yamaha VL-1
  • Philipp Koltsov
  • Provides patches for a number of older synths.
  • Pro-Music New
  • Online news providing releases on the latest electronic music gear and DJ products.
  • Progsounds.com
  • Provide some synth programming tutorials plus announce new products.
  • Purgatory Creek
  • Provide keyboard and DAW related resources including a Digital Piano Shootout and audio files of SMPTE timecodes for using in DAW applications to synchronize SMPTE compliant gear.
  • REC'UP
  • Archive of public domain patches for some popular synths.
  • R.L. Reid - Microtonal Composition
  • Notes on microtonal composition including microtuning the DX11/TX81Z
  • Rolamtech
  • Provides original mp3 demos and sys-ex downloads for various Oberheim, Waldorf, Yamaha and Novation synths.
  • Ruskeys
  • Provides info, photos, schematics and more for a wide range of Russian synthesizers. See VSTi Synthesizers for VSTi versions of Russian synths.
  • Russian Analog Synths
  • Documents many Russian vintage synthesizers.
  • Sample This
  • Bobby Nathan's sampler and drum machine museum page with a historical rundown of some classic gear.
  • SBS Media
  • Provide an archive of patches for a variety of synths including Access Virus, Korg M1, Yamaha DX-7 and SY-77 and others plus softsynth patches.
  • SiliconBreakdown.com
  • Pictures and info of Moog, ARP, E-Mu Modular and Sequentia; Circuits synths.
  • Simon's Hall Of Electric Pianos
  • Info and specs of many electric pianos over the years.
  • Sound-On-Sound Magazine
  • Provide years of informative reviews and articles on electronic music gear including synths. Click on "Articles" for a wealth of information. See the excellent series Synth Secrets.
  • Sound Of Music
  • Provides resources, specs and manual for older gear including the Hohner Clavinet.
  • Sweetwater's Tech Library
  • A great collection of articles on a variety of electronic music topics.
  • Synth4ever
  • Features video demos of analog, digital and wavetable synthesizers in a space-ambient music style.
  • Synth.net
  • Provide info and pictures of a number of vintage synths and music gear. Plus it also is home for a number of synth DIY projects.
  • Synthetiseur.net
  • Archive of a past French site with user reviews of many synths. French language option only.
  • Synthfind
  • Links to classic synths being sold.
  • Synthesizers.com
  • Roger Arrick builds analog modular synthesizers, so check out his site if you want to expand your sound palette.
  • Synth Fool
  • A very good site with analogue synth associated info, schematics, patch sheets etc for many analog synths.
  • SynthMania.com
  • MP3 demos available from a number of synths.
  • SynthSchool
  • Provide educational services to teach about synth programming.
  • The Synth Pages
  • Archive! Synth descriptions & tips on the JX8P/10, Six Trak and other chosen models.
  • Synthpop
  • Historical reference on synthesizers and the synthpop that they were used to create.
  • Synth.Site
  • Presented by Sonicstate, this site provides user reviews & pictures of a vast number of synths. But they can always use your review submissions to increase & improve coverage. Also has discussion forums for each major synth brand name.
  • Synthesizer Network
  • Info on various analog synths, related books and midi/CV interfaces.
  • Synthony Synth Museum
  • Dealer page with a good listing of synths & specs. Coverage of most analog & early digital synths.
  • Synthtopia
  • A portal devoted to electronic music that includes many articles convering synthesizers and music software and hardware.
  • Sysexdb
  • A great website that has data request sysex messages for almost every MIDI synth.
  • Tech Talk
  • An archive of a site that had some reviews of music software and hardware.
  • Tweakheadz Lab
  • A great website that provides lots of useful info on music electronics, recording and also very well written gear reviews.
  • UCSD Synth FTP Site
  • FTP synth Patch archive at UCSD. Contains patches and files for a number of older synths ... lots for DX7
  • Vintage Articles - Melmusic
  • Brad Coates from Melbourne Music Center (also a dealer in vintage keyboards) presents a number of informative articles including Mini Moog, Fender Rhodes, Yamaha CSX-80 plus a series of Hammond organ/Leslie articles as well as classic effects pedals.
  • Vintage Keys Magazine
  • Provides some retro keyboard resources and articles.
  • Vintage Synth Explorer
  • Specs and info on many genuine vintage & modern vintage emulation synthesizers.
  • Vintage Synths Made In Italy
  • A site with pictures, tech info & even some manuals for Italian made analog synthesizers & keyboards including Farfisa, Siel, Crumar, Jen and other brands.
  • Virtual Synthesizer Museum
  • Features information and resources for synths prior to 1990.
  • What Is A Synthesizer
  • A good introduction to synthesizers, explained in an easy to understand manner, plus tips for buying secondhand and pictures and personal reviews of a number of synths.
  • Wikapedia - Synthesizer
  • Provides information on a number of well known synthesizers list by brand.
  • Yahoo Synthesizer Groups
  • Yahoo host a large collection of synth user groups with discussion and links for many synths.
  • Zicweb
  • Zicweb provides factory presets for many synths as well as info on music software and hardware.


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