Mini – portable synths are getting a lot of attention these days. You may want to use them for various purposes,
- An affordable analog taste for your sound palette
- Size & portability for travelling musicians – composers – producers
- Love to make music in nature 🙂
Whatever the reason is you may enjoy this list of favourite mini – portable – affordable synths.
Teenage Engineering Portable Synths
Pocket operators below are not just sounding beautifully but they are affordable. You will love working with these little guys 🙂
“Small enough to fit in your pocket and powered by a pair of AA batteries, the Teenage Engineering PO-12 Rhythm features both real synthesized drum sounds and sampled drum sounds with 16 punch-in effects including delay, bit crusher, and filters.
“Small enough to fit in your pocket and powered by a pair of AA batteries, the Teenage Engineering PO-14 Sub Bass Synthesizer features multiple real synthesizer engines including FM, subtractive synthesis, wave table, and physically modeled strings with 16 punch-in effects including delay, bit crusher, and filters. It also includes 16 punch-in bass oriented playing styles. The punch-in play styles are a quick way to create melodies. The concept is to minimize the effort of entering a complete series of notes in a sequence by simply adding one or a few notes and then allowing the punch-in function to fill in variations of the notes that follow.”
For more info & devices from Teenage Engineering check out this post!
Korg Volca Series
Korg Volca Series gained a lot of attention offering an all around affordable analog setup for everyone. The sound & material quality is amazing when you consider the pricing tag (159 $ per unit).
If you are curious how these guys sound check out this amazing promotional video from Korg,
“Packed with mixable waveforms, a new sub-oscillator design, the famous Steiner-Parker multimode filter, a super-fast envelope, a syncable LFO, our new step sequencer and a patchable mod matrix, the MicroBrute is a landmark new synth at an incredible price.”
“The Moog Werkstatt-Ø1 is a patchable, 100% analog synthesizer whose design is based on classic Moog circuits. Assembly is extremely simple: Any user can quickly build this analog synthesizer with minimal tools and expertise. Through assembly and inspired investigation, the Werkstatt-Ø1 is an excellent platform for exploring the world of analog synthesizer circuits. A lifetime of experimentation, knob twisting, and sound design awaits. “