The perfect synthesiser
If I were to design a synthesiser, what would its main features be? Does any synth on the market come close to these requirements? Is it that it may only be achieved by splicing the capabilities of existing synths to create some Frankenstein’s monster? Let’s spell it out.
Proper LFO Syncing
The ideal synth would have to have polyphonic aftertouch, of course. Would we really use it? I’d like to think that I would, but until I actually try it out, I am not convinced that it will be something that gets used an awful lot. Still want it though!
The keys themselves must be full width and length.
I’m not fussy about the actual size of the keyboard as I use my 88 key Stage 2 as a MIDI master but a choice of keyboard sizes would be ideal.
Some like as small a keyboard as possible so that it will fit into their compact setups. Some like a full-size 88 key piano keyboard – I do, although I think one in a setup is probably enough for most.
Knobs, Knobs, Knobs
They tend to get called rotary controllers these days, but I still call them knobs. Fight the system, man.
I love the fact that my Nords are (pretty much) one knob per function. If I want a particular type of sound quickly, it is the Lead 4 that I turn to. Yes, this restricts the capabilities of the instrument, but there is nothing that compares to crafting a sound without having to dive through menus and pages, ruining the creative knob-twisting and button-pushing process.
Okay, so it doesn’t have to be one-knob-per-function; it just has to have lots of knobs, buttons and switches. Preferably with some sort of feedback to show the position of each knob and switch.