Synthesizers (commonly shortened to synths) are an incredibly versatile instrument that deserve their spot in the modern producer’s studio. A synth can replicate traditional instrument sounds (percussion, brass, woodwind, piano, organ, etc.), generate natural sounds (rain, wind, waves, etc.), and produce entirely original electronic timbres. Synths can be difficult to master, but in the right hands it can open up the entire spectrum of music and sound.
Synthesizers have been one of the most defining & world shaking instruments of our digital age. Achieving mainstream success on The Beatles albums, and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, and still the same synthesizers continue to prevail today on albums like Tame Impala’s modern classic Lonerism.