Inspiration can strike anywhere. Sometimes the commute to work can be the birthplace of a new melody or a late night of watching TV can create the need to jam out. Guitarists have the luxury of being able to play anywhere with their instrument, but what about the keyboardists? Keyboards are traditionally cumbersome units that probably will require an external power source and they take longer to setup than just pulling the keyboard from a case. Yamaha is a pioneer of electronic keyboards and synthesizers who wants to bring portability back to the keys with their new reface series.
Elektron’s new flagship Analog Keys synthesizer is no entry-level piece of gear. It can seem convoluted to use at first, and its steep price point will put it a little out of reach for the average consumer—but is it worth it for synth heads? Today we take a look at its many features and draw some conclusions.