List of Popular Hardware Synthesizers in 2023

    πŸŽ›οΈ Hey there, synth & knob lovers! This page is your one-stop shop for a list of popular hardware synthesizers as of 2023.

    The list tries to cover everything from pocket-sized noise makers to powerhouse polyphonic beasts. Dishing the dirt on features, prices, and how many voices these bad boys can belt out.

    Whether you're a synth newbie or a knob-twisting maestro, this list should help you sort through the maze of keys, knobs, and flashing lights. Let's dive right in and start the ultimate synth hunt!

    ↕️ Click on a table column head to sort the data using that column.

    πŸ’° The prices provided are in U.S. dollar and might differ depending on location and price changes by the company.

    πŸ’Œ Let me know here if I forgot to include a major synth, or if you spot an error.

    Features
    Waldorf Quantum Mk2 2023 Digital-Analog Hybrid 16 Polyphonic $4800 Granular Synthesis, Wavetable Synthesis
    Korg Wavestate MKII 2023 Wave Sequencing 2.0 96 Polyphonic $700 Sequencer, Effects
    Roland SH-4d 2023 Virtual analog 60 Polyphonic $650 11 Oscillator Models, Multitimbral Sequencer, Arpeggiator
    Expressive E Osmose 2023 Digital 8 Polyphonic $1800 Gesture-sensitive keybed, MPE arpeggiator, 3D aftertouch
    Teenage Engineering OP-1 Field photoOP-1 Field 2022 Multiple Synthesis Engines 6 Polyphonic $2000 Sequencer, Sampler, Effects
    Korg Volca FM 2 photoVolca FM 2 2022 Digital FM 3 Polyphonic $170 Sequencer, Portable
    Arturia MiniFreak 2022 Analog/Digital Hybrid 6 Polyphonic $600 Analog filters, sequencer
    Pittsburgh Modular TAIGA 2022 Analog semi-modular n/a Paraphonic $800 Patchable, no keyboard, Multi-mode Filter
    Elektron Syntakt photoSyntakt 2022 Analog/Digital Hybrid 12 Polyphonic $950 Sequencer, 4 analog tracks & 8 digital tracks
    Cre8audio East Beast 2022 Analog semi-modular n/a Monophonic $250 Eurorack compatible, Multi-mode Filter
    Cre8audio West Pest 2022 Analog semi-modular n/a Monophonic $250 Eurorack compatible, Wavefolding, 32-step sequencer
    Novation Circuit Tracks 2021 Digital 6 Synth, 4 Drum Polyphonic $400 Sequencer, Battery-powered
    Behringer RD-8 Mk2 2021 Analog 16 (Drum Parts) Polyphonic (Drum Parts) $350 Sequencer, Wave Designer, Dual-Mode Filter
    Sequential Take 5 2021 Analog 5 Polyphonic $1500 Dual effects, Aftertouch
    Dreadbox Nymphes 2021 Analog 6 Polyphonic $500 Digital Reverb, desktop unit, Waveshaping VCO
    Behringer Cat 2020 Analog 2 Duophonic $200 Duophonic Analog Synthesizer
    Waldorf Iridium 2020 Digital/Analog Hybrid 16 Polyphonic $2700 Wavetable, Sampler, Kernel synthesis
    Roland JUPITER-X 2020 Virtual Analog 256 Polyphonic $2700 Multi-engine, ZEN-Core sound engine
    Elektron Model:Cycles photoModel:Cycles 2020 Digital FM 6 Polyphonic (drum parts) $400 Sequencer, Parameter locks
    Arturia PolyBrute 2020 Analog 6 Polyphonic $2700 MorphΓ©e touchpad, sequencer, effects
    Sequential Pro 3 2020 Analog/Digital Hybrid 3 Paraphonic $2000 Sequencer, Wavetable oscillators
    Sequential Prophet-5 Rev4 2020 Analog 5 Polyphonic $3600 Classic Reissue, Effects
    Behringer RD-6 2020 Analog 8 (Drum Parts) Polyphonic (Drum Parts) $190 Sequencer, Wave Designer
    Moog Subharmonicon 2020 Analog 6 Polyphonic $700 Semi-modular, Subharmonic Generators
    Roland TR-6S 2020 ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) 6 (Drum Parts) Polyphonic (Drum Parts) $400 FM Sound Generation, Sequencer
    Behringer WASP DELUXE 2020 Analog 1 Monophonic $300 Reissue, patchable
    Nord Wave 2 2020 Virtual Analog, Sample-based 48 Polyphonic $2900 FM synthesis, wavetable synthesis
    Yamaha YC61 2020 Digital 128 Polyphonic $2000 Organ, Piano, Synthesizer sections
    Yamaha YC88 2020 Digital 128 Polyphonic $3150 Organ, Piano, Synthesizer sections
    Yamaha CP73 2019 Digital 128 Polyphonic $2100 Electric Piano, Clavinet, Organ
    Behringer Crave 2019 Analog 1 Monophonic $200 Patchable, Sequencer
    Roland FANTOM-8 2019 Digital 128 Polyphonic $4000 Sampler, Sequencer, Synthesizer
    Roland FANTOM-6 2019 Virtual Analog 128 voices (varies by sound engine) Polyphonic $3000 Sequencer, sampler, color touch screen
    ASM Hydrasynth 2019 Digital Wave Morphing 8 Polyphonic $1300 Polyphonic aftertouch, Ribbon Controller
    Roland JU-06A 2019 Digital ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) 4 Polyphonic $400 Sequencer, Battery-powered
    Roland Jupiter-Xm 2019 ZEN-Core, Analog Modeling 256 Polyphonic $1500 Sequencer, Multi-timbral
    Behringer K-2 2019 Analog 2 Duophonic $200 Semi-modular, Sequencer
    Moog Matriarch 2019 Analog 4 Paraphonic $1900 Semi-modular, Sequencer
    Roland MC-707 2019 Digital 128 Polyphonic $1000 Sequencer, Sampler
    Arturia MicroFreak photoMicroFreak 2019 Digital Oscillator, Analog Filter 4 Paraphonic $350 Touch Keyboard, Sequencer
    Korg Minilogue XD 2019 Analog/Digital Hybrid 4 Polyphonic $650 Sequencer, effects
    Elektron Model:Samples photoModel:Samples 2019 Digital 6 Polyphonic (drum parts) $400 Sequencer, Parameter locks
    Behringer MS-1 2019 Analog 1 Monophonic $390 Sequencer, Arpeggiator
    Behringer Poly D photoPoly D 2019 Analog 4 Polyphonic $600 Distortion, Sequencer
    Behringer Pro-1 2019 Analog 2 Duophonic $300 Sequencer, Arpeggiator
    Novation Summit 2019 Hybrid Digital/Analog 16 Polyphonic $2300 Dual Filters, Multi-timbral
    Behringer TD-3 2019 Analog 1 Monophonic $130 Sequencer, Distortion
    Korg Volca Modular photoVolca Modular 2019 Semi-Modular Analog 1 Monophonic $170 Compact, battery-powered
    Moog DFAM (Drummer From Another Mother) 2018 Analog 2 Monophonic (drum parts) $600 Semi-modular, Sequencer
    Elektron Digitone photoDigitone 2018 Digital FM 8 Polyphonic $800 Sequencer, Multiple FM algorithms
    Arturia DrumBrute Impact 2018 Analog 10 Polyphonic (drum parts) $300 64-step sequencer, Steiner-Parker filter
    Nord Electro 6D 2018 Digital Varies by engine Polyphonic $2700 Organ, Piano, Sample sections
    Moog Grandmother photoGrandmother 2018 Analog 1 Monophonic $1000 Semi-Modular, Sequencer
    Arturia MiniBrute 2S 2018 Analog 1 Monophonic $500 Semi-modular, Step Sequencer
    Behringer Neutron 2018 Analog 2 Paraphonic $350 Semi-modular, Overdrive
    Moog One 2018 Analog 16 Polyphonic $10000 Multitimbral, Effects
    Teenage Engineering OP-Z photoOP-Z 2018 Multiple Synthesis Engines 16 Polyphonic $500 Sequencer, LED Visualizer
    Korg Prologue 8 2018 Analog 8 Polyphonic $1200 Multitimbral, Digital Multi-Engine
    Sequential Prophet X 2018 Digital/Analog Hybrid 16 Polyphonic $3500 Sampler, Dual digital effects
    Roland TR-8S 2018 ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) 11 (Drum Parts) Polyphonic (Drum Parts) $750 Sampler, Sequencer
    Elektron Analog Four MKII photoAnalog Four MKII 2017 Analog 4 Polyphonic $1750 Sequencer, Overbridge support
    Elektron Analog Rytm MKII photoAnalog Rytm MKII 2017 Analog/Digital Hybrid 8 (Drum Parts) Polyphonic (Drum Parts) $1900 Sampler, Overdrive
    Elektron Digitakt photoDigitakt 2017 Digital 8 Polyphonic $800 Sampler, Sequencer
    Korg KROSS 2 2017 Digital 120 Polyphonic $830 Sampler, Audio recorder
    Behringer Model D 2017 Analog 3 Monophonic $300 Reissue, Patchable
    Korg Monologue photoMonologue 2017 Analog 1 Monophonic $350 Sequencer, Microtuning
    Elektron Octatrack MKII photoOctatrack MKII 2017 Sampler 8 (Audio), 8 (MIDI) Polyphonic $1500 Sequencer, Effects
    Novation Peak 2017 Hybrid Digital/Analog 8 Polyphonic $1600 Wavetable synthesis, Dual effects
    Sequential Prophet Rev2 2017 Analog 8/16 Polyphonic $2000-2600 Dual effects, Sequencer
    Sequential REV2 2017 Analog 8/16 Polyphonic $2000-2600 Dual effects, Sequencer
    Roland SH-01A 2017 Digital ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) 4 Polyphonic $400 Sequencer, Unison mode
    Nord Stage 3 2017 Digital/Analog Hybrid Varies by engine Polyphonic $4200 Organ, Piano, Synthesizer sections
    Moog Subsequent 37 2017 Analog 2 Paraphonic $1900 Duophonic, Sequencer
    Behringer DeepMind 12 2016 Analog 12 Polyphonic $800 Built-in Wi-Fi, Effects
    Arturia MatrixBrute 2016 Analog 2 Duophonic $2000 Modulation Matrix, Sequencer
    Moog Minimoog Model D 2016 Analog Subtractive 3 Monophonic $5000 Iconic synth
    Yamaha Montage 6 2016 Digital 128 (AWM2), 64 (FM-X) Polyphonic $3500 Super Knob controller, Motion Sequences
    Yamaha Montage 8 2016 AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory 2), FM-X 128 (AWM2), 64 (FM-X) Polyphonic $4500 Super Knob controller, Motion Sequences
    Sequential OB-6 2016 Analog 6 Polyphonic $3500 Dual effects engine, Step sequencer
    Roland SYSTEM-8 2016 Virtual Analog 8 Polyphonic $1550 Plug-Out Technology, Sequencer
    Roland JD-XA 2015 Analog/Digital Hybrid 64 Digital, 4 Analog Polyphonic $2200 SuperNatural Synth Engine, Sequencer
    Roland JD-Xi photoJD-Xi 2015 Analog/Digital Hybrid 129 Digital, 1 Analog Polyphonic $600 Sequencer, Vocoder
    Roland JUNO-DS61 2015 Digital 128 Polyphonic $800 Sampler, Sequencer
    Moog Mother-32 2015 Analog 1 Monophonic $700 Semi-modular, Sequencer
    Sequential Prophet 6 photoProphet 6 2015 Analog 6 Polyphonic $3500 Dual effects engine, Step sequencer
    Yamaha Reface CS 2015 Virtual Analog 8 Polyphonic $450 Looper, Built-in Speakers, Portable
    Yamaha Reface DX 2015 Digital FM 8 Polyphonic $450 Looper, Built-in speakers, Portable
    Arturia MicroBrute 2014 Analog 1 Monophonic $380 Steiner-Parker filter, Modulation matrix
    Novation Bass Station II 2013 Analog 2 Monophonic $500 Sequencer, Arpeggiator
    Korg MS-20 Mini photoMS-20 Mini 2013 Analog 1 Monophonic $580 Semi-modular, Self-oscillating filters
    Korg Volca Beats photoVolca Beats 2013 Analog/Digital Hybrid 10 Polyphonic (drum parts) $150 Sequencer, Stutter
    Korg Volca Keys photoVolca Keys 2013 Analog 3 Polyphonic $150 Loop sequencer, Self-tuning function, Portable
    Novation MiniNova 2012 Virtual Analog 18 Polyphonic $450 Vocoder, Effects
    Teenage Engineering OP-1 2011 Multiple Synthesis Engines 6 Polyphonic $1399 Sequencer, Sampler, Effects
    Waldorf Blofeld 2007 Digital 25 Polyphonic $580 Wavetable Synthesis, Effects

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