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Pages recently added:
Date Photo Page(s) added
August 3, 2014 Roland DEP-5 New! Roland DEP-5 page added, with audio examples
August 2, 2014 New! Ace Tone Rhythm Ace FR-2L page added, with audio examples
July 19, 2014 E-mu  Proteus/3 World E-mu Proteus/3 page added, with audio examples
June 22, 2014 E-mu Proteus/2 E-mu Proteus/2 page added, with audio examples
June 15, 2014 Roland JV-880 Roland JV-880 page added, with audio examples
May 11, 2014 Sequential Circuits Six-Trak Sequential Circuits Six-Trak page added, with audio examples
May 3, 2014 M-Audio Venom M-Audio Venom page added, with audio examples
May 3, 2014 Kawai K5000S Kawai K5000S page added, with audio examples
March 30, 2014 Korg DS-8  Korg DS-8 page added, with audio examples
March 15, 2014 Roland D-10  Roland D-10 page added, with audio examples
May 18, 2013  Korg MSC-13S Ethnic 2 page added, with audio examples
May 12, 2013  Korg MSC-07S Synth 2 page added, with audio examples
March 12, 2013  Korg MSC-16S Environment page added, with audio examples
June 30, 2012  Roland JD-800 page added, with audio examples
June 10, 2012  Roland D-70 page added, with audio examples
June 10, 2012  Roland VC-1 page added, with audio examples
June 5, 2012 Roland SH-101 page added, with audio examples
June 3, 2012  Roland RS-202 page added, with audio examples
June 3, 2012 Moog Micromoog page added, with audio examples
June 3, 2012  Crumar Orchestrator page added, with audio examples
June 3, 2012 Roland JX-8P page added, with audio examples
May 30, 2012 Roland SH-2000 page added, with audio examples

May 25, 2012

Multivox MX-20 page added, with audio examples

October 27, 2011 Roland JX-1 Roland JX-1 page added, with audio examples

July 3, 2011

Yamaha TX16W Sound Library page added, with audio examples

June 5, 2011 Korg Radias-R Korg Radias-R page added, with audio examples

May 22, 2011

SIEL DK 80

SIEL DK 80 page added, with audio examples

October 16, 2010 Korg DW-8000 Korg DW-8000 page added, with audio examples
January 9, 2010 Korg MSC-14S Sound Effects Korg MSC-14S Sound Effects page added, with audio examples
January 9, 2010 Korg MSC-10S Ethnic Korg MSC-10S Ethnic 1 page added, with audio examples
January 9, 2010 Korg MSC-8S Percussion Korg MSC-8S Percussion page added, with audio examples
December 30, 2009 Apple GarageBand 2 Apple GarageBand 2 page added, with audio examples
December 13, 2009 Korg MSC-11S Brass Korg MSC-11S Brass page added, with audio examples
December 13, 2009 Korg MSC-12S Synth 3 Korg MSC-12S Synth 3 page added, with audio examples
November 7, 2009 Green Oak Crystal Green Oak Crystal page added, with audio examples
November 6, 2009 IK Multimedia SampleTank Free IK Multimedia SampleTank Free page added, with audio examples
November 6, 2009 Peavey DPM Spectrum Bass Peavey DPM Spectrum Bass page added, with audio examples
November 3, 2009 FXpansion Orca FXpansion Orca page added, with audio examples
November 2, 2009 SuperWave P8 SuperWave P8 page added, with audio examples
November 1, 2009 E-mu Proteus VX E-mu Proteus VX page added, with audio examples
October 16, 2009 [image to follow] E-mu Emulator III page added, with audio examples from reader Alex Stone
October 12, 2009 Korg MSC-9S Organ Korg MSC-9S Organ page added, with audio examples
September 28, 2009 Korg MSC-1S Variety Korg MSC-1 S Variety page added, with audio examples
September 20, 2009 Korg 01R/W Korg 01R/W factory demo songs page added, with audio examples from reader Ruben Schouten
September 20, 2009 Roland MKS-20 Roland MKS-20 page added, with audio examples from reader Karl Lund
July 11, 2009 Roland SRX-07 Ultimate Keys Roland SRX-07 Ultimate Keys page added, with audio examples
July 5, 2009 BOSS DR-3 Boss DR-3 Dr. Rhythm page added, with audio examples
July 4, 2009 Roland SC-880 Roland SC-880 page added, with audio examples
May 23, 2009 Alesis Rap Techno Dance Q Card  Alesis Rap Techno Dance page added, with audio examples
April 25, 2009 Korg MSC-2S Synth 1 Korg MSC-2S Synth 1 page added, with audio examples
April 25, 2009 Korg MSC-4S Orchestra 1 Korg MSC-4S Orchestra 1 page added, with audio examples
April 25, 2009 Korg MSC-6S Fretted Insts 1 Korg MSC-6S Fretted Insts 1 page added, with audio examples
April 19, 2009 Korg MSC-3S Drums 1 Korg MSC-3S Drums 1 page added, with audio examples
April 18, 2009 Roland TR-808 Roland TR-808 page added, with audio examples
April 11, 2009 Added video demo to Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 Ver.3 page
March 28, 2009 Oberheim OB-8 Added video demo to Oberheim OB-8 page
March 28, 2009 SynthMania.com youtube channel Synthmania now has a YouTube channel and twin Vimeo channel.
March 22, 2009 Korg DSS-1 Sound Library pic Korg DSS-1 Sound Library page added, with audio examples
March 22, 2009 Korg DSS-1 Korg DSS-1 page added, with audio examples
March 14, 2009 - Five-year anniversary!  
February 21, 2009 Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 Ver.3 page added, with audio examples
February 15, 2009 Oberheim OB-8 Oberheim OB-8 page added, with audio examples
January 28, 2009 Kurzweil Contemporary ROM chip Kurzweil Orchestral ROM Soundblock page added, with audio examples
January 28, 2009 Kurzweil Contemporary ROM chip Kurzweil Contemporary ROM Soundblock page added, with audio examples
January 26, 2009 Kurzweil K2000 Best of Analog Kurzweil K2000 Best of Analog page added, with audio examples
January 25, 2009 Kurzweil K2000 Value Pack page added, with audio examples
January 25, 2009 Kurzweil K2000 V3 Kurzweil K2000 V3 page added, with audio examples
November 23, 2008 Casio MT-600 Casio MT-600 page added, with audio examples
November 15, 2008 Roland M-DC1 Roland M-DC1 page added, with audio examples (module graciously provided by Matt Fields)
November 9, 2008 Alesis Stereo Jazz Piano Q Card Alesis Stereo Jazz Piano Q Card page added, with audio examples (card graciously provided by Matt Fields)
November 9, 2008 Alesis EuroDance Alesis EuroDance Q Card page added, with audio examples (card graciously provided by Matt Fields)
September 29, 2008 E-mu Proteus FX E-mu Proteus FX page added, with audio examples
September 28, 2008 Roland SRV-3030 Roland SRV-3030 page added, with audio examples
September 28, 2008 Lexicon MPX 1 Lexicon MPX 1 page added, with audio examples
September 23, 2008 Boss ME-50B Boss ME-50B page added, with audio examples
September 23, 2008 Roland Micro Cube Roland Micro Cube page added, with audio examples
August 30, 2008 Novation XioSynth 25 page added, with audio examples
August 24, 2008 Roland SRX-03 Studio SRX page added, with audio examples
August 24, 2008 Roland SRX-01 Dynamic Drum Kits page added, with audio examples
August 24, 2008 Roland SRX-05 Supreme Dance page added, with audio examples
August 16, 2008 Roland V-Synth Version 1 page added, with audio examples
July 26, 2008 Roland V-Synth Version 2 page added, with audio examples
June 8, 2008 Korg TR-Rack page added, with audio examples
June 8, 2008 Synthmania.com is back - thank you for your patience
June 8, 2008 ANNOUNCEMENT:  Again, due to bandwidth problems, my web provider has shut Synthmania.com down.  I have now switched to a different provider, and hopefully the bandwidth will be enough.  Thank you for your patience as I work out the technicalities of bringing the site back up - Paolo of Synthmania.com
March 14, 2008 - Four year anniversary!  
March 10, 2008

Electrix Filter Factory page added, with audio examples
March 10, 2008

Smokers Delight sample CD page added, with audio examples
March 10, 2008

Dance Mega Synth sample CD page added, with audio examples
March 10, 2008

Pipa & Liuqin sample CD page added, with audio examples
March 10, 2008

Chinese Percussion sample CD page added, with audio examples
March 10, 2008 I redesigned the structure of the site, and reinstated the Roland pages.  Thank you for your patience!  Synthmania.com is now hopefully structured a bit better, and easier to navigate.  Please let me know if you find any broken links, or if you have suggestions - you can contact me at 
January 1, 2008 ANNOUNCEMENT:  Due to bandwidth problems, my web provider has instructed me to delete all the mp3 files from the /synthesizers/Roland directory.  Please refrain from clicking on Roland audio links at this time, as most of them will not work.  I am working to find a solution and hope to be able to restore the Roland links as soon as possible.  Thank you and happy new year.
December 1, 2007

Roland JD-990 Super JD page added, with audio examples
November 25, 2007

Korg Wavestation A/D page added, with audio examples
November 10, 2007

Roland JV-2080 page added, with audio examples
October 27, 2007 Roland SR-JV80-18 World Collection Latin page added, with audio examples
October 27, 2007

Roland SR-JV80-17 Country Collection page added, with audio examples
October 21, 2007 Roland SR-JV80-16 Orchestral II page added, with audio examples
October 20, 2007

Roland SR-JV80-03 Piano page added, with audio examples
October 4, 2007 Roland SR-JV80-14 World Collection Asia page added, with audio examples
October 2, 2007

Roland SR-JV80-12 Hip Hop Collection page added, with audio examples
October 1, 2007 Roland SR-JV80-09 Session page added, with audio examples
September 30, 2007

Roland SR-JV80-10 Bass & Drums page added, with audio examples
September 30, 2007 Roland SR-JV80-04 Vintage Synth page added, with audio examples
September 29, 2007

Roland SR-JV80-13 Vocal Collection page added, with audio examples
September 29, 2007 Roland SR-JV80-08 Keyboards of the '60s & '70s page added, with audio examples
July 16, 2007

Universal Sound Bank Soundscan 14 - Twisted Special FX page added, with audio examples
July 15, 2007 Universal Sound Bank Church Organs page added, with audio examples
July 15, 2007

Universal Sound Bank Soundscan 9 - Old School Keyboards page added, with audio examples
June 4, 2007 Yamaha PSR-300 page added, with audio examples
June 4, 2007

Korg MSC-5S Piano Sound Card Set page added, with audio examples
April 29, 2007 AKAI SG01v page added, with audio examples
April 5, 2007 Yamaha TG77 page added, with audio examples
March 14, 2007 - Three year anniversary! Hot & Sweaty House Cuts Volume One sample CD page added, with audio examples
February 14, 2007 Synthmania Videos section added - The Synthmania studio is moving to a larger space, and I will start featuring video reviews of synthesizers soon - I'm kicking it off with four videos of my children Grace, Christian and Vincent playing the three classic instruments of Techno - Roland TB-303, TR-909, and TR-808.  Check them out, they are a lot of fun! J
January 1, 2007 Roland SR-JV80-19 House Collection page added, with audio examples
December 31, 2006 Roland SR-JV80-02 Orchestral page added, with audio examples
December 30, 2006 Yamaha RX8 page added, with audio examples
December 24, 2006 Roland SR-JV80-05 World page added, with audio examples
December 23, 2006 Yamaha YPT-400 (PSR-E403) page added, with audio examples
December 22, 2006 Roland SR-JV80-11 Techno Collection page added, with audio examples
November 18, 2006 Cheetah MS6 page added, with audio examples
November 10, 2006 Korg 05R/W page added, with audio examples
October 22, 2006 T.C. Electronic M300 page added, with audio examples
October 21, 2006 Roland MC-303 page added, with audio examples
October 15, 2006 Korg microKORG page added, with audio examples
October 15, 2006 Roland D-110 page added, with audio examples
October 14, 2006 Best Service Alpha Dance II page added, with audio examples
October 13, 2006 Sonic Reality American Heartland page added, with audio examples
October 8, 2006 Sonic Reality Modern Songwriter page added, with audio examples
September 27, 2006 Yamaha PSR-3000 page added, with audio examples
September 23, 2006 Realistic MG-1 Concertmate page added, with audio examples
September 4, 2006

Casio MT-500 page added, with audio examples
September 2, 2006 Korg ES-1 Electribe S page added, with audio examples
August 26, 2006 Casio CZ-1000 page added, with audio examples
July 16, 2006 Best Service Gigapack page added, with audio examples
July 16, 2006 Greytsounds Philip Wolfe's Rock Keyboards page added, with audio examples
July 16, 2006 Northstar Drumscapes Vol 1 page added, with audio examples
July 15, 2006 Spectrasonics Heart Of Asia page added, with audio examples
July 15, 2006 OMI Sonic Images Library page added, with audio examples
July 15, 2006 Roland L-CDX-04 page added, with audio examples
July 9, 2006 Roland L-CDX-03 page added, with audio examples
July 9, 2006 Roland L-CDX-02 page added, with audio examples
July 8, 2006 Roland L-CDX-01 page added, with audio examples
July 3, 2006 Generalmusic Equinox 61 page added, with audio examples
July 2, 2006 Boss SX-700 page added, with audio examples
July 1, 2006 Boss DR-550 MkII page added, with audio examples
July 1, 2006 Roland SR-JV80-06 Dance page added, with audio examples
June 11, 2006 Digitech RP200 page added, with audio examples
June 11, 2006 Alesis SR-16 page added, with audio examples
June 4, 2006 Roland MT-32 page added, with audio examples
June 3, 2006 E-mu Morpheus page added, with audio examples
May 22, 2006 Casio Rapman page added, with audio examples
May 13, 2006 E-mu ProCussion page added, with audio examples
May 13, 2006 Roland SN-U110-10 Rock Drums page added, with audio examples
May 13, 2006 Roland SN-U110-06 Orchestral Winds page added, with audio examples
May 8, 2006 Yamaha TG500 page added, with .mp3 examples
May 3, 2006 Technics SX-K450 page added, with .mp3 examples
April 22, 2006 Roland SN-U110-09 Guitar & Keyboards page added, with .mp3 examples
April 22, 2006 Roland SN-U110-02 Latin & F.X. Percussions page added, with .mp3 examples
April 22, 2006 Yamaha TG33 page added, with .mp3 examples
April 22, 2006 HammerHead.JPG Hammerhead page added, with .mp3 examples
April 9, 2006 Roland U-110 page added, with .mp3 examples
April 2, 2006 Roland MKS-50 page added, with .mp3 examples
March 26, 2006 Roland U-220 page added, with .mp3 examples
March 14, 2006 - Two year anniversary! Roland SR-JV80-07 Super SoundSet page added, with .mp3 examples
March 12, 2006 Roland SR-JV80-01 Pop page added, with .mp3 examples
March 11, 2006 Roland SR-JV80-15 Special FX Collection page added, with .mp3 examples
March 5, 2006 Alesis Micron page added, with .mp3 examples
March 4, 2006 Roland JP-8000 page added, with .mp3 examples
February 25, 2006 Korg MS2000 page added, with .mp3 examples
February 16, 2006 Yamaha SU10 page added, with video examples
February 4, 2006 Yamaha QY70 page added, with .mp3 examples
February 1, 2006 Casio CT-370 page added, with .mp3 examples
January 15, 2006 Zero-G Datafile 3 page added, with .mp3 examples
January 15, 2006 Zero-G Datafile 2 page added, with .mp3 examples
January 15, 2006 Zero-G Datafile 1 page added, with .mp3 examples
January 15, 2006 Polestar Magnetics XL1 page added, with .mp3 examples
January 15, 2006 Polestar Magnetics X-Static Goldmine page added, with .mp3 examples
January 7, 2006

Alesis Hip Hop Q Card page added, with .mp3 examples
January 5, 2006 Alesis Latin Q Card page added, with .mp3 examples
January 2, 2006 Alesis Sanctuary Q Card page added, with .mp3 examples
January 2, 2006 Alesis Vintage Synthesizers and Classic Beatboxes Q Card page added, with .mp3 examples
January 2, 2006 Alesis Vintage Keyboards Q Card page added, with .mp3 examples
January 1, 2006 Alesis QS8 page added, with .mp3 examples
December 31, 2005 Roland PN-D50-04 page added, with .mp3 examples
December 31, 2005 Roland PN-D50-03 page added, with .mp3 examples
December 31, 2005 Roland PN-D50-02 page added, with .mp3 examples
December 31, 2005 Roland PN-D50-01 page added, with .mp3 examples
December 26, 2005 Roland D-50 page added, with .mp3 examples
December 23, 2005 Generalmusic pRP8 page added, with .mp3 examples
December 3, 2005 Hammond C-3 page added, with .mp3 examples
November 20, 2005 Yamaha TX81Z page added, with .mp3 examples
November 19, 2005 Yamaha Rock & Pop S5551 sound card set for the SY/TG55 synthesizer and tone generator page added, with .mp3 examples
November 19, 2005 Yamaha Syn Wave 1 S5531 sound card set for the SY/TG55 synthesizer and tone generator page added, with .mp3 examples
November 14, 2005 Yamaha Brass Section S5504 sound card set for the SY/TG55 synthesizer and tone generator page added, with .mp3 examples
November 13, 2005 Yamaha Drums 1 S5502 sound card set for the SY/TG55 synthesizer and tone generator page added, with .mp3 examples
November 13, 2005 Yamaha REX50 page added, with .mp3 examples
November 12, 2005 Roland SR-JV80-97 Experience III page added, with .mp3 examples
November 12, 2005 Roland SR-JV80-98 Experience II page added, with .mp3 examples
November 12, 2005 Roland SR-JV80-99 Experience page added, with .mp3 examples
October 16, 2005 Alesis MidiVerb II page added, with .mp3 examples
October 13, 2005 Davoli Davolisint page added, with .mp3 examples
October 6, 2005 Masterbits Monster Pack Sample CD Collection 12,000 page added, with .wav examples
September 24, 2005 E-mu XL-1 Extreme Lead page added, with .mp3 examples
September 23, 2005 Boss DR-770 page added, with .mp3 examples
September 20, 2005 Korg N364 page added, with .mp3 examples
August 28, 2005 Rhodes Stage 88 page added, with video demo
August 28, 2005 Wurlitzer EP200 page added, with video demo
August 13, 2005 Magix Dance Factory page added, with .mp3 examples
August 6, 2005 Magix Sound Pool 5 Collection page added, with .mp3 examples
July 3, 2005

Roland S-Series sample library

Roland S-Library page added, with audio examples (work in progress)
July 2, 2005 Roland W-30 page added, with .mp3 examples
June 20, 2005 Casio SK-1 page added, with .mp3 examples
June 13, 2005 Korg T3 page added, with .mp3 examples
June 12, 2005 Korg M1 page added, with .mp3 examples
May 27, 2005 Generalmusic S2R page added, with .mp3 examples
May 19, 2005 Alesis HR-16 page added, with .mp3 examples
May 18, 2005 Korg DDM-110 page added, with .mp3 examples
April 24, 2005 Yamaha SHS-10 page added, with .mp3 examples
April 20, 2005 Roland MKS-80 page added, with .mp3 examples
April 16, 2005 Yamaha DX7 page added, with .mp3 examples
April 9, 2005 Yamaha A4000 page added, with .mp3 examples
April 4, 2005 Kawai K1m page added, with .mp3 examples
March 28, 2005 Roland SC-50 page added, with .mp3 examples
March 26, 2005 Casio MT-68 page added, with .mp3 examples
March 14, 2005 - One year anniversary! Farfisa Syntorchestra page added, with .mp3 examples
March 12, 2005 Yamaha DJX page added, with .mp3 examples
March 6, 2005 E-mu PK-6 page added, with .mp3 examples
March 2, 2005 Alesis airSynth page added, with .mp3 examples
March 1, 2005 Yamaha AN200 page added, with .mp3 examples
February 28, 2005 Roland D2 page added, with .mp3 examples
February 22, 2005 Yamaha DJX-IIB page added, with .mp3 examples
February 20, 2005 Ensoniq ESQ-1 page added, with .mp3 examples
January 18, 2005 Funky Ass Guitars page added, with .mp3 examples
January 17, 2005 E-mu Orbit V2 page added, with .mp3 examples
January 15, 2005 Novation K-Station page added, with .mp3 examples
January 9, 2005 Casio VZ-10M page added, with .mp3 examples
January 2, 2005 Roland MKS-70 page added, with .mp3 examples
December 30, 2004 E-mu Proteus/1 page added, with .mp3 examples
December 26, 2004 Roland EM-10 page added, with .mp3 examples
December 23, 2004 Yamaha PSR-550 page added, with .mp3 examples
December 19, 2004 MPC Hip Hop to R&B waves sample cd page added, with .mp3 examples
December 11, 2004 Vocal Bytes 2 sample cd page added, with .mp3 examples
October 24, 2004 Korg Polysix page added, with .mp3 examples
October 23, 2004
 
Roland JX-3P page added, with .mp3 examples
October 17, 2004
 
Crumar Trilogy page added, with .mp3 examples
October 3, 2004
 
Roland Juno-106 page added, with .mp3 examples
September 6, 2004
 
Crumar Bit One page added, with .mp3 examples
August 7, 2004
 
Casio CTK-601 page added, with .mp3 examples
July 31, 2004
 
Roland R-8 page and  Guess the synthesizer game section added, with .mp3 examples
July 25, 2004
 
Korg Poly-61M page added, with .mp3 examples
July 21, 2004
 
Kawai SX-240 page added, with .mp3 examples
July 18, 2004 Roland Juno-60 pages added, with .mp3 examples
July 18, 2004 Easy Listening sample CD pages added, with .mp3 examples
July 17, 2004 NY Dance sample CD page added, with .mp3 examples
July 17, 2004 HouseMaster sample CD page added, with .mp3 examples
July 14, 2004 Korg Poly-800 page added, with .mp3 and video examples
July 10, 2004 Korg M-500 micro-preset page added, with .mp3 and video examples
April 18, 2004 Casio CSM-1 page added, with .mp3 examples
March 20, 2004
 
Boss DR-220A page added, with .mp3 & .wav examples
March 16, 2004

Famous Sounds

Added several entries to the "Famous Sounds" section - with .mp3 examples
March 14, 2004

Famous Sounds

Famous Sounds pages added - with .mp3 examples
March 14, 2004 Yamaha TG55 page added - with .mp3 examples
March 14, 2004 SynthMania SynthMania.com is published to the World Wide Web for the first time

 

 

Welcome to Synth Mania, a web site dedicated mainly to synthesizers, but also keyboards, pianos, organs, drum-machines and electronic sound-making devices in general.  Here you will find information on several models that I own/have owned in the past, I'm familiar with, or simply have specs/data about.

"Who the hell cares whether you can sync the LFO to your blender, what's the electric piano like?" - Julian Colbeck  (in "Love the one you've bought", article in Keyboard magazine, August 1996)  

Sound, above modulation routings, sys-ex capabilities, or digital I/Os is what I love about synths.  Not that those and other features aren't important, quite the contrary; it's just that if a synth doesn't sound interesting to us, no matter how many technical attributes, we are not going to use it too often.  And that's why everyone loves the sound of a good old analog synthesizer, even if it doesn't have MIDI or a dynamic keyboard: a full, warm sound.

This project was born with the intent of sharing my 20-year knowledge and passion for synthesizers with all music lovers, beginners and experts, with an emphasis on the myriad of sonic possibilities that every instrument possesses.  All throughout this site you'll find audio and video examples of the instruments described, to make this a true multimedia experience.

Furthermore, this site can be used as a source of information for people interested in buying used one of the models described in my reviews, or for beginners to get familiar with the sonic characteristics differentiating various models.

Thank you for reading and I hope you will enjoy the website.

Paolo Di Nicolantonio
Keyboardist/Composer/Sound Designer
Synth Mania creator and self-confessed synth maniac

 

 
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