A synthesizer is a keyboard capable of creating a wide range of sounds that are atypical of traditional pianos and other keyboard instruments. Most double as a workstation for composing digital music of various kinds.
While most modern electronic keyboards have synth sounds on them, many sound artists and musicians will buy separate synth machines to accompany their live performances or for studio sessions.
One of the most common reasons for this, is to have one for production purposes. Another is to have that synth sound when you already have a keyboard player in the piece.
The synthesizer can imitate other instruments or generate new timbres - i.e. musical notes with a distinctly different sound quality.
Points to think on
When you buy your synthesizer, you need to ensure that you have the proper stands, amplifiers, cords and cables needed for your work.
If you will be using your synth as a workstation, ensure that you have carefully researched the required software and laptops to use with it.
Synths are made for a variety of purposes. Casio, Roland, Yamaha and others - are great brands.
What to know about buying a pre-ownedSynthesizer
Buying used is an economical option. When looking for a used synth, keep in mind the use you will have for it and check the specs to be sure that the instrument will meet them.
Before buying a used synth, ensure that all of the technological aspects are working - particularly the inputs and hook ups. Check all the keys to see that they are in good condition and don’t stick when pressed. Check also, that it has all the proper ports and jacks that are needed for your intended use.
What to know about buying a new Synthesizer
Buying a synthesizer new is a great option. When buying new, you can select from the latest models with the newest features and qualities, and find a synth to suit your needs and be within your price range.
Naturally, you will check that your choice has all the features you need. For example, the proper aux jacks if you will be using the synthesizer for live performances or the proper USB ports if you intend to use it for music production.