In this video, synthesist Alex Bell compares five modern polyphonic synths, including the UDO Super 6, ASM Hydrasynth, Roland Jupiter X, Novation Summit & Sequential Prophet 5/10.

You could argue that Bell should have included the Korg Prologue, the Arturia Polybrute, the Waldorf Quantum or one of several other professional-level keyboard synths currently available. But, even with the 5 polysynths covered, the video demonstrates that the wealth of options currently available is arguably as good as any time in history.

It also demonstrates that it’s not easy to make an apples-to-apples comparison of these polysynth keyboards. The keyboards were designed with different technologies and with different intent.

Check it out and share your thoughts on the best polysynths currently available in the comments!

Topics covered:

0:00 Intro
0:40 Super 6 Raw Sounds
3:10 Super 6 Thoughts
5:45 Prophet~10 Raw Sounds
6:52 Here’s the thing
7:36 Ah there it is
10:27 Summit Raw Sounds
12:55 Summit Thoughts
16:10 Jupiter-X Raw Sounds
18:22 Jupiter-X Thoughts
21:21 Hydrasynth Raw Sounds
23:17 Hydrasynth Thoughts
26:17 Outro

Note: All sounds in the video are presented “raw”, meaning that only FX from the synths themselves were used (if they have them) and that there was no processing of the audio afterwards. What you hear is what the synths sound like.

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