The Gakken SX-150 MII is a fun and inexpensive analog synthesizer that’s great for learning the basics of synth sound creation and for adding some quirky noises to your musical productions.
It may look like a toy, and it kind of feels like one, but it’s got some big-boy sound and plenty of character. For a little synth originally intended as a novelty musical instrument, it doesn’t take much to coax some interesting sounds from its tiny speaker.
Send the Gakken SX-150 MII output through an FX pedal or two, twist a couple of knobs, and I guarantee you’ll be surprised at what comes out of your monitors.
As usual, I couldn’t find a practical review or demonstration of this gear, so I went ahead and created a video to share with anyone who might be looking to pick one up.
My video reviews tend to be on the longer side – I like to demonstrate how I’m using the gear in the real world, and often times, in ways that the manufacturer hadn’t originally intended. Over here in my studio, experimentation is part of being an Electronic Musician. The website is called Meta Micro Labs right?
As of this writing, you can get a Gakken SX-150 shipped to you from Japan for under $30.00 US through Amazon.
My price: $25.56 US
The Gakken SX-150 MARK II is a full fledged analog synthesizer.
This synth doesn't feel like the best quality equipment around, but it sounds great and that's all that counts.
For the price, it's worth purchasing this synth even if you just plan to mess around.
"Digital" isn't a dirty word. Analog synths are fun, and so are Digital synths. Go make some music with what you can get your hands on. This wasn't part of the review, but it should be.