Ed Driscoll

Software Synthesizers

I’m testing out the newly updated versions of both Propellerhead’s Reason and Cakewalk’s Project 5 for an upcoming Blogcritics post.

While I’m primarily a guitarist, I’ve been playing with software synthesizers since about 2000, and hardware synths since the mid-1980s. But the new features in these products allow any home musician with even a modicum of talent to write amazing sounding arrangements almost effortlessly.

Between the two of them, let’s just say that I know how Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush felt when they played their first Fairlights and Synclaviers in the early 1980s.