Best synthesizers 2023: Keyboards, modules and semi-modular

There’s an incredible amount of choice out there when it comes to the best synthesizers you can buy today. From affordable options to those that are hitting that ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ level of price, our guide to the best synths is an exhaustive one. With this amount of choice, it’s not a surprise to find yourself suffering from option paralysis so strap yourself in, and let’s find the right synth for you.

In the mid-to-late-’00s things were looking a little bleak in the hardware synthesizer world. Software synths had matured enough to sound just as good as their physical counterparts and their lower cost and easy integration with modern, DAW-based music-making made it seem as though they were the future.