Do Synthesizers Have Speakers? (Synths with Built-in Speakers + Tips)

It is common to see some digital pianos and keyboards with speakers built into them. That’s because most of those keyboards are made with the beginner in mind. It’s an excellent idea to have an all-in-one package without any extra gear when learning how to play the piano/keyboard. But what about synthesizers? Do synths have speakers? While a few synthesizers have built-in speakers, most synths don’t have speakers because … Read more

Do You Need an Amp for a Synthesizer? (+ When to Use It for a Synth)

Perhaps you just picked up your first synthesizer, and you want to get the best sound out of it, or maybe a friend of yours suggested you pick up an amp to play it through. I think these are all good enough reasons for you to consider buying an amp for your synth. But do you actually need an amp for a synth? Synthesizers output a line level signal, … Read more

Can You Use a Sustain Pedal as an Expression Pedal? Here are the Facts

The sustain pedal is undoubtedly one of the most popular foot pedals available. They are good for one particular thing – holding notes for longer periods. But can the sustain pedal do other things? Like using it as an expression pedal, for example. I had always been curious about this question, so I finally took some time to research, and here is what I found. Sustain pedals cannot be … Read more