Twisted Electrons TherapSid


€399 with SID chip (€333 without),


Twisted Electrons’ TherapSid is based around the MOS Technology SID (‘sound interface device’) chips found in early 80s home computers such as the Commodore 64. There are other synths on the market that follow a similar approach (and Eurorack modular users should check out the Busy Circuits ALM 003 SID Guts module), but what sets the TherapSid apart is its unique focus on hands-on control of parameters.

Unlike most chiptune-style synths, it’s incredibly easy to tweak the tone and adjust the deeper parameters of the TherapSid from the array of front panel controls. What’s more, there are also software editors (including, soon, an iPad app), which allow for even more immediate control over the sound.

There’s also a simple but powerful 16-step sequencer which allows you to store ‘snapshots’ of parameters for each step, something like the parameter locks found on Elektron gear.

At €399, the TherapSid is very good value (you can also save €66 if you have your own SID chip). It might not initially seem like a particularly versatile synth for many styles of electronic music, but the depth of the programming options makes it surprisingly capable.

If you fancy something similar but with a slightly different approach, you should also check out Twisted Electrons’ excellent six-voice polyphonic AY3 synth, built around two General Instrument AY-3-8912 synth chips and available for a very reasonable €197, hand built to order.

29th January, 2015


  • Ploytec is on the table behind the Bass Station 2… What do I win?

  • Is that it behind his monitor controller??? or ai or whatev

  • My next synth is definitly in that list!

  • i think it not good the MICROGRANNY 2.1 . is supper

    als the The Critter & Guitari Bolsa Bass is dupper

    more supper synth,s on

  • Was the Elektron Monomachine just too expensive to be included, or too old?

  • @Clay – I’d personally say that’s it too old to make the list, the Monomachine MK2 came out 5-ish years ago now. That said, I just bought a new one from Elektron and it’s probably my favourite digital synth EVER (though the Machinedrum is probably parallel to that as well, yeh I’m a fanboy)

  • We love the Monomachine but here we’re just focusing on more recent releases.

  • I highly recommend the Audiothingies P6, it sounds more ‘analogue’ than modern analogue synths I’ve used, I’d take it over a load of more expensive synths any day.
    Strong filter with lovely sqidgy resonance, snappy envelopes and a good mod matrix, this is a very flexible instrument with a very wide sweet spot.
    Here’s a demo I made recently showing a wide range of sounds, I’ll be posting another one soon as well:


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