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Stop the Music! Chip Shortage Stalls Synth Makers

July 21, 2022 Leave a comment DRI Admin

The global chip shortage and supply chain nightmare is music to no one’s ears. But for synth companies it’s literally stopping the music.

According to Synthtopia, boutique synthesizer maker Future Retro has been silenced by the shortage. The company’s last words: “Due to the current state of the world and global parts shortage, we are forced to close our doors.”

Texas-based is for sale. Harken Audio has halted production of some products and raised the prices of others. And Isla Instruments recently received a chip order it placed…two years ago!

Even Behringer, a much larger player in the industry, is singing a sad tune. The company announced dozens of eagerly-awaited synths that is can’t manufacture and is now calling them “hard vaporware.”

Read more here about how COVID, U.S. Tax policy, increased demand, power grid failures, manufacturing plant fires, and the war in Ukraine have synths makers singing the blues.

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