Reverb.com - the online marketplace for buying, selling, and learning about music gear - has released its 2016 list of best-selling keyboards, synthesizers, modules, and controllers. The rankings reflect both new and used items derived directly from 2016 sales data from Reverb.com.
Dan Orkin, Director of Content at Reverb.com, told us, "Overall, 2016 has been a strong year for synthesizers as the expansion of the analog and modular movement continues to grow."
Reverb.com says that sales for blockbusters like the Korg Minilogue have ridden a wave of beginners looking to enter into the synth world, while a burgeoning class of "toy synths" – like the Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators and Korg Volcas – have given everyone the opportunity to own a basic and engaging noisemaker. At the same time they say that tried-and-true favorites like the Korg MicroKORG and the Nord Stage series continue to sell well across the board.
"Korg absolutely dominated synth sales on Reverb.com this year, racking up seven of the ten top overall seller slots," Orkin said. "It's clear that the brand understands the market for entry-level synth gear better than any other brand."
Here's more details in Reverb.com's own words...
Despite the surging popularity of the Minilogue, the earlier digital MicroKORG just eked out the win for overall best seller. This may be due to the enormous used market for MicroKORG sales that the Minilogue has yet to be entered into. Roland is somewhat absent from the list this year, though sales for used Junos like the Juno-106 remain strong. The Make Noise 0-Coast is the only product from a modular-dedicated company to make the list. This integrated desktop synth is a testament to Make Noise's ability to design an instrument that appeals to more mainstream users looking to tip-toe into the modular and Eurorack world.
See below for the top-selling synths and keyboards on Reverb.com in 2016, broken down by best-selling new releases, overall best-selling items, and synths and keyboards that generated the most gross sales by dollar amount.
Best-Selling Items Released in 2016
Overall Best-Selling Items
Highest-Grossing by Dollar Amount
Reverb.com is the online marketplace to buy, sell and learn about new, used, vintage and handmade music gear. Since launching in 2013, Reverb.com has grown into the world's most popular music gear website with more than eight million monthly website visits. At any given time, the site has roughly half a million listings ranging from electric, acoustic and bass guitars to effects, studio gear, synthesizers, drums, DJ equipment, orchestra instruments and more.