Not everyone has access to high-end soft synths and prestige hardware synths. But most of us do have access to a smartphone. Thanks to some savvy developers, you can harness the power of vintage synth icons such as the Moog Minimoog in the palm of your hand. New, original synths are available, too, with unique approaches to sound shaping that make effective use of touch control.

While these synth apps do have miniature keyboards that you can play with your thumbs, that might get a little tedious after a while. You can either use an adapter, seek out new controllers that come equipped with Bluetooth MIDI or, if you’re an Apple user, take advantage of Apple’s Audio MIDI Setup to link up your iPhone and DAW. This will let you record the synths in your DAW, too.