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    Qu-Bit Chord V2

    Eurorack Module

    The original Chord module, reviewed in SOS February 2017 by Jyoti Mishra, offered an excellent way to get polyphony and, more...

    Reviews Jun 2020
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    Korg Volca Nubass

    Synthesizer & Sequencer

    If you're looking to embark on a cut-price acid odyssey, look no further...

    Reviews Feb 2020
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    Korg Volca Drum

    Percussion Synthesizer & Sequencer

    The latest model in Korg's unstoppable Volca range offers a typically idiosyncratic approach to drum synthesis.

    Reviews Oct 2019
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    Analogue Solutions Impulse Command

    Analogue Synthesizer & Sequencer

    Stuck in a synthesis rut? Tired of patching the same old sounds? Analogue Solutions have got just the thing...

    Reviews Sep 2019
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    Teenage Engineering OP-Z

    Multimedia Sequencer & Synthesizer

    Always unconventional, Teenage Engineering's latest instrument is a battery-powered multimedia studio that will fit in your pocket.

    Reviews Jul 2019
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    Polyend/Dreadbox Medusa

    Synthesizer & Sequencer

    The Medusa combines analogue and digital, synthesizer and sequencer — and even throws in a controller for good measure.

    Reviews Apr 2019
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    Elektron Digitone

    FM Synthesizer & Sequencer

    Elektron’s latest compact groove station takes a welcome new look at FM.

    Reviews Sep 2018
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    Korg ARP Odyssey FSQ

    Analogue Synthesizer & Sequencer

    Thanks to Korg, it’s once again possible to walk into a shop and buy a brand-new, full-size ARP Odyssey.

    Reviews Aug 2018
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    Novation Circuit Mono Station

    Sequenced Paraphonic Analogue Synthesizer

    Could a mash-up of Novation’s Circuit and Bass Station II with a pinch of modular connectivity be the perfect recipe for the modern monosynth?

    Reviews Aug 2017
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    LEP LepLoop

    Analogue Groovebox

    The LEP LepLoop takes a decidedly unconventional approach to the groovebox format.

    Reviews Sep 2016
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    Korg Volca FM

    FM Synthesizer & Sequencer

    When it comes to FM synthesis, Korg’s little Volca is thinking big.

    Reviews Jun 2016
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    Novation Circuit

    Groovebox

    Novation’s new groovebox, sequencer and performance instrument could be this year’s essential synth accessory.

    Reviews Jan 2016
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    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    Two more iOS apps reviewed: Futronica SAMMI Synth Multi-instrument • Xynthesizr Synth & Sequencer.

    Reviews Dec 2015
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    Elektron Analog Four.

    Elektron Analog Four

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Not a company to do things by half, Elektron have combined their first analogue synth with an incredibly versatile sequencer.

    Reviews May 2013
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    Arturia Storm v3

    Software Music Studio [Mac OS X/PC]

    Storm, the French software studio from virtual-instrument creators Arturia, keeps on improving. We check out version 3.

    Reviews Dec 2004
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    Dave Smith Poly Evolver

    Four-voice Analogue/Digital Synth & Sequencer

    2002 saw the release of the Evolver, a quirky hybrid analogue/digital synth and sequencer from Sequential synth pioneer Dave Smith. Now he continues his renaissance with a four-voice polyphonic version that integrates neatly with the original.

    Reviews Dec 2004
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    Cakewalk Kinetic

    PC Software Studio

    With pattern-based sequencing, plenty of presets and a powerful analogue-style synth, Cakewalk's affordable soft studio package could be a valuable compositional tool.

    Reviews Nov 2004
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    Yamaha Motif ES

    Music Production Synthesizer

    Two and a half years after the launch of Yamaha's impressive Motif workstation synth, the range has been further enhanced and upgraded. How much better can it get? We find out...

    Reviews Jan 2004
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    Korg Electribe EMX1

    Music Production Station

    This new member of the Korg tribe offers synthesis, sequencing, drum programming, tons of real-time control plus genuine valves to light up your studio and your sound.

    Reviews Nov 2003
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    Dave Smith Evolver

    Hybrid Analogue/Digital Monophonic Synthesizer

    Dave Smith, creator of the Prophet 5 and Wavestation, moved into software synthesis in the '90s, but now he's back with what he calls 'the ultimate dongle' — a hardware analogue and digital synth. We find out if he's still evolving...

    Reviews Feb 2003
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    Technosaurus Microcon & Cyclodon.

    Technosaurus Microcon & Cyclodon

    Analogue Monosynth & Sequencer

    Gordon Reid gets twiddling with two small but perfectly formed analogue units aimed at the pockets — literally — of today's aceed‑hungry dancemongers.

    Reviews Apr 1999
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