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    Crumar Bit One, Bit 01, Bit 99

    Synthesizers (Retro)

    Gordon Reid is bitten by the memory of a brilliant, but deeply flawed trio of Italian synthesizer designs that could have been the last word in affordable analogue.

    Reviews Aug 1998
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    Emu Audity 2000

    Digital Synth Module

    The streamlined '90s exterior of Emu's Audity 2000 claims to hide a virtual modular hybrid, harking back to the company's own lost '70s analogue megasynth.

    Reviews Aug 1998
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    Novation Supernova ASM

    Polysynth

    Long awaited and much anticipated, Novation's digitally-modelled analogue synth module is the company's most ambitionus offering yet.

    Reviews Aug 1998
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    Doepfer A100

    CV Modular Synthesizer

    Analogue modular synths in the late '90s are something like the old bus joke — none for ages, then loads all at once. Chris Carter catches the latest arrival.

    Reviews Jul 1998
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    Korg SG-Rack

    Stage Piano Module

    A quality acoustic piano sound in a 1U rack-mounting package? Paul Ward lifts the lid to see if there are any strings attached...

    Reviews Jun 1998
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    Novation Supernova

    Polyphonic Synthesizer Module [Preview]

    Simon Trask previews the Supernova, Novation's most ambitious synthesizer module to date.

    Reviews May 1998
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    Access Virus

    Virtual Analogue Synthesizer

    Offering more multitimbrality than its virtual analogue rivals, plus a combination of knobs for instant gratification and an LCD for accessing more advanced features, will the Virus leave the competition feeling a little sick? Paul Nagle finds out.

    Reviews May 1998
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    Korg TR Rack

    Expanded Access Synth Module

    Korg's new module makes the synthesis technology of their flagship Trinity workstation range more affordable — but at what cost?

    Reviews Feb 1998
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    Oberheim Xpander

    Analogue Synth Module [Retrozone]

    Not all analogue classics have keys. The Xpander was an early module that packed in more features than its moderate size would lead you to expect, and left a legacy still discernible in modern synth design.

    Reviews Jan 1998
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    Doepfer MS404

    MIDI Analogue Synthesizer

    Apart from a few MIDI-supported commands, the Doepfer MS404 is completely analogue — so there are no patch memories, no SysEx, and no storable front-panel settings. Chris Carter explains why you'd nevertheless be mad to overlook it...

    Reviews Dec 1997
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    Quasimidi Rave-O-Lution 309 Upgrades

    Dance Box

    Quasimidi are delivering on their promise to provide new goodies for owners of the 309 dance box. Derek Johnson raves a bit...

    Reviews Dec 1997
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    Oberheim/Viscount Minigrand

    Piano Module

    Spinets, Hammonds, massed choirs? Nope. Derek Johnson takes a trip with a module that does just what it says on the tin.

    Reviews Nov 1997
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    Access Virus

    Advanced Simulated Analogue Synthesizer (Preview)

    Access's strangely-named Virus is another digital synth emulating the analogues of yesteryear — but this one might be the best of the bunch so far. Paul Nagle brings you a sneak preview of the first Virus to hit the UK.

    Reviews Nov 1997
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    Yamaha MU100R

    Tone Generator

    Yamaha have taken their MU90R, wired in a VL tone generator and put three-part harmoniser in the effects section. The result is the MU100R. Christopher Holder gets virtual.

    Reviews Nov 1997
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    Peavey Spectrum Bass II

    Digital Phase Modulation Synthesizer

    If you're tempted to try out the whole Spectrum of bass sounds, Peavey have updated and old favourite, and Nick Rowland has the lowdown...

    Reviews Oct 1997
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    Syntecno TeeBee Mark II

    Analogue Monosynth

    The demand for Roland's TB303 remains very strong, given that the 'fad' of the acid line continues unabated. No surprise, then, that Dutch boffins Syntecno have updated their 1996 TB303 clone to make it even more attractive. Christopher Holder limbers up his tweaking finger.

    Reviews Oct 1997
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    Alesis Nanosynth

    64-voice Synth Module

    The Nanosynth is a pygmy on the outside but a veritable Watutsi on the inside. Derek Johnson cuts a swathe through the undergrowth in search of tiny treasure...

    Reviews Oct 1997
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    Alesis Nano Bass

    Bass Sound Module

    Bass, how small can you get? Nicholas Rowland gives Alesis' new bottom end a good slap.

    Reviews Sep 1997
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    Novation Super Bass Station

    Analogue Synth

    Novation are championing affordable analogue synthesis again, this time with even more bells and whistles. Christopher Holder fills up with Super.

    Reviews Aug 1997
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    Waldorf Microwave II

    Wavetable Synthesizer

    Waldorf have been cooking up something special for the son of their acclaimed synth dynamo, the Microwave. Paul Nagle gets quite a taste for it...

    Reviews Jul 1997
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    Alesis Nano Piano

    Stereo Piano Module

    A very, very big piano inside a very, very small box: Derek Johnson investigates Alesis' latest impressive conjuring trick.

    Reviews Jul 1997

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