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    Korg DW8000 [Retrozone]

    Keyboard Synthesizer

    Paul Ward reintroduces an instrument now widely neglected on account of its 'digital' tag, and argues that it still has much to recommend it.

    Reviews Dec 1998
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    Roland Alpha Juno 1 & 2

    Synthesizers (Retro)

    Prepare to shed a tear in another near-miss tale of a desirable analogue synth swept aside by the rise of digital technology.

    Reviews Oct 1998
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    Moog Minimoog 204E

    Synth

    The Minimoog rides again thanks to Welsh company Moog Music Limited. But how close does it sound to the original? We at SOS knew opinion would be split, so we got five of our regular synth reviewers, all previous or current Mini owners, to give us their views.

    Reviews Oct 1998
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    Oberheim OBX, OBXa & OB8

    Analogue Synthesizers [Retrozone]

    Simon Lowther introduces the clan of classic American analogue synths, the Oberheim OBs.

    Reviews Sep 1998
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    Kurzweil K2000VP

    VAST Synthesizer Workstation

    It's certainly borrowed (for the purposes of this review), and it's unquestionably blue, but is it old or new? Synth Guidance Counsellor and long‑time K2000 owner Paul Ward checks out Kurzweil's VP makeover of this legendary workstation.

    Reviews Sep 1998
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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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    Moog Polymoog [Retrozone]

    Analogue Polysynthesizer

    A synth company that produced as many classic and well-loved instruments as did Moog Music is surely allowed the odd turkey! Gordon Reid waxes critical over one of them.

    Reviews Jun 1998
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    Clavia Nord Modular: Part 2

    Virtual Analogue Modular Synthesizer

    Paul Nagle concludes his look at Clavia's groundbreaking new Nord Modular.

    Reviews May 1998
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    Korg Minikorg Family [Retrozone]

    Synthesizer

    It was 1973 and everyone was playing Minimoogs, and ARP Odysseys. So why did the Keio ORGan company produce a little synthesizer with the most unorthodox controls imaginable, call it the MiniKORG 700, and try to convince the keyboard cognoscenti that it was worth buying? Gordon Reid explains...

    Reviews Apr 1998
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    Clavia Nord Modular: Part 1

    Virtual Analogue Modular Synthesizer,

    Clavia's latest product is something else; an affordable modular hardware synth whose selection of modules and signal routing is user-definable in software, offering the synthesist staggering scope for sound design. In the first of this two-part review, Paul Nagle cross-modulates his joy input with Rapture envelope and goes into self-oscillating ecstasy...

    Reviews Apr 1998
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    Roland Jupiter

    Analogue Polysynths [Retrozone]

    Roland's Jupiter family yielded one or two shining examples of what an analogue polysynth should be.

    Reviews Feb 1998
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    Clavia Nord Modular (Preview)

    Virtual Analogue Modular Synthesizer

    If you'd love a modular synth, but couldn't possibly afford a real one, it's possible that virtual salvation is at hand.

    Reviews Feb 1998
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