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    Yamaha CS2X

    Performance Synth

    Yamha scored a big success with their famously blue, knob-endowed CS1x Performance synth, and now they seek to build on this with the silver-grey CS2x — but does the 1-digit increment and change of colour scheme constitute revolution or evolution?

    Reviews Mar 1999
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    Ensoniq Fizmo

    Real-time Transwave Synth

    Ensoniq were as the forefront of workstation and sampling technology in the '80s, but their recent synth offerings have not kept up with the fashion for controller-festooned techno boxes. The Fizmo, however, updates their take on wavetable synthesis with extensive real-time control.

    Reviews Mar 1999
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    Synth FX: Part 1

    Introduction Of Built-in Effects On Synthesizers

    These days, a new synth without some form of DSP effects processing is almost unthinkable — but it wasn't always like that. Paul Wiffen traces the introduction of effects on synthesizers and looks at making the most of the early implementations.

    Techniques Mar 1999
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    Klaus Schulze 1999 at Turnkey, London store for the Quasimidi Polymorph launch.

    Klaus Schulze

    Electronic Meditation

    Electronic music pioneer Klaus Schulze talks about the way he'd like to see synthesizer design developing over the next few years.

    People Feb 1999
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    Synton Fenix semi-modular synthesizer.

    Synton Fénix

    Patchable Semi-modular Analogue Synthesizer

    Two Dutch designers who were influential in the design of the cult '80s Synton Syrinx synth have recently returned to the field, coming up with the exclusive and highly idiosyncratic Fénix synthesizer.

    Reviews Feb 1999
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    Kurzweil K250 workstation keyboard with Apple Macintosh.

    Kurzweil K250 [Retrozone]

    Workstation Keyboard

    Philip Meehan fondly remembers his first love — a keyboard with the voice of an angel, the mind of a genius, and the body of a heavyweight boxer in a big black coat.

    Reviews Feb 1999
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    Yamaha MU128

    Sound Module

    Yamaha's latest XG MIDI module achieves more onboard sounds and greater polyphony and multitimbrality than previous tone generators Ñ and allows users to install additional synthesizer and effects boards. Simon Trask explores the power of MU...

    Reviews Feb 1999
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    Analogue Systems System 8000 modular synth.

    Analogue Systems RS200 & System 8000

    Analogue Sequencer & Modular Synthesizer

    Analogue Systems have expanded their RS Integrator modular range to include an analogue step sequencer and several new modules — as well as a new, complete high-end system.

    Reviews Jan 1999
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    Quasimidi Polymorph synthesizer module

    Quasimidi Polymorph

    Sample-based / DSP Modelling Synthesizer

    With several successful dance-oriented synth successes to their name, Quasimidi attempt to buck the trend with their latest offering. The Polymorph does offer plenty to interest the dance fraternity — real-time modulation knobs, and an analogue-style sequencer and user interface — but behind the façade lurks a powerful synth.

    Reviews Jan 1999
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    Yamaha FS1R

    FM Synthesis / Formant-shaping Tone Generator

    FM synthesis was the success story of the mid-'80s, and synth based on its principles, like Yamaha's DX7, sold by the bucketload — until affordable sample-based synths arrived at the end of the decade. Now, with their new FS1R, Yamaha have updated the technology for the late '90s.

    Reviews Dec 1998
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    Korg N1R

    Synth Module

    The latest product of Korg's long-established A1 synthesis technology, the N1R module may not break any ground, but it bristles with great sounds and is a cinch to edit. Paul White feels thoroughly Nlightened...

    Reviews Dec 1998
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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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    Waldorf Microwave XT

    Wavetable Synth

    The latest addition to Waldorf's Microwave family certainly advertises its presence. Paul Nagle finds out if the future's bright as well as orange.

    Reviews Oct 1998
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    Synth School: Part 12 (of 12)

    The Way Ahead

    Will physical modelling continue to be at the leading edge of synthesis, or are there other methods moving up on the inside tracks? Paul Wiffen winds up the Synth School series with a little crystal ball-gazing.

    Techniques 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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    Roland SC880

    Sound Canvas GM/GS Module

    One of two General MIDI modules are simply a cut above the rest, and Roland's high-end Sound Canvases fit right into this category. Paul White retires to the studio with the latest in the line and dips into a seemingly limitless palette of sound...

    Reviews Sep 1998
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    Synth School: Part 11

    Modelling Strings & Wind Instruments

    In the penultimate part of his series on synthesizer technology, Paul Wiffen turns his attention to the problem of emulating acoustic instruments in which the sound is produced by a string or reed, and amplified and modified by the body of the instrument.

    Techniques 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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