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    Kurzweil PC3K8 synthesiser.

    Kurzweil PC3K8

    Workstation Synthesizer

    Kurzweil's latest workstation introduces enhancements — but doesn't mess with that Kurzweil sound.

    Reviews Aug 2013
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    Dave Smith Instruments Mopho X4

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Dave Smith’s latest synth crams four Mophos into one keyboard-shaped box. The result promises to be more than the sum of its parts.

    Reviews Jun 2013
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    Korg MS20 Mini.

    Korg MS20 Mini

    Analogue Synthesizer

    For the best part of 20 years, musicians have been asking certain Japanese manufacturers for recreations of their classic synths, and finally one of them has been brave enough to do it. How does Korg’s reborn MS20 compare to its illustrious ancestor?

    Reviews May 2013
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    Korg KingKorg

    Virtual Analogue Modelling Synthesizer

    It’s named in honour of everyone’s favourite giant ape, but will Korg’s new keyboard scale the heights or be shot down in flames? Find out in our exclusive review...

    Reviews Apr 2013
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    Novation Mininova

    Synthesizer

    Novation go back to their portable synth roots with a compact gem that reworks the Ultranova synth engine and adds a few extras...

    Reviews Nov 2012
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    Roland Jupiter 50

    Performance Synthesizer

    Roland’s Jupiter 80 has gained a little brother in the shape of the Jupiter 50. Does this slimmed-down synth offer the same Supernatural sound?

    Reviews Aug 2012
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    John Bowen Synth Design Solaris

    Synthesizer

    Years in the making, John Bowen’s Solaris is finally with us. So is this hugely ambitious synthesizer everything we hoped it would be?

    Reviews Jun 2012
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    Moog Minitaur

    Analogue Bass Synthesizer

    The Minitaur may look like a simple beast, but there’s much more to Moog’s most affordable synth than meets the eye...

    Reviews May 2012
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    Arturia MiniBrute

    Analogue Monosynth

    Arturia have broken away from their soft-synth roots with the MiniBrute, a 100 percent analogue monosynth. We put it to the test in our world-exclusive review.

    Reviews Mar 2012
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    Keyboard Synthesizers

    Spotlight

    Self-contained keyboard synths have an immediacy that is seldom matched by synth modules or software instruments. There's a great variety of them available at the moment, but how do you know which one is right for you? Here’s a selection of the models we've looked at over the last couple of years, with links to the SOS reviews, to help you decide.

    Reviews Mar 2012
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    Arturia Analog Experience

    The Laboratory

    The latest addition to Arturia’s Analog Experience series takes their hybrid software/hardware synth concept even further.

    Reviews Jan 2012
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    Yamaha MOX6

    Synthesizer Workstation

    Yamaha’s MOX range offers unusually tight integration with your DAW. Is this the way forward for synthesizer workstations?

    Reviews Jan 2012
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    Roland Jupiter 80

    Performance Synthesizer

    The Jupiter 8 looms large in synthesizer history, and any synth bearing the name has a lot to live up to. Is the Jupiter 80 destined for the same legendary status? Find out in our world‑exclusive review...

    Reviews Aug 2011
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    Korg Kronos

    Keyboard Workstation

    Korg really know what they're doing when it comes to workstations, and their new one has been eagerly anticipated. Meet the Kronos in our world exclusive review...

    Reviews May 2011
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    Arturia Origin Keyboard

    Synthesizer Workstation

    Arturia have taken their Origin concept further with the addition of a keyboard and new modules. So is it now the only synthesizer you'll ever need?

    Reviews Mar 2011
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    Kurzweil PC3LE7

    Keyboard Workstation

    Kurzweil's new workstation maintains the company's reputation for solid reliability, and does so at a lower cost than you might expect...

    Reviews Mar 2011
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    Arturia Analog Experience The Player & The Factory

    Synth Keyboards

    Arturia's Analog Experience range pairs tweakable preset soft synths with dedicated controller keyboards. We put the first two to the test...

    Reviews Jan 2011
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    Korg Microstation

    Keyboard Workstation

    Korgs latest keyboard blurs the boundaries between their affordable Micro range and their pro workstations.

    Reviews Sep 2010
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    Formanta Polivoks Synthesizer | Audio Files

    Hear For Yourself

    The Formanta Polivoks is becoming an increasingly familiar sound to Western ears — it is, for example, all over Franz Ferdinand’s most recent album Tonight. But for those who haven’t heard this mighty Russian beast in action, Sam Inglis created a few examples to accompany Gordon Reid’s Retrozone feature.

    Reviews Jul 2010
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    Formanta Polivoks Synthesizer

    The Story Of The Polivoks

    The fall of the Iron Curtain revealed a surprise for Western musicians: a flourishing Soviet synthesizer industry. Its flagship instrument was crude, cheaply made, horrible to play — and sounded like nothing else...

    Reviews Jul 2010
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    Korg Microkorg XL

    Synthesizer & Vocoder

    The hugely popular Microkorg — the worlds best-selling synth for the past few years, according to its makers — has gained what Korg describe as a big brother. Will it repeat the success of its sibling?

    Reviews Jul 2009

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