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    ROLI Seaboard Grand

    Keyboard Controller & Synthesizer

    With its familiar interface and enormous potential for expressive control, is the ROLI Seaboard the future of the keyboard?

    Reviews Sep 2015
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    Roland System 1

    Analogue Modelling Synthesizer

    The System 1 is a fully fledged synthesizer in its own right, but it can also assume the identity of Roland classics using its built–in ‘plug–out’ technology.

    Reviews Oct 2014
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    Elektron Analog Keys

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Elektron have followed up their Analog Four with a fully fledged analogue keyboard.

    Reviews May 2014
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    Kurzweil Artis

    Stage Piano

    Kurzweil instruments are often more complex than they initially appear, and that's certainly the case with the Artis...

    Reviews May 2014
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    Arturia MicroBrute

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Arturia’s new Brute is even smaller than the last and, quite frankly, very cheap indeed. What’s not to like?

    Reviews Feb 2014
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    Clavia Nord Lead 4

    Virtual Analogue Synthesizer

    Nearly 20 years after the original, Clavia's Nord Lead has become a studio synth staple. Can its latest incarnation keep the flame alive?

    Reviews Jan 2014
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    Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12

    Polyphonic Synthesizer

    A new Prophet is always an exciting prospect, but the name certainly carries a weight of expectation. Can the latest model live up to its illustrious ancestry?

    Reviews Nov 2013
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    Novation Bass Station 2 synthesiser.

    Novation Bass Station 2

    Analogue Synthesizer

    In the 20 years since its launch, the Bass Station has become something of a classic — and with analogue monosynths enjoying their biggest revival since the early '80s, what better time for a sequel?

    Reviews Sep 2013
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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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