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    Yamaha Motif XF7

    Workstation Synthesizer

    Yamaha's long-lived Motif range continues to go from strength to strength. Could the latest model be the best Motif yet?

    Reviews Jan 2011
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    Manikin Electronic Memotron Rack

    Mellotron Sound Module

    If you want Mellotron sounds in a rackmountable unit, theres only one option: introducing the Memotron Rack...

    Reviews Nov 2010
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    Mode Machines Xoxbox

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Everybody, as Fatboy Slim so wisely notes, needs a 303. However, with originals becoming ever more scarce and expensive, the dream of universal 303 ownership was starting to look unlikely — until now...

    Reviews Nov 2010
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    Vermona Mono Lancet

    Analogue Synthesizer

    The peculiarly named Mono Lancet is an analogue synth of the old school, boasting two oscillators, a filter with a debilitating debt to Moog, and knobs galore!

    Reviews Oct 2010
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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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    Tom Oberheim SEM

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Tom Oberheim has returned to the analogue synth fold with a revised and updated version of his classic 70s monosynth, the celebrated Synthesizer Expander Module.

    Reviews Sep 2010
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    Korg Monotron

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Its their first analogue synth in 25 years, but is Korgs Monotron a toy or a tool?

    Reviews Aug 2010
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    Roland Gaia SH01

    Analogue Modelling Synthesizer

    If you don't like programming synths via obscure two‑line displays and arcane menu systems, the Roland Gaia SH01 could be just what you're looking for...

    Reviews Aug 2010
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    XILS Lab XILS 3

    Software Synthesizer

    XILS Labs XILS 3 is a recreation of the EMS VCS3, but there's more to it than that — much, much more.

    Reviews Aug 2010
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    Moog Taurus 3

    Bass Synthesizer

    The resurrection of Moogs stellar bass synth has caused a considerable stir. Can the Taurus 3 live up to the venerable reputation of its ancestor?

    Reviews Jul 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 Kaossilator Pro

    Synthesizer & Loop Recorder

    We get hands-on with Korgs touchy-feely new synth.

    Reviews Jun 2010
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    Muse Research Receptor 2 Pro Max

    Virtual Instrument & Plug-in Hosting System

    The Receptor lets you use VST plug-ins without a computer. How does V2 improve on the original?

    Reviews Jun 2010
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    FabFilter Twin 2 • Timeless 2 • Volcano 2

    Effects & Synth Plug-ins [Mac & PC]

    FabFilters powerful plug-in suite brings us advanced modulation possibilities, filters with multiple personalities, and plenty of overdrive.

    Reviews Apr 2010
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    Dave Smith Instruments Tetra

    Four-voice Analogue Synthesizer

    With four voices of genuine analogue polyphony, Dave Smiths Tetra is a big synth in a small box.

    Reviews Mar 2010
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    Doepfer Dark Energy

    Synthesizer

    The latest product of Doepfers modular know-how is the Dark Energy: a compact, powerful and hands-on desktop analogue synthesizer.

    Reviews Jan 2010
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    Dave Smith Instruments Mopho

    Analogue Synthesizer

    The latest synth from Dave Smith owes more than a little to its illustrious ancestor, the Sequential Circuits Pro One, but costs only £299$399.

    Reviews Aug 2009
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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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    Arturia Origin

    Rackmount Synthesizer Workstation

    Arturias first true hardware synth aims to let you conveniently create your own modular system from modelled components of some of the best-loved analogues of all time. How well does it realise this ambitious goal?

    Reviews Jun 2009
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    Camel Audio Alchemy

    Software Synth [Mac/PC]

    Truly original and innovative software is a rare thing these days, but Camel Audios latest is exactly that. Find out what it is that sets Alchemy apart from the soft-synth crowd...

    Reviews Apr 2009

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