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    Korg M50

    Synthesizer Workstation

    Is there still a place for the workstation in the computer dominated studio of 2008? Korg certainly think so, and they're making a compelling case with their brand-new, touchscreen-equipped M50, offering much of the power of the acclaimed M3 for around half the price. Our world exclusive review digs deeper...

    Reviews Oct 2008
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    Yamaha Motif Rack XS

    Synthesizer Module

    Yamaha's Motif range has proved to be both popular and enduring — so is the latest incarnation, the Rack XS, your cue to join the Motif party?

    Reviews Oct 2008
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    Access Virus TI Snow

    Modelled Analogue Synth

    The new Virus is one of the most affordable ever and currently the cheapest way to get a slice of Access' Total Integration technology — but does cheaper mean compromised?

    Reviews Aug 2008
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    Arturia Analog Factory Experience

    Software Synth & Hardware Controller

    Arturia's 'hybrid instrument' teams a custom keyboard with their massive synth patch library plug-in. Is this the way forward for hardware/software integration?

    Reviews Jul 2008
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    Metasonix S1000 Wretch Machine

    Semi-modular Vacuum Tube Synthesizer

    The Wretch Machine sounds absolutely terrible — but that's exactly as its creators, Metasonix, intended. To see what valve-powered synthesis can do for you, read on...

    Reviews Jul 2008
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    Waldorf Blofeld

    Digital Synthesizer

    In 2004 it looked like game over for Waldorf, but the German company are back, and with a hardware synth that more than lives up to their former reputation...

    Reviews Jun 2008
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    Clavia Nord Wave

    Performance Synthesizer

    Clavia are as well known for their instruments' red livery as they are for the quality of their virtual analogue synths. The new Nord Wave has definitely got the colour scheme, but can it live up to the sonic reputation of its forebears?

    Reviews May 2008
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    Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 08

    Analogue Synthesizer

    The reputation of Sequential Circuits is up there with the likes of Moog and ARP, but is the first Prophet in 20 years a worthy addition to that heritage or a cash-in on former glories?

    Reviews Feb 2008
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    Roland V-Synth GT

    Variphrase Synthesizer

    In 2003 the original V-Synth represented a bold leap forward in synthesizer technology. Can Roland take the concept further with the new V-Synth GT? Read on...

    Reviews Nov 2007
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    Yamaha Motif XS7

    Workstation Synthesizer

    The new Motif XS range is top of the pile when it comes to Yamaha synth workstation technology, and thus will be going head-to-head with flagship contenders from other big-name manufacturers. Does the XS have what it takes?

    Reviews Oct 2007
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    Korg R3 Synth/Vocoder

    Synthesizer & Vocoder Keyboard

    Korg's new synth may be small, but there's much more to it than meets the eye...

    Reviews Sep 2007
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    Arturia Jupiter 8V

    Software Synthesizer

    There was always something quite special about Roland's classic Jupiter 8 analogue megasynth, but can Arturia capture that magic with their emulation?

    Reviews Jul 2007
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    Korg M3 Synth/Sampler

    Workstation & Sampler

    Keyboard workstations have always been something of a Korg speciality, ever since they created the concept almost 20 years ago with the M1. Does their latest offering, the M3, live up to its pedigree?

    Reviews Jul 2007
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    SMS Planet 7 System

    Modular Analogue Rack Synthesizer

    Synthetic Music Systems have a unique approach to designing modular synths that are both high in quality and, wait for it, low in price. Let's investigate...

    Reviews Jun 2007
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    Analogue Systems Synthesis Modules

    RS420 Octave Controller • RS100 MkII Low-pass Filter • RS370 Poly Harmonic Generator

    Analogue Systems' modules continue to develop and evolve. We take a look at a selection of the latest designs.

    Reviews May 2007
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    Rollosonic

    Mouse-controlled Soft Synth [Windows]

    When it comes to hands-on control, we're used to being told that the mouse is a poor substitute for knobs and faders. This unique soft synth might just change all that...

    Reviews May 2007
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    Eminent 310 String Synthesizer

    Retrozone

    The world's first commercially available string synthesizer, the Eminent 310, came from an unlikely source, a Dutch home organ manufacturer. It was further advanced through an even more unlikely partnership, with the legendary American synth makers ARP...

    Reviews May 2007
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    Korg Legacy Analogue

    Software Synth For Korg OASYS

    Korg bring the MS20 and the Polysix to the OASYS and introduce a major OS update.

    Reviews Apr 2007
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    Roland SH201

    Analogue Modelling Synthesizer

    The SH201 — a versatile new modelling synth from Roland or a cash-in on past glories? Let's find out...

    Reviews Apr 2007
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    Outsim Synth Maker

    Modular Synth & DSP Programming Environment [PC]

    If you've ever fancied creating your own VST plug-in synths and effects, Outsim's slick development tool might just have made the process that bit easier for PC users.

    Reviews Apr 2007
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    Cwejman Synthesis Modules: Part 3

    DLFO Dual LFO • RM2S Stereo Ring Modulator • VCEQ3

    We conclude our three-part exploration of Wowa Cwjeman's new range of exclusive analogue synth modules.

    Reviews Feb 2007

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