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    Elka Synthex [Retrozone]

    8-voice Polyphonic Synthesizer

    Paul Wiffen made no secret of his fondness for the OSCar in September's issue, and now reminisces about the other great keyboard love of his life — the Elka Synthex, a synth whose reputation and influence far outweighs the number that were ever sold.

    Reviews Dec 1999
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    Jen Synthetone SX1000 [Retrozone]

    Monosynth

    Some cheap monosynths from the '70s and '80s are now highly regarded and hugely expensive second-hand buys. Not so the Jen SX1000 which, says Gordon Reid, is an unjustly neglected nugget of synth history.

    Reviews Nov 1999
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    Oxford Synthesizer Company Oscar

    Synthesizer (Retro)

    Under hypnosis, Paul Wiffen regresses to an earlier life when he was involved in the development and marketing of what is now regarded as a British classic.

    Reviews Sep 1999
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    Korg Triton

    Music Workstation

    Korg's Trinity workstation has, like their earlier instruments, become virtually an industry standard — but far from resting on their laurels, the company have upped the ante still further with the new Triton. Derek Johnson and Debbie Poyser provide an exclusive hands-on review.

    Reviews Jun 1999
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    Korg MS10 [Retrozone]

    Keyboard Synthesizer

    Even the mightiest keyboard players have to start somewhere and quite a few started with Korg's diminutive MS10 patchable monosynth.

    Reviews Jun 1999
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    Octave CAT, Kitten & Voyetra

    Synthesizer (Retrozone)

    Most US synthesizer manufacturers followed the now all-too-familiar corporate history of rapid growth in the 1970s followed by acrimonious dissolution in the 1980s. What happened to Octave, however, was a little different...

    Reviews May 1999
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    Generalmusic Equinox

    Keyboard Workstation

    Italian firm Generalmusic have made their reputation in the home keyboard market, but their new Equinox is an extremely well-specified professional workstation.

    Reviews May 1999
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    Waldorf Q (Preview)

    Analogue Modelling Synthesizer

    Waldorf's long-awaited Q synthesizer is now shipping, but without many of the features it will ultimately possess. Gordon Reid takes a hands-on look at what's here now and what's to come.

    Reviews May 1999
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    Fairlight CMI [Retrozone]

    Digital Sampling Keyboard Synthesizer

    Norm Leete waxes lyrical about the mega-synth that introduced sampling to the world back in 1980 and went on to appear on innumerable hit singles and albums.

    Reviews Apr 1999
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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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    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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