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    Tasty Chips GR-1

    Granular Synthesizer

    The Tasty Chips GR‑1 makes granular synthesis more approachable than ever.

    Reviews . Apr 2021
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    Erica Synths Syntrx

    Analogue Synthesizer

    The Syntrx is not a clone, but its inspiration is clear. Can it recapture the spirit of the legendary EMS Synthi?

    Reviews . Mar 2021
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    Waldorf Kyra

    Virtual Analogue Synthesizer

    Kyra's FPGA-based synth engine is technologically innovative, but what's it like as an instrument?

    Reviews Jun 2020
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    Moog Subharmonicon - EXCLUSIVE FULL REVIEW

    Semi-modular Analogue Synthesizer

    Moog love to push boundaries, and the Subharmonicon may be their most unusual synth yet.

    Reviews Jun 2020
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    ASM Hydrasynth

    Digital Synthesizer

    Seldom has a new synth from a new company excited so much anticipation as the Hydrasynth. Should you believe the hype?

    Reviews May 2020
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    Korg NTS-1

    Synthesizer

    There's more to Korg's dinky kit synth than meets the eye. Much more...

    Reviews May 2020
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    Motas Electronics Motas-6

    Analogue Monosynth

    The Motas‑6 brings together the worlds of analogue and digital for a unique take on the classic three-oscillator, analogue monosynth.

    Reviews Apr 2020
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    Korg Volca Nubass

    Synthesizer & Sequencer

    If you're looking to embark on a cut-price acid odyssey, look no further...

    Reviews Feb 2020
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    Moog DFAM

    Percussion Synthesizer

    Moog’s Drummer From Another Mother cocks an inventive snook at conventional percussion synthesis.

    Reviews Jun 2018
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    Moog Mother-32

    Semi–modular Analogue Synthesizer

    Moog modulars have always been unattainable objects of desire for most of us. But all that’s about to change...

    Reviews Jan 2016
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    Emu MP7 & XL7 Command Stations

    128-Voice Synths/Multitrack Sequencers

    Emu's eye-catching new Command Stations repackage the sounds of their MP1 and XL1 sound modules, adding hands-on sequencing and real-time controls. Can the company win fans with these late entries to the groovebox market?

    Reviews Nov 2001
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    Novation Nova OS v4

    New Sounds & New Features

    In these days of flash-upgradeable operating systems, it's easy to forget that a free OS tweak can give your synth completely new features.

    Reviews Aug 2001
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    Roland MC307 Groovebox

    Sequencing Workstation

    Roland followed their first MC303 Groovebox with the well-specified MC505. Now there's the MC307, with a spec more like the 505, a price closer to that of the 303, and more DJ-friendly features.

    Reviews Jun 2001
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    Red Sound Systems Dark Star

    Desktop Synthesizer

    British company Red Sound Systems are known for their innovative DJ products. Now, in the shape of the Dark Star, they've produced their first synthesizer. Wing Commander Paul Farrer warms up the engines and takes it out on its maiden flight.

    Reviews Mar 2000
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    Korg Electribe EA1 & ER1

    Analogue Modelling Synthesizer & Rhythm Synthesizer

    In all the fuss about last month's launch of the Triton keyboard, you'd be excused for having overlooked Korg's other new products — the diminutive Electribe EA1 synth and ER1 beatbox. As Chris Carter discovers, you won't be able to ignore them for long...

    Reviews Jul 1999
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    Roland JV1010

    Sound Module

    If you were offered a Roland JV2080, complete with Session expansion card and software editor, for around half the price of a JV1080, you'd probably wonder what the catch was. OK, so the JV1010 isn't quite that, but it comes surprisingly close...

    Reviews Jun 1999
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    Technosaurus Selector

    Modular Synthesizer

    Last month, Gordon Reid reviewed the babies of the Technosaurus range, the Microcon synthesizer and Cyclodon sequencer. This month, he tackles their (very) big brother, the Selector modular synthesizer...

    Reviews May 1999
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    Oberheim Xpander

    Analogue Synth Module [Retrozone]

    Not all analogue classics have keys. The Xpander was an early module that packed in more features than its moderate size would lead you to expect, and left a legacy still discernible in modern synth design.

    Reviews Jan 1998
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    Quasimidi Rave-O-Lution 309 Upgrades

    Dance Box

    Quasimidi are delivering on their promise to provide new goodies for owners of the 309 dance box. Derek Johnson raves a bit...

    Reviews Dec 1997
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    Akai SG01v

    Vintage Sound Module

    We try out Akai's first synth in absolutely ages — and discover a monster in sheep's clothing.

    Reviews Feb 1996
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    Yamaha MU50 & Yamaha CBX-K1

    Tone Generator & MIDI Keyboard XG

    Two of Yamaha's most recent products, the MU50 synth module and the CBX-K1 mini keyboard, are designed to compliment each other as the nucleus of a budget, GM-compatible music-making setup.. Paul Nagle evaluates the pair, and considers the potentially confusing role of Yamaha's XG MIDI format...

    Reviews Sep 1995

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