Quasimidi Raven Max
Quasimidi Raven Max

Raven Max, Digital Synth from Quasimidi.

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 5 reviews )
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JimboSpins's review"Nice but not for me"

Quasimidi Raven Max
The Quasimidi Raven was made in Germany and it is geared more for the live musician. It is heavily dance influenced with its sound set. This is a 3 osc synth with 24 voices polyphony keyboard that is well made and travel friendly. The interface of this synth is very simple and user friendly. You can figure out the flow of this keyboard within the first 10 minutes of using it and you won’t have an issue from there on. It does come with a manual and the manual is available in English, French, and German. You can arp sounds with this synth and there is one filter section. The filter section is decent but there is nothing about it that makes me want to use it a lot.


Editing your sounds with this synth is not easy, but it is not hard either. I just feel like it is time consuming trying to get everything to sound the way you want it to sound. With the price that this board cost, it really is not worth the purchase unless you are a dance producer or live musician. Otherwise you will be stuck with a set of dance sounds that will be difficult to edit (time consuming) and the effects section will not do you any justice.


The sounds are for dance music and maybe some trance if you get into the filter section. There are a lot of sounds that just were not usable for my current set up and direction that I am taking my music. I used the Quasimidi Raven for 4 months before retiring from it.


You can do some cool stuff with this keyboard if you take the time to fully understand how to get the sound out of it that you want. It will be time consuming, but if you are a dance musician or producer it will be worth the purchase. There is no doubt this is a great synth, it just was not for me.

cagouille's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Quasimidi Raven Max
Raven was one of the first synths to assert its "vintage". Its look collector is one of the most successful: wooden sides as prophet and dark blue finish to the PPG, it is classy. In addition, this synth is built like a German Panzer: 100% metal frame! Those who know the brand know that this is a Cyber ​​6 painted blue, so a very good master keyboard (also used by Klaus Schulze). Its only flaw is the lack of buttons on the surface, which reflects the internal architecture, but still frustrating to control vsti. Inside there is a tone generator based Technox and the quasar and a mega arpeggiator which has spilled much ink (and sweat), the famous motivator! "Tekno smeckt gut!


The Raven is a synth part, with a philosophy and a sound to share as well. Its goal is to dial-hum ... say-produce music Techno / Rave / Dance / Trance, but also the Electronika (phew!) kraftwerk style, Schulze, Jarre etc. ... And as such, it is very effective for two reasons:
- The primary motivator is a killer and combined internal sequencer, all really torn; y 'to listen to demos ... You should know that this synth is back on the front of the stage (especially American) and his back side ... Not for nothing!
- Deuzio: the sound is very "fit in". Although it is basically a simple sample player, bass and drums have a potato rare when the sheets are super dense and large (more than a JV / XV or a ground for example. ...)
The effects are very badly weathered on the other hand (too low resolution and digital) and must be replaced by recent reverbs or real analog phaser (but this is the case with all old synths such as the built-in effects ... D50) .
The manual is a weird quirk (there were severe in smoking Quasimidi ...), but the machine is well designed and once we understood, it runs smoothly. This is not a gas plant as a korg karma.
Last important point: this is not a search engine sound, and the editing possibilities are nil. As such it is more a groovebox keyboard with a nice range of sounds ready to use a "synthesizer" itself (hence the lack of buttons).


While the PCM from legendary vintage synth, but the machine prints out his paw so sound that finally does not care where it comes from ... (Anyway some samples of Arp Odyssey never transform into a Rompler Odyssey!). The main thing is it sounds really fat and thick. Overall the sound is very distinctive, colorful and a relative accuracy limit lowfi ... That's why this synth "feel good" analog synth! All families are covered electronic sounds with words very well for bass, drums and tablecloths. The FX are so good, keyboards and brass are generally very accurate, small sequences of sounds great (of course, is the motivator of the cam!) And leads sometimes very good (the patch "Lead Klaus" is fabulous). Obviously no general sounds. The only real regret is that the filter is really very limited and does not sound (but then, as the Korg WAS and is a very good synth!).


I love my Raven-max! individual who is a synth perfectly complements any set-up Japanese. The look, the motivator, the quality of the keyboard and of course the sound conceited just make an exception in the world of digital synths. on the other hand is really too typed for solo use multitimbral mode. But in performance mode and coupled with a good processor, you have a wonderful machine worthy (but not replace either, do not push it ...) Collectibles of which it is based.