Electronic instrument reviews

  • Review of the Baloran The River analog synthesizer
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    Review of the Baloran The River analog synthesizer - When the analog flows in the stream!

    03/06/18

    35 years after the release of The Moog Source, the young French company Baloran pushes the concept to the next level. The River, much more than a polyphonic multitimbral analog synth, is made with pragmatism, modesty, talent and innovation. An outstanding musical instrument!

  • Review of the Ploytec Pi L Squared Leukos Synth
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    Review of the Ploytec Pi L Squared Leukos Synth - Little Bad Boy

    02/10/15

    The Ploytec Pi L Squared Leukos (PL2 Leukos) is a hardware synthesizer module that fits in the palm of your hand, and can plug into your computer and respond to your DAW. Its analog pulse wave oscillators and analog and digital filters can create some pretty impressive synth textures. All parameters are edited via MIDI control change messages or u…

  • Waldorf Streichfett Review
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    Waldorf Streichfett Review - Fat Strings

    09/14/14

    Unveiled last spring at Frankfurt, it wasn't until mid-summer that the Streichfett was to be seen in stores. As soon as it came out, we grabbed one and stripped it down!

  • Yamaha MOXF6 Review
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    Yamaha MOXF6 Review - Changing of the Guard

    04/01/14

    Incorporating most of the sound engine of the Motif XF, the MOXF aims to redefine the standard of mid-range workstations. A sound change?

  • Korg Kross Review
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    Korg Kross Review - Entry-Level Redefined

    03/09/14

    Two years after Kronos, Korg keeps on developing its workstation range ─ this time with its most affordable model yet.

  • Nord Lead 4 Review
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    Nord Lead 4 Review - Life in Red

    02/05/14

    Five years after launching Nord Wave, Clavia has once again updated its stage-synth range. What surprises does the Nord Lead 4 offer?

  • Waldorf Rocket Review
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    Waldorf Rocket Review - Monster Sound

    01/05/14

    While we impatiently waited over a year for the Pulse 2, this small module named Rocket came out offering us an open sound buffet in early 2013. Fire it up!

  • Waldorf Pulse 2 Review
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    Waldorf Pulse 2 Review - Ace Of Hearts…

    12/17/13

    Introduced in Frankfurt 2013 in its almost final version, Pulse 2 marks the return of Waldorf to its analog passions. The brand recently lent us one, just when its first commercial models are hitting the market... gulp!

  • Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12 Review
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    Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12 Review - The Magnificent!

    11/06/13

    During the NAMM 2013, the Prophet 12 swept all other synths. It took DSI more than six months to finish it. Let's see if it was worth the wait or not so...

  • Arturia MicroBrute Review
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    Arturia MicroBrute Review - Genetically gifted!

    10/24/13

    Less than two years after the introduction of the MiniBrute, the MicroBrute has set out to conquer the electronic music world with even more aggressive price and dimensions. But how far will it go?