Electronic instrument reviews

  • Novation Bass Station II Review
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    Novation Bass Station II Review - Nice Little Fatty

    09/22/13

    Introduced in Frankfurt last spring, the Bass Station II marks the return of Novation to the analog world. Let's find out if the brand was able to retain its know-how.

  • Moog Sub Phatty Test
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    Moog Sub Phatty Test - For whom the Moog tolls

    04/07/13

    First showcased at the NAMM show in the beginning of this year, the Sub Phatty places a maximum number of commands in the hands of its user while, at the same time, reducing the overall footprint. A winning formula?

  • Novation MiniNova Review
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    Novation MiniNova Review - Tiny Smurf

    12/03/12

    Two years after their comeback, Novation decided to strike a new blow with the MiniNova — a small, blue synth bomb based on the UltraNova. When mini means maxi...

  • Korg Monotribe Review
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    Korg Monotribe Review - Analog Tribe

    04/23/12

    Presented during the Musikmesse 2011, the Monotribe is the big brother of the Monotron. This standalone sound module includes one synth voice and three analog drum sounds and was conceived to change patterns while playing live. To write this review I decided to take it with me on my skiing vacations...

  • Roland Jupiter-80 Mini-Review
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    Roland Jupiter-80 Mini-Review - Stage Master

    03/17/12

    In an era where workstations are more powerful and complex every day, Roland has introduced a large stage synth that uses hybrid technology based on PCM, virtual analog technology and modeling of acoustic instrument behavior. Let's have a closer look...

  • Korg Kronos Mini-Review
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    Korg Kronos Mini-Review - Giant Step!

    09/20/11

    Presented at the NAMM 2011 and already available since this summer, the Kronos represents a new step in the workstation market — a cruel world where every product becomes immediately obsolete as soon as the successor is launched. The Kronos is very innovative and comprehensive, but will it be able to break this fatal rule?

  • Moog Music Slim Phatty Review
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    Moog Music Slim Phatty Review - Analog Technology Democratized

    06/29/11

    Five years after having introduced the Little Phatty, Moog decided to launch the compact synth in module version. Did the Slim Phatty succeed in making the famous Moog sound available to anyone?

  • Korg PS60 Review
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    Korg PS60 Review - Plug & Play

    12/05/10

    While the market of low-budget synthesizers has never been so flourishing, Korg launches a performance synth conceived for live applications that require spontaneity and real-time options. Let's step into the details...

  • Yamaha Motif XF Mini-Review
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    Yamaha Motif XF Mini-Review - Big Bad Workstation

    11/28/10

    A big surprise that arrives at the end of 2010 is the new Yamaha Motif XF, which gives a boost to the sound quality and the spontaneity of workstations. So how much more advanced than its competitors is it?

  • Korg MicroSampler Review
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    Korg MicroSampler Review - Feather Light Sampler

    09/30/10

    To everyone's surprise, Korg has launched a small sampler keyboard. Let's see what we can do with it and for what purpose...