Electronic instrument reviews

  • Roland SH-01 "Gaia" Review
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    Roland SH-01 "Gaia" Review - The Right Compromise?

    09/23/10

    The SH-01 is Roland's answer to the analog modeling synths market where low budget and ergonomics are not compatible. Let's see what tradeoffs were made to combine ease of use and a competitive price.

  • Dave Smith Instruments Tetra Review
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    Dave Smith Instruments Tetra Review - A Tiny Devil for the Road!

    08/23/10

    The Tetra hosts four Mopho voices in an extremely compact housing, meaning you get an analog polyphonic, programmable and a very affordable synth. A closer look...

  • Akai Miniak Review
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    Akai Miniak Review - Miniak On The Floor

    08/04/10

    After having repositioned Alesis on the market, Numark seems to have entrusted Akai with the fate of the synth/drum machine product range. The Miniak is the first Akai synth "in the modern era".

  • Yamaha Tyros 3 product review
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    Yamaha Tyros 3 product review - Yamaha Tyros 3: The Arranger Keyboard Rearranged

    09/17/09

    Perpetuating the Tyros line for the third time, Yamaha presents a new, high-technology arranger keyboard that provides a rarely achieved musicality.

  • Kurzweil PC361 Review
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    Kurzweil PC361 Review - VASTer Than Ever

    05/31/09

    The newest member of the PC3 family, the PC361 is a powerful digital modular synthesizer, representing Kurzweil's return to leading the music scene and the supremacy of VAST synthesis. Welcome to the extreme test…

  • Clavia Nord Wave: The Test
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    Clavia Nord Wave: The Test - Multifaceted Synthesis

    02/28/09

    Integrating analog modeling, FM synthesis, digital waveforms, and sample playback, the Nord Wave positions itself as a versatile multi-synthesis specialist. Focusing on immediate programming as opposed to navigating through endless menu pages, does it have what it takes to stand out from the rest?

  • Yamaha Tenori-On: The Test
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    Yamaha Tenori-On: The Test - Unidentified Musical Object

    01/16/09

    In the world of electronic instruments, when you think innovation, the name Yamaha rarely comes to mind! Yet this Japanese company was the creator of the first FM synthesizer, the DX7. So just to show you that they can still innovate, Yamaha has created the Tenori-On, a sort of UMO (Unidentified Musical Object) halfway between a musical instrument…