Dave Smith Instruments Mono Evolver Keys
Dave Smith Instruments Mono Evolver Keys

Mono Evolver Keys, Hybrid synthesizer from Dave Smith Instruments.

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vanpet 01/16/2010

Dave Smith Instruments Mono Evolver Keys : vanpet's user review


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Little mono synth, 2 analog oscillators and 2 digital oscillators with wavetable, LP and HP filter, 3 envelopes, 1 with delay, 4 LFOs, 4 slots for additional modules (eg: velocity-> LFO speed), and lots of other things ... In fact, fully scalable, and very complete! Not to mention the sequencer really practical, though limited (not possible to do it all, but simple lines, no problem with one or two movements).


An encoder function, except that the sequencer is shared with other functions (not really bad c).
Create a sound is very simple, everything is well organized and very practical.

The big negative is the quality of the encoders, they often skippent values ​​and we must take it twice. Along the same idea, this is not a knob, and you do not "see" the patch under the eyes, we must refer to the small screen that shows the values. Not always obvious, especially since all values ​​are between 0 and 100 for example. Some go up to 128, the other up to 160, etc.. We never really know where we are ... (And it should easily do 3 laps for the cutoff is painful)

Apart from that, it's still up in the basket, it is far from synthetic matrix (style Evolver Desktop MicroKorg etc ...) and you can easily create a sound very complex and less than 5 minutes.


The sound is fabulous. The hybrid analog + digital is great, AC can be very creative, without forcing anything. The range is thus enormous: it can range from simple low moog sounds the most modern FM ... simply by selecting analog or digital CSOs. From this point of view, this synth is really huge!

The presets range from awesome (especially bass lines really aggressive pro) to its weak squeaker squeaker two francs. Here, clearly, I prefer to edit my sounds myself.

The keyboard is okay, everything is solid, fairly nice looking, but very colorful (eg LEDs of LFO rate will fluctuate).


The price / quality ratio is exceptional. This is my 4th hardware synthesizer and certainly the best. on the other hand, this is my first mono synth, and then it takes a little thought for composing contrapuntal lines rather harmonic. Here, the sequencer is very helpful means the result immediately.

I think this is one of the best synths of the decade.