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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Beet Gozon a professional user from USA writes:
I've had one of these since they were introduced. My brother and I had 2 of them for our band and we have each kept one for ourselves in the years since the band split. We had both upgraded when the 'Plus' upgrade became available, since they allowed you to put 8MB of samples on a card and play them back through a synth engine with 64 voices of polyphony (custom drum kits and every loop imaginable for our live show) in a single rack space. Remember, this was the mid 90s. The other synth manufacturers weren't offering that kind of capability unless you spent a lot more money or just used a full blown sampler. We used a Kurzweil as our main keyboard but only for its synth engine since it was easier not to have to load samples into RAM since the S4+ could have them ready go go go at all times on a 8MB flash card - no delay, no disk worries.

I've read the other reviews here and I think the sounds are unfairly given a bad rap. It doesn't have a resonant filter but the sounds are quite varied and I have found them to be highly usable. They also layer very well with other synths. The ADAT digital output is nice too. Its effects section is STRONG and the sounds reflect this. I think people are channel flipping with the sounds instead of programming their own or, easier still, playing some chords for a few minutes instead of hitting one note and moving on. I like the S4+ sonic character a lot and it's not a sound you hear all over the place. There's room to move there...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-07-2008 at 16:58
nick a professional user from sf writes:
Cool synth, has it own kind of sound. No resonant filters, blah blah, but who cares. I use it with the classical piano Q card ( the first version) very nice sound. Don't compare it to samplers and sound libraries. Don't compare it to Roland or Korg, etc. I use all those other brands, but still use the S4 module to give a different texture to the sounds in the mix. Why? Filters are different, samples are different, response to playing is different. Stacks great with other synths. Bought it in 1997, 10 years of hardwork and good times. Yeah. 4 out of 5, why? Because it a work tool, doesn't get me all excited to start tweaking and programming sounds from scratch.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-26-2007 at 10:51
Daniel a professional user from Brazil writes:
Well, I really like S4. I'm from Brazil, and I have a Triton, a Trinity and a Yamaha PF-500, with great piano sounds. And, for me, S4 is really at the same level in quality, even coasting very, very less. Flutes and eletronic pianos are great, acoustic pianos are very good (remember the 90's pianos); pads, strings and drums are not so good, but still useful; best relation between coast/benefits.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-10-2007 at 19:40
Predator303 a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
First of all, I have to say that im pretty impressed by this synth module. I own about 15 synths at the moment and I've had hard time on reading some comments on this page. I have (or i have played) some top modules from korg and roland and I must say S4 holds up pretty good against them. My taste used to be mostly for japanise synths but after I bought this module for very cheap (120€) I was forced to change my way of thinking. I think all sounds of this synths are very good except some acoustic sounds . I noticed some people saying that S4 cant do good strings and pads, I have to disagree with that. In my opinion these people should learn to program this synth before spreading incorrect information. Although S4 may not have resonant filters, or fancy stuff like that it does really shines in some other things it can do, especially the mix mode. It is possible to make some AWESOME textures when using mix mode. Even the normal program mode sounds very good. If you learn to program your own mix patches, i promise that you will be in sound heaven. Huge, lush, beautiful moving sounds can be achieved if you just spend a little time with S4, its not that hard. I actually learned to program this baby in one day. FX's are also very good. Good module especially for Chill/DnB. Im never going to apart from it, that is sure

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-26-2003 at 04:40
Nick Chan a part-time user from Malaysia writes:
weird that I notice this module mostly have better sounds than later QS series

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-07-2002 at 14:52
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