Synth Site: Crumar: Bit 1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.3 out of 5
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Izim a professional user from uk writes:
Well i picked up a crumar bit 01 rack a few weeks back.My search wasnt for a super fat analogue , it was for character and quirkness and this things wonderfull for that.I think you could call this cheesy ?or thats alot of its sounds - ive used many many synths and this one cant be replicated with anything else to my ears.Whats really nice is that just 2 osc without any modulations sounds good ? the osc are kind of 'toy ' like . . this leads it to have a very quirky and novel sound or tone and osc combinations seem to offer alot of variation , the filter is smooth and res self oscilates and can track also for very weird stuff.The 2 x lfo are organic - thats the best word for them , very nice and as you can patch them in some nice ways you can make some really nice wavey warped sounds.The lfos go so fast they become inaudiable and in general i find this machine needs to do very little in synthesis terms but always sounds great .I have 6 lfo machines and stuff that doesnt sound so good or creative.I do idm i guess and cheesy electro ambient music and this machines been a real delight , along with the ensoniq asqm and such beauties as the yamaha tx and Tg500 this thing has delightfull character all of its own .I think and feel these machines are the real gems to buy today as theya re still cheap whilst overpriced stuff like rolands are so overused and also sound very generic - here comes a juno lead , here comes a 101 line....these crumars are rare and do sound superb , why arnt they more wanted ? truth is people are blinded by the light of korg ms20's , sh101's , mc202's , junos , this stuff . . they miss the rreal gems .I know reliability is an issue and i know also analogue purists (who listen with their ego rather than there ears often !) wont warm to this synth but it is a classic waiting to happen but then so many synths are.My advice is buy one quick if you can and you like your sounds with character from 80's , 70's and you like cheesy or retro sounds and a certain flavour.It wont sound like a 303 thank god.......

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-09-2009 at 13:34
JL from London, UK writes:
a very nice-sounding synth designed by Mario Maggi of the Elka Synthex, a little warmer than the bit 99, but also **much** more unreliable.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-14-2006 at 13:15
S├ębastien Delage a hobbyist user from Switzerland writes:
Well... Once you've tamed its interface, Crumar BIT 01 is a good 80's synth. It has a kind of smoothness, somewhere in the Sound. Your tracks will thank you if you use both the LFO's in a subtle way.

I wish I could understand its MIDI Implementation...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-25-2001 at 05:52
Tecnotijn a hobbyist user from The Netherlands writes:
I bought a mint condition Bit-One a couple of years ago and i haven't regret it ever since. Once you get used to the interface ( and yes it can be a quite Pain it the ass :) ) it's a real cool sounding synth. It Sounds somewhere between warm/analog with a lot of punch but with some nice metalic/electric touch to it :) Cool machine, go check it out

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-25-2001 at 17:00
John Barker a hobbyist user from the Netherlands writes:
This one has the most user unfriendly interface I have ever seen. It looked cool with only a few buttons on it but it was a nightmare to create your own sounds. It sounded pretty thin in my opinion and the stereo output was ridiculous (some notes coming out of the right speaker and others from the left, reminded me of the first stereo recordings from the sixties). I only had it for a short while and traded it for a Roland Jupiter 4.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-25-2001 at 13:33
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