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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Mr Plasticine a hobbyist user from Montreal Canada writes:
Bought used for $50 in 1985 ; was my (first) drum main drum machine for 1 year ! easy programming but all is lost when your power off ; used it on/off for last 20years ; quite tough ; cheesy sound but really analog, very lofi : the cymbal is just white noise (sound like brushes), the snare is white noise + attack ; Lots and lots of fun ; everyone wants to try it. I mostly use it now as a tam tam with cymbal on left hand and snare on right hand;

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-13-2007 at 21:48
ashworth a part-time user from United States, Florida, Hollywood writes:
Great little box!!! They made a couple diffirent models. One model called the "stereo pro" has built in speakers. There is also a gray in color "pro" model that has a couple more features and a little more sensitive drum pads than the original. I had to give this one a 4 because even though the sounds are so damn cool the unit itself has a wicked hum(every unit i have ever listened to has this hum). So somewhere there are samples that some one has put some noise reduction to and the sounds are very clear and crisp(search google to find these samples, i dont remembere what page they were on). Personally I own three units 1"pro"model and 2 original. Im also in the process of try to circuit bend one of them. IMPORTANT: these units are NOT midi compatible...dont be fooled, people sell these right and left on ebay saying the are midi units!!!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-02-2004 at 13:33
andrew k a hobbyist user from california writes:
i got one of these in 1989 when i was 12 from the Sears catalogue. loved the sound and the tom tuning. rumors about the foot switch are true. i had the foot switch which had two buttons, one for kick and one for triggering the open hat. i also had the stand they made for it. see those 4 deep holes inthe bottom, the stand was lke a snare sand and had this 4-pronged finger thing that stuck up into those holes. you could actually play this thing like a kit. i don't know what happened to my synsonic, but i miss it. funny thing is i also had a synsonic guitar at one point, which i modified into a crazy lo fi bass - the guitar was truely a piece of shit ;).

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-27-2003 at 17:15
matia a part-time user from San Francisco (USA) writes:
the synsonics are THE drum machine for those wanting to take it to the old school of electronic music. with the four pads you are ready to rock out along to favorites such as Trans Europe Express or Radioactivity or program in beats via the push buttons. Overall the machine sounds very Kraftwerk/Geography-era Front 242 and I absolutely love it for that. It's a bit noisy but the sounds for the price are worth it. Be gentle with the pads and you will be set. Babyland use it live and so does my project, Assorted Noise. Great for those doing minimal industrial and very early era synth pop.

-matia

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-21-2003 at 20:22
Micah a part-time user from Richmond, VA,, USA writes:
I just dug mine out from a ball of dust and put some batteries in it (even though I thought it was broken for lifetimes), and shure enough the outstanding little bugger powered up. It sounds wonderful (if your in to the rich thick old analog sound), I would even say that it kicked the crap out of ALL of the sopposed analog sounds on my old korg triton (2000$ overpriced casio/bandinabox it was). I would venture to say I would play on this machine any day over many new higher priced drum machines. Its just fun. A pitch wheel on the side and quarter/eigth/sixteenth note buttons and three sixteen beat memory slots, I would say this is the best spent free I've ever had.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-14-2001 at 08:43
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