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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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BMM a part-time user from US writes:
nasty, gritty, and biting oscillators. combine all three and it is very thick and "wooly" sounding. not the deepest or punchiest in the bass region but it still does the job better than most. the filter envelope will not snap like i want it to at times.

overall the MFB definitely has it's sweet spots but what it does well it does REALLY well. mixes nice with my ESQ-1 (fills out the bottom end and compliments it well).

like i said, with all three oscillators this thing is so damn thick and has all that oscillator phasing - so no need for outboard fx.

this thing is great. it barely takes up any space in my studio, it takes up space in my mixes in a good way, and it's a simple yet very effective synth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-20-2006 at 13:20
jonno a hobbyist user from uk writes:
I bought the MFB Synth Lite 2 in order to get the MOOG sound for £120.....And that is what I got!!! Simple as that.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-12-2006 at 01:26
Kelly Minnis a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I've had a Synth Lite module for a year now. I've had the opportunity to put my module side-by-side with a friend's Moog Rogue and both synths are very similar to one another.

The Synth Lite has two oscillators, a 24dB lowpass filter, ring modulation, pulsewidth modulation and a dedicated LFO. True, the analog oscillation is digitally controlled, the only time I notice this is when I use sawtooth/sine/square simultaneously on Oscillator 1 and I get an intermittent pulse. Otherwise you'd never notice it. I've also used the external input to filter drum tracks with great results.

My rig includes an E-Mu Vintage Keys module, a Red Sound Darkstar XP2, and an Alpha Juno 1. And I am constantly reaching over the other gear to use the Synth Lite. Once you are familiar with basic old-school synthesis it's easy to pull up the nasally Dr. Dre tones, squelchy Prodigy tones, and I often run the Synth Lite through chorus for a great Cars tone. Great for bass, leads, noise, atmospherics.

The best thing about the Synth Lite? I got mine brand new postpaid for $175. I couldn't touch any of the classic monophonic analogs and most virtual analogs for that, and it responds to MIDI. The downside? I wish the LFO could get really slow for the classic Moog autosweeps. To get those sounds I have to tweak the knobs. A small negative.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-04-2005 at 08:41
Dr. Chill a professional user from UK writes:
Great thing, I have the 3 oscillator version. I also have a moog prodigy, and this craps on it, as it sounds as good, stays in tune and has presets. And of course 3 oscillators, so more like a minimoog. A well kept secret. Shhh. Want a moog at a bargain price? here you go. You will not be disppointed.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-24-2005 at 09:39
Dj Calyx a part-time user from SLO Town writes:
I'm writing about the MFB Synth. There are good and bad points about this little analog synth:

Bad- It's sound is a somewhat limited, as it is a VERY simple synth. You can't use decay and release at the same time; they share the same knob. There are a few other knobs that have shared functions. That's pretty much all the bad points I can think of.

Good- It's very inexpensive for what you get. It's sound, while not too varied, is very thick and powerful; it rips!! It's really small/compact. It has great midi implemetation. It's rare to get that kind of analog sound contollable with midi.

Overall I think it's a really good deal if you are looking for an analog monosynth. I don't know about those "synthlite" ones though; only go for true VCO analog! I think DCOs have less character, but then again, I've never heard the synthlite.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-22-2004 at 12:20
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