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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Sian Howard a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
I owned one of these from 2002-2004. Frankly, it was awful. A shame because it looked great! The main outputs were so noisy it was unusable. I suppose I may have just been unlucky and had a faulty example synth. If so, then it was faulty from the moment I took it out of the box. Anyway I would strongly recommend trying this synthesizer out before buying it second-hand.

By the way, the best-kept secret in the VA synth world is the Korg R3 (or more expensive Radias, now discontinued) - check them out if you want to buy a VA synth.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-11-2011 at 13:51
Jerker Lindborg a professional user from Sweden writes:
Addendum!

For sure it has digital oscilators and thus they don't produce as much base as analog. But You can easily compensate for this with the onboard EQ.

As for fast/slow envelopes. I can tell You that they are FAST ASS H*LL! I don't know if previous users had problems with earlier software (I have the latest), but 0-Attack, 1-Decay, 0-Sustain, 0-Release produce a verry sharp and snappy click. 0-Attack IS 0-Attack 1-Attack has a verry subtile notice. AS IT SHOULD HAVE!

NO, the envelopes are EXACTLY as they should be! Period!

If You have the chance to try this synth, do it.

And about buying synths. You should NEVER EVER buy a synth or anything else, for that matter, only on the base of a few reviewers. Make upp Your own mind reviewing it at hand. I can understand that it can be a bit of a trouble with the synth not that available.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-04-2009 at 01:26
Jerker Lindborg a professional user writes:
Well, I don't know what You flaming boys are used to or what. But for starters. Don't by an advance synth if You can't program. Period!!! Get a rompler in that case! Jesus....

I just got this synth and it does NOT sound thin. On the contrary You are ABLE to make it sound thin. And You are able to make it sound FAT. If You have the knowledge of programing, that is. Christ!

My first sound atempt was to program that famous sound of Elka Synthex that was used on JM Jarre on Rendez Vous. And what a GREAT result I manage to come up with! I will never EVER part from this synth.

AND to spice things up, You can morph between sounds. Ither by the means of automatic time related sweep or manual. You will then come up with sounds that is unheared of. And save that sound in the middle!!!

Apart from all this nice things it has a latancy problem when You play chords in UNISON-mode. Not good.

But otherwise I really like this synth from Viscount.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-03-2009 at 15:46
REENO a professional user from NYC, USA--The Home of Electrofunk writes:
I've played around with this synth when it first came out. I think the design is quite nice, but it just sounds thin, and the filter is not that great. These initially retailed for $1,200 when they first came out, then they were being blown out for $500 out of music catalogs a year later. (that should tell you something right there!!) A decent synth, but there are much better options va's out there in this price range...The Alesis ION being the best of the bunch.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-29-2009 at 10:38
positionhigh a professional user from ger writes:
maybe i owned over 15 synths in my life, analog, digital, virtual analog, software only, etc. my "lastest" bought synth is the ob12. i really, really like it. its not so universal as my jp8000. and its not so small than my micokorg. the preset sounds really suck. but, this thing has its own beauty, outside and inside. i cant recommend it for a synth beginner or for an 1 and only synth. but it is really a great addition to existing equipment and very inspiring. ive read so much bad reviews on other sites, that it sounds thin, awfull etc. don´t judge by the preset sounds, it has it weakness but it isnt really THAT bad. mail me if you own one and like to exchange sounds and ideas:_) regards, mark

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-19-2007 at 15:01
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