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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Sam a hobbyist user from U.S.A. writes:
The Darkstar is the one of the most properly named synthesizers ever! It shines at sinister basses and razorblade leads. The joystick allows you to create live "sweeps" impossible with knobs or sliders. For the price, it's an unbeatable value. Ugly...Raw...Dark...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-23-2010 at 19:07
Fuqface a part-time user from Pittsburgh writes:
For the price these are going for on E-Bay...about $120 this is an outstanding piece of gear. I've tried the Virus, MS2000, Ion, Nord Lead, and a ton of other VAs and softsynths. While the rest of the bunch may have more features per knob the Darkstar is the closest to the classic vintage sound of the Roland SH-09 and Pro One. It's a darker, dirtier take on analog and twisting the joy-stick between osillators and ring modulation will give you lots of useable tones. The Darkstar seems to have a more mid-rangey honk than other VAs and it's probably not the best thing to use for trance, techno, or dance. But for electro-clashy video game tones and drones or hyper sequenced computer noise, this is the module to get. I have not had any major problems with knobs not responding or system crashes. If you find one on E-Bay be sure to pick it up...you can always throw it back on E-Bay if it's not your cup of tea.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-09-2007 at 14:44
T Sanderson a part-time user from Toronto, Canada writes:
I bought a darkstar just over a year ago for somewhere in the neighborhood of $400 cdn. (and that was brand new) The interface is "unique" to say the least. during the first few minutes it may seem a little 'short handed' with control options, but once you get used to the various 'shift states' of each of the control knobs and stuff, you'll quickly discover it's actually a very powerful/versatile synth. There's quite a few nice sounds right out of the box, but I find the real money is combining up to 5 different patches (at least, I think it's 5) for some very unique, & very USABLE sounds. Make all 5 voices the same lead, and you can detune yourself up some serious stuff. For the incredible performance-to-dollar ratio the dark star offers, it's relative ease of use, it's upgradeability (is that even a word?) and what so far seems to handle my abuse, I've got to give it a 5 out of 5. Hell, I've even dropped it more times than I care to admit, without even a scratch to show for it. Good show R.S. ;)

T Sanderson / MAHONEY / BLS

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-01-2006 at 14:55
[A][D][D] a professional user from USA writes:
For the price just get one. Mine's The newer XP2, and I got it NEW for $115! Ok, the presets are useless, but who cares right? It's got a totally unbeatable set of features for the price. I got mine just to have, as I've got loads of other gear, and it's fun to mess around with. I usually just use it with my sequencer for bleepy bloopy video game-like sounds. The joystick is fun as hell for live manipulations. Sure, it's not gonna blow away your nord or virus, but then again you won't have to sell your siblings to the gypsies to get one either. Quality is questionable, but what the hell do you expect for 100 bucks? Even if it does nothing for your setup, just get it, it's fun :)

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-28-2006 at 10:20
AlonzoE a professional user from U.S. writes:
I love many of the sounds on this thing. The controls are nice too. For the price ( I think it was $150-200) I can't complain. However, I will anyway. This thing is hard as hell to use as a multi-timbral unit! Ok if u just want to use one sound, but very difficult in comparison with most other synths of today, when using midi! So if u just want to play with it as a one sound thing it's great. Multi, it sucks! I love it even though it's a b*tch to program. Getting to the sounds is tough too. Mine is messed up I think because turning the dial just a little will take it from preset 1 to 300+ ( when defineing a sound ) so when u want to get in the middle somewhere ( which most people would ) u are screwed most of the time, or u have to go one at a time. so figure taking like 2 minutes to switch sounds. Or maybe I just got a bad unit. I've got an Ion on the way, I'm hoping it's a lot easier to use with Midi; although I think this unit is a true analogue and the Alesis Ion is a digital. The Ion has way more sounds and just kicks the butt of this xp2 if u ask me. But then they are priced a bit differently!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-26-2005 at 09:04
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